Cape May County Marks National 4-H Week Oct. 6-12; Oct. 24 Open House Scheduled

Members of the 4-H community accepted a resolution declaring National 4-H Week in Cape May County from freeholders Oct. 8. Front row from left, Molly Jane Richards, Timmy Graeber, Rebecca Arcuri and Autumn Richards. Middle row from left, Freeholder Vice Director Leonard Desiderio, Freeholder E. Marie Hayes, Carolyn Richards, Marlene Conover, Nora Conover, Kathleen DeGenova, Rainbow McAtee, Eddie Hoover, Joyce Stokes, Ava Keslo, Caitlyn Schaffer and Alexandra Bland. Back row from left, Cape May County 4-H Program Coordinator Linda Horner, Freeholder Jeffrey Pierson, Freeholder Will Morey, Jen DeGenova, Samantha Downes, Louis McAtee, Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton, Allen Stokes, Brooke Schaffer, Elise Heim, Cadence Golley and Alexander Bland.

COURT HOUSE - For the 77th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers, and alumni across the country celebrated National 4-H Week Oct. 6-12. 

According to a county release, this year's theme, Inspire Kids to Do, is a campaign that will give youngsters more opportunities, empowering them with the skills they need to succeed in life and career.

During National 4-H Week, 4-Hers paid a visit to freeholders at their Oct. 8 meeting the board passed a resolution declaring it National 4-H Week in Cape May County.

“4-H helps youth become confident, mature adults ready to succeed in today’s challenging world. 4-H gives young people opportunities to master skills such as communication, to lead, and to work with others,” stated Linda Horner, Cape May County 4-H program coordinator.

The Cape May County program has many clubs to fit the interests of youth fourth grade through one year out of high school. 

From teen clubs to fishing, small animals and reptiles, horses, livestock, cooking, sewing, and robotics, there is something for every youth.

There are even specialized clubs for our youngest 4-H members, kindergarten through third grade.

The Growing Sprouts Cloverbud 4-H Club focuses on gardening, nature, and crafts, while the Science Rocks Club explores all aspects of science. So, if a youngster ever wanted to have fun and make friends while learning something new, joining a 4-H club is perfect for them.

Anyone can learn more about the Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program at an Oct. 24 open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lockwood 4-H Youth Center on the 4-H Fairgrounds, 355 Court House-South Dennis Road, Court House.

All are welcome to attend the open house to learn more about being part of the 4-H program in Cape May County. 

At the event, 4-H members will host club booths so prospective members can learn about the variety of clubs and what they have planned for the year. 

There will be games and activities, prize giveaways, refreshments, and the 2019 National 4-H Science Experiment: GAME CHANGERS.

4-H alumni around the country are always the first to acknowledge the significant positive impact that 4-H had on them as young people. 

Research has shown that young people in 4-H are nearly four times as likely to contribute to their communities and are twice as likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs during after-school time. 

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth grades K – 13 on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, natural origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

For information on becoming involved in 4-H as a member or volunteer leader, contact the 4-H Youth Development Program at 609-465-5115, ext. 3606 or visit cmc4-h.com.