4-H Youth Development
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.
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 meets monthly after school in each school's common area/cafeteria from 2:30-4:30 pm. 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:
Cloverleaf (5th grade) Enrollment
Cloverleaf (6th grade) Enrollment
Junior (7th & 8th grade) Enrollment
Senior (9th-12th grade) Enrollment
Homeschool 4-H Club Enrollment
Download the registration forms and return them to the UGA Extension Columbia County/4-H Office by email, fax, or mail.
Interested in a Columbia County 4-H T-Shirt? Click Here to print a T-Shirt Order Form.
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. Connected is the link to the volunteer paperwork to begin the Volunteer Background Check Forms.
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.