The crops have been cut, kids are in school, and everyone is registering for 4-H. If you have participated in 4-H in the past, itís time to spread the word to others and let them know about all the opportunities that 4-H has to offer. If you have never been involved in 4-H, now is the perfect time to get started, and there are many ways to do just that.

To find the perfect club, you might consider asking around at school. Most kids who are in 4-H are more than willing to talk about their experiences. If you donít want to try that, call the local agriculture extension office for more information (361-767-5220). Many 4-H clubs specialize in particular projects. There is a sewing club, and a shooting club, as well as many clubs that promote a variety of projects from animals to community service. Locally, 4-H is most prominently supported by the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show, but donít be fooled. 4-H is year-round and has endless amounts of activities that many people arenít aware of: Robotics teams, entomology teams, and food challenges similar to those you can find on T.V. If you are interested in it, chances are you can do it through 4-H.

Personally, I have raised rabbits, shown horses, crafted shop projects, baked cookies, canned salsa, and gathered and created items for community service projects. I have earned money through the blue ribbon auction, and I have also donated money back to others who raise animals. Currently, I serve as an Ambassador to promote 4-H and encourage participation. 4-H has made a positive impact on my life and the lives of many others. If you are between the ages of 8 and 18, consider joining 4-H. You will be glad you did.