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The first Boys and Girls Club Work was formed in 1921 through the local leadership of a Mr. Hillard of Clarington, PA. A potato and pig feeding club was formed.

Forest County received its first county agent, Mr. W.I. Galt, in 1920. His job was to get acquainted with as many men as possible and to study the agriculture conditions of the county. As a result of his work in the county the first Boys and Girls Club Work was formed in 1921 through the local leadership of a Mr. Hillard of Clarington, P A. A potato and pig feeding club was formed. The program grew and in two years the potato project grew to 13 clubs and 122 club members. Each member received a bushel of seed potatoes for his project from a businessman.

Home economics became part of the Forest County Extension program in 1925 after Emma Hahman Maxwell was appointed as the first Home Economics Agent in 1924. Girls sewing clubs became popular. Boys and girls clubs became known as 4-H Clubs. Bee club work brought many honors to its members. Herman Motzer broke a 4-H honey production record in 1936. The Bee club also had its own band. Flower and vegetable clubs sprang up over the county. County 4-H events, such as picnics became popular as well as out-of the-county trips.

The first Civilian Conservation Corps camp in the nation was located in Forest County at Duhring. After WWII, this facility was used for many years as a 4-H camp.

- Contributed by William R. Wallace