The Camera recently ran an article highlighting all the wonderful opportunities we have in Boulder County to keep our youth’s minds actively engaged over the summer. I’d like to highlight another program – Boulder County 4-H. For most people 4-H conjures up the vision of kids showing off their livestock at the local County Fair. We’ve learned that 4-H is much more than that, plus it’s a great bargain! During the school year members choose projects to complete for the County Fair. There are an amazing choice of projects ranging from livestock to STEM-related activities (Science Technology Engineering Math) to creative arts, such as canning, photography, sewing and shooting sports (visit http://www.colorado4h.org/project_resources/index.shtml for a full list of projects). A project consists of a demonstration and an E-Record book that gets judged at the County Fair. Kids are engaged and their minds are turned-on while pursuing their projects. Using Model Rocketry as an example, a member builds a rocket with an adult’s help and completes the E-Record book that includes goals, how they did on each goal, expenses for project, community service completed during the year, title of demonstration (each member is required to do a presentation during the school year) and a story with pictures to show the project in action. On Judging Day, the member is interviewed by a project expert and an award ribbon is given. All first place awards are eligible to be judged for the State Fair. The cost for membership in a club and entry of a project in the Fair is about $25.00.
This year’s projects have been judged and will be on display in the Exhibit Building of the Boulder County Fair Grounds. Bring your children to the Fair July 31 – August 8 (entry is free and the schedule is at www.BoulderCountyFair.org) and veiw the projects. You’ll be impressed with what you see, and your child might like to join 4-H too.