I was too little, but my sister was in 4H. She loved it. She got to show a sheep and help out on a farm. Now mind you this wasn't much new to us because we were born on a dairy farm, but I guess it was novel because of the sheep. But that said, it tends to be a very real experience for the children. By that I mean they show you EVERYTHING that goes on; from insemination of animals to castrating the rams. I personally think it is a good idea. My niece had friends growing up in the city who would not believe her when she told them that hamburger came from a cow. I know I would want my son to be a little more knowledgeable about the way the world works, all of it. She started in 4H when she was about 9-10 years old. We moved away before I was old enough to join.