Hamilton Co. Llama Trekkers 4-H Club


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     Located in central Indiana, the Hamilton Co. Llama Trekkers 4-H Club is in its 30th year in 2021 and now has over 75 members.  Although some members own their own  llamas, most lease a llama from the Hamilton County Llamas, Inc. and work together 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, presentation, as well as communication and leadership skills while having fun working with others.  And all this comes about while learning about 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 llama project through the online 4-H website of the Hamilton Co. Extension Office by January 15th of the current year.  The llama project takes a little more time commitment than some other 4-H projects since llama meetings are from once 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.

     The llama project originally started at Shagbark Ridge Llama Farm in Noblesville and met at that farm through 2014.  The owners, Jim and Marilyn Nenni, downsized and sold the farm but in order to see the 4-H llama project continue as it had been, the llama herd, along with all the equipment, was turned over to all the llama members who were currently involved in the llama project.  The Hamilton County Llamas, Inc., a non-profit organization, was 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.is now run by an elected Board of Directors and youth may join for a one time $25 fee.  There is also be an additional annual membership fee budgeted to cover the care of the llama herd for the year.  New property was located in Noblesville where the llamas are now housed.  Marilyn Nenni continued as co-leader of the 4-H project with co-leader, Lisa Sims.  Membership 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, Inc. contact Marilyn.  See more about the Hamilton County Llamas, Inc. here.

     Each member should 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 picked up at the Extension Office.  All Llama Club communications are sent by email.  Please make sure we have your correct email address.


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