Becoming a 4-H Club member is a great way to make friends, learn lots of new things, and become a better you. 4-H motto "To Make the Best Better".
The four H's of 4-H stand for 'head, heart, hands and health;' a representation of the character-building core values of independence, belonging, mastery and generosity. Through caring adult volunteers, supportive 4-H staff, land-grant (Rutgers) university resources, and fun and informative events, we are able to encourage youth to 'make the best better' within themselves, their clubs, and their communities.
As a 4-H volunteer you can be a part of a very rewarding experience, improving the lives of youth in your community. Volunteers are essential for the success of 4-H and its youth participants. There are various ways in which you can volunteer. We can find the right volunteering opportunity for your skills, interest and availability.
The I See For You Puppy Club raises puppies for The Seeing Eye of Morristown. We have many dedicated families that bring a puppy into their homes. Our members attend club meetings, which give raisers and their puppies opportunities to practice commands and exhibit appropriate puppy behaviors. This project is 7days a week and 24 hours a day until the puppy returns to The Seeing Eye any time from 15 to 19 months old.
The Preakness Aggies Club is a cloverbud club (Grades K-3) that focuses on building knowledge and life skills of its club members. Each year the club participates in many community services activities, public presentations, field trips, and the learning of various topics of interest.
Junior Council is looking for new club members in grades 6-8 who are interested in making new friends while learning and improving team building and leadership skills. The Passaic County 4-H Junior Council will begin laying the foundation for future leadership opportunities in Teen Council, state and national 4-H trips. The club will focus on team building, teamwork and leadership. Members will become more comfortable sharing ideas with a group, learn to work on committees and learn to problem solve as a group. Additionally, members will learn about officer roles and how to lead in committees. Youth will enhance their decision making skills by guiding club decisions and projects. Members will also gain experience in service learning, community service and citizenship. They will learn what it means to be a good citizen; learn to identify the needs in their 4-H program and communities and how to work towards them. Finally, Junior Council members will provide leadership to the Cloverbud (K-3) programs by helping with Cloverbud club events, camps and other programs.
The Passaic County 4-H Teen Crusaders are a group of teens who devote their time to improving their community and the environment. They take part in community service, attend fun and social events, participate in environmental fairs, and benefit from self-improvement activities. The young crusaders gain a sense of self-accomplishment from their volunteerism through building and creating a better living environment.
Learn about the care of rabbits as animals, pets, therapy animals, and show animals. Club members learn the science behind agricultural fundamentals participating in activities which include learning how to make maple syrup, planting a vegetable garden and building a greenhouse.
Alpaca Pals is a 4-H club in Passaic County that specializes in training alpaca for different alpaca shows. Various club rules, traditions, and job positions are set in place providing a fun and positive experience for all club members. Our club welcomes children of all ages to partake in training, caring for, and raising (if they choose to do so) their very own alpaca. We are learning how to care for these alpaca by training them, vetting them, shearing them and how to dye fibers. Our goal for the club is to expand our knowledge on these animals. We hope to hold the 4-H motto of making the best even better.
4-H Shooting Sports programs provide an outstanding way of providing human growth and development in the life skills identified by the National 4-H Program. We strive to teach safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment at home, on the shooting range, or in the field, including sound decision making, self-discipline, and concentration. The Passaic County 4-H Emerald Archers is open to youth in grades 6 and up and they meet in North Haledon.