Ever heard of 4-H? Well if you have, the first thought that may come to your mind is that 4-H is all about raising beef and sheep, but it offers so much more. There are so many clubs and projects, such as the leadership project, that you can participate in. For this project, you can go to many of the leadership conferences, such as the Know Your Government conference, held on Presidents Day weekend at the Red Lion Downtowner in Boise.
This conference is held for eighth- and ninth-graders all around Idaho to learn more about their government. You can choose either the legislative or judicial branch to take part in during the conference. In the legislative branch, you get to act as either a legislator or a lobbyist and you get to serve on a bill. You also get to witness a live legislative session take place. In the judicial branch, you can act as a state attorney, defense attorney, witness or a bailiff.
Going to the conference is a great experience for teens because they get to experience hands-on how our government works, and also, by participating in the workshops they provide, you will learn certain skills that will help you in many aspects of life. It was a once-in-a-life time opportunity for me and many others.
One upcoming event is the Blaine County 4-H camp, held 13 miles north of Ketchum in mid-July.
If you are interested in doing activities such as these, and being involved in the leadership project, you can contact the Blaine County 4-H Extension Office.