4-H is the largest youth development organization in Michigan and it provides more than 200,000 young people with experiential learning opportunities to explore new interests and discover their passion.
We believe 4-H should not be limited to youth who have the privilege to live on a working farm. 4-H should be available to all those who want to participate regardless of their location or economic status.
As part of our ongoing effort to give back to the community in which we live, we open our farm and alpacas to extend the reach of 4-H participation within the Grand Traverse area.
If you live in Grand Traverse county and you would like to become a member of our 4-H alpaca group, please reach out to us and let us know.
Learn More About the Grand Traverse 4-H Program for Alpacas
- 4-H members enjoy alpacas as they learn their history, care, and training as they become responsible for the alpaca’s physical, nutritional, and mental health needs.
- 4-H youth develop life skills such as communication, citizenship, decision-makin~ leadership, interpersonal relations, and community and global awareness.
- 4-H youth become the best they can be through sharing, learning, and growing.
How Non-Alpaca Owners Can Still Participate:
- An alpaca may be owned or leased by a 4-H’er, and owned alpacas kept at the 4- H member’s farm or ranch.
- If available, alpacas may be “borrowed” from the leaders or other farms willing to lend them but kept on leaders farm during the 4-H season.
- A lease agreement should be between the alpaca owner and the 4-H member. Don’t worry. Our lease agreement involves care for the animal and does not require financial compensation.
- Two 4-H members in different age divisions may share an alpaca for the 4-H season.
- The 4-H’er is expected to respect the dignity and personality of the alpaca and treat it with gentle kindness.
- Club meetings should generally be held monthly from September through June and increase to weekly from June until the 4-H fair.
- All 4-H members need to allocate extra time the week before and during their fair for the preparation and display of their alpacas.
- Fees which will cover material cost (books, tack, feed1 & etc.) will be decided upon yearly by the leaders and are due at the first meeting of each year. These are not to be confused with club dues which are voted on by the members.
- All meetings will be conducted by 4-H rules with elected officers to include president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.
- All youth members are required to sign a 4-H Code of Conduct