Tooele County 4-H will offer 13 programs for area youth this fall, including regular clubs and activities as well as a few holiday-themed events.
Also this fall, Tooele City is co-sponsoring a Tooele City Community Club, where participants will enjoy a variety of weekly activities, from crafts to field trips, said Stephen Sagers, a 4-H extension agent. The club, which is intended for ages 8 to 18, will meet on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 14.
Utah State University’s Tooele County Extension runs 4-H to give children an opportunity to learn skills for adulthood in a hands-on environment. Activities not only provide instruction in areas not always covered in the classroom—such as cooking or agriculture—but studies have shown that students who participate typically earn above-average marks in school, Sagers said.
Participants typically pay for each event they attend, but Sagers noted the extension tries to keep costs low so that 4-H will be affordable for kids and families. Registration fees for activities generally run $5 to $10.
Most 4-H activities in Tooele are well-attended, Sagers said. Many are capped at 12 to 20 participants, and these often fill to capacity early in the season.
4-H programs available for youth ages 8 to 18 will include the foods and wood crafts clubs, as well as classes dedicated to cake decorating, clay sculpting and LEGO robotics. There will also be a Pumpkin Palooza on Oct. 22. Children in Kindergarten, first or second grade may join the Cloverbud Club, which will meet once a month on Mondays.
All 4-H clubs and camps meet at the USU Extension Office at 151 N. Main St. in Tooele.