Shelby County 4-H kickoff draws crowd interested in opportunities for youth

Shelby County youth and parents wanting to discover more of what 4-H programs can provide had that opportunity on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 25, during the organization's kickoff event for the 2019-2020 school year.

From cooking, taking pictures, fashion, robotics, shooting sports, raising and showing livestock and much, much more — there are programs for youth third through 12th grades.

Shelby County Extension Agent Lane Dunn introduced attendees to Shelby County 4-H officers and provided an overview of programs offered locally. For parents and youth not able to attend, he said there is still time to get signed up.

For more information contact the Shelby County Extension Office at 936-598-7744, Lane Dunn, Ag/NR Agent. Be sure to check us out on Facebook at Shelby Extension.

4-H is a national organization which helps young people develop life-long knowledge and skills to become engaged citizens. Through 4-H, youth are also taught how to meet the diversities and challenges of today’s society by bringing together youth and adults to design programs that will teach skills for living.

4-H is truly a model of the “learning by doing” teaching concept. It reaches people in their own communities with delivery methods suitable to their needs. 4-H also helps to provide opportunities for families and communities to develop stronger bonds.

Sunday's kickoff was held at the extension gym building at 266 Nacogdoches Street in Center. This fun-filled, hands-on event will allow the youth to try their hand at the various projects.

After a short introduction, attendees were able to visit various tables set up with additional information on projects the youngsters might be interested in.

2019 projects offered include:

Shooting Sports

Foods and Nutrition

Outdoor Challenge

Livestock Judging


Clothing and Textiles

Quilts of Valor

Record book
Meat Judging

Monthly Club Meetings:

Shelby County clubs will meet at the new Extension office the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. — except for September they will meet Sept. 9 due to the Labor Day holiday.

Monthly meetings will feature a theme, a hands-on program, provide a food prepping and tasting opportunity and a fun team building recreation component. For example: September theme will be “4-H Olympics, the program will be a variety of fun, team games such as an obstacle course, blanket name game, chase the balloon, and other activities to build team spirit while having fun getting to know one another.

Scholarship Opportunities:

Shelby County 4-H will be providing up to a $1,000 scholarship for continued education past high school, whether it be college or trade school. The annual winner will be selected on an earned point system for project and club meeting participation, community service, leadership and more.

For more photos from Sunday, Aug. 25, Shelby County 4-H kickoff, please click on link below:


The Light and Champion

137 San Augustine St.
Center TX 75935