4-H Youth Development
Making Waves Teen Leadership Club
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. In 2013-2014, the club will meet on the first Wednesday of each month from October through May (except for January due to the holiday) at the James City County Recreation Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
James City 4-H Archery Club
The 4-H Archery Club promotes youth interest in natural resources and related natural sciences programs through archery target shooting. Students learn safe and responsible use of archery equipment to develop decision making, self-discipline, and concentration. Participants learn about range and equipment safety, eye dominance, parts of the bow, parts of an arrow, basic archery form, and development of technique. The 4-H Archery Club holds two monthly meetings throughout the year and provides the opportunity for youth to prepare for and to compete in the State 4-H Archery Shoot. The 4-H Archery Club provides all equipment necessary for participation. In order to maintain and purchase future equipment, a fee of $30 per season will be charged. There are scholarships available for those that qualify. The club is also looking for responsible adult volunteers to become trained as 4-H archery instructors. Fees will be waived for adults that commit to volunteering for two seasons as an instructor.
4-H LEGO Robotics
4-H LEGO Robotics Club
The 4-H LEGO Robotics Club promotes essential workplace skills in youth ages 9 –18. Students will explore teamwork, collaboration, and leadership while learning to appreciate science and technology. Youth learn to build structurally sound LEGO Robots as well as how to program these robots. The 4-H LEGO Robotics Club holds a monthly meeting and has the opportunity to compete in a fall competition with First LEGO League of Virginia (fee is required). The 4-H LEGO Robotics Club meets once per month at the James City County Recreation Center on Longhill Road. In 2013-14 there will be an advanced and a beginner 4-H Robotics Club. The beginner club is for those participants that have not participated in a 4-H robotics club or camp in James City. The 4-H Robotics beginner club will meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and the advanced club will meet on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. There is a $30 fee per participant per year to maintain equipment.
4-H Cloverbud Clubs
Cloverbuds are 4-H groups designed for youth ages 5-8 which emphasize parent involvement and support. Groups are lead by
adult volunteers and focus on hands-on, learning-by-doing curriculum. They are small and conduct non-competitive activities.
Participating members are encouraged to develop and progress at their own speed. Cloverbud groups meet out of school and as often as deemed necessary by volunteer leaders.
New in 2012-13! Join our Matoaka 4-H Cloverbud Club at Matoaka Elementary School. After school from 4:00 - 5:15 on the first Wednesday of the month.
We are currently looking for responsible and caring adult volunteers to serve as 4-H Cloverbud leaders.
Dream Catcher's 4-H Club
The 4-H Leadership Club at Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center assists able-bodied and disabled youth 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 learns basic breeds, colors, grooming, and health care. The Dream Catcher's 4-H Club meets on the fourth Saturday's of the month. There is a $30 membership fee for this club which covers project books, curriculum, and supplies. There are scholarships available for those that qualify.
4-H Peninsula PetPals Club
The 4-H Peninsula PetPALS Club is for community youth ages 9-18 who have successfully trained dogs and received a Canine Good Citizen certificate from the American Kennel Club. 4-H Peninsula PetPALS Club helps provide comfort and companionship by sharing our dogs at any institution, function, or home. 4-H Peninsula PetPALS Club help increase emotional well-being, promote healing and improve quality of life for the people we visit and the staff who care for them!
Visit the James City 4-H PetPALS Club webpage! www.4hpetpals.org
2014 Junior 4-H Camp
The 2014 James City/Essex 4-H Junior Camp will be held on June 30 - July 4, 2014 at Jamestown 4-H Educational Center. Check back after February 1, 2014 for detailed registration information. Registration normally begins on March 1 of each year.
Campers must reach their 9th birthday by September 30, 2014 to be eligible to attend. Camp Counselor and Counselor-in-Training positions are available for those teens that turn 13 by January 1, 2014. Applications and an interview is required. Leadership applications are generally due by March 1.
Jamestown 4-H Educational Center Specialty Camps
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.
Holding a family reunion, special event, birthday party, or wedding? Visit the Jamestown 4-H Center website for additional information!
Airfield 4-H Educational Center Specialty Camps
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.
Holding a family reunion, special event, birthday party, or wedding? Visit the Airfield 4-H Center website for additional information!