Webster 4-H getting ready for a new year

Webster Parish 4-H is gearing up for a brand new program year with Webster 4-H’ers. The calendar has been set, and there is plenty to get involved in, including three project clubs, three workshop series, many contests, and regional and state events and camps. 

Project clubs in Webster include Livestock, Shooting Sports, and Junior Leaders. The livestock program is an educational program in which any 4-H member in grades 4-12 can participate. 4-H members will have an opportunity to exhibit beef, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbits, and dairy animals at four major shows and several small shows throughout Louisiana. The 4-H Shooting Sports program is aimed at teaching youth the safe handling of firearms and good hunting ethics. The Webster program has about 15 adult volunteers that are trained in each shooting discipline. We offer disciplines in archery, BB gun, shotgun, and rifle. All youth wanting to compete will have to attend a minimum of 8 hours of training by our certified coaches and have successfully completed the Hunter’s Education course. The program is open to all 4-H youth, from beginners to the very experienced. Competing is optional. The 4-H Junior Leader Club is open to Webster 4-H’ers in the 7th-12th grades. This project club is meant to provide members with an opportunity to learn the skills needed to become a leader while giving to the community and spending time with friends. Junior Leaders provide assistance with 4-H events and assume more challenging leadership roles at the local, parish, and state 4-H levels.

The new workshops being introduced this year include a Global Cooking Workshop Series in which 4th-6th grade 4-H’ers will get the opportunity to cook dishes from around the world as well as learn about nutrition and different global customs and agricultural commodities. Another workshop being held this year is the Fashion and Interior Design Workshop Series for 9th-12th graders. 4-H’ers in this workshop series will learn about the principals and elements of design, textile science, agriculture’s role in the fashion and interiors industries, dive into career exploration in these fields, and tour fashion and interior design programs at a Louisiana university. Our last additional workshop series is open to any Webster parish teen interested in attending and will focus on financial literacy and career development. These workshops will be held monthly after school at Webster Parish Libraries (Minden and Springhill locations). 

Other events and contests this year include the traditional cookery and holiday contests, a pet show, summer camp for 4th-6th graders, Challenge Camp for 7th and 8th graders, 4-H University for teens, and much more! 

4-H is open to all Webster parish youth in grades 4th-12th grades. 4-H students meet monthly at club meetings at their school. Home-schooled or virtual students may enroll directly through the office. Enrollment for the 2022-2023 program year opens on September 1, and school club meetings will kick off in September. Please contact the LSU AgCenter Extension office in Minden at 318-371-1371 with any questions about the 4-H program. 

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