Middle School 4-H delegates from across the state recently attended the 8th annual Kentucky 4-H Summit at the Lake Cumberland Leadership Center in Jabez, Kentucky. The conference is held annually for those youth in grades 6-8 who want to learn more about what Kentucky 4-H can offer. The program is designed to encourage youth to continue their involvement in 4-H as they transition from middle to high school. Members of the Kentucky State 4-H Teen Council serve as “teen counselors” during the event. This allows them to promote the program and serve as mentors for the younger participants. These teen leaders are also in charge of teaching a leadership workshop. Throughout the conference, youth are encouraged to make new friends, develop their leadership skills and experience new learning opportunities in a safe and supportive environment.
During this conference, senior 4-H members, volunteers, agents, and State Teen Council members all come together to put on workshops, funshops, programs and activities that are geared toward the participants. Participants are able to learn valuable leadership, communication, and citizenship skills through different workshop sessions. In addition to these valuable skills, participants also gained new knowledge and had fun playing volleyball, creating leatherwork, hiking, making scarves, dancing, and playing various outdoor sports.
ButlerCounty youth Bailee Bratcher and Kimberliana Bratcher attended this year’s 4-H Summit – Session Three. Deidra Bratcher also made her debut in the Kentucky 4-H Performing Arts Troupe during Session One of 4-H Summit. The Kentucky 4-H Performing Arts Troupe is comprised of a group of amazing and talented select teens who love to sing and play music. The Troupe attends music camp and performs at various 4-H State level events throughout the year.
For more information, contact the Butler County Extension Office at 112 E GL Smith Street, Morgantown or call 526-3767.
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