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Gordon County 4-H is a positive youth development organization that offers educational programs to K-12 school-age children. The mission of 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. See our brochure for additional information.

There are nearly 1,800 youth enrolled in Gordon County 4-H and 60+ screened and trained adult volunteers actively support the program.  There is no cost to be a member, though some optional activities and trips may have a small fee.  4-H members meet monthly, either during school or at one of our after school club meetings.  Outside of that, you choose the activities you want to do, and each one has a specific schedule.  The time commitment is entirely up to you, but like most things, you get out of 4-H what you put into it.

The 4 H’s stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health, and the 4-H pledge below shows how each of these H’s are relevant.

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.


Gordon County 4-H’ers get to learn, compete, serve, lead, travel, and excel in a variety of ways.  Programs offered through Gordon County 4-H include:


  • Cloverbuds (K-3rd)
  • In-School Club Meetings (4th-8th)
  • Senior Club (9th-12th)
  • Homeschool Club: open to all homeschool youth
  • County Council: countywide 4-H club meeting for all school-age youth

Project Achievement

  • Cornerstone program of Georgia 4-H
  • An individual show-and-tell presentation on a topic of the student’s choice
  • Over 50+ project categories


  • Summer Camp 
    • Cloverleaf Camp: 4th-6th Grade
    • Junior Camp: 7th-8th Grade
    • Senior Camp: 9th-12th Grade
  • State Conferences/Rallies 
    • Junior Conference
    • Junior Rally
    • Weekend in the Classic City
    • Fall Forum
    • Senior Conference
    • State Council

 Agriculture & STEM

Healthy Living

Civic Engagement

Awards and Recognition

  • Dean’s Award – a cumulative portfolio of 4-H career in one of five project areas 
    • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
    • Citizenship
    • Communications and the Arts
    • Family and Consumer Sciences
    • Leadership
  • Key Award – overall 4-H participation from 7th grade forward
  • Graduating Senior Scholarships

Collegiate 4-H Experiences

  • 4-H Camp Counselor Program
  • 4-H Collegiate Scholarships
  • Collegiate 4-H Program
  • Collegiate 4-H Conference

Opportunities for Adults

  • Coach a competitive team
  • Lead a project club
  • Chaperone youth as they travel to 4-H events
  • Volunteer at a local service or competition event
  • Serve as a member of the Gordon County 4-H Program Development Team
  • Donate either financially or in-kind through goods or services. 4-H is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt  nonprofit organization
  • National 4-H Volunteer Conference - September 26 - 29, 2019 - Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Eatonton, Georgia
  • Find open volunteer positions

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From Our Blog - Gordon Grown
  • Weekly Calendar – 7/13/2020 Posted by Allie Griner on Jul 12, 2020 Gordon County 4-H is excited to announce its 2020 summer programs – Get Out and “Do” Something. We know that, like us, you are probably ready to get off your computer and get out of your house and do something! While some our programs do have a virtual component, all...
  • 2020 National FilmFest 4-H Posted by Allie Griner on Jul 8, 2020 Coordinated by Missouri 4-H, the national FilmFest 4-H is an opportunity for youth filmmakers, visual artists, and aspiring actors to network with other creative people interested in digital media production.  While previous events have been in-person, the 2020 event will be virtual.  FilmFest 4-H will be August 1-2, 2020 online...
  • 2020 Virtual 4-H Camp Posted by Allie Griner on Jul 6, 2020 On behalf of Tattnall, Toombs and Ware counties, I would like to share an amazing opportunity for youth across Georgia to participate in Virtual 4-H Camp. This free event will include pre-recorded educational videos, hands-on activities to complete at home, daily activity challenges, and more. Youth and their families will...
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Gordon County 4-H is funded in part by United Way of Gordon County.  Your contribution made to United Way stays in Gordon County unless you specifically request it to go elsewhere.  Your contribution can even be designated to go directly to Gordon County 4-H. 

For more information on how you can contribute, visit the United Way of Gordon County web site at

Thank you for your financial support to United Way of Gordon County and Gordon County 4-H.