My 4-H experience this year has been very different than last year. For example, last year everything was a new experience, while this year I felt more comfortable knowing what to expect.
Last year, I focused more on community service in outdoor education. Due to having a severe case of Lyme disease this spring, I was unable to help out at Two Coyotes summer camp as I had hoped. Instead I was more involved in the fair board and became the chair of a committee. This experience was very different from last year since I have more responsibilities.
For my project, I created and displayed a large collection of my model aircraft and tanks at the New Milford Public Library. I also made a scale model of the M3 Stuart tank that sits on the green in town to educate the residents of New Milford on the history of one of their most interesting landmarks. I think that working on this display is a great example of how 4-H has positively influenced my life, as working on it really improved my attitude and helped me feel more productive. I enjoyed it so much that I worked on another project that I also displayed at the library. This time I exhibited my collection of vintage Star Wars action figures and merchandise.
In addition to working on exhibits, I also attended a 4-H sponsored class where I learned how to build and program robots to do small tasks. This was really interesting and something that I never would have done unless I was enrolled in 4-H. Now I feel very intrigued by robots and would love to learn more about them
Overall, I think 4-H is a wonderful program that has encouraged me to be more active in my community as well as helping myself as an individual.