4-H Youth Development

 

Making Waves Teen Leadership Club

MWL logo

The Making Waves 4-H Teen Leadership club is designed for youth ages 14-19 with an interest in developing citizenship, leadership, and life skills.  The club uses a peer teaching model in which teens teach teens through hands-on interactive leadership activities.  The club utilizes research-based curriculum.  Members have the opportunity to collaborate with 4-H teens across the state at 4-H Day at the Capitol each spring and at 4-H Congress at Virginia Tech in the summer.

Making Waves holds a monthly meeting and participates in additional service learning projects through the year.  Many members of the Making Waves 4-H teen leadership club serve as trained camp counselors for 4-H summer camp.

More information about the Making Waves Club for the 2014-15 year is coming soon.

 

4-H Archery Clubs

James City County 4-H Archery Club
The archery clubs teach youth (ages 9-18) about the sport of archery and provide them with opportunities to practice. Lessons include range and equipment safety, eye dominance, parts of the bow, parts of an arrow, basic archery form, and development of technique. These clubs focus on basic archery techniques using traditional long bows or recurve bows; compound bows are not permitted. Equipment is provided for all club members. Both clubs meet in the late afternoon on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month (October-May). Club members have the opportunity to compete in district and state level archery competitions. There is a $30 per person registration fee, and scholarships are available for youth with financial need. Registration is limited to 20 youth per club and is first-come-first-serve. To register, please call the Extension office at 757-564-2170. Registered club members will receive additional information about the clubs, such as meeting times and location.

4-H Robotics Club

LEGO Robotics photo
Youth enrolled in the 4-H Robotics Clubs learn teamwork, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills as they design, build, and program LEGO robots to complete tasks and challenges. The club is open to youth ages 9-18. A beginners club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month (Oct.-May) from 6-7:30 p.m. An intermediate club, for youth that have already participated in the beginners club or have advanced LEGO robotics experience, meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month (Oct.-May) from 6-7:30 p.m. There is a $30 per person registration fee, and scholarships are available for youth with financial need. Registration is limited to 20 youth per club and is first-come-first-serve. To register, please call the Extension office at 757-564-2170. Registered club members will receive additional information about the clubs, such as the meeting location.
 

4-H Cloverbud Club

cloverbud for website
The 4-H Cloverbud club is open to youth ages 5-8. Members of the club explore the world of 4-H through hands-on, interactive learning activities. Participants explore topics such as gardening, communication, citizenship, money management, environmental education, community service, science and technology, healthy lifestyles, and personal development. This club meets monthly afterschool at Matoaka Elementary School and is free to join. Registration for this club is currently closed.
 

Dream Catcher's 4-H Leadership Club

Dream Catcher's 4-H Club
The 4-H Leadership Club at Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center helps able-bodied and disabled youth (ages 9-18) develop leadership skills through experience working with horses. 4-H members gain skills in teamwork, cooperation, conflict resolution, responsibility, and character through hands-on lessons that teach about horses.  Participants learn basic breeds, colors, grooming, and health care. This club meets on the 4th Saturday of each month from 3-5 p.m. at Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center. The club is open to both able-bodied and disabled youth and is free to join. (There may be costs associated with club activities throughout the year.)

For more information about the club or to register contact the Extension office at 757-564-2170 or the volunteer club leader, Donna Wilson, at dwils8@verizon.net.

 

4-H Pet Pals Club

4-H Furry Friends

The 4-H Pet Pals Club is for youth ages 9-18 and their personal dog. Youth and their dog will help increase emotional well-being, promote healing, and improve quality of life for people throughout the community by conducting visits to various institutions and events throughout the area. Institutions and events may include nursing homes, schools, parades, festivals, and more. All dogs and their youth must complete an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen training course and pass a final assessment in order to participate.

The next training session offered by 4-H will be held every Tuesday from Oct. 7 to Nov. 18 from 6-7 p.m. The training course is limited to 10 participants, and a $40 fee is required for the course. Scholarships are available for youth with financial need. Registration for the course is first-come-first-serve. To register, contact the Extension office at 757-564-2170. Monthly club meetings and activities will be scheduled after the training course. All dogs must be 6 months old or older, able to walk on a leash, and have proof of rabies vaccination.

Interested youth and their parents are invited to attend an informational meeting about the club and training sessions on September 30 from 6:00-7:00 pm in Room C of the James City County Recreation Center. Please RVSP for the informational meeting to the VCE office at 757-564-2170. Additional information about the training sessions, such as their location, will be given to youth registered for the course.

Junior 4-H Camp

Camp Kayak Photo

Junior 4-H Camp is our residential, week-long summer camp program available to youth ages 9-14. This camp is held for one week every summer at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center.  The dates of James City County’s 2015 Junior 4-H Camp will be posted soon. For more information about Junior 4-H Camp visit the Jamestown 4-H Center’s website.

Please note that James City County is in charge of planning for and processing registration for our week of Junior 4-H camp. Jamestown 4-H Center is just the facility we use during the week for camp programming. Registration and/or questions regarding James City County’s Junior 4-H camp should be directed to the James City County Extension office at 757-564-2170, not the Jamestown 4-H Center.

In addition to the opportunity for youth ages 9-14 to attend camp as campers, teens ages 15-18 can apply to serve as Camp Counselors during the week of camp. The role of Camp Counselor includes a high level of responsibility and teens interested must submit an application with three references, complete an interview, and attend a significant amount of training throughout the spring. Youth ages 13-14 can also apply to serve as Counselors-In-Training (CITs) during summer camp. In this role, CITs function much like campers, but receive additional training throughout the spring and during camp to help prepare them for a role as a Camp Counselor. More information about Camp Counselor and CIT positions, including application materials, will be coming soon.

Jamestown 4-H Educational Center Specialty Camps

 
Jamestown 4-H Graphic

Does your child love campfires, singing, making new friends, and learning about science, art, or the great outdoors?  The Jamestown 4-H Educational Center offers specialty camps throughout the year. 

Click here to see a calendar of speciality camps at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center.

Please note that the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center is in charge of planning for and processing registration for all specialty camps. The James City County Extension/4-H Office is only responsible for programming and registration for the 4-H Junior Camp, not for any other specialty camps. Registration and/or questions regarding Jamestown 4-H Center specialty camps should be directed to the Jamestown 4-H Center at 757-253-4931. Only registration and/or questions regarding James City County Junior 4-H Camp should be directed to the James City County Extension/4-H Office.

Airfield 4-H Educational Center Specialty Camps

Airfield Logo

Does your child love campfires, singing, making new friends, and learning about science, art, or the great outdoors?  The Airfield 4-H Center in Wakefield, VA offers specialty camps throughout the year. 

Click here to see a calendar of specialty camps at the Airfield 4-H Educational Center.

Please note that the Airfield 4-H Educational Center is in charge of planning for and processing registration for all specialty camps. The James City County Extension/4-H Office is only responsible for programming and registration for the 4-H Junior Camp at Jamestown 4-H Center, not for any other specialty camps. Registration and/or questions regarding Airfield 4-H Center specialty camps should be directed to the Airfield 4-H Center at (757) 899-4901. Only registration and/or questions regarding James City County Junior 4-H Camp should be directed to the James City County Extension/4-H Office.