More than 100 community members, 4-H youth and volunteers gathered Oct. 3 to celebrate National 4-H Week with team-building activities and mini-service projects at the Kendall County Fairgrounds.
Several Kendall County 4-H Clubs hosted hands-on stations to fit the National 4-H theme of “Inspire Kids to Do” and the Illinois 4-H theme of “Mission Adventure: Join the Team. Change the World.”
“Our 4-H’ers took the lead and showed our community what the four Hs truly mean,” said Kim Eisnaugle, 4-H program coordinator. “Fun activities focused on teamwork, caring for others, strategic thinking or gratitude. Each embodied at least one of pledge elements: head, heart, hands, and health.”
The interactive stations included: thank you cards for military service members, seasonal cards for Meals on Wheels, Monarchs on the Move, a bucket water relay, and other games and crafts. The event officially kicked off a new 4-H year in Kendall County and celebrated National 4-H Week.
It also provided a way for interested families to learn more about the 4-H program and meet adults and youth part of it.
Participating clubs represented areas across the county and included the 4-H Teen Federation; 4-H Teen Science Ambassadors; Denim and Dust; La Menu Modelle; Little Rockets; Outbacker Kids; Renegades, Rebels and Rogues; Seward Kids and Critters; and Stagecoach Trailblazers.
“4-H Youth Development programs provide hands-on learning, and focus on building leadership, citizenship and life skills,” said Eisnaugle. “They also emphasize community service and healthy lifestyles. Through 4-H, youth can explore many areas of study, including culinary arts, visual arts, horticulture, technology, science and more than 100 others.”
For more information on the 4-H program in Kendall County, visit go.illinois.edu/info4Hdkk.