UGA Extension Office

4-H Youth Development

About 4-H

Over the years, as the challenges facing America's youth have changed, so have the programs offered by 4-H.

4-H began as a club for rural children and was deeply rooted in the agricultural and homemaking activities. Today's 4-H programs are much more than farming and sewing. Georgia 4-H'ers can learn how to create and maintain web sites, speak effectively, lead volunteer efforts, and make smart consumer choices.

4-H youth have opportunities to demonstrate skills on projects they have selected. Yearly work is compiled in a portfolio that teaches skills for an impressive résumé for youth when completing high school. The youth also gather information on their project and present a demonstration each year. As 9th through 12th graders, they have the opportunity to win scholarships and go on to state and national competitions. The Georgia 4-H program teaches leadership, public speaking and teamwork skills and gives youth the chance to make new friends all over the state.

Dougherty 4-H provides all of these opportunities for youth and much more. We are involved in community service projects, camps for active youth in 5th through 12th grade, project workdays, and much more. 

Come and join us as we take learning to a whole new level! You'll be glad to be a Dougherty 4-H'er. Contact us at 229-436-7216 for more information.

4-H Groups

  • Cloverleaf (5th & 6th grade)
  • Junior (7th & 8th grade)
  • Senior (9th - 12th grade)

Teen Leaders are any Junior or Senior 4-Hers that would like to participate in more activities than just the competitions.

4-H activities and programs are designed with kids in mind. It's a place for young people to interact with sharing adults. 4-H is made up of groups of enthusiastic and motivated kids in an environment which builds pleasant memories. It is an assembly of teenagers extending peer support rather than peer pressure in a forum to experience hands-on learning to produce a well-rounded person.

Conferences and Retreats
Several conferences are held throughout the year that focus on current trends and situations that young people face. A state-wide Junior Conference is held in October/November for seventh and eighth grade 4-H'ers; Fall Forum (December), Senior Leadership Conference (April), and State 4-H Council (July) are held for ninth - 12th grade 4-H'ers. At the national level, National 4-H Conference Citizenship Washington Focus and Youth Issue Conferences are also held for Senior 4-H'ers. Selection for these conferences is based upon an application process. Area retreats, combined with counties surrounding Gwinnett, focus on youth leadership, financial awareness, and youth survival skills.

Project Achievement (DPA)
4-H Project Achievement is a cornerstone in the Georgia 4-H program. From the first Boys Corn Club sharing their crop to today's presentation and portfolios on hundreds of projects, Project Achievement serves to showcase 4-H'ers work and success. 4-H'ers participating in Project Achievement investigate a topic and prepare a demonstration or “illustrated talk” with posters and props. This also includes fine arts performances and step-by-step food product preparation. These demonstrations are given at a competitive event which includes 4-H'ers from surrounding counties. See our 4-H Agent of Program Assistant to choose a subject and start planning your DPA presentation!

4-H Project Community Service
Active Dougherty County 4-H'ers conduct community service projects throughout the year. These activities can include projects such as: community clean-ups, adopt-a-highway, canned food for needy families, landscape projects, gardening and assisting with community improvements. These projects vary from year to year depending on local community needs.

Cotton Boll/Consumer Jamboree
By participating in this district event, 4-H'ers learn to evaluate consumer goods, services, and clothing in order to make knowledgeable and rational decisions when purchasing these items. The district winning senior teams advance to the state competition. Training classes are held in October and November of each year with the district contest in November.

Horse Club
Members have the opportunity to participate in academic competitions such as Horse Quiz Bowl or Horse Judging. Members range from horseless enthusiasts to competitive horse show riders. All interest levels are welcome.  

Poultry Judging
The 4-H Poultry Judging Contest gives 4-H'ers the opportunity to learn about poultry (grades and production) and eggs (quality and grades). Participants judge live birds, ready-to-cook birds, broken out eggs, and eggs in the shell. Training classes are held during the spring with the district contest in April. Senior teams placing at the district contest advance to state competition.

Dougherty County 4-Hers participate in many local, district, state, and national activities.

  • Green Ribbon Week
  • Stash the Trash
  • Make a Difference Day
  • Youth Summit
  • Competitions on all levels
  • Nursing Homes visits
  • Work with pre-schoolers
  • Financial Literacy
  • Ag Expo in Moultrie
  • Water Festival

Check out these local activities.

  • Summer Field Trips
  • Summer Fun Classes
  • 4-H2O Summer Camp
  • MilkMake

Other Events

Check with Ms. Jazmin Thomas for more information on activities available for your age group.

General Info

Georgia's 4-H Centers

With an area of 59,441 square miles, Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River. The latest estimates indicate that there are now over 7.4 million people in our state. We have mountains, beaches, farm land, timber land, urban centers, rivers, lakes, rolling hills, and marshes. The University of Georgia 4-H program has five centers for education located in different areas of the state. Each center offers 4-H Environmental Education and Summer Camp.

(You can click on a camp name to go to their Website)

  • Rock Eagle 4-H Center is the largest 4-H Center in the world; it is located in the Piedmont area of our state near Eatonton, GA. Rock Eagle is named for a 2,000+ year old white, quartz rock mound in the shape of an eagle. You can swim, hike, canoe, sail, play ball, miniature golf, and compete for the famous Tribal Shield. You can study the life of Native Americans and make craft items.
  • Jekyll Island 4-H Center is on one of Georgia's Golden Islands. In the land of millionaires you can learn many exciting things about ocean and marine life. Travel through the maritime forest, tour the millionaires village, have fun at the water park, and participate in beach games on the coast.
  • Fortson 4-H Center is just outside Atlanta, near the Atlanta Motor Speedway. It offers swimming, white water, adventure courses, and learning about our capital city.
  • Wahsega 4-H Center has a high ropes course, a zip line, basketball, wading in a mountain stream, hiking, learning mountain lore, and about plants and animals in the hills of Georgia. This center is nestled in the Appalachian Mountains near Dahlonega, GA.
  • Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island is a beautiful place near Savannah, GA. It's the site of fun, sun, and great learning about the wildlife-rich tidal marshes. Play volleyball in the sand, catch some rays on the beach, and learn about the coastal birthplace of our state.


4-H Publications
Your Household Water Quality: Odors in Your Water (C 1016) Homeowners sometimes experience unpleasant odors in their household water. In many cases, the exact cause of the odor is difficult to determine by water testing; however, this publication provides a few general recommendations for treating some common causes of household water odors.
Native Plants for Georgia Part I: Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines (B 987) This publication focuses on native trees, shrubs and woody vines for Georgia. It is not our intent to describe all native species — just those available in the nursery trade and those that the authors feel have potential for nursery production and landscape use. Rare or endangered species are not described. Information on each plant is provided according to the following categories: Common Name(s)/Botanical Name/Family, Characteristics, Landscape Uses, Size, Zones and Habitat.
Conversion Tables, Formulas and Suggested Guidelines for Horticultural Use (B 931) Pesticide and fertilizer recommendations are often made on a pounds per acre and tons per acre basis. While these may be applicable to field production of many crops, orchardists, nurserymen and greenhouse operators often must convert these recommendations to smaller areas, such as row feet, square feet, or even per tree or per pot. Thus pints, cups, ounces, tablespoons and teaspoons are the common units of measure. The conversion is frequently complicated by metric units of measure. This publication is designed to aid growers in making these calculations and conversions, and also provides other data useful in the management, planning and operation of horticultural enterprises.
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