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York 4-H

Want to learn by doing? Meet new people? Develop valuable leadership skills? York 4-H is the association for you! Members, from ages 6 – 22, take part in a variety of clubs across York Region run by passionate and creative volunteers. Clubs in York include many different livestock, life skills and special interest topics.

Register for 2022

Welcome to York 4-H! We are excited to welcome you to our 4-H Community and help you learn more about our association.

We are excited to announce that our Sign up will be IN PERSON!  Join us on Sunday, March 27th from 2-4 pm at the Markham Fairgrounds to find out more about our clubs and sign up for the clubs you are interested in.  York Association fee of $10/member will be collected at this time.  Members must have completed 4-H Ontario Registration.

York 4-H Clubs 2022 

VIRTUAL CLUBS

What’s for Breakfast? 
It has been called “The Most Important Meal of the Day” but we just call it delicious! Join us in exploring some sweet and savory breakfast recipes with inspiration from around the World.

Holiday Baking – Completed December 2021

The holidays are a great time to bake for friends and family!  Join us leading up to the holidays with this online baking club and learn to make some delicious holiday treats like gingerbread, fudge and Yule logs.  Online only club.

Self-Determined Project

Are you interested in exploring some 4-H clubs on your own?  York 4-H has some clubs you can complete independently in your own time.  These include: A Greener House, Digital Photography, Community Involvement, Breadventure and Cookie Jar.  (If you have already completed these clubs you cannot repeat).  

OR

Is there a 4-H club that you have always wanted to try? Senior 4-H Members may choose to plan, carry out and evaluate a project on their own.  This project must be approved by a York 4-H Leader to receive achievement.

Combination of Virtual and Online Clubs

Please note that in person meetings will only return in accordance with 4-H Ontario and local health guidelines.  Clubs will have limited numbers and will have safety plans in place. 

Financial Fitness (ages 12+)

This program is an introduction to money management, short- and long-term goals and thinking about how money and finances affect everyone in your life. You’ll learn the basics of financial principles, investments, credit ratings and more as you flex your financial fitness.

In Person Clubs

Please note that in person meetings will only return in accordance with 4-H Ontario and local health guidelines.  Clubs will have limited numbers and will have safety plans in place. 

Cloverbuds (ages 6-8)

This exciting addition to 4-H Ontario is a hands-on, activity-based program that covers a wide variety of topics, including agriculture, food, crafts, life skills, environment and science. By participating in the Cloverbud Program, participants are able to get a taste for the topics covered in 4-H Projects while developing an overall understanding of 4-H.

Dairy

If you’ve ever thought about a career in dairy farming or just want to learn more about Dairy, this is a great place to start. Open to all experience levels, the Dairy Project will give you a solid understanding of dairy cattle and the dairy industry as a whole.

Rabbit Club

Rabbits make great pets but sometimes get overlooked. In the Rabbit Project, you’ll learn how to choose the right breed for you, as well as how to feed and exhibit rabbits. Handling rabbits, watching them grow and learning how to care for them is what this project is all about.

Sheep Club

The Sheep Project is an amazing way to prepare yourself for owning sheep. We’ll cover health, nutrition, breeding, lambing, selection, housing, marketing and more. You’ll also learn how to show and judge sheep.

Goat Club

Goats are a versatile, wonderful animal. We want to teach you everything you need to know about their health, happiness and function.

Hand Embroidery

Hand Embroidery is the art of decorative stitching on fabric with needle and thread. There are many types of floss, yarn and fibers to stitch with, as well as a plethora of stitches to use. Hand Embroidery adds a decorative element to quilts, garments and accessories.

Sporting Chance

If you can’t decide what sport to play – or can’t decide which sport you love most! – this is a great project where you’ll get to try a variety of sports.

Outdoor Living (ages 14+)

Enjoy being outside?  This could be the club for you.  We spend a weekend at YMCA Camp Pinecrest and learn valuable outdoor living skills as well as having a whole lot of fun!  There is an extra cost to this club.  Tentative camp date: June 10-12.

 

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WHAT IS 4-H?

4-H is a grassroots organization of leaders building leaders. 4-H can be found all over the world and is based on the “Learn To Do By Doing” philosophy. The four H’s stand for Head, Heart, Health, and Hands.

4-H members range from ages 9-21 and the Cloverbud Program is for ages 6-8. 4-H members learn about different subjects through hands-on activities and mentorship from adult volunteers. The Cloverbud Program focuses on multiple areas to give the members a look into the world of 4-H.

In 4-H members are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone, try something new, build new friendships, get involved in their community and interact with their environment. These values are highlighted in the 4-H pledge, which is we say at the beginning of each meeting and event.

4-H clubs and activities are designed to help develop leadership skills including public speaking skills, communication, decision making, parliamentary procedure, meeting management and networking. It also gives the members the opportunity to learn about different subjects. 4-H offers a safe environment and fosters personal growth and development.

4-H encourages team collaboration, peer-to-peer support, and independent learning. Leaders guide members through activities and provide them with the freedom to make mistakes and assist one another in the learning process.

HOW DO 4-H CLUBS WORK?

4-H clubs must have a minimum of six 4-H members and two trained and screened leaders. The leaders choose a topic to teach the members through hands-on learning. The members spend 12 hours or more exploring the theme during the meetings. 4-H members may join as many clubs as they wish for a membership fee of $100.00 per year.

4-H CLUB MEETINGS

4-H clubs typically get together for six two-hour meetings. The meetings can be in many forms- tours, guest speakers, demonstrations, activities, etc. Some clubs require more time and effort than others. 4-H meetings have a formal meeting time and hands-on learning time. During meetings, 4-H’ers discuss club issues and opportunities while learning parliamentary procedure. After club business finishes, members move onto the hands-on activities focused on the club project topic. Members MUST participate in at least two-thirds of all club meeting time and participate in the club achievement program to successfully complete the project.

THE CLUB EXECUTIVE

Each 4-H club consists of at least five positions. The roles are President, Vice President, Secretary, Press Reporter, and Photographer(s). Club members vote to elect their peers to these positions. The executive roles provide leadership opportunities for the members.

As the President, the member chairs 4-H meetings. Members vote using motions and communicating with the leaders regarding agenda items, amongst other duties. At the end of the 4-H year, there is a 4-H Awards Banquet where the President is expected to speak about what their club has done over the past year.

As Vice President, the member fills in if the President is not able to attend the meeting and will be assigned other tasks that may include introducing and thanking guests and members.

As the Secretary, the member is expected to take notes on what the discussions at each meeting, take attendance, and provide a report at the next meeting. At the end of the year, each club Secretary has an opportunity to enter for the Secretary’s Award, presented at the Awards Banquet.

As the Press Reporter, the member is expected to write at least two reports on what the club is doing or what they have done and submit them to either a local paper, the York 4-H newsletter, the York 4-H website, or to the 4-H Ontario website. At the end of the year, each club Press Reporter has an opportunity to enter for the Press Reporter’s Award, presented at the Awards Banquet.

As the Photographer, the member(s) is expected to take photos at all meetings and events. They can submit them to the York 4-H newsletter to show what they have done and to 4-H Ontario if they would like. At the end of the year, each club Photographer has an opportunity to enter for the Photographer’s Award, presented at the Awards Banquet.

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For more information about 4-H and 4-H opportunities visit: www.4-HOntario.ca

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Contacts

Sheila Ducheck

4hyork@gmail.com
905-201-6715

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