Midnight Friday is the deadline for Hamilton County’s returning 4-H’ers in grades 3 through 12 to re-enroll in the 4-H Program for 2013. 4-H is an informal educational program in which youth “Learn by Doing.”Hamilton County 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator Kathleen Bohde said the enrollment fee was $25 with a maximum of $75 per family. Bohde said mini 4-H, for first- and second-grade students, did not have an enrollment fee.Starting last year, the state 4-H program implemented an annual $15 state 4-H program fee to be collected from all 4-H members. All of these funds will be used for the Indiana 4-H program. The remaining $10 is the county enrollment fee which is used to support the Hamilton County 4-H program.
“The statewide fee for funding helps support the 4-H program as revenues and budgets have been tightened,” Bohde said.
Hamilton County ranked as one of the largest programs last year with 2,008 4-H’ers.
“Costs did not deter from participation in the program. It’s a hands-on learning opportunity the whole family can be a part of,” Bohde said. “We’re always looking to grow the program and everyone who enrolls has a great experience.”
Youth can learn life skills such as cooperation, leadership, decision-making, responsibility and more through hands-on projects in more than 60 different subject areas. A great opportunity to develop a hobby, experience camp, and make new friends, 4-H is family oriented and promotes family togetherness, according to Bohde.
Those interested in enrolling can stop by the Purdue Extension Hamilton County office on the 4-H Grounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville, or visit www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/hamilton. This is the third year online enrollment has been offered, but the first time payment can be accepted. Before, Bohde said payments had to be mailed or delivered to the office.
“Parents and 4-H’ers can sign up on their own time online, and it is more user friendly,” she said. “It’s a one-stop shop.”
March 1 is the enrollment deadline for re-enrolling youth, but members can still sign up. However, the highest placement they can receive for their projects at the county 4-H fair is a blue ribbon, and they are not eligible to advance to the state fair. Bohde said brand new youth had until June 1 to enroll.
“The earlier you can enroll, the more opportunities you have in your club and project activities,” she said.
The Hamilton County 4-H Fair is July 18 through 23. For more information about the Hamilton County 4-H program, call 776-0854.