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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 over 1,600 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 join, 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:


Clubs

  • 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 to choose from

Camps/Conferences

  • 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
    • William “Bill” Edwards 4-H Dean’s Award for Communications and the Arts
    • Family and Consumer Sciences
    • James Harris 4-H Dean’s Award for Leadership
  • Key Award – overall 4-H participation from 7th grade forward
  • Graduating Senior Scholarships

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

From Our Blog - Gordon Grown
  • Weekly Calendar – 6/10/19 Posted by Allie Griner on Jun 9, 2019 Monday, June 10 – Friday, June 14 4-H Junior Camp at Camp Jekyll Tuesday, June 11 – Saturday, June 15 Georgia 4-H State Horse Show Friday, June 14 Deadline for submitting County Council Officer Application
  • 2019 Animal Science and Aquaculture Tour Posted by Allie Griner on Jun 7, 2019 Get excited for this great opportunity to go on an Animal Science/ Aquaculture tour around Northwest Georgia! Hosted by our Gordon County Extension Office intern Abby Connally, the tour will be on July 16th from 8:15 am – 6:30 pm and July 17th from 8:15 am – 12:30 pm. We...
  • 2019-2020 County Council Officer Applications Available Posted by Allie Griner on May 28, 2019 What everyone has been waiting for, the 2019-2020 County Council Officer applications are available online now! Our process has changed from previous years, so please be sure to read the entire application. Officers will not be elected, they will be appointed based on an application and interview process. The complete...
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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 www.gordoncountyunitedway.org

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