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4-H Basics


4-H Basics
What is 4-H?
The Georgia 4-H Program is part of the educational outreach of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. 4-H is the largest youth organization in the world. Our youth develop many workforce skills including leadership, decision making, record keeping, public speaking and teamwork.

What is the mission of 4-H?
The mission of Georgia 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. This mission is accomplished, through "hands on" learning experiences,focused on agricultural and environmental issues, agricultural awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship.

Exploring and discovering, encouraging and challenging, that's what Georgia4-H is all about. As a program of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension System, 4-H is part of the nationwide Extension network.

4-Her's are known for sharing their research-based knowledge and technology to people where they live and work. 4-H combines federal, state, and local expertise and resources.

How much does it cost?
There is no charge for general membership. Optional events, activities and some clubs may have a normal 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. Parents whom wish to volunteer with our program please visit our Volunteer page located here on our web page.

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

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 moto 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 Symbol is a green 4 leaf clover with a white H on each leaf representing head , heart, health and hand.