We have several 4-H Clubs that exist in Madison County. We have been spotlighting each of our community 4-H clubs in order to educate the public on the important purpose clubs serve in 4-H and for our youth. 4-H is comprised of several different types of activities from school-enrichment programs, to afterschool activities, to county-, district-, state-, and nation-wide events, and even residential and day camps. One of the core organizational components in our program is our 4-H clubs. They serve as the “home base” per say and help direct the program to meet the needs of all youth through experiential learning. This month we will explore: the Always Support Kids (A.S.K.) with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities 4-H Club, and the Saddles and Spurs 4-H Club.
Always Support Kids (A.S.K.) 4-H Club is led by Mrs. Leslie McLeod. The club meets at the Madison First Baptist Church, (located at 134 SW Meeting Ave, Madison), the second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. A.S.K. 4-H has a primary focus in adapting all areas of 4-H to meet the needs of Autistic and Other Developmentally Disabled youth. Although this is their main focus, the group is fully integrated and welcomes all youth of all abilities as do all of our 4-H Clubs. The club often has activities that take place outside of their normal meeting area, please contact Mrs. McLeod for the most up to date information. Along with project areas, field trips, and community service activities this club also hosts an annual 5k & Fun Run event called A5K as well as Art Touched by Autism in the spring. You can find more information on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ASK.MadisonFL. Their next meeting is Thursday, Dec. 11th at 5:30 p.m.
The Saddles and Spurs 4-H Club is a longstanding club in Madison that is currently led by Mrs. Nancy Varn and Mrs. Jacinda Jesse. This club meets at the Madison Extension Office (located at 184 NW College Loop, Madison) on the second Friday of each month at 6 p.m. Saddles and Spurs 4-H is focused around youth involved with equestrian projects, but is open to all youth. Horse ownership is preferred, not required. Their primary focus is projects such as animal husbandry, equestrian identification and caretaking, equestrian riding events, STEM and healthy lifestyles. The club has several community service projects planned for this year. The Saddles and Spurs 4-H Club has several equestrian riding events planned, including both competitive and non-competitive areas, to get hands on experience with their club’s focus. You can find more information about upcoming activities on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/301178520084557/. The club’s next meeting is Friday, Dec. 12th at 6 p.m.
All interested parties are welcome to stop by any of our meetings for more information or to just get a taste of what these clubs have planned for the year. As always 4-H and all of its programs are offered to any youth ages 5-18 regardless of race, creed, origin, color, religion, age, disability, gender or any other discriminatory factor. Registration may also be completed at http://florida.4honline.com and then remitted with the $1 per person insurance fee to the Extension Office. If you are interested in more information about any of our clubs or joining 4-H, please visit the Madison County Extension Office or call (850) 973-4138.
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