4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
4-H is a fun and educational program where kids "learn by doing." It's a great opportunity
for youth to acquire knowledge and skills, and develop healthy lifestyles they can
use the rest of their lives.
Youth in 4-H learn about citizenship, leadership, cooking, arts and crafts, mechanics
and technology, horticulture, agriculture, and other subjects. To teach youth about
these subjects, the 4-H program uses the learn-by-doing method of instruction. Each
member selects at least one 4-H project and this project serves as the program's cornerstone.
Currently we have:
The Showstoppers Club a community based club in the northern part of the county, with
most members interested in animals but several have other interests such as cooking,
plant science, and photograpy. Youth interested in joining the Showstoppers do not
have to do animal projects although several youth do show animals at local, district,
and State fairs.
The Bradley 4-H Club made up of students from Bradley School with multiple project
areas. We had 3 youth from this club attend State O'rama this year.
The Sharpshooters, a shooting sports club out of Bradley.
And forming, an in-school Science STEM based club at the Bradley High School.
Each summer county youth participate in our Clover College, a multi-day educational
event. In 2015 we did Mad Scientist's Lab and addressed topics in animal science,
engineering, chemistry, food and nutrition, food safety, environmental science, and
4-H Youth Show Livestock at the Lafayette County Fair
Youth enjoy showing the results of their work with livestock by showing the project
animals at the county fair in September of each year. Below are just a few of this
years winners, presenting their animals at the premium auction.
4-H in Lafayette County takes the form of community clubs, project groups, in-school
clubs and after school programs. 4-H Membership is free, so come join us. For more
information about 4-H, contact Amanda Greer, County Extension Agent-Staff Chair or call the Extension office at 870-921-4744.