Namaste Friends 4-H Club
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Namaste Friends 4-H Club

4-H Clubs

4-H Clubs provide a wide variety of opportunities for young people aged 5-to-19. More than 300 youth are enrolled in our 4-H Club program, in groups that are as varied as your imagination. Members of 4-H clubs are learning about environmental issues, veterinary medicine, science, engineering and technology (SET), sewing skills, healthy lifestyles, and having fun in the process!

If youth have a hobby or interest that they would like to explore, and enjoy being with friends, join a 4-H club where members learn something new while having fun, improving communication and leadership skills, and serving their community. If there isn't already a 4-H club that meets your needs, our 4-H staff can help a parent or adult volunteer organize and support a club.

Why 4-H Clubs?

Tompkins County 4-H Club Opportunities:

4-H Jr. Tailwaggers: This club is for youth interested in training dogs and community service. Members have the opportunity to engage in the 4-H Youth Fair as well as the New York State Fair. The club also sponsors the Chili Cook-off every year at the 4-H Youth Fair. Currently there are over 30 members, aged 8 to 18. Meetings are held once a week either at the Cornell Livestock Pavilion or 4-H Acres. If interested in learning more about this club, contact Cindy Wagner at

Dryden Dragonflies: Started in 2010, this club is active in a variety of project areas, with an emphasis on community service. Meetings are generally held on 1 Saturday and 3 Friday evenings a month at 4-H Acres. Members range in age from 8 - 15 years and past projects have included hydroponics, wiring, baking, snowshoes, rocketry, cooking, crafts, Legos, public presentations and photography. If interested in learning more about this club, contact Julie Young at

Finger Lakes Livestock League(FL3): This club is for youth who are interested in learning how to care for, manage and show animals. In addition, the club is looking to expand and do more fundraising, crafts and trips. Members are 5-19 years of age. Meetings are held at 4-H Acres, Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center, or at different farms. If interested in learning more about this club, contact Elizaberth Marland, 607-592-79349 leave a message, Facebook

F.L.O.W. (Future Leaders of the World): This enthusiastic, Family & Consumer Science-oriented club meets on school break days and spends their all-day meetings doing anything from woodworking, sewing, and photography to public speaking, community service, and trip planning. Formed in 2013, this club is full of new energy. The club cooks their own meals and snacks when meetings fall over mealtime, and are ready to think outside the box during planning meetings. Those interested in this club should contact Club Leader Beth Wilcox at 533-4707. There is no additional cost to join this club.

Fur-n-Feathers: The heart of our club is community service and youth leadership. Founded in the 1970's, our members participate in projects and activities that promote larger service to our local and global communities as well as projects that spark youth interest. Past activities have included hosting an annual apple pie bee to benefit Loaves and Fishes, making and collecting personal and educational items for Haitian children, participating in the Feed My Starving Children mobile pack, maintaining the trails and gardens at 4-H Acres, and sponsoring the ice-cream social at the annual 4-H Tompkins County Youth Fair. Additional projects have included rocketry, sewing, farm tours, making Ukrainian eggs, nutrition and wellness and sculpting bonsai trees. Fur ā€™nā€™ Feathers is active in the 4-H Youth Fair, Duck Race, public presentations and the New York State Fair. Currently there are 12 members aged 5-16. Meetings are held the second Friday of each month at CCETC with additional meetings for projects and tours. Parental participation is encouraged. We are currently full. Please contact Shanna Jesch at or Bec Groves-Haley at for more information.

Hill and Dale: This club was organized in 1966 and is open to youth who are interested in just about anything, from robotics and rockets to orienteering and cycling to cooking and sewing. Several overnights are held throughout the year. Hill and Dale hosts a pie bee, making apple pies which are then sold at local apple festival. Hill and Dale is active in 4-H public presentations, Youth Fair, Duck Race, and the state fair. Currently there are about 12 members aged 8 to 16 and a couple of opportunities for youth leadership. Meetings are held bi-weekly at the Brooktondale Community Center. We still have a few spaces left this year please and parental participation is encouraged. Contact Karen Barden, for more information

Keynote Kids: We are all about fun and engaging activities to help youth think critically about the qualities of excellent speakers/presentations and to practice their own skills. In January and February we focus on preparing presentations to be given at the 4-H Public Presentations Events in March. Throughout the rest of the year, our goal will be to have fun while developing strong public speaking skills. If you would like to join our club please contact Ami or 607-319-9664.

Little Bunny Foo Foos: This club is for youth who are interested in learning about rabbit health and care, as well as getting involved in community events. The club meets once a month in the Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center. If interested in learning more about this club, email Brenda Carpenter at NOTE: This club is open to youth 8 years old and up.

Milk Duds: Join other youth 7 years of age and older for an on-the-farm experience! Members will tour a working dairy farm, learn how to care for newborn calves, chart the health of an identified calf, gain an appreciation for agriculture, learn about dairy products, current events in the dairy industry and more! Opportunity for youth to lease a calf for show at the 4-H Youth Fair and additional tours. Contact Stephanie Gumaer, for more information.

Namaste Friends: is a general interest club with current members between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. They cover a variety a topic areas at general monthly meetings and encourage older members to pursue topics that interest them in-depth either working independently, through supplemental small group meetings, or with other members and clubs in the county. The club meets at the Namaste Montessori Elementary School in Jacksonville one Wednesday afternoon a month in addition to other special scheduled project meetings. Project areas they have explored include Plant Sciences, Bats, Sewing, Electricity, Fishing, Public Presentations, Pottery, Embryology, Goats, Bike Safety, Native Birds, Pond Life, and more. The group studies "Entrepreneurship" and run their own micro businesses. Namaste Friends is currently looking for adults interested in becoming special project leaders or general co-leaders. We are sorry, but this club is fully enrolled this year. Please contact Bridgid Beames, for more information.

NOTE: Contact clubs for membership fees information.

If you would like to provide positive opportunities to youth in your area, consider becoming a new club leader in your community. 4-H staff provides orientation, on-going training, access to resources and help you build connections to other leaders. Contact Brenda Carpenter,, or (607) 272-2292.


Brenda T. Carpenter
Extension Community Educator, 4-H Youth Development
(607) 272-2292 ext. 142

Last updated March 27, 2017