4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H youth programs are available for children and youth ages 5-19 through community-based clubs, youth centers, school enrichment programs and special events. Using the experiential learning model, kids participate in fun, hands-on activities that include time for sharing and processing the information learned. 4-H can help young people to do better in school, learn to help others, feel more capable and be responsible. Whether helping kids explore future careers, increasing their science and technology literacy or preventing them from making negative choices that put them at risk, 4-H Youth Development is dedicated to connecting young people to positive futures.https://www.oakgov.com/…/program_…/youth_development/4h.aspx
In addition to the club experience, there are many other resources available to youth. Examples include:
• 4-H Exploration Days, an annual youth conference featuring 200 fun, action-filled classroom and field trip sessions on the Michigan State University campus
• 4-H Capitol Experience, an annual 4-day conference that focuses on civic engagement and public policy. Teens have the opportunity to interact with legislators and learn how policy is made and how they can influence policy issues.
• International exchange opportunities to countries such as Japan, Belize and Poland.
• Scholarship opportunities.
Welcome to the REACH 4-H Club.
We are a club that is for homeschool youth of all ages. Our purpose this year will be to try new things and work on projects each month that can be entered in to the Oakland County Fair in July. This is just a fraction of the many options of what you can enter in fair. If you participate every month, you will have at least 9 projects for fair…possibly even more! This year the Oakland County Fair will be July 8th – 17th. Judging day for most projects will be Saturday, July 9th. We will have a display of pictures of Fair projects each month to give you ideas and we will have Fairbook descriptions for each project we work on. In late spring we will take time to talk about how to enter in Fair and will help anyone who is interested in participating. Please stay tuned for the community service aspect of 4-H as we plan monthly community service projects on the 3rd Thursday of each month.
The cost to join 4-H is $10 a year with a $30 family maximum. Each month will have a fee depending on the project we are working on.
We will meet the first Thursday of most months from 2:45-4:15. Here is our plan for the year. This may change but we have to start somewhere!
Thursday, October 1st.
Intro to 4—H, registration forms and our first project.
We will talk about the Exhibit Hall at Fair and all the different kinds of projects that can be entered.
We will be doing stenciling and stamping. We’ll provide lots to get you started but feel free to bring your own supplies. Stencilling can be on paper, wood, fabric, glass….We’ll be able to finish a couple of projects and start our collection of Fair projects! All ages.
We will have supplies for a variety of Holiday Crafts. Any holiday you want. Ornaments, wreaths, centerpieces, etc. Feel free to bring your own supplies if you have a holiday craft in mind we will also include gift wrapping ideas because gift wrapping is a category at Fair!
January (off site, date to be determined)
We will go to a studio where we can paint our own pottery. Details will be arranged. This will have an additional fee.
All exhibits must be over 50% recycled items. Exhibitor must attach a before photo of exhibit
Material. We’ll have some supplies, but be saving supplies to bring. Check out our pictures for more ideas. This is a fun area!
Jewelry Making and Tin punch
We will provide some supplies; feel free to bring your own. All experience levels can participate. We will also talk about how to prepare jewelry items for fair. Tin punch is part of Folk Art and is an exhibit demonstrating old fashioned methods of construction used. We will have time to do one small project of each or you can do a larger one at club and take another home to finish.
Repurposed Clothing and Hobbies/collectibles
To take a garment item or items and changing the style and function of the garment into something new and different. Include photo of item(s) before alterations. Turn an old pair of jeans into a purse, turn a fancy dress into a skirt, turn dad’s t-shirt into a dress….the possibilities are endless. We will turn an ordinary t-shirt into a fancy shirt. Bring a t-shirt. Hobbies/collectibles include collections of any kind and include legos. If you have a collection you want to share, bring it along. Bring some legos and build a creation for fair. You can also do a kit. There are categories for each. We will talk about entering these kinds of projects and give you ideas for others to do at home.
May (Date and location to be decided)
So many options for photography. We will meet at a park and do a photo shoot. The photography superintendent (our own Kate Morris-Kotowski) will share some photography tips and talk about what the judges are looking for as well as just taking pictures together.
Late May/Early June (Date and location to be decided)
Performing Arts and Fair Registration
We’ll meet somewhere and have a talent show and talk about performing arts entries. Do you sing? Dance? Want to do a monologue or get a group together and perform something? This is your chance. And all of this can be done at fair. We will also help with Fair registration.