What is 4-H?

What is 4-H?

Learning by doing, and is available to all boys and girls in the 3rd through 12 grades from urban, suburban, and rural areas. First, an adult leader brings together youth with common interests. Second, the youth choose one or more projects. Projects are chosen from among 100 project areas offered, or if you don’t see the one you like, you can create your own project. Third, the group enrolls as a club. And fourth, meets together to learn and have FUN. Clubs are able to explore 4-H activities, events, and trips. In 4-H there are events happening all year round.

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 Members

  • Are eligible for club membership from the third grade through 12th grade.
  • Are boys and girls who live anywhere – cities, town, farms, ranches
  • Participate in club and county activities.
  • Discover new ideas and skills.
  • Have fun at 4-H parties, camps, fairs, picnics, and tours.
  • Learn to present educational demonstrations.
  • Compete for ribbons, trophies, trips to district state and out-of-state 4-H events.
  • Get scholarships
  • Learn to do things.
  • Make new friends.

A Family Affair

4-H involves the family in fun and in project work. Members select and conduct their projects with the approval and support of parents. Parents provide help, inspiration and much of the resources needed by the 4-H’er for project work.


4‑H is delivered by Cooperative Extension—a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. Kids complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, AGRICULTURE, and citizenship, in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Kids experience 4‑H in every county and parish in the country—through in-school and after-school programs, school and community clubs and 4‑H camps.

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