Atascosa County 4-H enrollment is now open for the 2020-2021 year. Enrollment is now open at v2.4honline.com. Are your kids interested in making friends, learning about agriculture, personal development and competing? Kids 8-18 years old are eligible to be 4-H members and kids ages 5-7 can register as Cloverbuds. Atascosa County 4-H has diverse project areas to get involved in! These can include, but are not limited to:
Family and Community Health-This project area includes consumer education, a program where youth can learn and compete at the county, district and state level in consumer decision making contests. In Fashion and Interior Design, kids can learn about textiles such as cotton and its production and design pieces to compete at the county, district and state level. Foods and Nutrition- Youth learn about healthy eating and balanced nutrition and compete in designing both prepared and on the spot meals at the county, district and state level.
Natural Resources-This project area includes Entomology, a competition where members can compete in insect identification. Shooting sports- Members can practice and compete in shotgun, rifle, pistol and archery competitions. Sportfishing- Throughout the year, 4-H will hold fishing competitions, try it out and see if you can win biggest bass or catfish on a day at the stock tank. Leadership and Citizenship- Atascosa County 4-H holds community service events throughout the year and volunteers at the animal shelter, writes letters to the elderly in nursing homes, holds canned food drives and toy drives during the holidays and asks for essential item donations to help Safer Path, a family violence resource center. 4-H also offers students an opportunity to learn about local government, public speaking events and many other forms of personal and professional development. Along with the project area, some have opportunities to be eligible for scholarships through active participation such as ACJLS and other major livestock shows such as San Antonio, or scholarships can be earned by winning competitive events.
STEM-This is a new and growing project area. It includes robotics, where kids can learn computer programing
Photography-A large program area where kids can learn both the artistic and technical side of photography, including portraits, wildlife and other categories.
Agriculture and Livestock This project includes raising market and breeding livestock for livestock shows. Livestock judging is a competition where youth evaluate livestock and give oral reasons on their decision making to an audience. Livestock projects shown at the Atascosa County Junior Livestock Show (ACJLS) held in January include, market steers, swine, sheep, goats, broilers (chicken), turkeys (toms and hens) and rabbits, as well as breeding animals such as a pen of commercial heifers, breeding swine (gilts) and breeding goats.
Veterinary Science-The project curriculum is designed to prepare youth to become a certified veterinary assistant.
A complete list of projects can be found online at texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects. If you or your child is interested in any program areas, call the office at 830-569-0034, or come in and see what else we have to offer. Our address is 25 E 5th Street, Leming, TX, 78050.
4-H Motto: To Make The Best Better!