Fall will bring an opportunity for area children to have fun, meet new people, develop new skills and get involved in community projects through 4-H clubs.

4-H is the youth education outreach of University of Illinois Extension. Clubs will be organizing soon for the 2019-2020 4-H year, according to a Wednesday news release  Most clubs have their first meeting of the new year in September or October.  

4-H welcomes every young person in Fulton, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell counties.  Those who are at least eight years old by Sept. 1 and not yet 19, can join a 4-H club, get involved in camps, workshops, and special events.

A 4-H club has five or more members and one or more volunteer leaders. Club members elect their own officers, plan club programs, and conduct six or more meetings and other events during the 4-H year.  Each member enrolls in at least one 4-H project. Some clubs also participate in group activities or community service projects.

For those who like to travel, 4-H offers such activities as camps, conferences, trips, and Illini 4-H Summer Academies at the University of Illinois.  County-wide and multi-county events like 4-H workshops, recreational outings, and summer county 4-H shows offer plenty of ways for kids to belong to a positive group, develop new skills, become a leader and be around positive mentors and caring adults.

The 4-H program is open to all youth, regardless of place of residence, race, creed, national origin, gender, physical or mental disability, or marital status. There is a $20 4-H program fee, but no one is denied membership because of inability to pay. 

For more information, visit https://extension.illinois.edu.