4 H Clubs Nurture Floyd County Youth

Floyd County has a thriving youth development program. Along with in-school 4-H clubs there are several community clubs in Floyd County:
Sewing Club:  meets monthly with occasional workshops – all sewing skills are welcomed.
Livestock Club:  meets monthly in the Check area.
Shooting Club:  members in this club love shooting sports and are working towards participating in local and state competitions.
Horse Club:  This club meets each month in the Floyd area and focuses on everything horses.  You do not have to have a horse to be an active member in this club.
Destination Teen Club:  Teen members 8th-12th grade have monthly meetings and activities.  They focus on leadership, communication, community service and lots of fun.  An exciting event for this club is the 4-H Exchange with other states.
Living Heritage Club:  Members of this club meet in the Willis/Indian Valley area.  As a group they focus on heritage skills and livestock production.  You do not have to own any animals to be a part of this group.
The Floyd County Destination Teen Club is active.
Mary Dickerson shares–
Several members spend a week at 4-H camp at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake either as a teen counselor or counselor-in-training.  Members help with the County Contest each year as room assistants when elementary students present projects at a continued event in the spring. The club helps serve concessions at the County Fair, the Arts and Crafts Festival, and the Ag Expo.
The Club participates in community service projects each year – they sponsor an annual contest between the county’s elementary schools to collect soda can tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Club members serve snow cones as an added treat on Field Day for the students who collect the most tabs.  They also collect food for the local food pantry. This past spring, club members assisted a Master Gardeners group with a beatification project at the Floyd County Animal Shelter; this effort was storied in the Humane Society’s newsletter, The Scratching Post.
Travel is important to the Destination 4-H Teen Club – they participated in an exchange trip with a club in Hardin, Montana in the summer of 2008.  Floyd members and chaperones traveled to Montana by train. When they arrived, Hardin 4-H members, families and community supporters welcomed Floyd 4-Hers into their homes. They planned a variety of activities and some educational experience for their guests. Highlights for Floyd members included: camping in Yellowstone National Park, visiting Old Faithful geyser, and visiting the Battle of Little Big Horn National Monument and the associated battlefield.
Members were also able to visit a working ranch, the Crow Indian Reservation, and observe snow-capped mountains in July. In July 2009, Floyd members reciprocated to host 4-H members from Little Big Horn County in their homes. Local families shared local sights and experiences with their friends from the “Big Sky Country.” The combined groups and chaperones experienced some of what Virginia has to offer by visiting Jamestown, the Virginia Aquarium, Busch Gardens, and Virginia Beach. The Floyd club has expressed an interest in another exchange trip-possibly to Texas-next summer. The group will be raising funds by a variety of ways to help finance their next adventure.
Important names – Penny Webster is program assistant for youth development; Cindy Beckner, 4-H support staff; Dawn Barnes and Jon Vest, Extension Agents, serve as advisors and provide invaluable assistance to the club. Julius Dickerson is the adult volunteer leader. He is assisted by his wife, Eunice. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Paul C. Webb Youth Center (barn to the right as you enter the Floyd County Recreation Park) from September through June.

If you are interested in
being a member of any of these clubs,
please contact the
Floyd County Virginia Cooperative Extension Office at (540) 745-9308
and they will be glad to assist you.

Luis A Garcia
Proprietor / Graphic Designer
FLOYD VIRGINIA publication
(540) 320 1045 – luis@floydmagazine.com

This story was published in Floyd Magazine Fall/Winter 2010 ~Senior Editor Dee Wallace

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