The youth and leader focused, community based organization of choice in Nova Scotia
100 years in the making
Did you know that 4-H has been around for 100 years? That’s right! 100 years. 2013 marks 100 years of 4-H in Canada.
There are close to 2,400 members, 900 leaders and 100 clubs in Nova Scotia. More than 80 countries worldwide have 4-H clubs. 4-H is an organization dedicated to young people.
The purpose of the 4-H program is to prepare girls and boys for their future as adult citizens. 4-H stands for head, heart, hands and health. The 4-H pledge describes the significance of the four H’s:
My HEAD to clearer thinking,
My HEART to greater loyalty,
My HANDS to larger service,
My HEALTH to better living,
For my Club, my Community and My Country.
The philosophy of the 4-H program is explained by the 4-H motto:
Learn to do by Doing.
As a Nova Scotia 4-H’er, you can have the feeling of accomplishment that comes from trying and succeeding at something new – whether it’s fixing a small engine, knitting a sweater, training an animal or presenting a speech or demonstration to an audience.
4-H offers all kinds of opportunities for 4-H members. Opportunities include various provincial and regional programs that members can attend to visit new places and make new friends! Senior 4-H members can also apply for scholarships and earn a personal development credit for Grade 10.
The Root of it all
The heart of 4-H is in its Clubs. 4-H Clubs are comprised of a 4-H Members and trained and screened Volunteers who act as Club Leaders. The Club decides on a topic of interest and through instruction by Leaders, and hands-on learning, Members learn about the topic during 4-H meetings. In addition to gaining a hands-on education, Members develop leadership skills, they gain an understanding of how an individual can affect their community and country, and they make lasting friendships.
To supplement learning that occurs at the Club level, 4-H provides provincial and national opportunities to enable Members to further expand their knowledge and horizons. Various camps, conferences and exchanges are available for 4-H Members and young 4-H Alumni to participate in.
The first step to start your year in 4-H is to choose a project. Learning new skills, making things and visiting places with friends are all a part of a 4-H project. Members can take one project or many projects. For first-year members one project is probably enough. Give some thought to the projects you have listed. Do they match your abilities? Do you have the time, money and equipment to complete the project? Talk to your parents and 4-H leaders; they can help you choose a project that matches your needs, ability and resources.
The 4-H Club Executive
Each Club has a variety of executive positions. They help guide meetings to ensure everything runs smoothly. All 4-H Club Members vote to elect their peers to these positions. These executive roles also provide leadership opportunities for Members.
- The Club President usually acts as the meeting’s chairperson. The Club President works with the Leader to develop the meeting’s agenda.
- The Vice-President is the assistant to the President and also helps to keep meetings running smoothly. The Vice-President also can lead the meeting if the President is absent.
- The Secretary’s job is to keep written notes on all Club activities. They write a summary o each meeting, which is read at the next meeting.
- The Club Reporter is a very important position. They let the public know what activities and events are going on within the Club. They do this by writing small reports and sending them to the local media.
- If the Club has a bank account, the Treasurer keeps an accurate account of all the money collected and spent. They will report at each meeting on the status of the account.