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The Purpose of 4-H
The purpose of 4-H is to foster skill development in young people. Youth are given opportunities to select from a variety of programs and projects. Individuality is valued and each person is encouraged to discover his or her own skills, talents, and interests. 4-H helps young people learn to make decisions, think critically, build relationships, practice leadership, and develop a concern for their community and their world.
What are the Benefits?
The partnership has important benefits for the Army, 4-H, and the American taxpayer, including:
- Mission readiness – Soldiers can focus on their mission, knowing that their children are in safe, supervised environments with caring adults.
- Impacting new audiences – Extension/4-H is able to reach a whole new audience of youth with 4-H youth development that previously had not been served.
- Wise use of public resources – Tax dollars and resources are used effectively by bringing together USDA’s expertise in youth development with the Army’s goal of becoming the nation’s model for youth programs.
4-H at Fort Rucker
At Fort Rucker, we operate 4-H Clubs throughout the school year, from August through May. Club membership is open to any youth enrolled in Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS).
We offer the designated 4-H clubs for Army Installations, including:
- Fine Arts
- Monthly Community Events
These clubs were designated by CYSS to support the predictability of services for mobile youth and their Families. In addition to these core clubs, additional project clubs may be offered at various times.
Membership into our 4-H Clubs is FREE with your CYSS registration. Youth can join clubs according to their age group. We offer clubs at both the Child Development Center and Youth Services building. Families participating in Family Child Care are welcome to bring their children to the CYSS facility appropriate to their age group for 4-H meetings.
Child Development Center Clubs
- Din-o-mite Cloverbuds: Wednesdays, 3:50 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
- Star Cloverbuds: Tuesdays, 3:50 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
School Age Services (SAS) and Middle School & Teens (MST) Clubs
- SAS Clubs: Thursdays, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
- MST Clubs: Tuesdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
We offer three sessions of clubs, giving youth the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. Youth may choose one club to participate in per session. After the session, they may choose a new club to participate in. Once a month, a Community Event will be held for all youth.
MST clubs will expand on concepts and knowledge gained in SAS clubs.
- Citizenship – Youth will learn communication, problem solving, and leadership skills throughout the Club session. This will allow youth to develop skills for a life-long commitment to active citizenship.
- Fine Arts – Youth will develop knowledge of the elements and principles of design. They will work to develop skills for a lifetime using fun, interactive activities.
- Photography – Youth will learn parts of a lens camera and a digital camera. Youth will develop photography skills and learn how to take quality photos. They will also explore how to manipulate digital photos for various effects.
- Technology – Youth will explore the hardware and software of a computer. They will learn how to use GPS/GIS systems and work on a community project which will describe the growth and trends of Fort Rucker over its history.
For more information on 4-H Clubs offered at Fort Rucker, contact the Installation 4-H Coordinator at Youth Services, 334-255-9108.