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OSU Extension

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

July 12, 2018 - 10:36am --

I have a friend whose daughter used to look people in the eye, point to her eyes, and say focus. It was a funny thing for a four-year-old to do because she was clearly imitating an observed behavior.

As human beings we are constantly analyzing and trying to understand patterns around us. But, sometimes these patters are confusing. It’s hard for us to take a step far enough back to completely understand a situation.

In those moments I can hear the voice of my young friend saying “focus.” It’s easy to lose sight of what we are supposed to be doing. There are so many distractions and rules that dictate our behaviors.

There’s no way that every decision we make can be the right decision but, if we give ourselves the time we need to process, decide and reflect we can arrive at a comfortable and mutually acceptable situation.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it a thousand more times but, 4-H is about the youth. It’s about the amazing things that children can do to improve our world.

Looking out over the grounds of the Hamilton County 4-H Community Fair, watching as the youth care for their animals and diligently display their projects, I find myself engulfed in a sense of awe.

This voluntary program has managed to provide focus and structure to hundreds of children. Through the practical, hands on, exploratory projects, youth are learning how to do things, how to talk about the things they do, and how to accomplish a goal.

In a world dominated by soccer leagues and run clubs, in an environment that is largely unnatural, youth are finding ways to connect to the natural world and to explore their passions.

If you want to be a part of this amazing institution, if you want to just come out and check out the amazing things these youth have done, I encourage you to come out to the Hamilton County 4-H Community Fair at Strickers Grove or visit to learn how to join 4-H in Hamilton County.