I changed the name of the topic, so that others with similar group experiences could post replies.
karenarp, it sounds like your group leader was not the best in the world, eh?
I was in LOVE with 4-H. My group leader lived on a farm, so we could see all the animals, and members could do some of their animal projects right there. I never did any of those kinds of projects, except for "dog training". The only thing I accomplished was to teach my dog to sit....but I was proud of that!
He was an outside "bird dog", so he was not easy for an 11 year old girl to work with.
We did so many interesting projects in my group. One day a week, our group leader would come to the school to pick us up when school was over, so we could work on sewing projects at her house. We joked around, asked lots of questions, and made memories. Once a year, we would have a County Dress Review, where we would model the sewing project we made that year. The week before the dress review, they gave us modeling classes, hair and nail care instruction, and "charm" advice. I remember going home from one of those meetings, telling my mom all about how to take care of her fingernails.
Of course, I begged her to stop at Eckerd Drugs on the way home, so I could buy some cuticle sticks, emery boards, cotton balls, nail polish, remover, and hand lotion.
Another thing I remember from 4-H was the yearly Demonstration competition. I won the county event, by doing a demonstration on how to make a banana milkshake! I titled my demonstration "How My Milk Goes Bananas!", made posters, memorized the speech I wrote, and prepared the milkshake with a blender, milk, ice cream, and a banana....then poured samples for everyone who was watching. Going to the district competition was a wonderful experience for me. I saw some amazing people, who were doing all kinds of demonstrations...some with animals, some with dairy products (like me), some with other foods or products. 4-H members of all ages were there, and I was just thrilled to be a part of it. I won 2nd place! Could not believe I could do that with a milkshake.
For the next year's demonstration competition, I made "Tacos for Breakfast"...not my choice. The county agricultural extension office commandeered my demonstration the following year, because I was their ticket to the district.
They paired me with a cute brown-eyed, brown-haired boy for the demonstration. He wore a big sombrero, and I wore a peasant dress....we danced into the room together and made our tacos with eggs, cheese and veggies. Same results as the year before...won the county, placed 2nd in the district. (Funny thing....I was beat by the SAME GIRL both years at the district competition.)
Let's see.....the other thing I remember from 4-H was going to summer camp at Swannanoa Lake in the North Carolina mountains. That was a wonderful thing. We stayed there for a week, and did so many fun activities. I went there for a few years.
A lot of my friends participated in 4-H, because we couldn't afford the Girl Scouts. 4-H didn't have uniforms or badges. But, we did get ribbons and certificates. I had a boatload of them...can still look at them occasionally, in my big old scrapbook. SO glad my mom allowed me to participate in 4-H.