The Ambassador Beat: Laura Scott

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 2015, 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 Laura Scott, 4-H Ontario Youth Ambassador from Grenville County 4-H Association

Explaining 4-H and the Smiles that Come With It

“What is 4-H?” This is a question that, many, if not all reading this, have either asked somebody, been asked or tried to answer that infamous question known to all 4-Her’s; past and present alike. As the summer comes to an end and the miles that I’ve put on this year as an Ambassador increase, there’s one question that I always stumble over the answer for, “What is 4-H?”.

During our Ambassador training, we were given the answer to that. 4-H is a grassroots organization that works to build leaders in youth, among other things. However, that’s not something that you can say to a five year old who can’t wait for his sixth birthday so he can join the 4-H Cloverbud Program. So you have to pull out the most captivating aspects of the 4-H program, and convince them to give it a shot! It’s easy to talk to the kids who love tractors and animals, or who love to do crafts, but the kids who really aren’t sure, they’re the ones that you have to pull out those really unique clubs, like paintball, pizza or pottery.

I’ve also come to realize that other events and activities 4-H has to offer are great attention grabbers too! Some things that I’ve noticed that really interest potential new members include camps, conferences, provincial opportunities, scholarships, and bursaries.

One of my favourite parts of being an Ambassador has become clear this summer as I spend more and more time promoting 4-H and meeting new people; kids cannot wait to join 4-H. The best part of my day, nine times out of 10, is watching the face of a little girl or boy girl light up when they tell you that they get to join 4-H next year because their birthday was last month or is next week. These kids are so excited to join the program that their enthusiasm is nothing short of contagious. 4-H needs these members and they need them desperately. Members like these are the members that are going to be “lifers” and are going to be the next generation of leaders. They will be the ones who always have an answer to the question “What is 4-H?” because they have lived the experiences and can share them with others. There is nothing I love more about being an Ambassador than meeting these kids.

The Ambassador Beat: Cailen Bromley

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 2015, 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 Cailen Bromley, 4-H Ontario Youth Ambassador from Renfrew 4-H Association

Hi again it’s Cailen Bromley, one of the 2015 ambassadors and I am so happy to be writing again! So much has happened in the past couple months it’s crazy. I had the pleasure of attending Ignite and had the experience of a lifetime, learning to work with a group to create change. This was an awesome camp and I learned so much in the days I was there! I got to meet new people and connect with friend I had already met from previous camps. I have also had the pleasure of getting to be part of several 100th Anniversary celebrations where it has been great to see everybody getting involved and excited and there are still more great things to come. I was able to speak at some local fairs about the 100th Anniversary and the great things that have happened in the past that we celebrate. I also had a great time traveling down to Guelph to take part in the Growmark Sponsor Tour, where we got to see the faculties and how the operations work so successfully. We also got to see the UPI Energy distribution system. I am so happy to have them as a sponsor of our Ambassador program and allowing us to have all these great opportunities. There are lots of things I am looking forward to as the summer comes to an end, such as the IPM in Finch in September where we will have the 4-H Gala, which is going to be grand! The Farm Show and the Royal will also be later in the year which I’m excited to attend.

I am so happy there is so much going on in 4-H and that there’s opportunities to meet so many people in the 4-H community and see all of the great things we have accomplished.