November 14, 2018 – Mariposa County 4-H is a program of the University of California Cooperative Extension which is collaboration between federal, state, and county governments. The 4-H youth development advisors work with other staff and volunteers to deliver the 4-H program in our county. 4-H is an educational program to assist youth in their development by providing learn-by-doing educational experiences, developing skills that benefit youth throughout life, strengthening families and communities, fostering leadership and volunteerism in youth and adults, building partnerships for programming and funding, using research-based knowledge from the land-grant university system, and conduct community service within our town.
Youth are eligible to participate in 4-H as primary members if they are 5 years old or in kindergarten as of December 31 of the program year. Primary members have special policies in regarding participation, competition, and animal projects. Youth nine years old by December 31 of the program year, they can enroll as regular members. Please note that if youth are home schooled, the grade criterion does not apply. Youth remain eligible for membership until the end of the calendar year in which they turn 19 years old.
The 2018-19 Mariposa County 4-H program year started October 1. There are six 4-H clubs to choose from: Bootjack 49ers, Triangle (Woodland School area), Catheys Valley (held at McCay Hall/Stag Hall), Clover Pioneers (town), Hornitos, and one on the north side of Mariposa, Don Pedro Rattlers. Some projects this year are Junior Master Gardeners, livestock projects, shooting sports-rifle & shotgun, arts and crafts, rocketry, food & nutrition, citizenship, and more. New this year is robotics.
If you are interested on volunteering as a leader, we are also taking adult enrollments. We are looking for adults with special interests in pottery, painting, woodworking, small engines, welding, or any other interest that the youth of Mariposa would enjoy.
If your child or you are interested, please contact the UCCE office at (209) 966-4829, or drop by the office at 5009 Fairgrounds Rd. Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Office is closed for lunch from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.). 4-H enrollment deadline for NEW members is Saturday, December 15 to attend 2019 fairs and to complete the year. Enrollment fees for youth is $54 and adults $21.
Come join the fun with 4-H!