Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Note on Clover Kids

I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! I just wanted to take a minute to clarify an issue I have been hearing about regarding the Clover Kid program. Although the Clover program is an affiliated group of 4-H, they are not allowed to participate in life fire shooting events. This restriction includes BB Gun.

I have had a few questions lately regarding this practice and wanted to take time to address it. Below you will find a blog posted by Dr. Chris Boleman, 4-H Program Director, regarding the involvement of Clover Kids in the 4-H Program.

Clover Kids Involvement in the 4-H Program
There seems to be some confusion regarding Clover Kids and their involvement in the Texas 4-H Program. It is critically important from a safety standpoint that we do not ignore the guidelines outlined in the 4-H Management Guide. Specific items to highlight from the guide are below:

- The 4-H program serves youth 9 years of age (or 8 years of age and in the 3rd grade) to 19.

- As an affiliated group, youth enrolled as 4-H Clover Kids have activities and programs suitable for their age group. Clover Kids are not eligible to participate in activities, recognition programs, and competitive events reserved for older youth. Competitive events and competitive judging are inappropriate for Clover Kids.

Please see the Texas 4-H Practitioners Blog for the complete blog posting.

As always, please contact our office if you have any questions regarding this issue. Have a wonderful rest of your week!


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