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Bay County 4-H

4-H is Happening

4-H is a fun, educational program for young people, ages 5-18.  4-H has something for everyone — and anyone can join. No membership fees are required, although some project materials and activities may have a cost.  Joining a 4-H club is a great way to have fun, learn new things and meet people.  Clubs meet in schools, community centers or at a 4-H volunteer’s home. What’s great about 4-H is the many ways to get involved and to participate.  The best way to determine what’s right for you is to contact the 4-H office.   With the help of your 4-H agent, you’ll discover exciting new programs and activities.

What do you want to learn?

Through a 4-H project, you’ll learn new skills and better ways of doing all sorts of things.  4-H projects teach through exciting “hands on” activities. In a project, you might go on a field trip, compete in a contest, give a speech, or work with an animal. 4-H projects and programs help youth develop leadership and communication skills — and have fun at the same time! Speaking of projects, Florida 4-H offers many different projects in the following areas:

  • Animal and Plant Sciences
  • Environmental Education
  • Individual & Family Resources
  • Science & Technology
  • Citizenship & Leadership
  • Communication Arts & Career Exploration

4-H is about people too!!

Volunteer leaders help “Make the Best Better”. Nearly 20,000 caring, well-trained volunteers make 4-H happen.  These parents, teachers, and others share their time and talents to help 4-H members grow and learn.

4-H involves families

Today’s families are constantly changing and 4-H continues to change too. 4-H creates opportunities for parents and children to share experiences and learn together.  4-H strongly encourages family involvement and support to help members with their projects and for transportation to events.

The 4-H Experience

4-H offers a variety of ways to participate.  That is what’s so great — you choose how you want to become involved.

Community 4-H Clubs

Members meet regularly with trained, adult volunteer leaders who help with individual and club projects. 4-H’ers plan their own programs, elect officers and take part in community service activities.

Other Ways to Participate

4-H programs are offered in cooperation with many agencies and organizations.

  • Classrooms are often the setting for exciting 4-H school enrichment projects. Such as the Tropicana Speech contest held each year.
  • Parks and recreational centers become 4-H day camp locations in many communities.
  • At Florida’s 4-H residential camps, youth observe, explore and interact with nature.  They learn and have fun outdoors. The local camp in the Bay County area is Camp Timpoochee.

Making friends through 4-H helps young people understand and respect others.  From large cities to small towns, nearby suburbs to family farms, 4-H’ers live in each of Florida’s 67 counties.  Chances are, there’s a 4-H club near you! One of the clubs that are already established in the Bay County area may be right for you. You are welcome to view our current clubs.

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