UGA Extension Office

4-H Basics

Welcome to 4-H

Georgia Cooperative Extension Heard County and 4-H Staff would like to introduce you, the parents and family of a new fifth grader, to 4-H.  4-H has been around for more than 100 years.  Our goal has always been to develop leaders.  You may remember the 4-H of yesterday as horses, hens, hogs, and heifers.  We are still that and more; you will just have to “see it to believe it.”  


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. 


Heard County is in the NORTHWEST DISTRICT

And it is Free to Join

The Heard County Extension and 4-H is your University of Georgia connection.  There is no fee to join, and there are no uniforms.  4-H Friends activity books and officer pamphlets are given to the students.  Other 4-H activities (such as Christmas Crafts and Pumpkin Decorating) and special interest clubs (such as target sports) have fees to cover training and expenses.

Monthly Newsletters & Activity Fliers (Win Clover Cash)

Each month each 4-H’er will receive a newsletter featuring past highlights and coming events.  Be sure to review the newsletter each month and sign it. This lets us know you have read the newsletter and return it to your child’s teacher for clover cash.

What is 4-H?

4-H is the world’s largest youth organization consisting of youth in the 5th – 12th grades.  It teaches service, leadership, and citizenship, as well as providing students with hands-on educational experiences inside and outside of the classroom.  Students in the fifth & sixth grade are Cloverleaf

 4-H’ers, seventh & eighth grade students are Junior 4-H’ers, and 4-H County Council members consists of students from both the middle and high schools.

Leadership & Citizenship

Will your 4-H’er be selected or elected as a 4-H officer?  This year, your fifth grader will be part of a 4-H club!  Each fifth grade class elects officers to represent their club for the year.  Officers to be elected are: (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Reporter)

Club Meetings

Heard County 4-H programs use the Georgia Performance Standards when planning programs for the classroom.  Going back a hundred years, 4-H believes in its slogan, “Learn by Doing.”  This year’s curriculum will include Healthy Lifestyles, Creative Writing, Public Speaking and Presentation Skills.

Meetings are conducted in a way so 4-H’ers develop an understanding for, and participate in, leadership.  Community service projects are held in and out of the classroom, expanding the mind of each student into new areas, at home, at schools, the community and the world.                                                                

Educational Competitions

How can my child earn clover cash to go towards summer camp scholarships?  By participating in Project  Achievement.  This is a presentation competition in an area of interest to the 4-H’er.  Again 4-H is “Learning by Doing.” Also, by being active in other 4-H activities will help! 

Be on the lookout, your Project Achievement flyer will have the details.  In October, we will have a meeting to go over all the details and provide you with all the tricks to preparing a winning presentation.  Your 4-H’er will also have the opportunity to be on the Poultry Judging Teams.

Extracurricular Activities

There are many activities throughout the year for your 4-H’er to have experiences outside of the classroom.  These include, but are not limited to:

  • University of Georgia 4-H Day Football Game, Basketball Game & Gymnastics Meet

  • Christmas Crafts

  • 4-H Cloverleaf, Junior and Senior Summer Camps

  • Milk Make

  • Holiday Card Contest

  • Photography Contest

  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest

  • Gardening

  • 4-H S.A.F.E. Target Sports Club (Archery, BB, Shotgun, 22) (age limits apply)

  • County Council (6th grade and up)

  • Cooking Class

  • Community Service Projects for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House

  • And Much, Much More!