BONIFAY — The Holmes County 4-H Program through the University of Florida IFAS Extension - Holmes County Extension Office will hold a 4-H Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Holmes County Ag Center.


This event is FREE and open to all Holmes County youth ages 5-18 and their families that are interested in joining 4-H, as well as individuals interested in volunteering in the program.



The new Holmes County 4-H Agent, Niki Crawson, will be available during this event for questions, suggestions, and to get feedback from local youth and parents on what they would like the local 4-H program to explore for the 2012-2013 4-H Program Year.



A variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations of past events and activities will be set up for youth to explore. In addition, youth and volunteers will be able to enroll/re-enroll in the 4-H community through online enrollment assistance during the Open House.



“4-H programming offers more than just animals and barns.  A variety of fun, educational, social, and engaging activities are offered through Holmes County 4-H such as shooting sports (archery), science and technology, sewing, and cooking,” said Crawson. “This year, the Holmes County 4-H is very excited to introduce SeaPerch, an innovative underwater robotics program that allows youth to learn to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).”



Youth can build a ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. 



“It is fun, challenging, and inspires youth to utilize teamwork and creativity to problem-solve,” said Crawson. “Interested in learning more about SeaPerch?  Great, because the Holmes County 4-H is currently looking for youth and adults to assist in this new program.”



If you are curious about what Holmes County 4-H has to offer, want to meet the new 4-H Agent from Holmes County or if you have questions about 4-H Camp Timpoochee, Crawson said this is a great opportunity for find out more.



“Adults—have you ever thought about volunteering with a community organization but don’t know what will work for your schedule?” Crawson asked. “Then drop by the Holmes County Ag Center on Tuesday, Oct. 9 anytime between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to get involved,” she said. “There is no obligation to join 4-H but Holmes County 4-H is so sure you will love 4-H that you will want to join the 4-H family immediately.”



About 4-H



4-H is a community of young people ages 5-18 across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H programs are available to young people in all 50 states, U.S. territories and U.S. military installations worldwide, regardless of gender, race, creed, color, religion, or disability.  For more information on 4-H programming in Holmes County, contact Niki Crawson at 547-1108 or ncrawson@ufl.edu .