Teen Council is open to all 4-H members between the ages of 13 to 19. 4-Hers can join as soon as they turn 13. Teen Council provides opportunities for teens to interact with other teens from all over Delaware County. Activities include cultural, educational, social and community service events. Teens are also asked to help in the Youth Building at the Delaware County Fair and have access to many state opportunities for 4-H teens.
QUILT MEETINGS (All are welcome, you don’t need to be a Teen Council member to participate)
4-H teens and volunteers meet once a month to make the annual 4-H Teen Council quilt which is sold in the Youth Building at the Delaware County Fair in August. Proceeds from the quilt help to reduce the cost of 4-H Teen Council activities for members. Teens socialize while learning sewing skills.
ONGOING COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
A non-perishable food item for the Delaware County Food Bank or Heart of the Catskills Humane Society will be collected at each Teen Council activity.
Each September an organizational meeting takes place, where teems are responsible for planning the activities for the year and working together to make those decisions on their own. Some of the activities they have planned in the past include roller skating; bowling; planting trees; walking dogs and socializing cats at the Humane Society; attending plays at Orpheus Theatre in Oneonta; skiing; laser tag; and going to Zoom Flume Water Park; to mention a few.
DELAWARE COUNTY FAIR (August in Walton)
Teen Assistants at the Delaware County Fair are invaluable! They:
- Set-up and tear-down the Youth Building
- Assist with group activities
- Help with public presentations
- Welcome the public to the Youth Building
- Sell quilt tickets to help support Teen Council activities and programs
- Enjoy a Thursday night pizza party with group games and fun
- Re-connect with old friends and make new ones
- And so much more
STATE FAIR (August in Syracuse)
State Fair is an opportunity for fun, leadership, and learning. There are many ways for teens to be involved:
- Teen Assistant: Teens selected to work the entire State Fair, coordinating animal shows and the youth building.
- Teen Leaders: Some 500 Teen Leaders annually work 6 hours a day in programs like: Press Corps, Teen Evaluators, Fashion Revue, and Welcome Booth.
- Group Action: This includes clubs demonstrating a specific project in a county booth.
- County Booth: Some Teens work specifically in their county booth, assisting evaluators in finding items in the booth, keep things tidy, answering questions, and in some cases providing hands-on activities.