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ST. MARY’S COUNTY 4-H
at the St. Mary's County Fair



MARYLAND COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
21580 Peabody Street, Leonardtown, Maryland


This section is provided as an overview of what 4-H is and what the 4-H Youth Development Program offers youth in our county. The 4-H Division is open only to 4-H Members of the 5 Southern Maryland counties. The members receive an advance copy of the classes to give them time to prepare their exhibits during the summer. Copies are also available in the 5 Southern Maryland County 4-H Office's.

We hope you will visit the 4-H building, animal barns and other events taking place for our 4-H Members. As always, the interest our community has in the activities of our youth is greatly appreciated.

Supporting our programs and events include: Donors from the Livestock Auction, St. Mary’s County Fair Association, St. Mary’s County Master Gardeners, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission of the Tri-County Council, St. Mary’s County members of MD 4-H All Stars.

For Information on 4-H Call 301-475-4477
Or visit our website at http://extension.umd.edu/local/SaintMarys/
The MD Cooperative Extension programs are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age or national origin.

CHARACTER COUNTS & 4-H

The goals of 4-H overlap Character Education - to educate youth to become good people and productive citizens.

The Six Pillars of Character
Trustworthiness
Respect
Responsibility
Fairness
Caring
Citizenship

4-H project work teaches:

Trustworthiness - Trustworthiness is defined as honesty, integrity, promise-keeping, and loyalty. It is learned through participation in project work and various competitive activities offered on County, District, and State Levels.

Respect – Respect is treating all people with courtesy and politeness; not demeaning anyone.
4-H’ers learn to be respectful to others as they work with their peers and adults.

Responsibility – Responsibility denotes accountability, excellence, and self-restraint.
4-H’ers exercise responsibility in their project work through decision making, taking care of equipment, feeding & caring for animals, and being held accountable for their actions.

Fairness – Fairness means we treat all people fairly, not taking advantage of other’s mistakes.

Caring – Caring suggest we treat others with kindness and in the same manner we wish to be treated.

Citizenship – Being a good citizen means going beyond our own interests and demonstrating a concern for the needs of the public. Good 4-H citizens recognize their obligations to make their neighborhoods and communities the best it can be.



4-H Education and Outreach

4-H offers endless opportunities for youth with any interest to engage in fun and interactive programs while learning critical life skills. The Outreach program is offered in many local schools and neighborhoods enabling youth who may not know about 4-H to become involved. Last year, 4-H unveiled a new “A Healthier Me” program that focused on nutrition education, personal and home safety, and cultural awareness through arts and crafts activities in many local elementary schools, including Lexington Park, Green Holly, and Carver Elementary. For instance, 4-H r’s may make shekeres (African Musical Instruments) to learn about cultural history and diversity or learn about proper eating habits by preparing nutritious meals. Keep your eye out for new and creative projects available in 2006. Stop by the 4-H building for more information and look for the Happy Skippers jump rope team demonstration at the fair in 2006!


4-H PLEDGE

I pledge: My HEAD to clearer thinking;
My HEART to greater loyalty;
My HANDS to larger service; and
My HEALTH to better living,
For my club, my community, my country, and my world.


4-H MOTTO

“Learn by Doing”
“To Make the Best Better”



MARYLAND 4-H PROJECT GOALS

To develop life skills and subject matter competencies in youth and volunteers through involvement with a high quality curriculum in
Animal Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and Human Science.

4-H CLUBS - are open to all boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 18 as of January 1 of the current year.

4-H CLOVERBUD CLUBS - are open to boys and girls between
the ages of 5 to 7 years as of January 1 of the current year.

CURRENT 4-H CLUBS IN ST. MARY’S COUNTY


COMMUNITY CLUBS
Crazy Critters, Avenue
Rope N Wranglers, Park Hall
Tudor Hall, Leonardtown
Bits of Clover, Hollywood
Wild Things, Mechanicsville
Chaptico Chargers, Chaptico
Freedom's Rein Fillies
& Colts, Hollywood


HOME-SCHOOL CLUBS
Explorers, Lexington Park

SPECIAL INTEREST CLUBS
St. Mary’s County Livestock Club*

CLOVER CLUBS
Freedom's Rein Fillies/Colts Clovers, Hollywood
Tudor Hall Clovers, Leonardtown
Chaptico Chargers, Chaptico


*Project Club - St. Mary's County 4-H Livestock Club
St. Mary’s County Membership
Traditional 4-H Clubs - Youth Members – 124
MCE Volunteers - 53

4-H Youth Development programs in Special Outreach and School Enrichment has reached over 282 youth from Carver Teens, Green Holly and Lexington Park Elementary School participating in the “After School Adventures with 4-H” program, & other special interest programs, projects, and partnerships.

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To become a 4-H member or receive more information, please return this form to:
Maryland Cooperative Extension - 4-H, P.O. Box 663, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Yes, please send me information on St. Mary’s County 4-H.

Name___________________________________ Age (as of 1/1/05)__________
Mailing Address_____________________________________________________
My interests are ____________________________________________________




4-H VOLUNTEERS ARE...

Adults interested in today’s youth and are willing to share their skills and talents with them. Volunteers do not have to have children in the 4-H program.

Past 4-H’ers giving back to the 4-H program

Neighbors, friends, relatives, co-workers -- a family sharing in the education and interests of ALL 4-H members.


ROLE OF A 4-H VOLUNTEER

County-wide leaders - coordinators, coaches, and workshop instructors;
Special Project Leaders;
Activity Leaders; &
Club Leaders

TRAINING AND SUPPORT

The 4-H program staff conducts MCE volunteer training, record keeping, and provides support through meetings, committees, program materials, and more.
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For more information on becoming a 4-H Club Leader or Volunteer please fill out the below information and mail to: Maryland Cooperative Extension - 4-H, P.O. Box 663, Leonardtown, MD 20650

Please call me to schedule an appointment to meet with staff about 4-H volunteer opportunities in St. Mary’s County.

Phone: (_____) ______-___________

My hobbies and interests include____________________________________

Name__________________________________________________________

Mailing Address _______________________________________________
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You Can Find It All in 4-H...

4-H Building
Holds exhibits made by 4-H members in their project areas, their club booth
displays, Champion Corner, and Contest results are posted.

Livestock Barns & Rabbit Buildings
House the live animals, large and small, that are raised by 4-H’ers.

Working Demonstrations
Given by members to show how they make various items, work with their animals
and other topics.

Rabbit Showmanship
Members respond to the Judges commands in handling techniques and answer
questions on rabbit care, identifications and more.

Judging Contests for Members
Allows the members to be the judge and test their knowledge in Livestock,
Horticulture & Consumer.

4-H Horse Show
Riders show their skills in conformation, walk/jog/trot, versatility, jumping,
command, horsemanship and end with a few classes just for fun!

4-H Livestock Auction
(Market Steers, Sheep, Swine, Goats are sold to the highest bidder! All livestock
has been raised by 4-H members for market purposes. All proceeds go to the 4-H member selling the animal. For details stop by the 4-H Building, Fair Office and
Barn Areas. Everyone can participate - get your bidder number from the County
Fair Offic

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