4-H programs teach life skills

By Diane Palmer

horseClemson 4-H programs are teaching the state’s youth leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Three recent events that showcased their accomplishments are the State 4-H Teen Weekend, State 4-H Shot Gun Shoot-Out, and the 4-H Hippology, Horse Bowl and Communications Contests.

At the State 4-H Teen Weekend, 97 teens were challenged to find ways to make a difference in their communities – not just once, but for a lifetime. They spent approximately 350 hours doing volunteer work in the Columbia community. They worked at a food bank, the children’s museum, a road race, a state park and at nursing homes. They also sewed 24 wheelchair tote bags and baked hundreds of dog biscuits for an animal shelter.

At the State 4-H Shot Gun Shoot-Out, 63 youths from nine counties competed for an opportunity to represent the state at the national event in South Dakota. The program teaches safe and responsible use of firearms, marksmanship, and the principles of hunting and archery.

At the 4-H Hippology, Horse Bowl, and Communications contests, 103 participants tested their knowledge of horses, horsemanship, horse care, and the horse industry. Winners will represent the state in the southern region championship in Raleigh, N. C. and the eastern national competition in Louisville, Ky.

For more information:  Amy McCune, 864-656-6651, amccune@clemson.edu, or www.clemson.edu/4h/.