UGA Extension Office

4-H Youth Development

What is 4-H?

General Information

How to Join 4-H!

4-H Then...

When 4-H Clubs first started in 1905, just about everyone lived on farms. The first clubs were known as Corn Clubs for boys and Tomato Clubs for girls. Boys in the Corn Club would try to grow an acre of the biggest ears of corn. The girls would grow, harvest and can tomatoes from their family’s vegetable garden. Growing corn and canning tomatoes was not a game to these young people, their learning benefitted the entire family.

These pioneer 4-H’ers learned from adults who worked with the corn and tomato clubs. The clubs became known as 4-H Clubs. The adults were County Extension Agents.

4-H Now...

4-H is an educational program teaching leadership, citizenship, public speaking and practical life skills. The goal is to make learning fun! It is the youth phase of UGA Extension.

The 4-H Program is part of the Carroll County and Carrollton City School Systems. There are also 4-H activities outside of school. 4-H is open to all children ages 9-19. 4-H may have begun as Corn and Tomato Clubs, however, today 4-H has evolved to teach computers, recycling, photography, nutrition, violence prevention, teamwork and many other topics relative to Carroll County and Carrollton City youth.

There is no charge to be a 4-H member. Some optional activities may have a small charge.

What Every 4-H’er Should Know

The 4-H Pledge
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.

The 4-H Motto
"To Make the Best Better"

The 4-H Colors
Green and White

The 4-H Slogan
Learn By Doing

The 4-H Emblem
The Four Leaf Clover

4-H is learning by doing . . . and one of the best ways to learn is by doing a demonstration. A demonstration shows how while telling how. 4-H’ers actually make or do something (step by step) and have a finished product to show and tell by talking and using visuals such as charts, drawings, or models.

By doing a demonstration, a child will learn to gather information about a subject, organize ideas, present information visually and feel more at ease in front of a group. County Project Achievement and District Project Achievement provide 4-H’ers the opportunity to do demonstrations on what they have learned. Interested judges evaluate the presentations.

Opportunities for Carroll County 4-H’ers

Team or Individual Competitions. Diverse team and individual learning experiences promote teamwork, develop public speaking skills, enhance decision making abilities and promote subject matter comprehension.

Animal Projects

  • Land Judging: Chris Campbell
  • Livestock Judging: Chris Campbell
  • Poultry Judging: Chris Campbell
  • Dairy Judging: Susannah Lassetter

Shooting Sports

  • Air Rifle (7th-12th grade): Coach - Douglas Hanson
  • Archery (4th-12th grade): Coach - Ben Jenkins, Teresa Rogers
  • BB (4th-8th grade): Coaches - Brian Stewart, Terri Stewart, Starsha Shealy, Jeff Lee
  • Shotgun (7th-12th grade): Coaches - Greg Ashworth, Richard Ashworth, Jeff Posey

And other fun activities!

  • Clovers & Company
  • Consumer Cotton Boll
  • Summer Activities
  • Summer Camps
  • Holiday Activities

Summer Camps

  • Fortson Fun Day!
  • Cloverleaf 4-H Camp
  • Junior 4-H Camp
  • Junior Rally
  • Senior 4-H Camp
  • Senior Extreme Camp
  • Summer Activities
  • Marine Resource Camp
  • Wilderness Challenge Camp

(we accept Visa and Mastercard)


For more information about Carroll County 4-H Youth Development Programs, contact Chris Campbell at, Susannah Lassetter at or call (770) 836.8546.

Visit the Georgia 4-H website!