For more than 70 years Community Service has been an important part of 4-H. So has hands-on, learning-by-doing, that we now call experiential learning. When you put those two ideas together appropriately, the result goes beyond a "feel good" experience: service activities tied closely to what youth are learning positively impact learning, and genuinely help the community.
Smith, Allan T., "Beyond 4-H Community Service... to Community Service Learning" (1997). Service Learning, General. 73.