4-H Youth Development
Gordon County 4-H is a positive youth development organization that offers educational programs to school-age children. The mission of 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. See our brochure and guidebook for additional information.
There are over 900 youth enrolled in Gordon County 4-H and 60+ screened and trained adult volunteers actively support the program. There is no cost to be a member, though some optional activities and trips may have a small fee. 4‐H members meet monthly, either during school or at one of our after school club meetings. The only required time is approximately one hour a month for club meetings; you can then pick and choose the extra activities you want to join. The time commitment is entirely up to you, but like most things, you get out of 4‐H what you put into it. Programs offered through Gordon County 4-H include:
- County Council – countywide 4-H club meeting for all Gordon County 4-H’ers
- Cloverbuds – Kindergarten through 3rd grade
- In-School Club Meetings - 4th-12th grade
- Homeschool Club
Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Horse Club
- Judging Teams – making a decision and telling why that decision was made
- Livestock Show Teams and Record Books—Beef Cattle, Goats, Sheep, and Swine
- SAFE (Shooting Awareness, Fun, and Education) Program
Communication and the Arts
- Project Achievement – a self-directed individual presentation on a student’s topic of choice that gives students the opportunity to explore an area of interest and share their knowledge through a competitive process. Projects are offered in 50+ topic areas.
- Fairs/Festivals – Northwest Georgia Regional Fair,Georgia National Fair
- Arts Contests – Photography, etc.
- Clovers and Company – traveling music performance group of Georgia 4-H
Family and Consumer Sciences
- Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging – Learn about consumer goods and services and rank them on how well they satisfy a particular consumer’s need in a given scenario. Also understand the importance of cotton.
- LifeSmarts — consumer quiz bowl competitions
- Foods and Nutrition Contests – MilkMake, Peanutrition, Egg Preparation, Chicken Barbecue, Food Product Development, etc.
Citizenship and Leadership
- Summer Camp – 5 camping facilities across the state, from the beaches and the city to the mountains and the heart of Georgia country
- Conferences/Rallies – Junior Conference, Fall Forum, Junior Rally, Senior Conference, State Council, etc.
- 4-H Day at the Capitol – tour the State Capitol while the General Assembly is in session, meet and page for legislators
- Club Officer Elections/Training – County, District, State
- Certified Teen Leader Program
- Community Service Activities – Rivers Alive cleanup, drives for clothing, school supplies, and pop tabs, ringing the bell for Salvation Army, visiting nursing homes, etc.
Awards and Recognition
- Bulldog Bucks - summer rewards trip and Outstanding Gordon County 4-H'er based on participation in incentive program
- Leadership in Action – for 4-H’ers to be recognized as leaders in their community, choose an issue and execute an action plan
- Dean’s Award – based on a cumulative portfolio of 4-H career in one of five project areas
- Key Award – based on overall participation in 4-H from 7th grade forward
- Scholarships for graduating seniors
“Big” Growing Contests Currently, Georgia 4-H has two "big" growing contests ongoing to find the 4-H'er that can grow the largest watermelon and pumpkin in the state.
Music is in the Air – Performing Arts Opportunities Georgia 4-H has two great opportunities for our youth interested in performing arts activities: Clovers and Company auditions and Music Education Matters Summit.
No Horse Required – Educational Contests at the State Horse Show Do you enjoy talking about horses, or do you like to paint, draw, write, or photograph horses? Then you can enter the educational contests at the state horse show, even if you are not participating in the show itself or even if you don't have a horse at all.
See our newsletter archive for past issues.
Gordon County 4-H is funded in part by United Way of Gordon County. Your contribution made to United Way stays in Gordon County unless you specifically request it to go elsewhere. Your contribution can even be designated to go directly to Gordon County 4-H.
For more information on how you can contribute, visit the United Way of Gordon County web site at www.gordoncountyunitedway.org.
Thank you for your financial support to United Way of Gordon County and Gordon County 4-H.