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    4-H clubs

    I've been checking out 4-H clubs in the area - I think my oldest would do well in them, as he already does with Scouts and Special Olympics.

    But while some of the chapters I have found have actually closed or are closing - what I don't know is what the experience is like.
    The only folder I have online refers to clubs that meet a mere once a month, and that doesn't seem like very much.

    Who has experience with 4-H in this area? I'd really like him to be involved.
    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds." Teddy Roosevelt

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    Edited, I spoke to my son this morning and than I came back to give you who to talk to and his experiences with 4H .. Then with see what I posted was irrelevant so good luck to your son with his 4H experience. I won't make this mistake again Sam.
    Last edited by black dog; 08-19-2018 at 10:37 AM.
    No one cares.

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    I grew up involved in 4H ....all of my siblings, and most of our neighbors were too. We only met once a month. The county and state fairs and summer 4H camp were the main activities we looked forward to every year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilligan View Post
    I grew up involved in 4H ....all of my siblings, and most of our neighbors were too. We only met once a month. The county and state fairs and summer 4H camp were the main activities we looked forward to every year.
    Perhaps I have the wrong idea in mind? I'd like to expose him to working with and caring for animals, as he has had a taste for it at horse camp these past few years.
    But I don't suppose 4-H provides it as much as it connects those already involved? Is that true?
    You're not likely to get more involved with cattle and horses and chickens and pigs through 4-H, but members typically do that already?

    He does have special needs, and some of his other activities other than Special Olympics are getting complex for him.
    He has his own difficulties with peers, but myself and others have noticed he's very good with animals.
    Maybe because social structures aren't as complex and he is more relaxed around them.

    So is that true around 4-H? Tell me more about your experience. It doesn't seem like once a month is all that much.
    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds." Teddy Roosevelt

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamSpade View Post
    Perhaps I have the wrong idea in mind? I'd like to expose him to working with and caring for animals, as he has had a taste for it at horse camp these past few years.
    But I don't suppose 4-H provides it as much as it connects those already involved? Is that true?
    You're not likely to get more involved with cattle and horses and chickens and pigs through 4-H, but members typically do that already?

    He does have special needs, and some of his other activities other than Special Olympics are getting complex for him.
    He has his own difficulties with peers, but myself and others have noticed he's very good with animals.
    Maybe because social structures aren't as complex and he is more relaxed around them.

    So is that true around 4-H? Tell me more about your experience. It doesn't seem like once a month is all that much.
    Have you looked into Greenwell State Park and their horse program? http://greenwellfoundation.org/page/...rian-programs/
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    Quote Originally Posted by SamSpade View Post
    Perhaps I have the wrong idea in mind? I'd like to expose him to working with and caring for animals, as he has had a taste for it at horse camp these past few years.
    But I don't suppose 4-H provides it as much as it connects those already involved? Is that true?
    You're not likely to get more involved with cattle and horses and chickens and pigs through 4-H, but members typically do that already?
    Not at all...it just so happened that where I grew up was almost 100% farms..and hence 4-H was pretty big. That said, a lot of kids got involved in things that were "new" to them as part of the 4-H experience and that is very strongly encouraged. For example, one of my little sisters, already heavily involved in her horse riding and showing, started raising rabbits just for 4-H. My little brother..a competition winning sheep shearer and showman, started an azalea farm as a 4-H project. It's not just about animal husbandry..not at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoseRed View Post
    Have you looked into Greenwell State Park and their horse program? http://greenwellfoundation.org/page/...rian-programs/
    Every year he goes to horse camp for free through his IEP, on account of his disability. But it's only a few weeks.
    He is currently working on his merit badge for Horsemanship and his merit badge counselor is helping him tremendously.

    I just want something he can do all the time. I think this might be his calling.
    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds." Teddy Roosevelt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilligan View Post
    Not at all...it just so happened that where I grew up was almost 100% farms..and hence 4-H was pretty big. That said, a lot of kids got involved in things that were "new" to them as part of the 4-H experience and that is very strongly encouraged. For example, one of my little sisters, already heavily involved in her horse riding and showing, started raising rabbits just for 4-H. My little brother..a competition winning sheep shearer and showman, started an azalea farm as a 4-H project. It's not just about animal husbandry..not at all.
    Is it worth his time to join more than one club?
    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds." Teddy Roosevelt

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamSpade View Post
    Is it worth his time to join more than one club?
    More than one 4H club? Even if there were more than one in your area....I've never heard of anyone doing that.
    "I've got to start eating at home more" - J. Dahmer

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