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Covington County 4-H F.A.Q.s

Each year, August 1st is the start of a new 4-H year! With each year, Covington County County 4-H has expanded, but we know that parents still have lots of questions. We’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions. You can always feel free to drop by our office, give us a call, or shoot us an email if you have more questions!

 

  1. What is 4-H?
    • 4-H is a Youth Development organization. We provide young people with opportunities and resources to grow into caring, compassionate citizens and future leaders. Each month we offer in-school programs, after school clubs, and out of school events that foster the 4-H motto of “learn by doing”. This skill development also introduces young people to possible future careers.
    • Check out  Alabama 4-H’s “What is 4-H” , Mission and Vision , and “What we Believe” links
  2. Who can be in 4-H?
    • 4-H is open to any child in Covington County aged 9-18. Most students are somehow involved through their classroom.
  3. What if 4-H does not come to my child’s classroom?
    • No problem! 4-H has lots of Individual Members. High school, home school, and students whose school is not involved with are still encouraged to come be a part of Covington County 4-H!
  4. How much does 4-H cost?
    • 4-H membership is absolutely free! Most of our events are also free. Occasionally, we will host an event that requires a small fee, but these are completely optional programs.
  5. What are some things that 4-H does?
    • Every county is different, but some of our past offerings have included photography, cooking, horse club, classroom and  county level competitions,   Regionals at Troy University, summer camp, Night Critters of the Conecuh, Haunted House food drive, Christmas Parades, livestock projects, Cackle Club, Pig Pen, blueberry workshops, kayaking and archery with A.P.P.L.E., Sportfishing, Auburn University football and baseball days, and many more!
    • This year we plan to hold regular Yoga 4 Kids sessions, hiking club, and robotics
    • We also have a Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) team. This team studies wildlife management and identification throughout the year, then competes in Auburn in June.
  6. Why should high school students be involved?
    • There are SO many opportunities for high school students! We even offer a small scholarship to 9th-12th graders. There are also state and national contests, leadership conferences, community service projects, and trips. High school students have even more reasons to be involved!
  7. How do I keep up with events and activities happening in 4-H?
    • Each month September through April, we send home a newsletter with your child when we visit classrooms. This newsletter will also be posted to our county website. We have a Facebook page, Twitter account, and an Instagram. Enrolled members also receive emails from 4hOnline that inform members of what’s happening!
  8. How do I sign my child up for 4-H
  9. How do I contact 4-h?

We look forward to seeing you this year!!

summer camp kidskids playing during 4-H activity

Pig Pen and Cackle Club Projects

Are you interested in learning more about chickens or hogs? Covington County 4-H, Pike County 4-H and Crenshaw County 4-H have partnered to bring  you the Cackle Club and the Pig Pen projects! The goal of each of these projects is to encourage youth to learn about the proper ways to care for, feed, house, and maintain livestock. Youth will learn record keeping and business skills, as well as enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that comes from a job well done.

Boy with show chickens at county fair

Cackle Club is our poultry production project. Participants will receive six female chicks and a show cage for $60. Youth can choose from three varieties of birds: Rhode Island Red, Buff Orpington, or Plymouth Barred Rock. A mandatory meeting for parents and youth is planned for Monday, April 18 at 6 PM at the Pike County Extension office. This meeting will explain the project in more detail, and give guidelines for the care of the chickens, biosecurity, and introduce youth to the record keeping that will be required as part of the project. Chicks will arrive in early May and youth will raise them throughout the summer and fall. In October, the youth will show off  their work as they compete in the poultry show at the Pike County Fair.

Youth who participate in the Pig Pen will receive up to two young hogs for $75 each. These hogs will be around 40-65 pounds when the project begins, and will grow to be about 250-300 pounds. The mandatory meeting before the Pig Pen project is scheduled for Thursday, April 22 at 6 PM at the Pike County Extension office. Hogs arrive in June, and in October youth will compete in a hog show at the Pike County Fair.

If you are interested in these programs, please contact Mrs. Catherine Rider or Mrs. Katie Lee for more information. You can also call 334-222-1125. The last day to register for both projects is March 17th.

Boy showing chicken to judge at fair

Two girls holding their 4-H Show chickens at fair

Night Critters of the Conecuh

On April 7, 2017 4-H members in Covington county will have the unique chance to explore the Conecuh National Forest and learn about the nocturnal creatures who inhabit it.

This event, which will be held at the Open Pond picnic pavilion,  will include talks by local experts, including Mr. Jimmy Stiles, one of Alabama’s most well known herpetologists. We will begin at 5pm and end around 8:30. Come and learn about the Long Leaf Pine ecosystem and its important role in our area. Join us as we learn to distinguish frog calls and search for the creatures that make our world so interesting.

All 4-H members are welcome to attend. Youth who do not drive must be accompianied by a parent. We will serve hotdogs, drinks, and roast marshmallows for s’mores by the fire.  We encourage you to bring your flashlight and rubber rain boots if you have some, and to wear something that you do not mind getting wet and dirty.  There is very limited space, so be sure to sign your child up today by calling the Covington County Extension office at 334-222-1125.

If you would like more information about Night Critters of the Conecuh, please contact Charles Simon.

Stalking the Night Critters of the Conecuh National Forest is organized and sponsored by the Covington County Extension office, Conecuh National Forest, and the Covington County Forestry Planning Committee.