4-H & Youth

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                2017 Youth Conservationist Program

                                   by Brynna Bode

Last spring, I wrote an essay that helped me start my 4-H livestock project for free.  I entered the Youth Conservationist Contest and won a flock of three Finnsheep.  To enter the contest, I wrote an essay about my interest in sheep and why I wanted to help preserve heritage breed sheep.  I also had to include a letter of recommendation from my 4-H leader.  In April, I found out that I had won a Finn ewe and her twin lambs!  Applications for this year's contest must be postmarked by April 1.  The essays are then given to the sheep donors for consideration.  If your essay is selected, you win a heritage breed ewe that you can show at the fair.  Then you get to become an ambassador for heritage breed sheep.  I love the Finnsheep I won last year.  They were the champion 4-H flock at the Charles County Fair, and I have enjoyed learning about this unique breed of sheep.  If you would like more information about entering this year's contest, visit http://www.sheepandwool.org/festival/youth-conservationist-program/ 

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 What is 4-H?

4-H provides learn-by-doing educational opportunities for youth that will enable them to become the leaders of tomorrow.  4-H is the youth arm of the University of Maryland Extension, a joint venture with U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Charles County government.  4-H is in every state, D.C. and in military bases around the world.

 4-H At A Glance; 

The 4-H Emblem:     

The H's on each leaf stand for the words:  Head, Heart, Hands and Health  

4-H Colors:  Green and White

4-H Slogan:  "Learn by Doing"

4-H Moto:  "To Make the Best Better"

Members, ages 5-18, participate in fun, hands-on learning activities supported by the latest research of land-grant universities that are focused on three areas: healthy living, citizenship, and science.  

Who Can Join?  Girls and boys ages 8-18, or Clover member ages 5-7.  Clovers are non-competitive. 

4-H enrollment year is January thru December.

How Do I Join?  Email Donna Mohler or call her at 301-934-5403. 

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