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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:


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

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
    • Communications and the Arts
    • Family and Consumer Sciences
    • 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
  • National 4-H Volunteer Conference - September 26 - 29, 2019 - Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Eatonton, Georgia
  • Find open volunteer positions

From Our Blog - Gordon Grown
  • Farm Dog Certification Tests Posted by gjak on Oct 8, 2019 Presented by the Georgia Canine Coalition, Inc. and in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the AKC Farm Dog Certified (FDC) Test is open to all dogs at least 9 months of age that are individually registered with the AKC, recorded in the FSS program, dogs with PAL numbers,...
  • Weekly Calendar – 9/30/19 Posted by Allie Griner on Sep 29, 2019 Friday, September 27-Tuesday, October 1 National 4-H Dairy Judging Trip to Madison, Wisconsin Monday, September 30 Archery Team Information/Safety Meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the livestock pavilion Tuesday, October 1 Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging Practice from 5:00-7:00 p.m. In-School Programs Ashworth Middle Wednesday, October 2 In-School Programs Sonoraville Elementary...
  • 2019 Archery and BB Team Kick-Off Posted by Allie Griner on Sep 29, 2019 Two of Gordon County 4-H’s shooting sports teams will begin next week with mandatory safety meetings that require both parent and child to attend. This meeting is mandatory for those youth wanting to join the team and their parents, as the coaches will be providing an overview of the season...
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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.