National 4-H Week is a yearly celebration by millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni coming together to promote the many positive youth development opportunities offered by 4-H. The theme for this year’s National 4-H Week is Find Your Spark and is a campaign created by National 4-H Council to celebrate the resiliency of young people who have brought about significant innovations in agriculture and technology.

4-H provides opportunities for youth to find their spark by providing educational opportunities, caring mentors, and service-learning opportunities. Youth choose their own path and are guided by volunteers with similar passions.

There are currently four 4-H  clubs in Atchison County. They are: Wolverines, Fairfax; Lucky Clovers, Rock Port; Farmer City, Tarkio; and 4-H Robotics, Rock Port. You may join any club, and individual enrollment is also available.

Carrie Wilson, Atchison County YPA, reported that there are several upcoming events. They include the following:

• October 1 was the first day to enroll and begin to choose projects. Clover catalogs are available at the Atchison County Extension Office in Rock Port. Pick up a catalog to see all the exciting projects that can be completed.

• A photography SPIN (Special Interest) Club will start October 11. Members will learn to use the basics of photography:  handling and using a digital camera, composition, lighting, and more. There is no registration fee for youth who have paid 2021-2022 Atchison County 4-H membership dues. For youth who have not paid membership dues, there is a $20 registration fee. If you do not have a camera, one will be provided during class. The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Velma Houts Building in Rock Port.

Register by contacting Carrie Wilson at carriewilson@missouri.edu or call the MU Extension office at 660-744-6231.

SPIN Clubs are six-hour investments into a project and are a great way to try out 4-H. Classes will go longer if youth request.

• November 6 has been designated as a region-wide service day. Atchison County community clubs will be working on a clean-up project at the Tarkio Rehabilitation & Health Care in Tarkio.

4-H Shooting Sports

4-H Shooting Sports is officially here! In 2020, the 4-H Council was awarded a grant from the NRA Foundation to help start a trap shooting project and a shooting sports program. Those items are now finalized and they are ready to move forward! They are looking for adult volunteers who are willing to complete the 4-H training and help youth learn responsibly. Shooting sports encompasses many areas including archery, western heritage, pellet, etc. For more information, visit https://extension.missouri.edu/programs/missouri-4-h/4-h-projects-opportunities/4-h-projects/shooting-sports-projects. If you have an interest in any of these areas and would love to share your interest with youth, contact the Atchison County Extension office for more information.

A community meeting will be held Tuesday, November 16, for all interested in participating and looking for more information. The meeting will be held at the United Methodist Church in Mound City, Missouri.

Atchison County Robotics

Robotics was forced to take a year off of competing due to COVID restrictions, but is getting geared up for this year and we have some interested and excited kids looking forward to it.

Benefits

The Atchison County 4-H Council voted to offer benefits for members signing up and paying before December 1. See your local club for more information.

Volunteers needed

Wilson encourages adults to volunteer. Think about what you enjoy in your pastime or think about hobbies you enjoy and how great it would be to share those things with the younger generation. “So many of our youth are limited to what they can see right in front of them,” Wilson said. “I’d love to see them explore more ideas and projects. Anyone interested in volunteering is welcome to contact the Extension office at 660-744-6231.”

About Missouri 4-H

More than 55,000 members strong, Missouri 4-H is an active, dynamic organization of young people who are learning, growing and preparing to be the leaders of today and tomorrow – making a real difference in their community, country and world. 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Missouri and the nation’s Cooperative Extension System. For more information, visit 4h.missouri.edu.

On September 7, Gov. Mike Parson signed a proclamation designating October 3-9 as National 4-H Week in Missouri and encouraging Missourians to recognize 4-H’s significant role in empowering youths in the state.

About 4-H

The nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, 4-H cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. In the United States, 4-H programs empower 6 million young people through the 110 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Learn more at www.4-H.org, on Facebook at facebook.com/4-H and on Twitter at twitter.com/4H.

Atchison County SNAC Club

The Atchison County 4-H SNAC (Student Nutrition Advisory Council) Club met this summer. Carrie Wilson, Atchison County 4-H Youth Program Associate, taught youth participants about growing and eating healthy foods, using MU Extension’s “Eating from the Garden” curriculum. As part of the club’s advocacy project, the youth planted tomato plants in container gardens, and delivered them to local senior housing residents.

Achievement Day 2021

Atchison County 4-H’ers exhibited many projects at Achievement Day during the 2021 Atchison County Fair. (4-H does not release the names of members.)

Lucky Clovers work to beautify park

The Atchison County Lucky Clovers replaced old boards and treated the picnic tables in Rock Port’s Memorial Park. This was made possible through Atchison County Development Corporation’s Youth Beautification Grant that a few members had written and received on behalf of the club. Burke & Sons Lumber donated the Thompson’s water seal.