4-H in Coles County

4-H in Coles County

4-H is the nation's leading youth development organization focusing on leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 4-H is a youth organization open to boys and girls who are ages 8-18. The 4-H year is September 1 through August 31. 4-H is a great way to make new friends, become a part of your community, get real life experience, and take part in fun activities tailored to your interest! There are over 200 project areas to choose from!

Ways you can join

You can join a "traditional" community club or a 4-H SPIN Club, a special interest club that focuses on areas like dogs, fishing, robotics, or shooting sports.

What do you do in 4-H?

First join a club that is close to where you live or one a friend is in. Clubs normally meet once a month at a specific location. The meeting will last about an hour and are ran using parliamentary procedures to discuss different ideas, plan community service events and invite guests speakers. Of course a snack and a game are usually part of the meeting.

4-H members are allowed to enroll in different 4-H projects ranging from Aerospace to Sewing and Wildlife. We provide members with a book which will help them explore more about each topic. Once members have completed their project, they have an opportuinity to show their project at the county fair.

If a child is not yet 8 years old, she/he may join a Colverbud group. Cloverbuds are 4-H clubs specifically designed for youth ages 5-7.  Cloverbud projects are leader-guided and generally require minimal reading and writing skills.

Contact the Coles County Extension Office at 217-345-7034 for more information on joining 4-H and clubs in your area.

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