Opportunities for kids with 4-H program

Long-running group focuses on youth development, leadership and citizenship.

  • Dec. 30, 2011 8:00 a.m.

Operating for almost 100 years, 4-H is one of the longest-running youth organizations in B.C.

The 4-H program provides young people (ages 9 – 19) with an opportunity to learn how to work together and become productive, self-assured adults who can make their community and country a good place in which to live.

The goal of the 4-H program is youth development. The objectives of 4-H clubs are knowledge, leadership, citizenship and personal development.

Clubs generally focus around a specific project or topic. Historically those projects have attracted youth in rural or farm communities, but many other projects are now available through 4-H.

One of Surrey’s clubs is the 4-H Motorhead Club. Members aged nine to 19 learn the ins and outs of two- and four-stroke motors.

Another is the Surrey 4-H Needle Craft Club, where members learn hand embroidery, creating three items during the year using these skills.

As part of each project, 4-H members keep records of their work throughout the year. They elect an executive and run their own meetings. They also learn and compete in judging, demonstrations, public speaking and create educational displays.

Members can qualify for exciting 4-H travel opportunities and even earn high school credits.

For information about the Motorhead Club, contact Linda Smith at lsmith05@shaw.ca. For information about the Needle Craft Club, contact Linda Stromberg at 604-575-2700 or linda@westernpowersports.com

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