You don’t have to live on a farm to take part in 4-H

Revitalization of small engine club gives just one more option to 4-H participants in Oceanside

Although the 4-H organization remains primarily an agriculture-based youth group

You don’t need to have access to acreage to be involved in the 4-H Club these days, says organizer Nigel Cooper.

That’s good news for youngsters living in more urban parts of the region, but who would like to get involved in one of Canada’s premier youth programs.

True, he said, they have the traditional groups for anything from cows to sheep to rabbits to goats, but theere’s a whole lot more as well.

“You don’t have to raise animals to partake in 4-H,” Cooper said. “You can also do small engines, sewing or photography as well.”

The local 4-H participants and their leaders were on hand at the Seedy Saturday event in Qualicum Beach, working to attract members as the spring season begins to bloom.

The club, which involves between 80 and 100 young people in the Oceanside area, is often thought of as a primarily rural pursuit, Cooper said, but that’s not exactly the case.

“There’s a whole wide range of projects you can do,” he said. “Each member has to do a project and they present it and do public speaking. They learn how to present a speech, how to do the research and how to practice it. It’s good life skills and it teachers a good work ethic as well.”

With the first wan hints of spring starting to show themselves, Cooper said 4-H groups are electing their executives and deciding what areas of interest they want to pursue for the coming season.

Anyone who would like to get involved in 4-H can callshould vvisit or call Kim Wilson at 250-954-5501.



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