This post was written by The Typical Mom through an activation with HireInfluence on behalf of 4-H. Although The Typical Mom received compensation for participating in the campaign, all thoughts and opinions are The Typical Moms.
If you’re not familiar with the 4-H program let me tell you how special it is, how it works, and share their new 30 Days of Doing campaign and contest too!
If you’re unfamiliar with 4–H, it began more than 100 years ago and has become the largest youth organization! It is pretty simple. They strive to help young people and their families gain skills needed to be proactive forces in their communities and develop ideas for a more innovative economy….and much more!
4–H revolves around a positive environment where kids get guidance from experienced adults, and are encouraged to take on leadership roles themselves. There are 4-H programs in every county and parish in the country, and come in the form of in-school and after-school programs.
They even have camps which I know my girls would just love!
Within the program kids complete hands-on projects in areas like:
- civic engagement
Great focuses for our youth right??!!
But there’s more……they have a movement and contest going on right now!
“30 Days of Doing” is what they are calling it, now what does that mean exactly??
Well in it they want to encourage moms everywhere to inspire their kids to be DOERS through hands-on learning, volunteering in their local community, and exploring/learning about something new…… mine are always up for something like that as you can see here. 😉
We took part in this movement by visiting a farm and learning about the animals on it. It was even more special because this particular place is owned by their great aunt and uncle so there was a lot of love and learning going on that day. 😉
My girls learned:
- How to brush a horse properly
- How to properly approach a horse and “give it some love”
- What cows and horses eat
- What has to be done every day as far as cleanup is concerned
- How often animals eat and what happens if you under or over feed them
- What each piece of farm equipment is used for (seen below)
- Both of them even got to name a cow!
Living most of their lives in Southern California and moving recently to a more rural area recently there was a lot for them to learn and they loved it so much they begged to go back soon. It was a whole different world from what they were used to but something my middle daughter now wants to do in the future when she grows up (be a farmer). Had they not had the opportunity to hear, see, and feel life on a farm first hand they would have never gained a love for it or even known what it was all about.
That’s what is great about 4-H and this movement they’re doing right now, it exposes children to new things they may have never experienced before but may grow to love. “You never know until you try” I always say.
So….during the month of September, 4-H program will launch 30 Days of Doing, which you can participate in too and there are tons of things you can do to participate…here is the list and a 30 Days of Doing printable for you as well:
During these “Days of Doing”, kids will have the opportunity to experience something new, gain the skills they need to be successful in life, encourage you to spend some time together as a family, and have fun along the way for sure. So…..build your own “To Do” list and join other moms in creating hands-on, fun, skill-building activities for your kids.
** Wait there’s more **
4-H program will launch a photo contest on September 1, 2018, giving away a $10,000 scholarship for kids, and the winner’s state 4-H program could receive $10,000 to inspire kids in the community!
This is how you enter:
- Submit a photo that shows how your child is inspirational to others. How they are creating a purpose for themselves, their family, their community, their country or the world.
- Contest ends September 30th so don’t wait!
Inspired yet to find a 4-H program in your own community and take part in not only the contest but maybe have your kids join the program themselves?
Contact your local 4-H and see how you can get involved!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Contest is open to legal guardians of children between 5 and 17. Contest entry starts at 12:00:01 AM ET on 9/1/18 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on 9/30/18. Full Official Rules will be available on 9/1/18 at 4-H.org/InspireKidstoDo.