4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. The Lancaster County 4-H Program offers youth ages 5-19 opportunities to participate in clubs, educational contests, educational activities, projects, camps, and much more!
Lancaster 4-H Clubs: Lancaster has two 4-H clubs focusing on animal science, the Bay Riders 4-H Club and the Northern Neck Livestock Club.
Lancaster 4-H in-School Programming: Lancaster County has three public schools and the 4-H program works in all three to provide research based instruction that correlates with the Virginia Standards of Learning. Often the in-school program involves many community volunteers to support the event and activities that are provided. In-School programs include SNAP-Ed Nutrition programs with Lancaster Primary School students, Kindergarten science enrichment, 5th grade Electricity, and 6th grade watershed education.
Lancaster 4-H Community Programming: 4-H works with community groups and churches to provide educational and hands on experiences in all of the 10 subject areas.
Lancaster 4-H Camping Program: Lancaster 4-H promotes a year-long camping program through specialty camps and summer camps. Many of these camps are district wide or statewide and promote project and leadership development. Lancaster 4-H also provides day camps (often offered in the summer or during school breaks) to encourage specific project development.
Become a 4-H Volunteer! Adult volunteers work with the kids on age appropriate, research based curriculum and project areas. Volunteers can help out on a short term basis for one program or a long term as a club leader.
To find out more about the Lancaster County 4-H Program, contact:
4-H MOTTO: To Make the Best Better!
I pledge...My HEAD to Clearer Thinking,
My HEART to Greater Loyalty,
My HANDS to Larger Service,
and My HEALTH to Better Living,
For My Club, My Community, My Country, and My World.
4-H COLORS: Green & White
The white is for purity.
The green, nature's most common color, is for life, springtime, and youth.
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Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists in community viability work with Extension agents, campus-based faculty, organizational partners, communities, and individuals to further opportunity and build capacity in five program areas:
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- Community Food System and Enterprises
- Community Planning
- Emerging Community Issues
Examples of our work include training county elected officials, educating entrepreneurs, facilitating collaborative projects, supporting the growth of community food systems and local economies, enhancing agent skills and community capacity in facilitation and leadership, conducting problem-driven research, and creating publications and tools that address critical community needs.
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