Dead Centers 4-H Archery Club teaches kids how to shoot a bow and arrow safely and properly. [Special to Times-Advertiser]
Lisa and her horse, Evalynn competed in a dressage competition for the 2017 4-H Area A Horse Show. [Special to Times-Advertiser]
Cooking Masters teaches kids how to grill and cook food properly. [Special to Times-Advertiser]
4-H members planted a red maple tree at Middlebrooks Park as part of giving back to the community. [Diane M. Robinson | Times-Advertiser]

HOLMES COUNTY – 4-H was been known for teaching cows, plows and sows. However, with a growing focus on youth development, UF/IFAS Extension Office 4-H Youth Development Program is teaching life skills through experiential learning.

Holmes County 4-H Agent Niki Crawson says 4-H isn't what it used to be and that is what makes them unique.

"This isn't about barns and animals anymore," said Crawson. "We're unique because we learn by doing. With us, there's no mistakes. You don't know if you don't try and if you don't get it just right then, we've just learned something else."

There are many programs for kids to choose from such as: Dead Center Archery Club, Sewing Club and United Clovers Club and activities like the 4-H Camp Timpoochee, 4-H Food, Fun and Reading, 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest and more.

There is also Air Rifle Club, Shotgun Club, SeaPerch Underwater Robotics, and Cooking Masters.

Instructors and volunteers are always needed Crawson said.

"We always need volunteers and instructors," she said. "Those interested in certain areas will need specialized training that we will provide to be an instructor, but anyone can be a volunteer."

Those who were members last year will need to reapply for this year. There is a $20 membership fee, but scholarships are available to help cover the cost for those in need.

Applications can be picked up at the UF/IFAS Extension office at 1169 East Highway 90 in Bonifay or online at

For more information contact 850-547-1108.