Madison Magazine June-July 2019 - Page 7

Profile Children and teachers enjoy a hayride during 4-H Farm Days at the Madison County Fairgrounds. Lessons, leadership and life experience round out W Aaron Martin climbing rock wall during a 4-H event. - 4H participation for Madison County youth Story by Critley King Smith Extension, and in Madison County, it is hen Angie Martin’s children came home from school talking spearheaded by 4-H Agents Scott Darst about 4-H camp, she thought and Aubrey Clark. “Kentucky 4-H believes in providing it would be a fun adventure for positive youth-development (so) that her kids. Little did she know, the pro- all (young people) gram would not only can experience give them memo- belonging, mas- rable experiences but tery, independence set her family on a and generosity,” path of fun and life- explained Clark. long learning. “4-H is a youth “4-H is amazing. organization com- Every child should mitted to building be in it,” said Mar- outside leaders with tin, noting that four marketable skills to of her children have Boonesborough Elementary School students succeed in today’s been involved in the participate in 4-H’s Field Day. program, specifically global society. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full poten- her youngest sons, Aaron and Logan. tial, working and learning in partnership For those wondering, the four H’s represent head, heart, hands and health, with caring adults.” Opportunities are provided in many dif- and young members learn the principles through fun and engagement. The pro- ferent ways, such as school-enrichment gram is part of the Kentucky Cooperative programs, summer camp, workshops, day J U N E - J U LY 2 0 1 9 Madison Magazine 7