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4-H Frequently Asked Questions

4-H FAQs

Do you know 4-H????

  • Is the world's largest youth serving organization with over 6 million participants nationally
  • Involves all 50 U.S. states and over 80 countries worldwide
  • Has opportunities for youth ages 5-18
  • Offers more than 200 projects and activities to choose from
  • Is EVERYWHERE-towns, cities, farms, suburbs, school, churches, homes, etc.
  • And most important? is FUN!!!

What's the buzz about 4-H curriculum?

  • It's research-based
  • Provides experiential learning opportunities
  • Includes aerospace, zoology, and everything in between
  • Offers more than 200 projects and activities to choose from

How do I join 4-H?


      Kids between the ages of 5 and 18 who like
      making friends, going neat places and learning cool new things. If you
      think you qualify, please contact your local County 4-H Agent to find
      out how you can get into it!!

Tell me more about 4-H

How did 4-H get started?

    The 4-H program was founded in 1902. It initially started as
    corn clubs for boys and canning tomato clubs for girls. While
    maintaining its strong agricultural tradition, 4-H has diversified into
    a wide range of subjects like computers, science, public speaking and
    many others.

Where did 4-H get its name?

    The first use of the term 4-H club in a federal document
    appeared in 1918 in a bulletin written by Gertrude L. Warren. By 1924,
    wider use of the name 4-H was adopted. This was used thereafter
    throughout the world.

Why is the 4-H clover green and white?

    The green clover, nature's most common color, symbolizes life, springtime, and youth. The white H's symbolize purity.

And, what do those H's stand for, anyway?

    Head, Heart, Hands, and Health

Head: Clear
thinking: problem solving; decision making; critical thinking skills;
visionary leadership; knowledge useful throughout life.
Heart: Greater loyality: strong personal values; positive self-concept; productive family and peer realtionships; informal citizenship.
Hands: Larger service: workforce preparedness; useful skills; science and technology literacy; community service.
Health: Better
living: healthy personal lifestyles; promoting environmental
stewardship; creating communities that are safe and nuturing for youth
and their families.

So, now that I know what the colors and H's stand for, where did the 4-H clover come from?

    The first emblem design was a three-leaf clover introduced by
    O.H. Benson, sometime between 1907 and 1908. At that time, the three
    H's stood for head, heart and hands. In 1911, Benson expressed a need
    for 4 H's. He suggested that the H's stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and
    Hustle. In 1911, 4-H club leaders approved the present 4-H design. In
    1924, the 4-H emblem was patented and in 1939, Congress passed a law
    protecting the use of the 4-H name and clover, with a slight revision
    in 1948. Bensen's Hustle didn't make it as the fourth H, but O.B.
    Martin's suggestion of Head, Heart, Hands, and Health did and has been
    used universally since then.

Now, how does that 4-H pledge go again?

    "I pledge

      my head to clearer thinking,
      my heart to greater loyalty,
      my hands to larger service,
      my health to better living
      for my club, my community, my country, and my world."

    Otis Hall, State Leader of Kansas, is credited with the original
    wording of the 4-H pledge. It was officially adopted in 1927 by the
    State 4-H Leaders at the first National 4-H Camp. The pledge remained
    unchanged until 1973, when it was revised to include "and my world."

The 4-H Motto

    "To Make the Best Better"

The 4-H Slogan

    "Learn by Doing"

What is the mission of NC 4-H Youth Development?

    The goal of 4-H is to assist youth and adults in becoming
    competent, coping, and contributing members of a global society,
    developing essential life skills through planned "learn by doing"

The 4-H Creed

    I believe in 4-H club work for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen.
    I believe in the training of my HEAD for the power it will give me to think, plan and to reason.
    I believe in the training of my HEART for the nobleness it will give me to be kind, sympathetic, and true.
    I believe in the training of my HANDS for the ability it will give me to be helpful, skillful and useful.
    I believe in the training of my HEALTH for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, resist disease and to work efficiently.
    I believe in my country, my state, and my community and in my responsibility for their development.
    In all these things I believe, and am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment.

What is the 4-H Program Focus

    4-H is the Cooperative Extension System's dynamic, nonformal
    educational program for young people. Its mission is to create
    supportive environments for culturally diverse youth and adults to
    reach their fullest potential. The program combines the cooperative
    efforts of youth, volunteer leaders, state land-grant universities,
    federal, state, local governments and the NIFA of the United States
    Department of Agriculture.

What are 4-H Educational Programs?

    4-H participants are enrolled in projects every year. Many
    people are surprised to discover the variety of educational projects
    available through 4-H. Today 4-H'ers can be found building model
    rockets, organizing canned food drives for the needy, raising guinea
    pigs, delivering a speech before local government officials on issues
    critical to youth, and much more.

What subjects are 4-H'ers interested in?

    4-Hers were enrolled in the following project areas.

    • Plants and Animals
    • Healthy Lifestyle Education
    • Science and Technology
    • Personal Development and Leadership
    • Environmental Education and Earth Sciences
    • Communications and Expressive Arts Programs
    • Citizenship and Civic Education Programs
    • Consumer and Family Sciences
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