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What is 4-H?

What Is 4-H?


   4-H is the largest youth organization in America.  It involves young people ages 9-19.  4-H members participate in club meetings and "learn by doing" in a variety of project areas.  Some of these projects include speech and demonstrations, fashion revue, livestock, electric, woodcraft, photography, foods, and home environment.  Each member can participate in the project area(s) of their choice.  These projects promote leadership and build self-esteem.

4-H provides opportunities for participation in organized 4-H Clubs, project groups, 4-H enrichment programs, 4-H Camp, County Fair, and other special activities.

4-H provides specific educational programs that children may not receive in the school system, such as an appreciation for how we get our food, hunter safety certification classes, and an understanding of the American economy and the way local businesses operate.

The 4-H's
The 4 "H's" stand for HEAD, HEART, HANDS and HEALTH.  They represent the fourfold training and development that 4-H members receive.

4-H Motto
The 4-H motto, "To make the best better," should be the aim of every 4-H member and leader.

4-H Emblem
The national 4-H emblem is a four-leaf clover with the letter "H" on each leaf, denoting Head, Heart, Hands and Health.  The four-leaf clover signifies "Good Luck."

4-H Colors - Green and White
White symbolizes purity and high ideals.  Green is nature's most common color and is emblematic of springtime, life and youth.

4-H Pledge
The member raises right hand to the side of head and says: 

I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
Lowers right hand over left breast and says:
     My heart to greater loyalty,
Extends hands, palms upward, and says:
     My hands to larger service,
Stands at attention and says:
     And  my health to better living for my club, my community,
     my country and my world


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