Harvey County

Tag: 4-H Projects

4-H Achievement Night

The 84th annual 4-H Achievement Banquet was recently held at Salem United Methodist Church in Newton to honor Harvey County 4-H members, volunteers and supporters. More than 75 4-H members, their families, and special guests attended the annual awards banquet sponsored by the Harvey County 4-H Council.

Harvey County 4-H members receiving 4-H Achievement Pins, County Champion awards, Kansas Award Portfolios, Club Seals, scholarships and special awards were recognized. Results are below, organized by 4-H Club. Continue reading “4-H Achievement Night”

4-H Shooting Sports

The Kansas 4-H Shooting Sports Program is a part of the 4-H Natural Resources area that focuses on using shooting sports as an approach for teaching life skills to participating youth members. This youth program is founded upon the National 4-H Shooting Sports curriculum. Throughout the 4-H Shooting Sports program, risk management and safety procedures are of upmost importance. In Harvey County 4-H, two certified programs are available for youth, the archery and shotgun projects.

These projects teach gun and bow safety, hunting practices and give participants the opportunity to test their skills at local, district and state matches and events. National policy regarding age states that 4-H Shooting Sports Programs are open to all youth 8 years of age or older (as of Jan. 1 of current year). Local certified shooting sports coordinator Gail Lanier and instructors Tony Koehn and Kevin Duerksen lead these local programs. These instructors have completed training at the Statewide 4-H Shooting Training and have completed the 4-H Volunteer Screening Process.

Practices for these projects typically begin in late spring and continue weekly throughout the summer and into the fall months. Youth that have an interest in guns and/or hunting are encouraged check out the Harvey County 4-H Shooting Sports project! Enrollment for Harvey County 4-H projects, like Shooting Sports, is now open at https://ks.4honline.com.

4-H Enrollment Day

Next Saturday, October 28th, the Harvey County 4-H program will host the 4-H Enrollment Day event from 9 AM to Noon at the Newton Rec Center located at 415 N Poplar in Newton. The 4-H Enrollment Day is your one-stop-shop for meeting 4-H volunteers, learning about what 4-H has to offer and enrolling in the program. 4-H is a community of young people, ages 5-18, across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults. Continue reading “4-H Enrollment Day”

Kansas 4-H Dog Conference

This past summer, my husband and I went on vacation to Kentucky. We decided to try to take our dog, Brie with us. We had never traveled very far with our dog, so we made sure to do some extra planning to find dog friendly camp grounds and even restaurants. Brie traveled well and it ended up being a great trip! I am looking forward to the next vacation we get to take our four legged friend on. A few of our Harvey County 4-H’ers will be doing just that next weekend at the Kansas 4-H Dog Conference!

The Kansas 4-H Dog Conference and Quiz Bowl will be October 21-22 at Rock Springs 4-H Center. The theme is “Dogs ‘Я’ Game.” Three Harvey County 4-H’ers and an adult sponsor will be attending, and so will their dogs! Conference attendees, those with two legs and four, will get to stay in one of the cottages at Rock Springs 4-H Center.

The conference will have a special “Minute to 4-H It” contest, a Dogopoly Hunt, dog skill-a-thon, quiz bowl, plus s’mores and much more. Youth will learn how quiz bowls work in a fun environment with lots of hands-on activities to teach new dog skills.

Harvey County 4-H’ers attending will get to choose from several educational sessions including Freestyle Dog Dancing, Obedience Training Games, Leather Dog Collar Stamping, and Creepy Crawlies that Can Hurt your Dog.

These conference attendees and their dogs have been working hard this year in the Harvey County 4-H Dog Care and Training program with the support of the County Volunteer Leader, Anna Schurter. Anna works with the entire group of 4-H Dog program participants and their animals weekly, helping to establish training techniques for dogs and owners with all levels of experience. The Harvey County 4-H Dog Care and Training project is open to all youth ages 5-18 who enroll in Harvey County 4-H. Members have the opportunity to work with their dogs weekly, participate in a county spring and summer dog show, qualify to compete at the State Fair dog show, and attend the Kansas 4-H Dog Conference in October.

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