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Jackson County 4-H Clubs

Jackson County currently has seven 4-H Clubs and is growing more and more every day!  However, we can’t continue to grow without volunteers! Please contact the 4-H office ASAP if you are interested in becoming a club leader and volunteer to contribute to the success of the Jackson County 4-H Youth Development program.  You can provide direct service to youth through organizational leadership and supervision for a group of 4-H club members and project leaders in an atmosphere which reflects educational quality, teamwork and cooperation.  Together with youth and other volunteers, you coordinate club activities, give guidance and direction, and serve as the primary contact person for the club with the Jackson County Extension staff and the Florida 4-H program.  THE YOUTH OF JACKSON COUNTY NEED YOU!  Please consider sharing your gift and BECOME A VOLUNTEER!

2013-2014 4-H Clubs

Character Keepers 4-H

This is a school based 4-H program that is led by long-time Jackson County 4-H volunteer,  Patty Melvin.  This program is held monthly at Day Spring Christian Academy.  For more information please contact Patty Melvin at (850) 209-2212, melvinfamily@melvineng.com or contact the 4-H Office.

 Country Bumpkins 4-H Club – ****Club is at capacity and is currently not accepting new members.

Country Bumpkins 4-H Club is a community based club that offers members the opportunity to participate in numerous 4-H projects activities ranging from animal science to photography!  Meetings are held monthly  on the first Tuesday of each month. Meetings are usually held at Cypress Park, from 6:00-8:00 PM. Terri Hardin serves as the Club Leader, and has many years of 4-H volunteer experience.  For more information, please contact Terri Hardin at 272-3728 or terri.hardin@yahoo.com, or contact the 4-H office.

Day Spring Eagles 4-H

This is a school based 4-H club that is led by Ginger Pittman.  The club meets monthly at Day Spring Christian Academy.  For more information contact Ginger Pittman at (850) 209-2212 or jgfarm@embarqmail.com.

Jackson County 4-H Robotics Club

4-H Robotics Programs engage youth in challenging experiences with science, engineering, and technology and use a variety of media and delivery methods to reach youth.  These programs are much broader than most of the robotic curricula available, which focuses on one specific platform.

We are excited to offer this exciting opportunity to our Jackson County Youth. This club is led by Anita Halling, who is a long-time Jackson County 4-H Volunteer!  This club meets on the second Thursday of each month at 3:30PM at the UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Office. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information please contact club leader Anita Halling at  (850) 693-1421, hallinga@chipola.edu, or the 4-H office.

Jackson County 4-H Hoppers and Cluckers (Rabbits and Poultry)

This 4-H Club has emphasis on poultry and rabbits. The club leader is Mrs. Anita Crossley, who is a veteran Jackson County 4-H Volunteer!  The club meets at the UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Office, on the last Saturday of each month at 9:00 AM.  For more information please contact club leader Anita Crossley at (850) 209-5942, crossleyyy@gmail.com, or contact the 4-H office.

Jackson County 4-H Livestock Club

This is a 4-H Club with emphasis in the animal science areas of livestock and poultry.  The club leader, Stacey Warden, is a former Jackson County 4-H member who competed at the National level in Poultry and Livestock Judging.  We are very excited to have her join our 4-H Volunteer Family!  The club meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:00PM at the UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Office.  For more information please contact club leader Stacey Warden at (850) 693-3275, cntrydenise@yahoo.com, or the 4-H office.

Jackson County 4-H SeaPerch Robotics

We are excited to offer this new program which is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.  This club will begin in September/2014.  The program is set to kick-off with a 4-H Day Camp that is scheduled for July 8,9, and 10, 2014.  **Enrollment for the Day Camp and Club is currently capped until additional trained volunteers and funding can be secured.  The club will be led by Tony Walker, who is a retired professional electrical engineer, and Betsy Willett, who is retired military and also works for the Panhandle Public Library.  For information on how you can become a volunteer with this exciting new program, please contact 4-H Agent, Angel Granger at (850) 482-9620 or amgranger@ufl.edu.

Horse Club – There is not a club at this time.

**There has been a great deal of interest in horses.  If you want to be a part of a new club or clubs with emphasis in this area, please contact the 4-H Agent, Angel Granger at (850) 482-9620 or amgranger@ufl.edu.  We are looking for volunteer leaders and need them ASAP!  Jackson County youth are traveling outside the county to participate in organized 4-H activities because we do not have a club in Jackson County, so please consider becoming a volunteer leader.

Teen Council

We are looking for Teen Council members!  If you are a senior 4-H member (age 12-18) you are strongly encouraged to participate.  We hope to focus on issues related to your age group such as resume writing, financial management, applying for college scholarships, and I would like to work on finding internships through our research units. These educational topics will also provide teens an opportunity to teach their fellow members an activity or unique skill. Participation Age: 12-18 (youth must be 12 as of September 1, 2013). Youth wanting to serve as a counselor or a counselor-in-training at Camp Timpoochee are required to be members of the Council.  These youth will be eligible for community service hours and other leadership events. Please contact the 4-H Office for more information. The meetings are scheduled for the first Thursday of each month from 4:00 to 5:00 PM at the Extension Office.  Please contact us if you would like to serve on the Council.

Start a 4-H Club in Your Community!

Jackson County 4-H needs caring and committed volunteers to lead 4-H Clubs. If you enjoy working with children and would like to learn more about leading a 4-H Club, contact 4-H Agent, Angel Granger, at (850) 482-9620 or amgranger@ufl.edu.

Why join a 4-H Club?

Clubs are the foundation of the 4-H program, and offer members opportunities to build leadership and citizenship skills by electing officers, conducting project-related activities, holding business meetings, and working together on community-service projects.

Research shows that youth development programs, like 4-H, play an important and vital role in the lives of young people. According to the finding in the most recent report from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, 4-H youth are:

  • 25% more likely to contribute to their families, themselves and their communities
  • More likely to envision themselves attending college, as compared to other youth
  • 41% less likely to engage in risky or problem behaviors
  • More successful with goal-setting and goal-management, as compared to other youth

What do 4-H members do?

Fun and educational activities are planned for each meeting by adult volunteer leaders. Some common activities include camping, fishing, drama presentations, science projects, and horse-related programs.

Project books, field days, talent shows, fairs and contests provide members with opportunities to learn new skills and make new friends.

Who can attend club meetings?

Any youth wanting to participant in 4-H clubs and events must have a current, completed 4-H Enrollment Form on file with the Jackson County 4-H Office.

Depending upon the type of 4-H club, members’ ages may range from 5-18.

Enrollment in Jackson County 4-H is available to all youth between the ages of 5-18, regardless of gender, race, creed, color, religion, or disability.

When do they meet?

Jackson County 4-H clubs meet at least six (6) times per year.

 

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