Celebrating 4-H in Canada

Langley youths highly active in 4-H movement, welcome new members

Langley 4-H clubs gathered at Anderson’s farm in Glen Valley.

For over 100 years, 4-H Canada has been one of the most highly respected youth organizations in Canada. It is an organization of more than 25,000 members, aged 6-25, and 7,700 volunteers across the country.

November is National 4-H Month, a month of the year where 4-Hers around the country celebrate what 4-H means to them, and promote 4-H in Canada.

Through the 4-H program, members are offered the opportunity to become leaders, and to develop and thrive in a safe and fun learning environment. They are taught how to make a difference—one positive change at a time. In the 4-H program, youth learn to do by doing – this includes public speaking, presenting, interacting with peers and adults, and learning how to complete a project.

The name ‘4-H’ is derived from the first letter of the four words Head, Heart, Hands and Health; the significance of which is expressed in the 4-H pledge:

I pledge

My head to clearer thinking,

My heart to greater loyalty,

My hands to larger service,

and my health to better living,

For my club, my community, and my country.

So how does 4-H work? It starts with local clubs. Each club is led by a handful of adult volunteer leaders, who manage and organize club events. Many clubs have a specific focus such as photography, horticulture, or woodworking, or raising an animal. With support from Provincial organizations, clubs conduct meetings and organize local activities.

By joining a 4-H club, youth have the opportunity to participate in local club-based activities, but they can also use their membership as a gateway to incredible Regional, Provincial, and National 4-H opportunities and events.

The common perception many people have of 4-H is that you must live on a farm and own livestock animals to join 4-H, but this really isn’t the case. There are a variety of non-livestock projects to be done in 4-H, including woolcraft, gardening, photography and many others.

The 4-H program has two branches, the project branch and the program branch. The program component focuses on developing a member’s leadership skills, as well as building confidence in public speaking and presenting.

The project branch focuses on the member’s chosen project, which can be anything from raising a beef cow, to assembling a photo album, to riding a horse well. 4-H is a program that has recently celebrated one hundred years in Canada, and yet continues to help youth develop many of the practical and personal skills they need for life today.

If you are interested in joining 4-H, or would like to learn more about how 4-H works, more information can be found at these websites:

4-H BC Website: https://www.bc4h.bc.ca/home

Langley 4-H Website: http://langley4h.ca/

Just Posted

VIDEO: Woman files complaint over treatment of cat with two broken legs

Ariel Johnston of Abbotsford says her pet was sent home without pain medication

VIDEO: Young Langley singer shoots to dethrone veteran musician

Winners will be announced Oct. 21 at the Hard Rock Casino, and several Langley artists are hopefuls.

Alternative radio station found for play-by-play of Giants games

Spice Radio steps in to broadcast the Langley-based hockey team’s games, when Sportnet cannot.

Mounties need help finding Langley woman

Familiy haven’t spoken to Megan Terpsma much since June 2017, and concerned for her well-being.

UPDATE: Police raid Langley home in search for murder suspect Teixeira

Several law enforcement agencies were at a Willoughby home, hunting for a man charged with murder.

Watch out for Pavement Patty: Drivers warned outside B.C. elementary school

New survey reveals unsafe school zones during 2018 back-to-school week

Update: Search called off for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts were concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

Why Whistler for ski jumping in 2026? Calgary proposal gets pushback

Calgary 2026 proposes re-using the 2010 ski jumping venue Whistler for that sport and nordic

VIDEO: Dozens line highway as family brings home body of B.C. teen

Northern B.C. showed their support by lining Hwy 16 as Jessica Patrick’s body returned to Smithers.

Despite progress, threat of 232 tariffs dominates NAFTA negotiations

Any deal is seen to require congressional approval before Dec. 1 to survive new Mexican government

B.C. MP Todd Doherty receives award for saving man who collapsed on a plane

Conservative MP was flying from Vancouver to Prince George, B.C., in June last year

Alleged border jumper from Oregon facing 2 charges after police chase in B.C.

Colin Patrick Wilson charged with dangerous operation of motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer

More than 35 B.C. mayors elected without contest

No other candidates for mayor in the upcoming local election in 22 per cent of B.C. cities

‘Hero’ kid fighting cancer helping with B.C. Children’s Hospital fundraiser

Penticton’s Wills Hodgkinson helping raise funds for B.C. Children’s Hospital

Most Read