October signals the 4-H new year
Published: Thursday, October 10th, 2013
It’s the beginning of another exciting, action-packed year of endless opportunities for our local youth! We’ve got so much in store for the upcoming “4-H Year” (Oct. 1-Sept. 30), introducing an even wider variety of projects, activities and events than ever before.
With an increased emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math, I have recently learned about geospatial technology, GIS, and GPS systems and how to relate these technologies to young people, including methods to incorporate service learning opportunities, giving back to our communities through service projects. This is simply one of many examples of the endless opportunities to look forward to through SDSU Extension and 4-H youth programming in 2014.
Keep an eye out for details as they unfold for the “National 4-H Youth Science Day” later in the month (“Maps & Apps”), and other project-specific workshops, outings and teen leadership opportunities for our Custer County kids. There’s so much happening and available for young people that it’s nearly overwhelming, but it’s all so good.
In addition, we’ve got much to be proud of, as together with our many volunteers and dedicated youth, we’ve successfully completed our state dog show with an exceptional representation from our one of our own Custer kiddos, Heath Hunsaker. Also, we represented well at the state shooting sports event with Custer 4-Hers Seth Shorb and Jesse Mills bringing medals home again.
We’re honored to have Shae Heitsch as the rodeo ambassador and doing many great things as a mentor with that. The state horse show also had Custer County announced across the arena as our own Samantha Persinger and Jessica Woodward proudly shined and did very well.
The state livestock show/judging event had also been “introduced” to Custer County for the firsttime as 8-year-old Jayden Carrier stole the show! Soon after, we came together for successful Achievement Day and state fair events, where yet another increase in participation can be proudly announced, as entries increased by nearly 10 percent!
We’re projecting an increase in registrations for our regional Western Junior Family & Consumer Science/Livestock Show and Event, taking place in Rapid City Oct. 11-13. If you’re in Rapid City that weekend, stop by and say hello, as I’ll be working with the photography event, just one of many fun things scheduled during the highly anticipated three days of activities for kids in Custer County 4-H.
Custer area businesses are encouraged to show support of local youth during National 4-H Week Oct. 6-12 by participating in the new “4-H Chamber Challenge!” Contact the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce or county Extension office for more information, or simply help “paint the town green” by displaying a sign or anything you choose to recognize these active youth.
As always, our kids are amazing, and they’re again promoting 4-H on live radio. Be sure to tune into KICK 104 on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7:20 a.m. and the New Rushmore Radio group (KAT 98.7) for ads, PSAs, and our local kids promoting the largest youth organization in the state.
It doesn’t stop there, as “National Character Counts Week” also comes to us this month, Oct. 20-26. Area youth organizations, schools and 4-Hers will be participating in a variety of activities highlighting the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. Let me know if you, your group or business would like to learn more or be involved in either National 4-H Week and/or Character Counts Week promotion and activities.
There’s more on the way, as October is all about opportunities. 4-H Club leaders and officers, or simply individuals interested in learning about proper ways to conduct a meeting, can witness a prime example of the power of peer-to-peer leadership Oct. 26. South Dakota 4-H Youth Council members will utilize smart board technology from SDSU regional centers across the state with the local one in Rapid City to provide a special officers training. This unique and special service to youth is teen-led, free and emphasizes parlimentary procedure as a method of maintaining order and efficiency during meetings.
Anyone in kindergarten through age 18 is welcome to join us throughout the year, visit any of our upcoming events, activities or check out one of our local 4-H clubs in the county anytime. Otherwise, feel free to join us and meet the leaders as we’ll be celebrating the kids and their many accomplishments at our annual recognition event Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Pine Room, located in the county annex building (next to the Extension office, where you can get more information about being part of the excitement).
Check us out on Facebook at facebook/Custer&FallRiverCounty4H.com and be sure not to miss out on the new year of fun and October opportunities with Custer County 4-H.
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