4-H Kick-Off Event Scheduled for February 4 starting at 5pm at the Extension Center

By Haywood County Cooperative Extension | Jan 23, 2013
Photo by: Haywood Extension 4-H Haywood County 4-H and school age youth invited to attend 4-H kick-off event Feb. 4.

Haywood County 4-H will host the 2013 Kick-Off Event on Monday, February 4 from 5pm to 8:30pm at the Haywood Extension Center.  This is a great opportunity for returning 4-Hers and families who would like to learn more about 4-H or to join 4-H.

The evening’s festivities will include a fun time of fellowship, teambuilding, teen leadership council meeting, electric workshop, Envirothon/WHEP competition information, and a workshop on 4-H project records and presentation competitions.

Teen Leadership Council members and 4-Hers will plan activities like: workshop ideas, themes for the Annual Awards and Activity Nights, and a project for the Teen Leadership Council to plan and implement this year.

Electric Membership Cooperative Steve Rogers will give a demonstration on high voltage electricity and talk about how to be safe with electricity.  Rogers will also help 4-Hers complete a electric kit project.  This workshop is perfect for beginners and offers hands-on learning and the opportunity to explore electric wiring and electric construction for youth 11 and up.  Youth will solder a soil probe; which will help youth measure water level in their garden or house plants.  Youth will learn about circuits, battery functions, and lights.

4-H Leader, Amy Warren will lead an interactive activity to discover how learn about soils and land-use planning and review the 4-H WHEP and Envirothon competitions.  The 4-H Envirothon will learn about aquatic, wildlife, forestry, soils and land use, and current environmental issues.  WHEP is a national 4-H program that teaches 4-Hers about the fundamentals of wildlife management, brings 4-Hers together to develop team skills, promotes and develops leadership skills among 4-Hers, and provides an opportunity for 4-Hers to work with natural resource professionals.  The primary purpose of WHEP is to increase participant’s knowledge of wildlife management while promoting life skills. 4-Hers interested in competing in these events will have the opportunity to sign-up and get more information about team preparations.

Public speaking and demonstrations has been a cornerstone of the 4-H Youth Development Program since its inception in the early 20th Century.  4-H has been recognized nationally for the ability to groom and teach youth public speaking skills that will service them for a lifetime.  Youth research their topic of their choice and prepare a 5 to 10 minute presentation.  These  presentations include posters, props, and a variety of visual aids that help youth explain their topic to a panel of judges.  Youth will present their presentation at the Haywood County 4-H Annual Activity Night on March 26.  Each presentation is judged individually with a presentation receiving a blue ribbon (excellent), red ribbon (good) or white ribbon (fair) rating.  First place winners in each age division and category will receive a $20 Wal-Mart gift card and be eligible to advance to the district competition to represent Haywood County in district competition during District Activity Day Saturday, April 27.

Hope to see you and your family at the Kick-Off Event.  For questions or to sign-up please call the Extension Center at 456-3575.  Extension 4-H will provide pizza and drinks.

The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 218,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities.  4-H is a community of young people across America who are developing leadership, citizenship, public speaking, decision-making, and life skills.  4-H is about having fun, learning, exploring and discovering. In 4-H, young people make new friends, develop new skills, become leaders and help shape their communities.  Haywood County 4-H has numerous special interest programs, school enrichment programs, day camps, 4-H clubs, and opportunities for youth to learn while doing.  For more information on the 4-H program in Haywood County please contact the Extension Center at 456-3575.

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