UGA Extension Office

4-H Youth Development

4-H assists young people to acquire knowledge, develop life skills, and form attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society through “hands-on” learning experiences.

4-H is part of UGA Extension the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

4-H is

  • 4-H In-School Club Meetings
  • Community Pride Programs
  • County Day Camps
  • Summer Educational Programs


4-H is independent learning experiences using writing, interviewing and public speaking skills through 4-H demonstrations and illustrated talks.

4-H is camping to further mental, social, physical, and emotional skills toward a more positive self-image; good citizenship and leadership.

4-H Motto & Pledge
Rabies Clinic

Georgia 4-H Photo Contest

Each year Georgia 4-H hosts a statewide photo contest for youth and adults to highlight their past year of involvement with 4-H. There are 5 different categories: Focus on Agriculture; Summer Camp & Environmental Education; Citizenship/Leadership/Service & Volunteerism participants can enter up to 3 photos in each category.  Dawson County had several 4-H members submitting 22 photos this year. We are very proud to acknowledge Johnathan Graves as the 3rd place winner in the youth division under the category; Summer Camp and Environmental Education.

Johnathan serves as a Teen Leader with Dawson County 4-H. One of his many roles on this particular summer day was to take pictures. He happened to catch one group sifting through their nets after seining at Smithgall Woods.

  • Pumpkin Growing Contest
    Pumpkin Growing Contest
  • 4-H members growing pumpkins.
    4-H members growing pumpkins.
  • Virtual Livestock Show
    Virtual Livestock Show
  • 4-H member showing her heifers.
    4-H member showing her heifers.
  • Virtual Cook-Off Contest
    Virtual Cook-Off Contest
  • 4-H member places 2nd in his age group with his recipe.
    4-H member places 2nd in his age group with his recipe.

Events and Activities 

The Pumpkin Growing Contest is sponsored by Burt's Pumpkin Farm. The Farm will provide the seeds and sponsor the county contest. County winners will receive awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place pumpkins. Pumpkin weights will also be entered into the State 4-H Pumpkin Contest. Complete the form: Pumpkin Grow Application and return it to the  Dawson County Extension Office.


4-H Contacts

For more information about Dawson County 4-H Youth Development Programs, contact Chesley Davis at or Samantha Graves at or call (706) 265-2442.