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What is Georgia 4-H?

A world in which youth and adults learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change! The Georgia 4-H program is part of the educational outreach of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. 4-H is the largest youth organization in the world. Today, 4-H is urban and suburban as well as rural.

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What is the Mission of Georgia 4-H?

The mission of Georgia 4-H is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. This mission is accomplished, through "hands on" learning experiences, focused on agricultural and environmental issues, agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship.

Exploring and discovering, encouraging and challenging, that's what Georgia 4-H is all about. As a program of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension System, 4-H is part of the nationwide Extension network.

4-H'ers are known for sharing their research-based knowledge and technology to people where they live and work. 4-H combines federal, state, and local expertise and resources. Please visit the official Georgia 4-H website.

Who's eligible to join 4-H?

Columbia County 4-H has a program for youth in 5th grade through 12th grade. There are not any fees nor uniforms to participate in 4-H; however, the specialty clubs (Bow & Arrow-Archery, Rabbit & Cavy, Horse, Robotics, and the Clay Pigeon Shooting Clubs) and activities have a small charge to participate.

Columbia County 4-H works with the Columbia County Board of Education, we  provide programs that compliment school curriculum and follow the Georgia Performance Standards.  Since the 4-H program in Georgia follows the school curriculum, each student within Columbia County will automatically be a member in the 5th grade of Columbia County 4-H. Meetings are held within the 5th grade classrooms monthly.

As students progress to Middle School, Columbia County 4-H provides 3 meeting locations each month: the 1st Tuesday at Evans and Harlem Libraries from 6:00-7:30 pm and the 1st Thursday at the Extension/4-H Office from 6:00-7:30pm. Furthering their education into High School, Columbia County 4-H meets will all high school 4-H'ers at the Columbia County Extension/4-H Office monthly. Please contact our office for specific meeting dates.

Click the links below for Enrollment forms:

Cloverbud (K-4th grade) Enrollment

Cloverleaf (5th grade) Enrollment

Middle School Enrollment

County Council (9th-12th grade) Enrollment

Home School Enrollment

Download the registration forms and return them to the UGA Extension Columbia County/4-H Office by email, fax, or mail.

Volunteering with Columbia County 4-H

Volunteers are the core of our 4-H program. Thank you for your interest to lend a helping hand.

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Contact Us

Below are some of 4-H's most broadly useful resources from the Georgia 4-H website. Please contact us for more information about participating in any of these programs through this county office.

4-H Resources:
Summer Camp County offices promote and coordinate 4-H summer camp experiences unlike any other in the county. Counties travel to unique 4-H centers across the state offering fun, friendship and adventure for over 8,000 4-H'ers each summer. Visit the Georgia 4-H Website
Environmental Education The Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program is one of the nation’s largest and oldest providers of local environmental education, serving over 45,000 people annually. The research-based curriculum provides hands-on learning experiences aligned with Georgia Performance Standards.
Livestock Program The Georgia 4-H Livestock Program gives students the opportunity to practice and acquire new knowledge in the fields of animal science, business, time management and leadership.
Project Achievement This core program showcases the work and success of 4-H'ers through presentations and portfolios on numerous topics. Members compete against their peers at the local, district and state levels in an effort to master their project.
Become a Volunteer The Georgia 4-H Foundation relies heavily on the efforts of volunteers to help coordinate and organize yearly alumni & friends events. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, read more about becoming a volunteer at the Georgia 4-H website.
Project S.A.F.E. Project S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education) is a curriculum based and designed to assist young people in personal development, establish a personal environmental ethic and explore life-long vocational and avocational activities.
Military Programs UGA Extension Military Outreach builds partnerships and provides programs that help Georgia military families find positive ways to cope with the stress of military life.
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