UGA Extension Office

4-H Basics

Why 4-H?

Our youth develop many workforce skills including leadership, decision-making, record keeping, public speaking, and teamwork.

Who is eligible?

Pre-Club in grades 1 -3 may exhibit Lambs and Goats.
4-H'ers in grades 4-6 are referred to as Cloverleafs.
4-H'ers in grades 7-8 are referred to as Juniors.
4-H'ers in grades 9-12 are referred to as Seniors.

Grady County 4-H has more than 445 members.

Where do we meet?

4th - 7th grade students participate in monthly in-school club meetings.
9th-12th grade students meet the first Thursday of each month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Extension Office.

Meetings for each school year begin in September and end in April.

How much does it cost?

There is no charge for general membership. Optional events, activities, and some clubs may have a nominal charge.

Can parents be involved?

Of course! Parents are an important part of 4-H activities and are always welcome. Additional costs at events may apply.

How do I stay in touch?

The newsletter of the Grady County 4-H program is 4-H Connection. The 4-H Connection is published once per month September-November, January-April. This newsletter contains pertinent information for our members, leaders, and parents and serves as the primary means of communication regarding 4-H activities and events.

4-H Colors:

The 4-H colors are green and white. Green represents life, springtime, and youth. The white symbolizes purity.

4-H Pledge:

Written by Otis Hall, the 4-H Pledge is as follows.

I Pledge:
My Head to clearer thinking,
My Heart to greater loyalty,
My Hands to larger service, and
My Health to better living for My Club,
My Community, My Country and My World.

4-H Slogan:

The 4-H slogan is “Learn by Doing”. This slogan is a constant incentive to motivate 4-H'ers to strive toward acquiring new skills and knowledge.

4-H Motto:

The 4-H motto is “To Make the Best Better”. This motto helps to encourage 4-H'ers not to settle for the present but to always strive to make things better.

4-H Symbol:

The 4-H symbol is a green 4 leaf clover with a white H on each leaf representing head, heart, health and hand.