By Stan Ashbee
Sunny South News
Kreative Kidz 4-H Multi-Club has played host to a 4-H club on exchange from Hatley, Quebec until this weekend. The visiting club even helped out at this year’s Settler Days in the kids area, as volunteers.
“Part of the 4-H exchange program is we have to do a community service activity — that’s why we’re helping with the kids zone,” said Kreative Kidz local General Leader Carri Carroll.
She noted the multi-club operates in southern Alberta with kids from Magrath, Fort Macleod and the Coaldale area and the club is 16 members strong. There will only be 10 members from the local club visiting Hatley in August.
“That’s the amount 4-H Canada pays for,” she added.
According to Carroll, the local club doesn’t have animals — even though the kids live on farms — but club members work on projects including photography, archery and knitting.
For the past few years, she explained, the club has been fundraising and saving to go on an exchange. “This year we got picked and we got twinned with a club from Hatley,” she said.
The two clubs exchanged information and the club in Quebec, Carroll said, is quite a large club with 40 members and the club’s focus is on beef, dairy, goats, sheep, chicken and rabbits.
“You name it, they got it going on. It’s all animals out there. It’s all farm kids from out there. They chose 10 members and two chaperons and they’re here for 10 days,” she said.
The visiting club arrived this past Thursday and will leave for home Saturday.
“The number one thing they had told 4-H Canada, who kind of organizes it all, they told them they wanted to see a Calgary Stampede. So, they made sure they could get them here during the Calgary Stampede,” said Carroll, adding the visiting club members headed up to Calgary this past week to catch the chuckwagon races and the midnight show.
“They are excited,” she said, adding the group also wanted to check out the Rocky Mountains, so the club visited Waterton National Park and the out-of-town members also went to Drumheller.