Over the past century (102 years to be exact), 4-H has garnered a reputation as one of the largest youth organizations in the country - predominantly in rural communities. Although the original club was formed in Roland, Manitoba in 1913, Saskatchewan put the program on the map by spearheading the first livestock clubs in Dubuc, Colgate, and Tantallon in 1917. John G. Rayner facilitated Saskatchewan’s adoption and face-lift of the program with the philosophy that the youth was the primary focus and the project work came secondary.
Although the project work encompassed by 4-H is ever-evolving, the basic principle, as demonstrated by the title of the program, is indefinite. The origin of the title is best detailed by the official program pledge:
My head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service,
My health to better living,
For my club, my community,
my country, and my world."
Despite the reality that 4-H lends itself predominantly to agriculture (more specifically to their cattle program commonly referred to as: “beef”), it’s not limited to those confines. There are many facets of 4-H that have evolved to include archery, wood-working and public speaking. Saskatchewan is, in fact, the only province that offers curling as an activity within 4-H. The current 4-H mantra is "Learn to do by Doing"
Watch the below video where I chat with Levi and Jana Rumpel from Craven about their experience growing up in a 4-H household.