Do you have a hobby, or an interest that you would like to learn about? Learn by doing with your friends in a fun and safe setting. 4-H Clubs bring youth (ages 5 to 19) and adults together to learn everyday life skills with hands-on learning. 4-H clubs can be general in nature where 4-H members learn about many different topics, or they can offer a specific topic of interest such as rabbits, sewing, robotics, gardening, or many others. The limit is your imagination!
A 4-H Club and its members will:
More than 200 youth are enrolled in our Madison County 4-H Club program, in groups that explore a variety of topics. Members of 4-H clubs are learning sewing skills, robotics, public speaking skills, environmental issues, science, engineering, technology and math (STEM), how to care for and show an animal, healthy lifestyles, and having fun in the process! 4-H activities teach youth problem-solving skills that make a positive impact upon their community. 4-H helps youth meet the diverse challenges of today's world, build self-confidence, learn responsibility, and make positive decisions.
Contact the 4-H Office to find out about clubs in Madison County. If there isn't already a 4-H club that meets your needs, our 4-H staff can help a parent or adult volunteer organize and support a club.
Active Madison County 4-H Clubs:
Lincklaen Shamrocks 4-H Club
Warm Rice Bags for Chemotherapy Patients
On March 5, 2017 the Lincklaen Shamrocks and their leader, Sue Groetz, were hard at work making chemo rice bags for chemotherapy patients with neuropathy in their hands.
The little 5 by 5 rice bags are put in the microwave for one and half minutes. They are used to help warm hands from neurological symptoms. These symptoms are caused by cancer medicine that can kill your fast growing cells. Sue Groetz decided to make the chemo rice bags because, “I felt sorry for the people at the cancer center. Many come by themselves and are so sad and hurting. I thought I could do something with our 4-H group to make their day a little better.”
You can make these little bags by cutting two five by five pieces of fabric and sewing all the sides together leaving a one and a half inch opening on each. After that put one square piece inside the other and fill the inside square with rice. Last sew all the openings up. Then you can donate it to a cancer center.
Sue’s kind heart will now help so many people in cancer centers feel a little better. Remember just one person can make a difference.
- Caitlyn Smithers, Lincklaen Shamrocks 4-H Member
What 4-H Means to Our Members:
"Have you ever visited a fair, perplexed as to why there's a barn crowded with bovines? Dairy 4-H has taught me first-hand that their purpose is to be shown and exactly what that entails.
First, I select the perfect heifer and work with her for months until we move as one. The morning of the exhibition, I arise early in the bitter cold, and become drenched while washing and clipping my heifer to perfection. Finally, as my Holstein and I enter the show ring, it's our time to shine.
Taking part and earning awards in a grueling process in 4-H for six years has taught me a multitude of life lessons. It's taught me what hard work truly means, how to stay friendly, despite working since 4am, and how to have fun in the mud. Finally, 4-H has taught me how to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.
However, we do more in 4-H than just show cows. My leader has also taught me how to decorate, sew, cook, publicly speak, and camp. 4-H is something every kid should take part in, as it has truly changed my life for the better."
- Jennie McIntosh, Clever Clovers 4-H Club
Last updated September 16, 2019