OTTAWA - On July 11 the Canada Agriculture Museum became a nice warm island for the Region 2, 4-H Ontario "Hawaiian Challenge" Discovery Day. Forty-five 4-H members ages 10 - 12 from across Eastern Ontario experienced a fun-filled day of activities, games, and food, thanks to the generous support of the Ontario Cattlemen's Association.
The 4-H Hawaiian Members began their day by participating in some social recreation games led by Patrick Oberle and Amanda Green, two 4-H Ontario Ambassadors helping out with the day. The members must have enjoyed the activities, since one parent commented that all they heard all the way home was the Banana song.
The group was split into four smaller groups. Two went on a tour of the Canada Agriculture Museum where they visited all the animals and had an opportunity to ask questions, while the other two groups decorated their t-shirts and made picture frames using the Hawaiian theme. The volunteers were very impressed with the creativity shown by the members on their t-shirts and picture frames.
During the afternoon the four groups jumped right into their hands on sessions: balloon making with the Clown Club, Judging, 4-H Opportunities/4-H Jeopardy, and a tour of the historical section of the Agriculture Museum, a great introduction for members to learn about and experience the many aspects of the 4-H program, while building leadership and teambuilding skills, throughout the day.
During lunch John Newman, Ontario Cattlemen's Association Director, joined the group to talk with the youth. He discussed the importance of youth returning to their family farms in order to continue to maintain the agricultural industry - specifically helping to encourage and support the beef industry. Members thanked Newman for the Ontario Cattlemen's Association financial support and invited him to have his picture taken with the Discovery Day group.
The Hawaiian Challenge wrapped up with an evaluation, followed by more recreation activities.
A special thank you to all the volunteers, senior 4-H members and 4-H Ontario Ambassadors who helped with the day. Without these dedicated individuals, this program would not have been possible.
Also, special thanks to the Ontario Cattlemen's Association for their generous support of the overall event making it possible to run in numerous locations across the province. As well, we thank the Canada Agriculture Museum for the use of their facilities and resources.