Recently I have had my attention drawn to 4H, by friends and other people around me. For me and growing up in the city I have no idea what 4H even is or what is their purpose. On the 4H website one statement that is mentions is that “young people learn by doing.” The organization provides multiple programs for kids to get involved. The main purpose of 4H is to help kids to develop skills to succeed in life.
A little bit of history: the 4H club was started in Ohio in 1902. The start of 4h was after school clubs and fair to get kids involved. The 4H did not become official until 1912 after the creation of the logo in 1910. Since then 4H has spread throughout different communities other than strictly agriculture communities. There are more diverse programs other than animal science programs to reach out to more kids.
4H even has their own 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.
For me this sounds like Girl Scouts which is what I participated in growing up. Both provide the opportunity for youth to gain skills that they will use in years to come. While Girl Scouts focused more on the encouraging the girls to be a better version of themselves, 4H teaches skills such as farming and agriculture based skills. For me if I had the opportunity to do 4H I would have because in many of my classes the students who have taken 4H understand the material more than those who haven’t. Growing up I learned a lot from the camps and the different activities that I did taught me a lot. I also had a great community of friends through different Girl Scout events that I even talk to today. I can only imagine what 4H does for those kids who grow up in a small agriculture town and what it helps them accomplish. The purpose of 4H is to help kids learn by doing and I think that programs like this should be more popular in all areas to get kids outside more instead of staying inside and playing videogames. Kids have become less active in the past 10 years and the issue needs to be addressed. For kids in the city 4H will give them the opportunity to get the outdoors experience that is lacked when living in the city. For kids living on a farm setting, it gives them the chance to build upon the skills that they learn at home and to have a break from home life and to hang out with kids in similar situations.