Morse family bonds over 4H, scouting

by Verla Peichl
Falls News Correspondent


DAVE AND JANICE MORSE, pose with their children Hannah,16, Seth, 14 and their grandson, Jaiden Haack, 12. It’s a family affair when it comes to 4-H and Scouts. The two organizations keep them busy, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. - Falls News photo by Verla Peichl DAVE AND JANICE MORSE, pose with their children Hannah,16, Seth, 14 and their grandson, Jaiden Haack, 12. It’s a family affair when it comes to 4-H and Scouts. The two organizations keep them busy, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. - Falls News photo by Verla Peichl “Sometimes when people say they’re bored that’s just their lifestyle,” said 4-H club member Jaiden Morse. “I like doing things all the time.”

The Morse family, including their grandson, Jaiden Haack, 12, are never bored.

If the truth be known, they are so busy that boredom isn’t even in their vocabulary and that’s just how they like it.

“We are not necessarily in one club,” said Janice. “One 4-H club is not necessarily the right fit, so we just go where there’s activities and strong projects that fit us. You can find all different things in the 4-H circle and you can find something for everybody in different clubs.

“You don’t need to be locked into one club,” she said. “You can join one club and integrate what that club has to offer and find what you want and what you need.”

The Morse family belongs to the Leaping Lizards 4-H Club because they are strong in poultry, but Mosel Farm and Home 4-H Club is strong in the Music and Drama Festival and the Johnsonville Hustlers 4-H Club has many other strong points.

“4-H is a networking where you never know enough people and you can learn to know different clubs and find out what they are strong in and doing together,” said Janice. “I was in the Herman Cheerios growing up, but Dave didn’t belong to 4-H, he was in scouts so we decided to look into scouts and found that the two organizations had similar characteristics and when we found that out we just felt that scouts should be a part of our lives as well.”

Characteristics that the family found to be the same were, citizenship, leadership, communication skills, responsibility, respect and community service.

“We also like it that the kids can do things in school, such as art projects, and are able to bring them to the fair,” said Janice. “However our main projects are poultry and dogs.

“We have done ceramic projects, but poultry is the main project, she said.

Hannah is in Venture Scouts as well as 4-H. Venture Scouts are for girls that are age 14 and up who are interested in doing more than the regular scouting.

“I like going to the camps for both 4-H and scouts,” said Hannah. “That’s where you learn a lot of leadership, communicative speaking and public speaking. I was always more shy, but now I’m more confident and this has helped me to develop and grow.”

The Morse/Haack family take all the same projects in 4-H. There is photography, flowers, food, scrapbooking and then they are involved in 4-H camps and mission trips with church.

All three kids enjoy doing community service and helping the less fortunate. They visit nursing homes, spend time with the residents and the handicapped.

“We all take the same projects in 4-H and in scouts I like learning about being a good person,” said Seth. “The 4-H activities make me a well-rounded person and make me more knowledgeable than if I hadn’t done 4-H and scouts.

“Those two organizations make me a stronger person, not just in learning physical things, but learning mental things, organizing, meeting deadlines and teaching me skills and values,” he said.

“There is no such thing as being bored,” said Jaiden, “It’s because of my grandma that I have all of these advantages.

“My grandma is like the main lifeline for us,” he said. “She keeps you all in order and she helps us get started on everything. She got Hannah into activities and then Seth and then I got dragged into it. It’s because of her that we can do all what we do. She is our lifeline.

“My part-time job as a parent is helping my children to get where they want to be and need to be,” said Janice. “If it’s on the calendar, that’s where we need to be. A funeral or wedding will be the only thing that changes what’s on the calendar. It’s all about commitment and dedication.”

“There’s a lot of things at the fair,” said Hannah, “The fair wouldn’t be what it is without 4-H. It would only be a carnival. It’s fun to watch the kids when they want to learn about the animals, hold a chicken or a warm egg.

“4-H, the fair, family,” she said. “Sheboygan County is one big family and that’s what a county should be. We learn that from our 4-H pledge - ‘I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart for greater loyalty, my hands for better service and my health to better living for my club, our country and our world.’”

4-H is all about family, so where does Dave fit into this?

“I’m the chicken tender,” said Dave. “I’m here taking care of the animals when the rest of the group is off doing other projects.”

“We work together to make the best better,” said Jaiden. “That’s what family does.”


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