BY MARK ZOELLER
TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE

Texas 4-H, part of one of the largest youth organizations in the nation, is once again getting ready to welcome new members as well as existing members through its annual enrollment process starting Aug. 15.

Texas 4-H is administered though the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. AgriLife Extension offices throughout the state will be hosting events to introduce youth and adults to the program’s variety of fun and educational opportunities.

4-H programs in science, healthy living, civic engagement, and a variety of other interests are backed by universities and a robust community of 4-H volunteers and professionals. Through hands-on learning, youth build confidence, creativity, and curiosity, while also developing life skills such as leadership and resiliency to help them thrive in today’s world.

More about 4-H enrollment

4-H offers a wide variety of projects, and each youth member must be enrolled in at least one project. Each project or project area will have opportunities for instruction and activities related to the project.

There are 42 total 4-H projects that are broken into five main groupings:

• Agriculture and Livestock.

• Family and Community Health.

• Leadership and Citizenship.

• Natural Resources.

• Science, Technology, Science and Engineering, STEM.

In Schleicher County, our active 4-H activities include Livestock Projects, judging contests (Livestock, Wool, Range, Livestock Skill-a-thon), Cooking classes, food show, community service activities, Fishing Camp. Although this is a list of some of our current activities, if there is something on the list that sparks your interest contact the Schleicher County Extension office @ (325) 853-2132.

Current or new Texas 4-H members should sign up on 4HOnline at https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/4honline once they have found a project and club that is right for them.

There is a $25 participation fee for 4-H youth members enrolled by Oct. 31, and a $30 participation fee for those enrolled from Nov. 1 to the completion of the 4-H year. Adults pay a $10 volunteer application fee.

You can find more information about the projects in 4-H online or contact the Schleicher County Extension Office at (325) 853-2132.