Shop to Support 4-H!

In a giving mood this holiday season? Check out these ways to help support 4-H! Interested in “Giving the Gift of Camp”? Contact your local 4-H Office for more information!

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Whether you celebrate Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or otherwise find yourself at some point and time purchasing goods, check out the following ways you can support 4-H simultaneously!

AmazonSmile:  Make your purchase through this link, and .5% of your cost goes to the charity of your choice.  To send those funds to 4-H search for “Florida 4-H” (or your local 4-H program).

Joann 4-H Rewards:  Save 15% off total in-store and online purchases every day with 4‑H Rewards. JOANN will give a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction to 4‑H.

Shop 4-H:  This site often offers discounts during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Be sure to sign up for an account to earn rewards points good toward future purchases!

Do you prefer to gift experiences rather than goods?  Contact your local county extension office and ask how you can “Give the Gift of Camp” by…

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Encouraging the Innovator Spirit in Youth

“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.” ~Hodding Carter

In an age where creativity is often pre-engineered through technology, it is hard to strike a balance between utilizing that technology and allowing our imaginations to flow unassisted.  That’s why it is more important than ever to provide a safe environment for our youth to explore technology and encourage creative risk-taking while they try to create a new reality.  So how do we do this?  How do we give our youth both roots and wings in today’s fast-paced world?
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I Want to See Like the Colour Blind | Quick Bytes

We all experience the world a little differently than the person next to us, yet we are all the same.  In the next few posts we’ll explore how we’re all a little different but a lot the same.  Because in 4-H we are all about everyone experiencing a sense of Belonging!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be color blind? Did you know there are 8 different kinds of color blindness? Check out this fascinating post by Minnesota Extension to explore the world in a whole new light…or color!

Source: I Want to See Like the Colour Blind | Quick Bytes

Delegation, But HOW?

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You can’t do it all.  And to try means that you are inhibiting the potential growth of your 4-H club.  If a club or program can never expand beyond what you yourself can do, that program will never reach its potential.  This means- delegation is not just important, it is the responsible thing to do.

Think back to the last time you tried to delegate a task?  Seriously- take about a minute to think about who you asked, what you asked for, and what was the end product.  Jot down some brief notes.

I’ll wait….

Delegation can be a beautiful thing.  It can also be a dismal failure.  Fortunately, much of the success of the delegation process remains in the hands of the one assigning the task.  YOU have much control!

delegationDelegation is not the simple act of asking (telling) someone to do something and expecting it magically happens.  Effective…

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Help celebrate National 4-H Week!

Each day of National 4-H Week will have a themed activity that Madison youth will be able to complete on their own or in small groups. These activities will allow the exploration of the Essential Elements of 4-H: Belonging, Independence, Mastery, and Generosity. Activities will culminate with our Northeast District 4-H Kick-Off to be held at 4-H Camp Cherry Lake on October 14th.

October 1st- Pick a 4-H Club in your county or neighboring county to visit!  See what other 4-Hers are up to near year, who knows you might come up with an awesome project to collaborate on.

October 2nd- Invite a friend to your next club meeting!  Take a selfie with them and post to your favorite social media site with the hashtags #madco4h #trueleaders #4heverywhere

October 3rd- Pick a challenging project to tackle this year, one in an area that you’ve never explored or something harder than you ever thought you could accomplish!  Need ideas?  Check out:

October 4th- Participate in National Youth Science Day!  For more information visit

October 5th- Share your favorite 4-H memory or story!  Don’t forget to tag us #madco4h #trueleaders #4heverywhere

October 6th-  Sign up for a 4-H competition!  Pick something new or tried and true.  Just get out there and showcase your mastery of a new or old skill.

October 7th-  Send a handwritten thank you to a 4-H Club Leader or Volunteer that has made a difference in your life!  Our Volunteers work hard to make sure 4-H “makes the best better,” and they deserve to be recognized for their efforts.

National 4-H Week October 1-7

For the 75th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week during the first full week of October. Madison County 4-H will leverage National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

“4-H provides opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use throughout their life. The 4-H experience builds confidence, life skills, social skills, communications skill, character, and much more. 4-H programs help children to become informed citizens in their communities as well as helping them to connect with people throughout their community through community service projects. In the past we’ve had kids that have served as volunteers at 4-H summer camps, collected cards for our Armed Services, provided holiday decorations for our community, visited senior citizen to name a few. There are so many things 4-H teaches our youth,” said local 4-H Club Leader Jacinda Jesse. “I would suggest that any child join a 4-H club and become involved in the other 4-H activities. I have seen my own children, and many other families, grow by leaps and bounds by being involved in 4-H.”

4-H alumni around the country are always the first to acknowledge the significant positive impact 4-H had on them as young people; the opportunities and experiences that 4-H provides youth empowers them to become true leaders. In fact, research has shown that young people in 4-H are almost four times as likely to contribute to their communities, and are twice as likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in their free time.

In Madison County, more than 125 4-H youth and 20 volunteers from the community are involved in 4-H. The local 4-H program also reaches approximately 1,700 of the 2,100 youth aged 5 to 18 through in-school clubs and projects. It’s summer day camp and overnight camping experiences allow 4-H members and non-4-H members to explore the endless possibilities 4-H offers.

“We are constantly striving to reach all youth who are 4-H aged within the county through exciting, innovative and traditional programming. It is impossible to do this without the loving support of our community and the hard work of our adult 4-H mentors and volunteers,” said Becky Bennett, the Madison County 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent. “All youth are welcome to participate in any of our programs or clubs at any time throughout the year. Registration for the new year is open and I am currently interviewing new volunteers and mentors. Everyone has some talent to share with our youth even if you only have an hour here or there to give back. I would encourage anyone to reach out to me if you or someone you know would like to help shape the lives of our youth and mold them into thriving, contributing, caring citizens!”

One of the most anticipated events of National 4-H Week every year is 4-H National Youth Science Day, which sees hundreds of thousands of youth across the nation taking part in the world’s largest youth-led science challenge. The exciting theme for this year’s challenge is Incredible Wearables. On Wednesday, Oct. 4, youth will use the engineering design process to build a prototype wearable technology that will gather data to help solve a real-world problem. Wearable technologies are now used in industries around the globe, from education and sport, to health, fashion, entertainment, transportation and communication. To learn more about National Youth Science Day, please visit

About 4-H:

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. In the United States, 4-H programs empower six million young people through the 110 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower one million young people in more than 50 countries. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and the 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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North Florida Fair November 2nd-12th

It’s time to prep your projects for North Florida Fair! Typed forms are due by Oct. 9th with items you THINK you will be turning in this year.

Remember projects should have been completed within the previous year by the 4-H member.  In order to turn in items you must be a fully registered 4-H member by October 1st. If you have questions or aren’t sure which category your projects belongs in, contact the Extension Office.

Fair Registration Forms:

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Hurricane Preparation: What About the Kids?

Great tips as we prepare for Hurricane Irma. Please stay safe and make smart decisions!

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Dear Reader,

I’m not certain where you are logging in from today, but I’m currently here in “sunny” Florida watching and waiting for Hurricane Irma. When I haven’t been watching the Weather Channel as if it were ESPN during play off season, I’ve been prepping. I’ve been stockpiling batteries, candles, water, an unacceptably large quantity of peanut butter M & M’s, and other necessities.

But what about the kids? Sometimes the smallest people in our households can take a backseat in our minds as we rush to prepare. However, it is important to remember they need to be prepared too.

Things to think about:

  •  Explain what will happen, in simple and age-appropriate terms.  There are some great resources to help you with this here:  Explaining Hurricanes to Kids
  • Be careful not to overdue your explanations though.  If all your household conversations focus on the approaching hurricane and nothing else, it can increase children’s…

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4-H Day at LEGOLAND- September 23, 2017

The 5th annual 4-H Day at LEGOLAND will take place Saturday, September 23rd. Join us for a fun-filled day exploring the park and enjoying hands-on STEM activities for the entire family! Tickets are $35 per person or $55 per person for a water park combo ticket.

Visit 4-H Day at Legoland Tickets to get yours today!