Located in central Indiana, the Hamilton Co. Llama Trekkers
4-H Club is in its 22d year in 2013 and now has over 95 members. Our
club meets at Shagbark Ridge Llama Farm. Although some
members own their own
llamas, most lease a llama from the farm and work with train that
llama for the 4-H season.
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.
To participate in the Llama Trekkers 4-H Club, youth must enroll in the
through the Hamilton Co. Extension Office by March 1st 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.
Fees for all animal
members is $80.00. This covers all the vet care, feed, halter, leadrope, brushes,
and grooming supplies for your leased llama. If a member owns their own llama, the fee is
$10.00. Fees may be paid at one of the
first meetings of the year. Make checks payable to Marilyn Nenni.
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 club
meetings. Llama club
materials are not to be picked up at the Extension Office. Only
one Parent's Meeting will be scheduled
and we strongly encourage attendance to completely understand the llama
All Llama Club communications are sent by email. Please make sure
we have your correct email address.