In 4‑H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. We are America’s largest youth development organization—empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime.
4-H is a global network of youth organizations whose mission is “engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development”. Its name is a reference to the occurrence of the initial letter H four times in the organization’s original motto ‘head, heart, hands, and health’ which was later incorporated into the fuller pledge officially adopted in 1927. In the United States, the organization is administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 4-H Canada is an independent non-profit organization overseeing the operation of branches throughout Canada. Throughout the world, 4-H organizations exist in over 50 countries; the organization and administration varies from country to country. Each of these programs operates independently but cooperatively through international exchanges, global education programs, and communications.
The 4-H name represents four personal development areas of focus for the organization: head, heart, hands, and health. As of 2007, the organization had over 6.5 million members in the United States, from ages 5 to 18, in approximately 90,000 clubs.
The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach. Though typically thought of as an agriculturally focused organization as a result of its history, 4-H today focuses on citizenship, healthy living, science, engineering, and technology programs. The 4-H motto is “To make the best better”, while its slogan is “Learn by doing” (sometimes written as “Learn to do by doing”).
There are two ways to enroll this year.
1) Starting Oct.1 we started accepting enrollments by paper forms. Pick up a form, complete and pay in the Extension Office.
2) Enroll through 4HOnline (starting Nov. 15th due to rollover to a new 4-H Online system this year). Families who enrolled last year through 4HOnline need to use the family email and password already set up. If you don’t remember it, call the office for assistance. Do not duplicate family information. If you aren’t doing a project this year that shows up from last year, please delete it. If you didn’t enroll online last year, contact the office for instructions on how to do it this year. You will still need to pay in the Extension Office, but the rest you can do at any time, from any computer! co.4honline.com
2020-2021 Enrollment Forms
4-H Volunteer Forms
We need Leaders!
Have you ever considered becoming a 4-H leader? Do you know someone who might be interested? This is the time of year when we start looking for new leaders. We have some who are retiring, some who are moving on to other adventures, and new kids who need new leaders. Come talk to the Extension Office about getting started. You can start your own club, or be a project leader within another club or a county leader. Perhaps you just have talents we don’t know about! Don’t wait for a personal invitation—step forward now! We’ll help and you will reap the benefits! It’s a wonderful world of giving back to your community!
We have a particular need this year for a Robotics leader. Can you help with Woodworking, Cooking or Welding? We will also need Shooting Sports leaders.