4-H Club Profiles

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Interested in joining a club? Take a look at all the clubs in our county below!


BEEF CLUB

Here Comes The Beef – It is the goal of the 4-H Beef Club to provide a group environment for youth that are interested in learning about, demonstrating, and promoting the local beef industry. The club will attempt to do this by participating at local shows, touring local beef operations, and by holding fundraisers to support the club. Club involvement in community service, and the promotion of 4-H and the individuals will also be emphasized.

Regular Meeting Time: 2nd Wednesday of the month 7pm @ CCEDC

Accepting New Members: Yes


CANINE CLUBS

Crazy 4 Canines –Members work with their own dogs while learning about training. They complete one community service activity per year and would also like to participate in one field trip per year.

Regular Meeting Time: One Wednesday a month @ 8pm in Poughkeepsie

Accepting New Members: Yes


Top Dogs – Members participate in hands-on learning activities that provide experiences in the area of canine care, training and handling. Activities focus on building positive relationships with both the community and between members and their dogs.

Regular Meeting Time: 2 Saturdays a month at 4pm in Wassaic, Millerton, or Millbrook (location moves)

Accepting New Members: Yes


DAIRY CLUBS

Northern Dutchess Dairy -

Regular Meeting Time: TBD

Accepting New Members: Yes


Southern Dutchess Dairy – The club's major focus is to have a great learning experience about a member's individual strengths and about the dairy industry. Meetings consist of lectures by professionals in the dairy industry, dairy focused labs, exploring skills of showing such as judging and fitting. New members are always welcome. Our members come from many different parts of the county. Meetings are usually held at the Farm and Home Center in Millbrook, however, the club may go on a farm tour or attend a community service event as a meeting.

Regular Meeting Time: TBD

Accepting New Members: Yes


Stissing Mountain Dairy

Regular Meeting Time: TBD

Accepting New Members: Yes


GENERAL INTEREST CLUBS

Calico Pixies and Pixie Munchkins - We have a special focus on community service. In addition, members in the club are always working cooperatively together during projects, sewing, and working with foods. All of our work is quality, not quantity!

Regular Meeting Time: 2x/month Thursdays at 6:00 pm

Accepting New Members: Yes


Stony Ground – This is a general interest club where members will explore animal husbandry (sheep, poultry & rabbits), art, photography and beekeeping.

Regular Meeting Time: 2nd Monday/month at 6:00 pm in Wappingers Falls

Accepting New Members: Waitlist


Hawk Meadow – The Hawk Meadow 4-H Club is a general interest club. The interests of our 4-H’ers include: teaching dogs to do tricks, horse care, cooking with ingredients grown in our school garden/greenhouse, food dehydration, weaving on a loom, kitchen chemistry, rabbit care, creating a cat care brochure to be distributed to our local shelters for newly adopted cats, deciding which kind of fish to have/fish care, hamster care, and creating a biodiversity assessment of a local farm property. Our club meets monthly during the school day at Hawk Meadow Montessori School. Local field trips, volunteer opportunities, and fundraisers complement our program.

Regular Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of the month from 12-1pm

Accepting New Members: Must be a student at Hawk Meadow Montessori School



GOAT CLUBS

La-Togge-Nubi-Alpi-Saan – Members participate in community service, cooking, baking, crafts, animal husbandry and elections.

Regular Meeting Time: 2nd Sunday of the month in Clinton Corners

Accepting New Members: Yes


The Goat Gang – We give kids the opportunity to work with their goats and learn about the ins and outs of their day to day care and management. We participate in community events and community service projects. Our goal is to spread the love of goats to all.

Regular Meeting Time: One Sunday a month 4-5 pm in Hopewell JCT

Accepting New Members: Yes


Got Goat Milk - A family oriented club who believes in all the 4 "H's" but most importantly that 4-H should be fun!

Regular Meeting Time: TBD

Accepting New Members: Yes


Kids 4 Kids - This club is dedicated to knowledge and learning. Members understand the community plays an important part in farming and raising goats. We exhibit the goats, learn about them, and educate the public.

Regular Meeting Time: 1st Friday of the month at 7pm @ CCEDC

Accepting New Members: Yes


Kids and Company

Regular Meeting Time: TBD

Accepting New Members: Yes


HORSE CLUBS

Gentle Giants - Based out of Rhinebeck, NY. We are the only 4-H Club in Dutchess County that works with draft horses! While we do have a few kids that ride, we mainly focus on driving draft and miniature horses. Our goal is to teach kids horse safety, how to properly care for your horse, record keeping, public speaking, etc.

Regular Meeting Time: 3rd Sunday of every month (subject to change) at 2pm at our barn on route 9 in Rhinebeck.

Accepting New Members: Waitlist


Hoof Printz - Based out of Lagrange, the Hoof Printz 4-H Club actively participates in hands-on learning, community service, public speaking, as well as horse-knowledge based events throughout the year. It is the goal of the club to take each child's passion for horses and utilize that to make them exemplary members of our community through the power of the 4-H program.

Regular Meeting Time: 4th Sunday of the month at 4:30pm in LaGrange

Accepting New Members: Yes


Painted Ponies – This is a horse club that focuses mainly on model horses (think Breyer, Peter Stone and Schleich, although any kind will do!). Kids learn how to make tack and equipment for their models and how to show them. We hold 1 model horse show each year where judges are friendly and love to teach and help the kids learn more while still providing some good competition for the more advanced participants. Appropriate for any 4-H aged youth. Younger children may need some help from a parent or older sibling. It's a great activity for creativity and also to learn more about horses.

Regular Meeting Time: TBD

Accepting New Members: Yes


Un-whoa-ables ­– Members learn about horse safety, horsemanship, equine welfare, ethics and connection with horses. Riding and non-riding member welcome.

Regular Meeting Time: Sundays at 3pm (weekly) in Dover

Accepting New Members: Yes



LLAMA & ALPACA CLUB

The Spitters - Our club participates in many activities throughout the year, allowing us to showcase our animals while educating the public about the importance of 4-H. We are future leaders in training and are fortunate to have 4-H in our lives that nurtures and supports these types of initiatives. In addition, one of our members is a registered llama and alpaca animal assisted therapist in the Hudson Valley. We attend and participate annually in parades, festivals, llama/alpaca shows and community days.

Regular Meeting Time: 3rd Saturday of the month

Accepting New Members: Yes


MULTI-SPECIES CLUB

3 R's Livestock

Regular Meeting Time: TBD

Accepting New Members: Yes



POULTRY CLUB

Flock of Feathers – Members learn about and care for poultry, as well as participate in community education, community service, fundraisers and fun/festivity parties.

Regular Meeting Time: Tuesday 6:30pm-8 pm @ CCEDC 2x/month

Accepting New Members: Yes



RABBIT & CAVY CLUBS

Little Paws – We learn about rabbits and guinea pigs while having fun. Our group also does community service to help where we can.

Regular Meeting Time: Sunday Afternoons 1-2x/month

Accepting New Members: Yes


Cool Critters – Members learn about all facets of rabbit and cavy.

Regular Meeting Time: One Sunday a month from 2-4 pm @ CCEDC

Accepting New Members: Yes


Fuzzy Friends - Fuzzy Friends in a club where we want everyone to feel welcomed. Regardless of age or disability. We're very welcoming to all new members and have lots of fun throughout the year. We plan many fun activities along with teaching days to educate our members and prepare them for the Dutchess County Fair along with enhancing their knowledge of rabbits and cavies.

Regular Meeting Time: 3rd Sunday of every month at 6:00 pm in Millbrook

Accepting New Members: Yes


SHEEP CLUB

Golden Fleece – This club holds various activities related to raising sheep. From feeding and choosing show stock to spinning and knitting yarn, this club exposes members to all aspects of being a shepherd.

Regular Meeting Time: Rotate Friday PM & Saturday AM Monthly

Accepting New Members: Yes



SHOOTING SPORTS CLUB

Duchess County Long Rifles – The Duchess County Long Rifles focuses on the basis of firearms, and firearm safety, while incorporating STEM education. The club offers training in the disciplines of Archery, Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol, Mummle Loader, Rifle and Air Rifle. Club members start with the basics of proper firearms safety and handling as well as proper range etiquette and are encouraged to build toward more advanced skills. As members progress in skills and techniques, members are then encouraged to participate in postal shoots with the eventual goal of attending 4-H Shooting Sports competitions which can progress to state and national level events. To learn more, please visit our webpage at www.dclongrifles.org or at our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ndlongrifles.

Regular Meeting Time: Meets vary based on time of year (i.e. January to March, we meet once a month but April to December we meet twice a month), with more frequent meetings during warmer months to take advantage of additional range opportunities.

Accepting New Members: Yes


SPECIAL INTEREST CLUBS

Dragons and Damsels Entomology/Herpetology/Ichthyology Club - Members will research and study insects, amphibians, reptiles, and fish and explore the environmental-human relationship. The club is a forum for peer-apprenticeship, study sessions, crafting, identification, field study, environmental impact, and public education. We provide community service by promoting educational workshops and displays through community outreach programming."

Regular Meeting Time: 4th Thursday of the month, 6:30 PM @ CCEDC

Accepting New Members: Yes


Dutchess County Teen Ambassadors - This is a teen based club for members are 13 yeas of age and older. The club is designed to build leadership skills and life skills through the use of 4-H approved activities. The club is run by the members with guidance and assistance given by 4-H staff.Children participate in the planning and executing of not only their own club related activities but programs within the Dutchess County 4-H Program. Members are offered opportunities to participate in mock job interviews as well as college preparation seminars and budgeting/financing discussions.

Regular Meeting Time: 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30 PM @ CCEDC

Accepting New Members: Yes


Ivy Akademy 4-H Cloverbud Club - An experiential enrichment reading, writing, and oral presentation program with a focus on reading and writing using site visitations as a conduit.

Regular Meeting Time: TBD

Accepting New Members: TBD


Dutchess County Hot Shots - A 4-H club with photography based interests. Learn to use the camera properly and efficiently to capture the moments in time that create our lives.

Regular Meeting Time: TBD

Accepting New Members: Yes


SWINE CLUBS

Hog Handlers - The Hog Handlers 4-H Club is located in Red Hook, New York. We are dedicated to helping youth learn about, care for, and show their hogs.

Regular Meeting Time: TBD

Accepting New Members: Yes


Pigs for Kids –Kids learn about swine and work on 2-3 community service projects throughout the year.

Regular Meeting Time: One Friday per month, 7pm @ CCEDC

Accepting New Members: Yes

Last updated October 9, 2019