4-H Friendships

Forming new Friendships

Feeding the Stingrays

As we move through life there is always the benefit for meeting new people, learning about different areas, forming new relationships regardless of locale – all opportunities that 4-H youth can experience when socializing with other 4-H youth outside our county or state. In April, Martin County 4-H youth had a wonderful experience meeting youth from Powell County, Kentucky. The youth, led by their 4-H Agent, Valerie Stewart, her husband, Gary, and 4-H volunteer Roberta, traveled south to meet with us in Martin County. They were en route to a reward trip leaving from Miami to the Bahamas. They were looking forward to meeting Florida 4-H youth along with some community service during the trip . . .


Powell, KY and Martin 4-H Youth
Community Service

It was a fortunate day when I received their call in February, requesting a community service project along with a visit with our youth. For the community service project, the KY 4-H youth collected from their local families PB&J for our local non-profit, the House of Hope. Some of the peanut butter was very fresh, packaged from the Algood facility in Louisville, KY. I hear the van smelled ‘yummy’ the entire trip south!

Learn by Doing
Ale 8 Country

The Saturday of their arrival we were joined by local club members and had a wonderful time showing them around our county. An educational – and fun – visit to the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center following by lunch under a Stuart Beach pavilion. The KY youth then hit the sand – considering the snow left behind – for an afternoon of fun in the sun! Later that evening, we met at our extension office for a 4-H Family potluck dinner. Our FL youth and families experienced Ale 8 – the local KY soda. If you vacation in the area the Ale 8 Winchester facility conducts tours. Kentucky advice: Drink it cold!


At the conclusion of this wonderful experience, Martin county 4-H now has a 4-H Family in Kentucky … so a road trip is needed! A 4-H adventure with new experiences to look forward to! If you ever travel to Kentucky be sure to visit the Daniel Boone National Forest: https://www.nationalforests.org/our-forests/find-a-forest/daniel-boone-national-forest. Also feel welcomed to stop by their UKY Extension office to say Hello.

Thank you Powell county 4-H for spending time with us in Martin county. This new 4-H Friendship of ours is valued.

For more information:

Powell County Extension visit: https://powell.ca.uky.edu/ and Martin County Extension: https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/martin/


Posted: May 18, 2018

Category: 4-H & Youth, Relationships & Family
Tags: 4-H Family, 4-H Friendships, Youth

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