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4-H Youth Development

What is 4-H?

A club in which youth and adults learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change! Georgia 4-H, a partner in public education, is youth and adults learning, growing, and working together to experience and accomplish the extraordinary.

How Do I Join 4-H?

In Bartow County, all youth in 4th through 12th grade may be 4-H members, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex or disability. 4-H has Club Meetings in every Elementary and Middle School in Bartow County. Our High School 4-H'ers meet monthly at our 4-H office. We even have a “Home School Club”. There are no membership fees! (There may be a minimal cost for some activities.)

In order to become a 4-H member, all you need to do is fill out an enrollment card that is given out in the School Club meetings.

  • Cloverleaf 4-H'ers: 5th and 6th grade
  • Junior 4-H'ers: 7th and 8th grade
  • Senior 4-H'ers: 9-12th grade


4-H News and Opportunities

Youth Programs

  • Forestry Judging Team
  • Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging
  • Livestock Judging
  • Horse Judging
  • S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness Fun and Education) Teams

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In the News

Bartow County 4-H Excels at Forestry Judging

Bartow County 4-H’ers celebrated victory in district competition at the Forestry Field Day held Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 at Wahsega 4-H Center in Dahlonega. Forestry Field Day is the first level of competition for the Forestry Judging Team, which teaches youth about one of Georgia's most valuable resources. Participants learn to identify trees, insects and diseases. They also participate in compass and pacing activities and learn how to complete saw timber volume estimations. Field Day provides an opportunity for youth to gain a better appreciation for local forest resources and how they contribute to local economy and quality of life.

The Junior Team, comprised of Bethany Craven, Anna Huges, Nadia Dick, Luci Paige, Gabriel Craven, Wesley Hughes, and Audrey Paige was thrilled with a sixth place finish over all.

The Senior Team, including Josh Drexler, Benjamin Craven, Lindsey Craven, Jacob Paige, J.D. Paige, Lydia Pike and Bowen Pike placed second overall. Drexler’s individual score placed him 2nd overall out of the 78 senior 4-H'ers in competition at Wahsega 4-H Center. Other top 10 overall finishes include Benjamin Craven-7th and Lindsey Craven-8th. The Senior Team will compete again at Rock Eagle for a state title September 26th, 2015.

Each student that participated in the Forestry Field Day was able to acquire knowledge of trees and forests as well as develop skills in forestry related activities. This knowledge will aid the students in their everyday life because they have gained a better understanding of and appreciation for local forest resources and how these local resources contribute to our economy and quality of life.

Bartow Fall Classic Livestock Show

Registration for the 2015 Bartow Fall Classic October 24th at the Bartow County Saddle Club is now open :) Registration Form and Details

Bartow County Annual Rabies Clinic April 25, 2015 @ First Baptist Church from 9 to 11am

Bartow County 4-H Club helped Dr. Tally from Pet Vet vaccinate 200 cats and dogs at their Annual Rabies Clinic held April 25, 2015. The threat of bad weather did not keep these 4-H'ers away as they worked tirelessly tackling the line of cars that greeted them early Saturday morning. We are looking forward to 2016 and hope to use all the shots Dr. Tally brings with him next year

Leadership in Action interviews 3 Bartow 4-H'ers for State Congress

Congratulations to Thomas Gilbert, Matthew Pryor and Amelia Payne for placing in the top 5 of Northwest District GA 4-H Leadership in Action Awards on April 23, 2015. Thomas worked hard directing the city-wide talent show known as Every Child's A Star, raising over $11,000 and earning 1st place in the district. Matthew Pryor took 2nd place for his project The Code of Conduct Rap,a state wide GA 4-H music video explaining the conduct rules each 4-H'er must abide by. He will also compete at State Congress . Amelia Payne did the project collecting hundreds of valentines (and naming her collection 'The Tunnel of Love') for military service people during February. This competition consists of an application, essay in the format of situation and response, letter of reference, and an interview. Each district send 1st and 2nd place to State Congress to compete. 1st place at State wins a scholarship or a chance to go to National Conference. Great work Thomas, Matt and Amelia!!

Bartow County 4-H excels at Jr./Sr. District Project Achievement.

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