The Ambassador Beat: Kate Higgins

The 4-H Ontario Ambassador program provides youth with advanced level training in leadership, citizenship, communications and public relations. Ambassadors put their energy and 4-H experiences to work recruiting new members and sharing the 4-H story. Throughout 2014, each of 4-H Ontario’s six Ambassadors will submit blog entries about their experiences in the program. The 4-H Ontario Ambassador program is proudly sponsored by GROWMARK, Inc. and UPI Energy LP. For more info on the Ambassador program click here. To book an Ambassador for you event please complete the request form.

Submitted by Kate Higgins, 4-H Ontario Ambassador, Huron 4-H Association

Discovery Days As An Ambassador

It feels like yesterday, but in reality it was eight and nine ears ago when I attended 4-H Ontario Discovery Days as a young 4-H member. I had the privilege of going to Discovery Days in Teeswater in 2005 and Blyth in 2006 for Region 5. These are some of my fondest memories of 4-H that I still hold today! I still wear both my t-shirts even though one of them is a little worse for wear and has seen better days.

Being an Ambassador gave me the privilege of reliving the Discovery Days experience again from a different light. I went to Mildmay on May 31 for Region 5 and Erin on June 7 for Region 4. Both days were remarkable! I assisted participants with making their delicious pancake muffin snack and cool door hanger craft in Region 5 while getting to develop judging skills in participants in Region 4. I had so much fun spending the day with the kids and getting shot by a marshmallow gun by John Drummond. The groups of kids were unique in their own way, which made for a new opportunity for adventure at each activity! Whether it was coaching my team in Region 5 through Andy’s Mega Obstacle Course or making a parachute tee-pee with the kids in Region 4, they are days I will never forget.

Some things have changed since my original experience at Discovery Days, compared to my time now as an Ambassador, but many are just as awesome as I remember! There has always been the station rotation with parts like judging and Go For The Gold. Also, the t-shirts have been consistent souvenirs for the day, supported now by Beef Farmers’ of Ontario. One difference I can remember is having rabbits in Teeswater to judge. However Discovery Days will always be a day spent with good 4-H friends!

I would encourage every 4-H member to grab any friend, 4-H or not, and go to Discovery Days. It is an inexpensive, entertaining day that you won’t regret or forget. You can meet new people and also enjoy it with friends you already have. Events like these are only as good as the volunteers that are there, who never disappoint — so thank you for always making 4-H events incredible. I am so glad I had the opportunity to go again and any 9-12 year old should watch for a Discovery Day in there region and never hesitate to sign up for the next one.