4-H Club Profiles

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

(Please note that "TBD" means "To Be Determined" as clubs update their information)


BEEF CLUB(S)

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 CLUB(S)

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: Waitlist


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: Waitlist



DAIRY CLUB(S)

Northern Dutchess Dairy -

Regular Meeting Time: TBD

Accepting New Members: TBD


Southern Dutchess Dairy

Regular Meeting Time: TBD

Accepting New Members: TBD


Stissing Mountain Dairy

Regular Meeting Time: TBD

Accepting New Members: TBD



GENERAL INTEREST CLUB(S)

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: TBD

Accepting New Members: TBD


Stonykill Farm (Name TBD) – This is a general interest club where members will explore animal husbandry (sheep, poultry, beef & rabbits), gardening and beekeeping.

Regular Meeting Time: 1 Monday/month from 6:30-8 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: Not at this time



GOAT CLUB(S)

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 – Members work on learning about caring for dairy goats.

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: TBD


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: TBD



HORSE CLUB(S)

Barn Bratz - Based out of Poughquag, NY. We accept members 5-18 regardless of whether the child owns a horse or not. We focus on building a child's communication, team building, and leadership skills thru the use of horse related activities and community service projects.

Regular Meeting Time: TBD

Accepting New Members: TBD


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: Not at this time


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


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 AND ALPACA CLUB(S)

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, seven of our members are registered llama and alpaca animal assisted therapists in the Hudson Valley. We attend and participate annually in parades, festivals, Autism expos. We also visit local children's homes, nursery schools, and summer camps.

Regular Meeting Time: TBD

Accepting New Members: TBD



POULTRY CLUB(S)

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


Fancy Feathers – Members learn about the working need to grow meat birds from 2 days old to market weight. Members also learn to care for pet birds.

Regular Meeting Time: 4th Thursday of the Month @ CCEDC

Accepting New Members: Yes



RABBIT AND CAVY CLUB(S)

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 -

Regular Meeting Time: TBD

Accepting New Members: TBD



SHEEP CLUB(S)

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


Southern Shepherds -We strive to teach our young shepherds sportsmanship, responsibility, and respect for themselves and their animals. We focus on community responsibility as well as a strong focus on agricultural literacy."

Regular Meeting Time: TBD

Accepting New Members: TBD



SHOOTING SPORTS CLUB(S)

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 CLUB(S):

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 presenation program with a foci on mathematics, science, and technology 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: TBD



SWINE CLUB(S)

Heavenly Hogs Livestock

Regular Meeting Time: TBD

Accepting New Members: TBD


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: TBD


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


3 R's Livestock

Regular Meeting Time: TBD

Accepting New Members: TBD

Contact

Jane Rodd
4-H Youth Development Program Leader
jr825@cornell.edu
(845) 677-8223 x105

Last updated July 26, 2019