4H Clubs offer learning, fun

In B.C., 4H has been around for more than 100 years.

A 4H Club member cuddles a guinea pig.

A 4H Club member cuddles a guinea pig.

In B.C., 4H has been around for more than 100 years.

Salmon Arm 4H district is ramping up for a busy, fun-filled year of youth activities. Clubs include: dairy, horse, beef, goat, poultry, photography and Cloverbud projects.

Members who are six to eight years of age are called Cloverbuds.

Members nine to 21 years of age enjoy the privilege of raising an animal project. Keeping records, and feeding and exercising their project daily, develops strong life skills in 4H members. Other components of 4H include: public speaking and demonstrating competitions, travel opportunities, bookkeeping, and comparative judging.

The Kamloops/Okanagan region is the largest in the province. Last year in Salmon Arm alone, 162 youth enrolled in 4H. Clubs meet monthly, and even weekly, if animals are housed on a farm who lends animals to children living in a more urban area. Clubbers come out to the farm to help with chores and learn more about their project. Strong work ethic, learning to work together, and enjoying lots of fresh air fun, keeps leaders encouraged. 4H members become responsible citizens in their community.

The District Rally Day will be held May 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds.

New members are invited to join local clubs. For more, contact Salmon Arm 4H Key Leader Joni DeWitt (250) 463-3562.