What is 4-H?

4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individual's age 5 and in kindergarten to 19.  Youth are involved in hands-on, experiential learning that allows learning by doing.  All 4-H programs focus on active involvement and quality experiences which stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills.

Who Can Join 4-H?  

 (age as of January 1st)

Cloverbuds: Youth age 5 and in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Non-competitive group activities! No Projects!

Project Members: Youth age 8 and in 3rd grade to age 18.

What Can You Do In 4-H?

  • Learn By Doing With Projects ... more than 200 to choose from including rockets, electricity, cats, dogs, fishing, photography, bicycle, fitness, and MORE!
  • Develop Life Skills ... Leadership, communication, responsibility, time management, teamwork through club and community 4-H experiences.
  • Make Friends and memories... at 4-H camp, clinics, workshops, trips, Junior Fair and in your 4-H CLUB!

4-H Membership Expectations

The expectations for 4-H membership are a balance among 4-H project work, involvement in the 4-H club, participation in 4-H activities and events, and working towards improving one's personal growth.

Project Work Through 4-H

Each project book contains a wealth of information and activities for planning and conducting a project. The projects can be completed by participating in activities through organized project groups or by carrying out the activities individually under the guidance of a parent or other adult.

What Does 4-H Cost?

County Activity Fee: FREE - members are asked to help with county fundraisers throughout the year

Projects: Minimum $6.00 project book fee with additional costs for supplies, materials, equipment, animals, etc.

Club Dues: Dues are charged by some clubs for refreshments, project book costs, and other programs.

How Can You Join?

Contact one of 34 clubs to join or start your own.

Join ANYTIME, but by April 1st to be able to take advantage of all 4-H opportunities including participation in Junior Fair. Changes and additions are due by May 1.

What Is The Best Way To Find a 4-H Club?

  • Start with Clubs In Your Community.
  • Review the Club List To Find a Club That Offers Projects In Your Interest Area.
  • Contact the 4-H Club Advisor to ask about club activities, projects, requirements and meetings.
  • For more information about Jackson County 4-H clubs call the Extension Office at 740-286-5044.

4-H Motto

"To Make the Best Better"

The 4-H Motto refers to each member.  It means that each member will do the "Best" that he/she possibly can in whatever is attempted.  The member will then strive to improve the next time so his or her initial "Best" becomes "Better."  The 4-H motto encourages members to stretch their abilities and capacities to reach greater achievement within their own potential.

4-H Pledge

"I pledge my Head to clearer thinking,
my Heart to greater loyalty,
my Hands to larger service, and
my Health to better living,
for my club, my community, my country, and my world."


4-H Colors

Green and White

Green is nature's most common color and represents youth, life, and growth.  White symbolizes
purity and high ideals.

4-H Emblem

The 4-H emblem is a highly valued mark within our country's history.  As such it was granted a very unique status; it is in a category similar to the Presidential Seal and the Olympic emblem.  It is protected by the federal government and is under the responsibility and stewardship of the Secretary of Agriculture.  The "18 USC 707" marking that appears along the right lower left is coding that protects the use of the clover.