Eligibility in the regular 4-H program necessitates one must be in Grades 3 through 12 as of January 1 of the current year. However second graders can get a taste of 4-H by signing up for the “Exploring 4-H” program. Exploring 4-H is a program for children who are not yet old enough for 4-H. Any boy or girl in the second grade as of January 1 of the current year is eligible.
There will be three meetings leading to a field day during the summer months for Exploring 4-Hers and ultimately project exhibition during the Putnam County 4-H Fair during July 20-27. With help from the Junior Leaders, the meetings include an introduction to the 4-H program, individual project instruction, recreation, and refreshments. Additionally, the youth in this program typically have entered their own float in the fair parade which will likely occur again this year if the group so desires.
Project choices for Exploring 4-H youth include collections, crafts, drawing, farm animals, foods, photography and wildlife. Collections, photography and wildlife are poster projects while drawing is submitting a framed picture, foods involves entering no bake cookies, and crafts is hands-on construction creating a small standing or hanging exhibit. Information and registration forms were sent home with all second grade school students during mid-January in connection with school visits.
Parents may sign up their second graders now for one of seven projects. Enrollment is simple. The cost is five dollars and forms are available at the office or online at www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam to download. The first meeting will be between 6-7 pm on Thursday, February 8th at the Putnam County Fairgrounds in the York Automotive Community Building.
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