Weymouth has a 4-H club this year.
The Sissiboo Landers 4-H Club held an information meeting at the Weymouth library in September. Based on interest there and all the phone calls they have received, general leaders Delores and Laurie Moses predicted they will have 40 members sign up.
The Moses have five children of their own and so have been thinking about starting a club for a couple years.
“Our kids are all really into animals so we knew we had five members,” says Delores. “As soon as we started asking around we found a lot of other people who wanted to join too.”
The Moses plan to offer a small list of projects to start with but as members and leaders sign up, that could grow.
So far they have cake decorating, poultry, goats, dog obedience and the great outdoors on the list.
Mikaela Marr, 16, will run the dog obedience project as a junior leader. She wanted for years to join 4-H but the closest club in Bear River was just too far to travel to. She has competed provincially with her border collie Patch and has attended numerous training sessions herself.
The first thing they will focus on in the project is basic obedience like come, sit and heel for example. She says they can work with any breed dog, and 4-H even has a category for mixed breeds.
Laurie Moses will run the great outdoor project, a project he says can include a lot of different things.
“For the first year we will focus on compass work, hiking, and camping skills. But we could eventually include lots of things like tree identification.”
Kitrin Jeffrey, president of the Digby County 4-H leaders’ council, says membership has been growing across the county and she is especially happy for families in the Weymouth area.
“It’s growing because of the people who get involved in this,” says Jeffrey. “They have a good time and they tell others. People like that the kids actually do a lot of hands on learning. And it’s fun.”
The club held their registration on Monday evening, Oct. 17 at the Weymouth library.