Fun Seekers 4-H Club Great Barrington

Link to the Massachusetts 4-H Website
Link to Volunteer Paperwork without CORI Form
The CORI Form (background check for safety with children) is obtained through the County 4-H Representative

Great Barrington 4-H Group Calendar
Click on the calendar items below for event details.

4-H Great Barrington

Muddy Brook Regional Elementary School

4-H News:
Next Meeting: Friday, October 5
4:30-5:30PM at Muddy Brook School, Great Barrington
(See the map at the bottom of the left  column under the calendar
for directions to Muddy Brook School)

Finishing some apple fun is what we are up to this week!  

Apple Pie Jam makes about 6 8oz jars (but we are tripling the recipe)
4.5 cups chopped apples
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 pouch liquid pectin
4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

Put diced apples, lemon juice, spices and sugar in a medium sauce pan and boil low until apples are soft. Process everything in a food processor so that it is moderately smooth but not completely pureed. Put back in the pot and add the pectin when all is boiling again then bring to a full rolling boil for about a minute. Process for canning in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.

Record Keeping for club members:  Each time a project is completed a record form is filled out.  A summary form is also completed to keep a summary record of projects done throughout the year.  Children ages 5-7 fill out Cloverbud forms and older children fill out 4-H forms.  Forms may be found at this link:

Windy Hill Farm is donating a bushel of apples to the group! Once there is proof of member registration they can be picked up and cooking can commence.  Perhaps the apple cooking can be used to fund raise a bit

How to Register/Enroll:
The link below will take you to the page at Massachusetts 4-H that has registration forms if you missed the Friday 9/28 meeting where these forms were handed out.  Print out all of the forms, fill them out and then bring them with you & your child(ren) to the next meeting (see calendar on left - next meeting date will be added after 9/28 when it has been decided) Please email Jill (group leader) to rsvp that you are joining.  You may also scan and email forms to Jill.
You will need this information when selecting project interest areas on the forms.  This group will most likely spend time on the following interest areas
.  Don't see your subject?  Ask Jill about it.  Also, there are a few other 4-H groups in the area that may pursue those interests if we do not.......
-Arts and Crafts
-Cloverbuds for ages 5-7 (but this group is starting at age 6)
-Community Service
-Community Service Learning
-Embryology (hatching chicks)
-Environmental Studies
-Food and Nutrition
-Food Safety
-Food Science
-Fruit/Vegetable Garden
-Inter-generational Program
-Leadership Development
-Needlework & Quilting
-Performing Arts
-Public Speaking
We may work with a few farms to add small farm animals to the list later but that connection is still in the works so please leave farm animals off your subjects for now until later updates.

I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service,
and my health to better living, 
for my club, my community, my country, and my world

What is 4-H
4-H builds leadership skills through fun learning projects and community service learning activities. Potential project focuses may include a range of crafts, sewing, cooking, gardening, performing arts, food preservation, possibly wood working & possibly small farm animals. 
- Children ages 6-18. This is a great opportunity for different age children to work together and learn from each other! 
- Friday meetings augmented by other events on various different days. 
- Experiential learning projects & community service learning
- Some projects may be undertaken at home and then shared with the group
- Go on "field trips" like apple orchards, fairs, farms, & crafting centers 
- Parents & children build a schedule together
- 4H is unique in that the participants have a large part in "organizing" the group so many details will be decided when the group gets together, with the help of adults
- Youth leadership roles like secretary, treasurer...........