For most of our life we’ve been around 4-H or involved with it. We began as a member and tried Camp Pinnacle, but town kids didn’t have the urge for involvement as did our farm friends who had animals and crops and crafts to tie them into the program. So we moved on to other groups and activities, but never quite lost our interest in the 4-H way of life.
Later in life when we took over the Examiner we worked with local Extension agents, Club leaders, and 4-H’ers. For several years we served on the WVU Extension Visiting Committee and learned about the inner workings of the 4-H program on both the federal and state levels. Of course, living up the street from the Grand Lady of Extension Annie Shobe didn’t hurt.
But it was when our children joined 4-H that we really began to appreciate what 4-H offered young people. From county camps to Jacksons Mill…from the learning to the competing…from the adults who gave of time and knowledge to giving back to the community…and becoming confident young adults…4-H had and provided it all.