The Clinton County 4-H Federation is kicking off the new 4-H year. New members are invited to attend their next meeting on September 23 at 6 p.m. at the Clinton County Extension Office. 4-H Federation is open to area youth in the 8th grade and older who want to gain leadership skills while exploring career development and college opportunities. Previous 4-H membership is not required.
Throughout the year 4-H Federation is involved in planning youth educational opportunities and service learning activities for area 4-H members. They help plan and lead workshops, 4-H show days, club officer training, and Cloverbud Day camps.
The 4-H Federation members work hard, but they play hard too. Members have the opportunity to participate in 4-H camps and conferences as well as plan day trips as a group. Monthly meetings give the teens a chance to make friends with youth their age from other schools in the area. Some of the plans for the coming year include a trip to a haunted house or corn maze, roller skating, ice skating, a group bike ride and cardboard boat races. The activities are planned by the group members.
Last year one of the day trips included a visit to the University of Illinois to tour several buildings on campus. They had the opportunity to try out STEM activities related to Mechanical Engineering, Math, Aerospace Engineering, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Entomology. Current U of I students led them through the activities, talked to them about campus life, and possible career options.
For more information about joining the Clinton County 4-H Federation, please call the Clinton County Extension Office at 618-526-4551.