Richmond County 4-H has had an incredible year. Reaching almost 5,000 contacts was fun and exhausting! From camping to goat shows, these kids are doing it all. As this year comes to a close, there are so many great programs that deserve a second look.
With more than 120 enrolled members, in six different clubs, Richmond County 4-H has tripled in size this year. Members are active in three new clubs including the Homeschool Eagles 4-H Club, Shooting Sports and Cooking Clovers in addition to the Richmond County Livestock Club, Rusty Bolts Tractor Club and 4-H Adventures Club. Clubs meet monthly, elect officers, participate in various educational activities and have community service projects that give back to their community.
Throughout the school year, Richmond County 4-H comes into the classroom with two different programs, Embryology and Science Adventures. Each 2nd-grade classroom participates in the Embryology program where students learn about the life cycle while incubating chicken eggs. The students have the eggs for about three weeks, rotate them, name them, write stories about them and then watch the eggs hatch. Students love the hands-on experience of this project! In the Spring, each 5th-grade classroom in Richmond County is invited to Millstone 4-H Camp to enjoy a fun-filled day discovering science in nature. Through several different agencies, students learn about the importance of honey bees, wildlife safety, prescribed burns, making paper, climate change and many other important events. Through these curriculum enrichment activities, Richmond County 4-H reached more than 1, 000 students in 2016.
During the summer months, 45 Richmond County youth participated in the 4-H Summer Camp program at Millstone 4-H Camp and Betsy-Jeff Penn Education Center. In addition, another 64 youth participated in local camps hosted at the 4-H office. Topics for the summer camps included cooking, farming, sewing and science. Youth participated in several field trips and were able to compete in the first “Food Challenge” competition.
In September, the Richmond County Livestock Club hosted the annual 4-H Goat Show with a record 57 showman entering the competition. Youth from 17 counties participate in the livestock show circuit and compete for points to win overall prizes. Richmond County 4-H’ers showed extremely well in the circuit and walked away with several prizes. The group then took their goats to the North Carolina State Fair.
To reach more youth, Richmond County 4-H has been hosting a monthly movie night for youth ages 5 to 12 years old. Movie nights are held once a month on a Friday evening from 6 -10. Youth play games, eat pizza, have popcorn and watch movies. Enrolled members help run the concession stand, lead games and answer questions others may have about being in 4-H. All participants have a great time!
Richmond County 4-H ended the year with a great celebration of the year on Dec. 2, where state Sen. Tom McInnis encouraged each member to “bring a friend” to experience the great things happening in Richmond County 4-H. McInnis was also on hand to present awards, including the Junior 4-H’er of the Year, Tobey Lunceford and Senior 4-H’er of the Year, Coleman Berry.
The members of Richmond County 4-H are looking forward to a wonderful 2017 and would like to extend an invitation to any youth between the ages of 5 and 18 to become a member and join the fun! If you would like more information about Richmond County 4-H contact me via email Alyson_hoffman@ncsu.edu or by phone 910-997-8255. For updates about the program, like the Richmond County 4-H Facebook Page.
Alyson Hoffman is the 4-H Youth Development Agent for the Richmond County Cooperative Extension office.