Located in central Indiana, the Hamilton Co. Llama Trekkers
4-H Club is in its 24th year in 2015 and now has over 95 members. Although some
members own their own
llamas, most lease a llama from the Hamilton County Llamas, Inc. and work with training that
llama and caring for it for the 4-H llama project.
Our club's main focus is to realize responsibility, self confidence,
as well as communication and leadership skills while having fun working with others.
And all this comes about while learning
and caring for llamas! We have a fantastic group of youth involved
and our many projects and activities are always fun, exciting, and educational.
Read about youth working with llamas
To participate in the Llama Trekkers 4-H Club, youth must enroll in the
through the online 4-H website of the Hamilton Co. Extension Office by
January 15th of the current
The llama project takes a little more time commitment than some other
since llama meetings are from once to twice a week. Members are
assigned a llama to
train and work with for the 4-H season. Members will then
participate in the llama show
at the 4-H Fair to complete the llama project. Book work is also
required to complete the
project but most of this is done in the meetings. The complete
llama project requirements can be
found in the 4-H Handbook. (project guidelines in the Handbook can be
found on the 4-H website)
Good attendance is a very important requirement since members are
learning about handling,
communication skills, safety, and training while working with an animal
that is assigned to them.
These skills can not be learned just after the spring sports season is
over. In addition, each member
works within a Pasture Pal group that depends on them. If time to
attend meetings is a concern
to you, perhaps the llama project isn't for you this year.
project originally started at Shagbark Ridge Llama Farm in
Noblesville and met at that farm through 2014. The owners, Jim and
Marilyn Nenni, are now selling the farm but in order to see the 4-H
llama project continue as it has been, the llama herd, along with all
the equipment, is being turned over to all the llama members who are
currently involved in the llama project. The Hamilton County
Llamas, Inc., a non-profit organization, has now been formed for the sole purpose of leasing llamas
to youth in Hamilton County for use in the 4-H project. The
Hamilton County Llamas, Inc. will be run by a Board of Directors and
youth may join for a one time $25 fee. There will also be an
additional annual fee budgeted to cover the care of the llama herd for
the year. New property has been located in Westfield where the
llamas will be housed. Marilyn Nenni will continue as co-leader of
the 4-H project with co-leader, Lisa Sims. Fees cover all the vet care, feed,
tack, and grooming supplies. For further information about joining
the 4-H Llama Project and leasing a llama from the Hamilton Co. Llamas,
See more about the Hamilton County Llamas, Inc.
Each member must have a
three-ring binder to bring to meetings. A pouch should be added to
their binder with necessary pens and pencils. Many members like the binders
with the clear plastic front cover
that allows a cover page to be inserted. The club does have a
llama binder decorating contest and
this type of binder allows them to easily create their own decorations.
All llama materials and workbooks will be handed out at the llama
training workshops in March. Llama club
materials are not to be picked up at the Extension Office. All Llama Club communications are sent by email. Please make sure
we have your correct email address.