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Boscawen Earnest Workers 4-H in need of adult leadership

Lorrie Carey of Boscawen (from left), Jean Jaworski ofPenacook, MacNeill Matthews, 10, of Boscawen, Montana Pouliot, 11, of Bow and Martha Pouliot of Bow plot data as part of the National 4-H Science Experiment, Maps & Apps.

Lorrie Carey of Boscawen (from left), Jean Jaworski ofPenacook, MacNeill Matthews, 10, of Boscawen, Montana Pouliot, 11, of Bow and Martha Pouliot of Bow plot data as part of the National 4-H Science Experiment, Maps & Apps.

The Boscawen Earnest Workers 4-H Club is looking for new adult leadership. For those who are interested in helping, an informational meeting will be held Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boscawen Town Hall. Michelle Bersaw, program coordinator for the 4-H Youth Development program in Merrimack County, told us more about 4-H:

What is the mission of 4-H?

4-H helps youth acquire knowledge, develop life skills and form attitudes to enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society.

What are some of the activities that members participate in?

There really is such a wide array of activities that 4-Hers participate in. Project work can vary from photography, food preservation, clothing and textiles, communication (including public speaking, action exhibits, demonstrations) to robotics, wood working, gardening, and animal sciences just to name a few. Youth are involved with their chosen project at the club level, but often participate at the county and state level and even regional and national level depending on the project and the youths age. In addition to project work, youth are involved in programs like the 4-H Chef Challenge and participating in the National 4-H Science Experiment, which this year was Maps and Apps. Another important aspect of the 4-H experience is community service. Our clubs give back to their communities in varying ways and along the way 4-Hers learn about the needs of their communities and how to contribute in a positive way. All of the work that is done with youth is hands-on and allows the youth to develop and practice real life skills.

How can adults get involved with the Boscawen Earnest Workers 4-H Club?

There are several ways for adults to become involved with the Boscawen Earnest Workers. This club in particular is seeking new adult leadership. All of our volunteers who work directly with youth are required to go through a screening process. To request an application and to talk more about the process, anyone interested should contact the Merrimack County 4-H Office at 796-2151 and ask for Debbie or Michelle.

How can children get involved with 4-H?

Youth and families interested in joining 4-H can contact the Merrimack County 4-H Office at 796-2151. We can talk about what the particular interests are of the youth and what clubs are nearby. The 4-H program is free and open to youth ages 8-18. We also have a cloverbud program for youth ages 5-7 and can provide families with more information about this opportunity as well.

What does 4-H teach children?

To name just a few key points: 1) To explore interests and try new skills; 2) Form friendships with youth and adults; 3) Become creative and productive citizens; 4) Develop positive leisure time activities; 5) Create a lifelong desire for learning; 6) Foster positive self esteem; 7) Build leadership potential; and 8) Become involved in communities. The 4-H program is really a family program. 4-H prides itself on being a family program where not only youth learn and grow, but families learn and grow together.

Noelle Stokes

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