About 4-H in Adams County
4-H is designed to meet the interests of the youth. It helps youth discover and develop life skills and set personal goals. Involvement in project areas gives members the help needed to improve specific skills and explore new ones Activities within clubs also introduce members to the importance of helping others through community service. 4-H is family oriented in that children and parents are encouraged to work together on projects and activities. 4-H is also enjoyable and an excellent opportunity to meet other families in the area.
The 4-H program in Colorado combines the efforts of youth and families, volunteer leaders, Colorado State University, Colorado State University Extension, county and state government and the US Department of Agriculture.
More Than You Imagined!
The 4-H emblem, a clover bearing an “H” on each of its four leaves, represents the characteristics each member develops: head, heart, hands, and health. Head involves thinking, making decisions, and learning new things, while heart entails caring about other people, accepting responsibility, and developing values. Hands symbolize the effort to acquire and perfect new skills and to help others. Health involves protecting the well-being of yourself and others.
The focus of Colorado State University Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program is on prevention and intervention. Colorado 4-H offers kids more than a chance to win a blue ribbon. It’s a learning laboratory for them. The idea is to involve them in hands-on activities so they can feel good about accomplishing something and share in a friendly learning environment. In 4-H, kids make decisions about what they want to learn and how to do it; they choose projects they are interested in, and work toward a goal they have set. Adult volunteers help guide those experiences and encourage growth and achievement through hands-on-learn-by-doing techniques.
Kids have more choices in 4-H than they imagined!
Kids in 4-H learn and grow by completing projects – constructive activities ranging from archery to woodworking. 4-Hers choose projects to enhance their communities, launch a rocket, explore insects, raise animals, learn to sew, build things, or just satisfy their curiosity about a topic.
Extension agents, specialists and volunteers contribute technical knowledge in subject areas, such as: