By Ellissa Clark
In the spring and summer of 1912, James C. Hogensen toured the state of Utah hoping to organize Boys Potato Growing Clubs in every county in the state. These potato clubs marked the beginning of 4-H in Utah. 4-H has come a long ways since 1912! Today common 4-H activities include robotics, GPS programs, and ATV safety. Even though 4-H projects today differ greatly from 4-H in the past, the goals of 4-H have stayed the same. The mission of Utah 4-H is to help youth gain knowledge, build character, develop leadership qualities, and learn to serve their community.
Youth in Morgan County who want to participate in 4-H this year will find a wide variety of opportunities. These opportunities include Cooking Camp, Family Fun Nights, 4-H After school, Fair Entries, Junior Youth Conference, State Contests, Cake Decorating, Photography Club, Sewing Camp, Livestock projects, County Contests, Parade Float, Teen Leadership Training, Fair Booths, T-shirt Camp, Service projects, Horse Clubs, Family Club activities, Portfolio Workshops, Teen Council, Jr. Teen Council, Leadermete, Money Camp, Theater Club, 4-H Robotics and more!
Morgan County 4-H is sponsoring the 100 Years, 100 Hours Challenge. They would like to encourage all 4-H youth and adults to participate. Each time you attend a 4-H class/club, work on a project with a club or family or perform service hours, record the hours on your time log. Time logs will be available in the 4-H office or online at extension.usu.edu/morgan. If you reach the goal of 100 hours, you will be recognized at the centennial 4-H Achievement night in October. Please contact the Morgan County Extension Office (829.3472) for more information.
The 4-H youth in grades 6-8 have a great opportunity to earn 4-H hours. A Jr. Teen Council is being formed and will provide youth opportunities in leadership and service. If you are interested, please contact the extension office as soon as possible!
As part of the 4-H Centennial celebration every month we will spotlight a member of our community that has been involved in 4-H throughout their life. If you or someone you know would like to be included in our series of spotlight articles please contact the Morgan County Extension Office at 829.3472.