National 4-H Week arrives

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Edgar County 4-H members joined the 6 million youth across the country in celebrating National 4-H Week Oct. 6-12.

The 4-H program is operated through University of Illinois Extension and membership is open to youth aged 8 to 18. Children 5 to 7 years of age may join the 4-H Cloverbud program.

Each club, led by a screened adult volunteer, decides how often it meets, the location of its meetings and the activities held during the meeting. Members may select from dozens of project areas to study while they build leadership, teamwork, cooperation, decision-making and communication skills.

“Youth may also choose to focus on a very specific project area and join a club specifically related to that one project,” said Maria Crandell, 4-H Program Coordinator. “Robotics, horses, and shooting sports are just a few of the popular topics for special interest clubs.”

4-H youth development programs provide hands-on learning activities for youth in Illinois and throughout the country. Developing leadership, citizenship and life skills is a focus of the 4-H program.

More information about 4-H involvement is available by calling the Edgar County Extension Office at 217-465-8585 or online at go.illinois.edu/joinnow.