UGA Extension Office

4-H Youth Development

About Georgia 4-H

4-H is the nation’s largest youth leadership development organization empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime and Georgia is proud to be one of the largest state programs in the country with almost 170,000 active 4-H’ers across the state.

The four H’s symbolize the development of the HEAD (to think, plan and reason), the HEART (to be concerned with the welfare of others, accept the responsibility of citizenship and develop positive attitudes), the HANDS (to be useful, helpful and skillful) and HEALTH (to practice healthy living, enjoy life and use time wisely). 4-H is a major partner in education. Lessons taught, experiences shared and information presented in 4-H is based on the research of the University of Georgia and Fort Valley State University.

The Georgia 4-H program is part of the educational outreach of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Georgia 4-H is all about learning by doing...and some of the best ways for your child to learn is by participating in 4-H Project Achievement, attending summer camps, exploring different cultures, partaking in student led activities, and lending a helping hand with local community service projects.

Georgia 4-H assists youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, strengthening critical-thinking skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society.

4-H'ers learn through hands-on learning experiences. These experiences focus on agricultural and environmental issues through awareness, leadership, communication skills, food, nutrition, health, energy, conservation, and citizenship.

Who is eligible to join 4-H?

Any youth ages 9 through 18 may join 4-H.  

Project Achievement - 4-H Student Demonstrations

4-H is learning by doing . . . and one of the best ways for your child to learn is to do a demonstration. A demonstration shows how while telling how.

4-Hers actually make or do something (step by step) and have a finished product to show and tell by talking and using visuals like charts, drawings or models.

Project Achievement helps youth develop skills in researching, assembling, and presenting information. Public speaking demonstrations begin at the Cloverleaf level in 5th grade classes, meeting several of the mandated Georgia Performance Standards.

By doing a demonstration your child will learn to gather information about a subject, organize ideas, present information visually and verbally and feel more at ease in front of a group.

Project Achievement is a cornerstone in the Talbot County 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.

Summer Activities / Summer Camps

This summer, more than six million kids will go to summer camp. Our program will offer 6 camp opportunities during the Talbot summer camp program. We offer day and overnight camping programs for kids of various ages. Kids will have fun, learn new skills and make friends, while participating in traditional activities like swimming and fishing, as well as exploring unique topics including cultural cooking, field trips, college tours and environmental education!

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.

Center Location
Rock Eagle Eatonton, Georgia
Jekyll Island Jekyll Island, Georgia
Fortson Hampton, Georgia
Wahsega Dahlonega, Georgia
Burton Tybee Island, Georgia