MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County 4-H clubs are gearing up this month for another year of fun, friends and learning, with 4-H clubs across the county now reorganizing and enrolling new members.
Youth in Kindergarten through Grade 13 (one year out of high school) can join a 4-H club.
In 4-H, youths develop and practice valuable skills, such as decision-making, critical thinking, record keeping, cooperation, goal setting, problem solving, communication, public speaking, and leadership, according to a release issued by the county.
4-H in Morris County has created a new club focused on robotics this fall. The club will meet at the North Jersey STEM Enrichment Center located at One Romaine Road, Mountain Lakes. Click here for more information.
4-H provides real-life, positive youth development experiences. Members learn “life skills,’’ how to do tasks and make decisions similar to those in adult life.
“Using life skills, members learn how to manage their resources, work together in groups, develop critical thinking skills and communicate with others,” said Kelly Dziak, program associate of Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Morris County.
Families are an important part of the 4-H Youth Development Program. Parents, brothers, sisters and other members of the family can learn new skills and adopt new ideas by being a part of the 4-H program experiences and educational opportunities. 4-H is adaptable to each individual, each home and each community.
4-H clubs also get involved in service learning or community service activities designed to improve the circumstances in their community.
Through activities like cleaning up neighborhoods or assisting with local food pantries, 4-H members learn civic engagement, citizenship, and leadership skills.
The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.
For more information about the Morris County 4-H Program call the 4-H office at (973) 285-8301 or visit the Morris County 4-H website by clicking here.