4-H Youth Development
Camden County 4-H has a variety of activities and clubs for students age 9-19. It is FREE to be a member and to participate in most clubs and some activities. Other clubs and activities may require a minimal fee.
Monthly Club Meetings
5th Grade Meetings
For most students, 4-H starts in 5th grade with monthly club meetings, in school. Our 5th grade program focuses on life skills and stress reduction this year. Members are encouraged to participate in meetings and have the option to also participate in after school specialty clubs and activities.
6th - 12th Grade Meetings
Middle & high school members attend a once a month club meeting called County Council, where we discuss upcoming opportunities and focus on life skills students may not be getting in school. These meetings are held at the Coastal College of Georgia on Wildcat Drive in Kingsland, once a month from 5:30-7:30. This year we will charge a minimal fee for each meeting to cover the member's dinner.
Specialty Club Meetings
Camden County 4-H has several monthly Specialty Club Meetings that all members are eligible to attend:
- Arts & Crafts Club
- Cooking Club
- Marine Science Club
- Poultry Club
- Rock Club
We encourage all members to participate in our demonstration competition called Project Achievement. Members can choose the topic their choice to present a 5 minute presentation. Most of our topics require the participant to prepare a speech (5 min for 4th-6th grade; 10 min for 7th & 8th grade; 12 min for 9th-12th grade), prepare visual aids and present the demonstration in front of judges. A few of our topics do not require public speaking. Our Performing Arts categories are for those with talents entertaining others, such as dance, singing, or playing an instrument. We also have a few cooking categories where the participant prepares a dish within the time limit, for a panel of judges.
Staff and volunteers help participants to prepare for the competition, where they will compete against other 4-Hers their age in the same topic area. This competition increases the participant's skills in research, writing, preparing visual aids and public speaking. Middle and high school participants also learn resume building and interview skills as part of the competition.
Cotton Boll & Consumer Judging
Participants learn how to evaluate items for purchase, comparing features and quality of a given set of products. They will rate and place 4 varieties of the same product. They also prepare a 30 second commercial for cotton and present it before a panel of judges.
What is 4-H?
4-H is an educational program focusing on the needs, interest and concerns of youth. Our aim is to help 4-H'ers gain a positive self-concept, develop social skills and decision-making abilities and learn subject knowledge needed for a productive life. 4-H facilitates a wide variety of events including special interest club meetings, summer camp, contests and events and Project Achievement a public speaking event. 4-H began as corn and tomato clubs, but has developed into the largest youth organization in the world.
How to Join
4-H is open to all youth aged nine to 19 with club meetings, activities and events. 4-H begins in school with 5th grade classes in Camden County School Systems. Membership in 4-H is free, some optional activities may have an associated fee.
- You can join 4-H by coming to a club meeting or any after school activity or event.
- Completing an enrollment card is required for joining 4-H.
Due to the national partnership with 4-H and the Navy, the staff at Kings Bay Navy Base Youth and Teen Center utilize 4-H curriculum to teach life skills to kindergarten through 12th graders.
Click the link for Enroll Now, download the PDF, and submit this form in one of two ways:
Option 1: After you download and complete the form, save as a PDF and email as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Option 2: Print and return to the 4-H Staff