Every year around this time we hear about 4-H on Parade (okay I hear about it and figure there are others who have as well). I may have grown up in a very small, rural Alberta town, but being a “Town-Kid” I didn’t participate in raising a steer (eye brows might have been raised if I tried to keep one in my backyard next to the swing set). I got to hear about what the fun and excitement of 4-H on Parade, but never really knew what it was all about.
It’s no longer my friends attending 4-H on parade but their children or nieces/nephews. So I have pictures pop up on my social media of their loved ones with their steer, horse or other project that they have been working on diligently for the past year. And I have decided to look at what 4-H stands for and what 4-H on Parade is all about.
For over 100 years the organization has been an integral part of the community in Canada). Here are some tidbits about 4-H:
- 4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands and Health
- Although most of us (again I mean me) thought of 4-H as strictly agriculture based. Meaning I must live on a farm and raise a steer to auction off. This is not the case – they have projects spanning a large range of interests including photography, repairing computers, building remote control airplanes, training pets, etc. (Now if only I had realized this in my youth……)
- They offer leadership training and opportunities to the community plus scholarships for various post-secondary or other educational opportunities.
- Youth conferences throughout Canada and the USA that enable youth to create lasting friendships while learning about politics, citizenship and social issues.
- Lastly (but definitely not least) – 4-H of Parade. Youth are able to showcase their projects (steer, engines, computers, etc) for judging and receive accolades for their hard work and dedication. My understanding that there is a pretty popular lip-sync completion and a Tug-of-War competition to go with it.
My head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service,
And my health to better living,
For my club, my community, my country and my world