Our office has been bustling this week. Summer camp registrations are pouring in, we are finalizing changes for the county fair, and making plans for upcoming 4-H project meetings. It has been so busy that we almost didn’t realize- summer has arrived!
With schools letting out for the summer, 4-H activities are in full swing. While 4-H projects and clubs host meetings throughout the year, summertime is the busiest season for 4-H. Many of our 4-H projects will start meeting weekly now that school is out, if they were not already.
4-H stands apart from all other programs by fostering true leadership through its emphasis on critical building blocks: confidence, resilience, responsibility, curiosity and respect. Confidence is built on the range at 4-H archery and shotgun practices all summer. Resilience will thrive in 4-H Horse project members who saddle up every week for practice. Responsibility lives in 4-H members who tirelessly work with their livestock in the mud, heat and Kansas winds. Curiosity grows in 4-H’ers who are preparing their rockets for lift off in the space tech project. 4-H Camp Counselors will develop respect for themselves and others as they lead campers at Rock Springs 4-H Center. 4-H Community Clubs are planning service projects and building character while doing it.
No matter what the 4-H project, camp, or club meeting is this summer, one thing always rings true: 4-H will empower kids with skills to lead for a lifetime.