Military youth move often, and the programming that 4-H offers is consistent across the nation. If a child is involved in a 4-H club and is working on a project and the family moves, the child should be able to find a club at the new location and continue to progress and be involved with 4-H programming. This lends some consistency and routine to the child’s life and increases the child’s sense of security, despite ever-changing circumstances.
Fort Drum has chartered 4-H clubs that are run through the School Age Centers and the Teen Programs,. To become involved in these clubs, parents must go through the enrollment process for their children to participate in CYS programming. Then they must contact the appropriate center for their child’s age. Follow the links below to information for the facilities and clubs on Fort Drum, NY.
Each year a variety of projects are offered throughout the program year. Children are encouraged to participate in those programs that are of specific interest to them or to try something new. The Military and 4-H do have some program area targets such as life skills, citizenship and leadership opportunities, arts recreation and leisure activities, fitness and health options, and academic support, mentoring and science, technology, engineering and math programs. Through participation in these focus areas, our military youth and their families will improve key skills that enable them to increase coping skills.
Staff on the installation participate in regular ongoing professional 4-H youth development training provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Jefferson County. Jefferson County 4-H is always working to start new clubs involving military youth in community centers on installations or in the surrounding communities. If you are interested in joining or starting a club on or near your installation, please contact Sabrina DeRue at 315-788-8450.
Last updated September 26, 2019