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Scioto County 4-H is looking for a few good volunteers to start clubs in all parts of the county, including Portsmouth and New Boston.

As we try to thaw out from the Polar Vortex that Southern Ohio seems to be sitting under, the time of year that our 4-H clubs start to organize and get members signed up for projects has crept up on us.

4-H is a positive youth development program that utilizes screened, trained volunteers to conduct fun and educational programs with young people ages 5-19. Adult volunteers do not need to be experts in a subject in order to lead a club or assist with a project area. They simply need to have a passion for working with young people.

There are more than 200 4-H projects available for youth to take and learn specific subject matter through hands-on activities. Those projects range from photography to dogs, and rockets to rabbits. There are many projects beyond the traditional livestock, cooking and sewing projects most people think of that are exhibited at the county fair. In fact, fair participation is not mandatory to complete a project, but if the youth do exhibit at the fair, they can earn awards, passes to the fair and premium dollars for exhibition.

Potential volunteers must fill out an application, submit to a Ohio BCI Fingerprint Background Check and attend a New Volunteer Orientation. They must agree to hold at least six club meetings between April and August, and must have at least five youth from three different families in their club.

A great way to get a club started is to get a couple of families together and have the children all invite their friends to join. The 4-H Program is a rewarding experience for both the youth and adults.

If you are interested in starting a 4-H Club, please contact the Ohio State University Extension Office, Scioto County, 740-354-7879, or visit our Web site, http://scioto.osu.edu.

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