Breaking clays, punching paper, flinging arrows and counting X's are all part of the 4-H Shooting Sports project. Safety first - but a lot of fun! The Shooting Sports project includes many options for 4-H members. Youth learn safe gun handling skills, and sound fundamentals of shooting under the guidance of caring and knowledgeable adult volunteers.
4-H Shooting Sports is a youth development educational program. It uses the skills and disciplines of shooting to assist young people and their leaders in obtaining knowledge and developing skills. Development of skills within the discipline of shooting and "life skills" is implicit in the program curriculum and explicitly stated for volunteers. It appeals to young people and volunteers from a wide range of urban and rural backgrounds. 4-H Shooting Sports promotes positive youth-adult interaction and peer leadership.
The focus of the Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports program is the total development of the young person. The shooting sports and related natural resource activities are utilized as a vehicle for human growth and development. The shooting sports program attracts new audiences as well as enhances the traditional 4-H club program. Project choices for youth include:
- Shotgun (9+ years old)
- Air Rifle/BB Gun
- Smallbore Rifle - .22 caliber
- Air Pistol
- Smallbore Pistol - .22 caliber
- Muzzleloading (9+ years old)
- Hunting & Outdoor Skills
Take your support of “Making the Best Better” and “Learning to Do” wherever you go with the new license plates showcasing Nebraska 4-H and Nebraska FFA! The Nebraska 4-H Foundation and Nebraska FFA Association in cooperation with the Nebraska FFA Alumni, have teamed up to create the first ever license plate supporting the two largest youth organizations in Nebraska. Similar to other organizational specialty license plates, there must be 250 applications received before the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing this organizational plate. Order yours today by filling out the application form and mailing it along with the $70 fee to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. Be one of the first 4-H and FFA license plate owners and show the world you are an advocate of these outstanding youth organizations. Show your support of using your “Head, Heart, Hands and Health” to promote “Premier Leadership, Personal Growth and Career Success”.
Big Red Summer Academic Camps are residential, career exploration camps held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. By participating in a camp youth get the opportunity to explore the UNL campus, meet people from across the country, spend time investigating an interest or potential career, and have a lot of fun! During the week-long camps, participants will work with UNL faculty to explore the topic of their particular camp, like filmmaking or crop science. After spending several fun-filled days on campus, participants' families are invited to attend a special capstone event where youth showcase their achievements.
Big Red Summer Academic Camps are open to all youth grades 10th-12th including recent high school graduates. All housing and food is provided for participants throughout the duration of the camp. Space is limited and camps will fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each camp offered has a specific number of openings, please see Big Red Summer Academic Camp Sessions for a list of camps offered this year, descriptions, participant limits, costs, and scholarship opportunities. Camps are hosted by Nebraska 4-H and UNL faculty members in various academic areas across campus.
Congratulations to the Laurel Bit and Bridle 4-H Club of Cedar County for being selected as the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month!
The Laurel Bit and Bridle 4-H Club has 43 members and continued its club learning experiences through the community by making first aid kits at their February meeting. Working with the 3 Laurel EMTs, members learned about CPR and first aid at the meeting and then went on to create first aid kits. EMT Melissa Graham took members onto one of the Laurel ambulances and showed them around the ambulance and discussed what information they would need to tell the 911 operator in an emergency. They also discussed what to do if an adult tooth was knocked out, and what to do in case they or someone they knew came in contact with poisons.
EMT Jodi Thompson showed 4-Hers how to do CPR and had them practice proper chest compressions and informed them how to treat burns, bites and stings and how to care for someone that is suffering from heat exhaustion. EMT Steph Urwiler talked to 4-Hers about fractures and what they could do if they ever had a situation where someone had broken an arm or leg. She reviewed treatment for bleeding and shock and talked to members about items in the first aid kit and the purpose of each item.
The Laurel Bit and Bridle 4-H Club decided to cover the cost of supplies for the first aid kits so that each member would have a first aid kit that they could have on hand. After entering their first aid kit in the fair, members plan to keep the kit in their vehicle that goes to 4-H activities so that it would be available to use if anything ever happened at club meetings, horse practices or the County Fair.
The Nebraska 4-H Foundation is accepting applications for Club of the Month. Clubs are encouraged to apply for next month and be acknowledged for their achievements, service projects, and awards! Winners will receive a $50 check from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and will be recognized statewide! Applications can be found at http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/.
Nebraska 4-H Youth Development offers a variety of day and overnight camps, which provide unique experiences that focus on life skills, including:
- science exploration
- leadership and citizenship skills
- future career opportunities
- healthy decision-making
- natural resources education
Nebraska 4-H Summer Camps are offered at two 4-H Camp Centers: Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center near Gretna and Nebraska State 4-H Camp near Halsey. A variety of both day and overnight camps are available to youth ages 5-18. Each location offers a variety of themed camps, such as robotics, creativity, animal care, outdoor skills, and more! Each location also offers team building and challenge courses, shooting sports, aquatics, GPS, and more! Scholarships are available.
This spring, Nebraska 4-H is asking alumni to raise their hands!
We believe that every child deserves the chance to succeed. If you're a 4-H alumni or know someone who is, we're asking for your help in spreading the word. Together we can help 4-H provide the hands-on learning that empower kids across America with the skills to hands what life throws at them.
- Raise Your Hand: Go to http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/ to show your pride as a 4-H alumni.
- Compete for Nebraska: Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000, or $5,000 award for the states with the most alumni hands raised. In Nebraska, this award will be used to reach more youth through science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.
- Pay it Forward: Tweet, post, and share your #4HGrown and #NE4H experience or support and tag fellow alumni asking them to raise their hands for their state at http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/.
Help kids learn responsibility, compassion, respect, and the value of hard work by supporting 4-H. Together we can grow the next generation of true leaders.
Nebraska 4-H youth, families, and volunteers are invited to participate in a statewide community service effort by creating and donating quilts to the service men and women who are protecting our country and who are "touched by war." The quilts will be collected and given through the Quilts of Valor Foundation.
4-H members and volunteers can work alone or in groups to make the quilts. Donations of fabric, batting or machine-quilting may be located in order to complete the project. Service organizations or other donors in the community may help provide funds for the Quilt of Valor. The quilts may then be entered in county fairs and the Nebraska State Fair in the citizenship, quilt quest, or design decisions project areas.
If you are interested in participating in this project, please review the Nebraska 4-H Quilts of Valor Statewide Guidelines.
The 2016 Quilts of Valor Presentation will be held at the Nebraska State Fair. For times and locations, please see the 4-H State Fair schedule.
Thank you for your support of the United States military!
Clubs, families, and 4-H'ers are encouraged to submit their 4-H community service projects of any scale to our statewide community service map. Service to the community is an integral part of the 4-H experience. This map is a way of showing the value of 4-H'ers contributions and a chance for youth to gain statewide recognition for their efforts. See the current map or submit your own community service project using the links below.
4-H Grows Here... Empowering youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime.
In Nebraska, 4-H reaches 1-in-3 age-eligible youth and engages youth and families in all 93 counites. As positive development professionals, we strive to prepare youth for their successful futures through career development and healthy living. We engage them in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Agricultural Literacy efforts that will enable them to lead these industries in the future. And, we empower their unique leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirits that will ensure they make a lasting and positive contribution to their communities.
Data included in the 2016 Impact Report represents youth responses from across the state following their engagement in one or more 4-H program experiences, more than 4,000 responses were collected. 4-H reaches youth in clubs, afterschool, school enrichment, special interest and camp programming.