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Perry County 4-H Opportunities and Activities

Other 4-H opportunities for youth in Perry County.

Other opportunities are available to youth in addition to our traditional 4-H clubs.

County Level

Kickoff

4-H members join together for an evening of recreation the 3rd Tuesday of March to celebrate Pennsylvania 4-H week.

Speak Out Night (ages 8 – 18)

Presentations, Impromptu speeches, Radio Sports, and 4-H Pledge and Pledge of Allegiance Contests. Usually held in the spring. Details sent out yearly.

Officers Training

Coordinated with teen leaders and volunteers who explain how to perform roles of officers and give ideas of how each officer should carry out his/her duties.

County Council

County wide group promoting interaction among all 4-H members through social activities and community service.

Fun Day

Several days are offered during June, July and August to try a new project or skill area. This is an opportunity for non 4-H members to participate and have a hands-on opportunity to see what doing a 4-H project is like. Workshops are led by leaders and teens.

County Government Day

During part one of the citizenship program the 4-H members spend the day in the county seat learning about duties of elected officials and the work that is done in the county offices.

Regional Level

Resident Camp

A camping experience for youth ages 9 – 18 held at a regional camp site. This 5-day event includes crafts, activities, and educational workshops. Campers experience and learn the social dynamics of group living in an informal, supervised setting.

Capital Region Winter Academy (formerly Pre-Teen Retreat)

A camping experience for youth ages 10 – 13 usually held in late February or early March. Details sent out yearly.

State Level

State Citizenship

This two-day event is a citizenship development program typically held in April in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It provides experiences for 4-H members, ages 13 – 18, to help them understand how state government operates and their roles as Pennsylvania citizens.

State 4-H Achievement Days

This three-day event is held at University Park in July or August. It provides the opportunity for 4-H members, ages 13 – 19, to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in selected areas; become better acquainted with Penn State faculty, services, and facilities; and broaden the 4-H interaction experiences of youth and adults from around the state.

State 4-H Leadership Conference

Workshops, Ambassador Training, and Leadership Training activities in State College, Days Inn Hotel, usually held in January or February. A wonderful leadership conference for 4-H members ages 13 – 18.

Pennsylvania State 4-H Council

Select group of young people who organize and run the State 4-H Leadership Conference, promote 4-H, talk to legislators in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., write news articles and appear on TV and radio. They generally meet at Penn State University Park Campus.

National Level

Federal Citizenship

This three day/two night event provides 4-H members, ages 15-18 with an opportunity to experience Washington, D.C. and stay at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MD while learning about the federal government structure and national heritage.

National 4-H Conference

This eight-day event is held at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. 4-H youth, ages 15 – 17, and adults from across the nation meet to discuss, review, and evaluate Cooperative Extension and the 4-H program and to recommend changes and new directions.

National 4-H Congress

This program offers 4-H delegates new and stimulating educational and cultural experiences to foster personal growth and leadership/citizenship development; recognize the accomplishments of 4-H members; provide an incentive for 4-H members to achieve excellence; and provide a forum for communication and exchange of ideas among young people and adults. Two outstanding 4-H members selected by Recognition Forms and subsequent processes take part in this event featuring educational workshops, recognition events and banquets, career-oriented and cultural tours, and recreational activities. The event is held in Atlanta, Georgia beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving and concluding the following Tuesday.

International Level

International 4-H

International 4-H is a part of 4-H Citizenship. 4-H’s approach to citizenship is to help youth and their families learn about their rights and responsibilities as citizens at various levels; family, club, community, county, state, nation, and world.

The purpose of 4-H global citizenship is to assist youth, volunteers, alumni, and their families in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will further their development as self-directed, productive members of an interdependent global community. International opportunities include travel to other countries, hosting youth and adults from other countries, cross-cultural camps, international evenings, pen pals, and study about other counties and cultures.