Are you looking for additional ideas to expand your current Cloverbud program? Do you have 4-H clubs with one or two Cloverbud members that would benefit from opportunities beyond the community club? Consider hosting a county-based Cloverbud Club to maximize outreach efforts.
Each year, Union County, Ohio, hosts a county-wide Cloverbud Club. To accommodate the large number of Cloverbuds in their county, two sessions are offered: one on Wednesday evening and one on Saturday morning. Meetings are held at the beginning of each month, February through May, with an additional session at the end of May to conclude the Cloverbud year. The theme for 2023 is “In My Backyard”. The meeting schedule utilizes a camp approach in which the Cloverbuds rotate in groups to different stations. Teens serve as counselors and supervise the Cloverbuds as they rotate through the activities. Adult volunteers lead the sessions and teach the Cloverbuds about the selected topics.
The February meeting topic was “All About Bees”. Cloverbuds learned about the life cycle of a bee, made beeswax candles, learned about pollination, and had a honey tasting station. The March meeting focused on worms. Cloverbuds conducted experiments with Red Wiggler Worms. During the April meeting, Cloverbuds learned about gardening. They planted lettuce seeds, made fruit pizza, and did a fruit and vegetable taste test. May’s meeting focused on animals. Volunteers brought a dog, horse, lamb, goat, pig, and turkeys. The final meeting in May included a visit to a local farm and fishing.
The Cloverbud Club is a huge success, thanks to the teens and adult volunteers, and continues to grow each year. Consider adding a county-based Cloverbud Club to your existing Cloverbud opportunities and expand your 4-H outreach.