In the Extension Office, we get a lot of questions. We work in a business where we supply knowledge for life. With certain “seasons,” we get specific questions. In January, producers begin asking about farm leases. In November, people are asking about preparing turkey. In the spring/summer, we are asked if we are ready for the fair. After the fair, “Are you glad the fair’s over?” or “Are you recovered from fair?” are the top questions. We get “How do I enroll my kids in 4-H?” around the time school starts.
The 4-H year begins Oct. 1, but starting the process now is really a step in the right direction. Our local 4-H clubs (there are eleven and one project club) meet monthly. This gives families the opportunity to contact club leaders and/or visit a club meeting to determine which club is the right fit for you. Cowley County 4-H has a club in nearly every Cowley County community. Community clubs consist of members with a variety of interest which allows families to explore a variety of project areas throughout the year.
Once a 4-H’er has determined which club they would like to join, they can begin the enrollment process. 4-H enrollment is completed online at http://ks.4honline.com. Families register, then enroll each youth member. If a family does not have access to the internet, they are invited to visit the Cowley County Extension Office in the Cowley County Courthouse at 311 E. Ninth Ave. in Winfield and a staff member will assist them in the process. When enrolling online, a 4-H’er can begin choosing the projects in which they’d like to be enrolled. 4-H offers a variety of projects in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Creative Arts, Animals, Family and Consumer Sciences, Personal Development, and Science, Engineering and Technology.
Now, it’s time to get started! Project materials for each project are available for checkout in the Extension Office. Members can also purchase materials to explore their project areas at www.4-hmall.org. Members should attend their monthly club meetings and club activities. Getting the whole family involved in the 4-H program further enhances the 4-H experience.
For information about local 4-H clubs or to pick up a new family packet, call or visit the Cowley County Extension Office at 221-5450 or 311 E. Ninth Ave., or visit www.cowley.ksu.edu.