4-H Youth Development
The Sussex County 4-H program develops programs and activities designed to provide youth with life skills such as public speaking, leadership, and citizenship. This is accomplished through four program delivery methods: traditional 4-H project clubs, school enrichment activities, special interest projects, and 4-H camping programs.
The approximately 700 youth enrolled in 4-H clubs also learn about one or more specific subjects. Examples include food and nutrition, animal care (large and small), horsemanship, science, home economics, and environmental stewardship. There are over 150 adult volunteers who support, teach, and encourage a positive learning environment for the youth of Sussex County. They strive to assist our youth to become competent, caring, and contributing citizens in the community.
A popular program is 4-H camp. Camping experiences are held periodically to address a specific topic (e.g., bicycle safety) or audience (4-H prep camp for first through third graders). Each July, the 4-H program also sponsors a one-week residential camp program.
Other programs sponsored by the Sussex County 4-H program are the Teen Council for older 4-H members, 4-H dress revue to showcase the talents of clothing club members, public presentations to develop public speaking skills, and programs on workforce development and character education.
Participation in state and national 4-H events (e.g., horse judging contests) is another notable achievement. Sussex County 4-Hers have a long and distinguished track record of receiving state and national recognition for their skills and talents.