4-H Youth Development
Our 4-H Mission
To assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills and forming attitudes that will help them to become self-motivated , productive and contributing citizens.
What Is 4-H?
4-H is part of the UGA Extension in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. 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.
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Monthly In-School Clubs - Monthly meetings with educational messages for approximately 600 students.
Monthly Club Meeting Dates
- Middle School 1st Full week Mon - Wed. of every month
- Blackburn Elementary 2nd Tuesday and Thursday of every month
- Long Branch Elementary 1st Thursday of every month
- Lumpkin Co. Elementary 2nd Tuesday of every month
Lumpkin County 4-H Offers Camp, District Project Achievement and Judging Events:
District Project Achievement
Cloverleaf Project Achievement is one of the most prominent 4-H competitions held. It helps 4-H'ers develop both verbal and written communication skills while giving them the opportunity to research or study a topic of their interest. 4-H'ers in the 5th and 6th grade level researches their topic and prepares a 4-6 minute demonstration with posters. These demonstrations are given at a 4-H event where they compete against 4-H'ers from other counties while developing their public speaking skills.
Cloverleaf District Project Achievement for 5th & 6th Grade will be held February 14- 15th next year; at Rock Eagle. 4H Project achievement is really just an awesome show and tell! Its 4-hers chance to tell what their passionate about! Love Bugs? How about photography? Cooking? Sports? The list goes on and on. After presenting, we will all participate in a FREE, FUN and SURPRISE ADVENTURE! You won't want to miss out!
The deadline to attend next year is set for January 28th; drop off your code of conduct and Medical forms and the payment to the 4-H office. Do not turn paperwork or money into the school; it must be received at the 4-H office to ensure your spot.
Project Achievement for Junior & Senior 4-H'ers is a two part process involving the preparation of a 4-H Portfolio and a demonstration (6-10 minutes for Juniors and 8-12 minutes for Seniors) in one of the many project areas. The 4-H Portfolio is a written record of their involvement in their selected project area and other activities. By preparing a portfolio, young people learn the skills needed to complete resumes, college applications and scholarship applications.
Junior and Senior Project Achievement will be held March 6th-8th next year at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. There is no cost to participate in this exciting weekend, but 4-H’ers will need money for dinner on the way to Rock Eagle. We will also be traveling on Sunday to watch the UGA Bulldogs Baseball team as an award trip for attending DPA. The 4-H'ers will need to bring money for dinner while attending the game. Preparation of a 4-H Portfolio will start in November 2019 at the workshops. The deadline to attend this year is set for December 18th; portfolios must be received at the 4-H office on or before the deadline to ensure your spot.
Public Speaking is one of the biggest fears for most Americans. 4-H'ers who competes in Project Achievement learns to develop their public speaking skills, as well as improve overall self-confidence.
Georgia 4-H Resource information for parents for project achievement:
4-H has leadership opportunities designed to encourage youth to develop their leadership, organization, group discussion process and decision making skills.
4-H Junior Leadership Conference
Who Can Attend?
Junior Leadership Conference is open to 7th and 8th grade 4-H members. The conference offers 4-H’ers a chance to develop their leadership skills, meet and interact with youth from across the state. Also they view state leadership in action, while connecting with the State 4-H Youth Leadership Team.
While at Junior Leadership Conference delegates will:
Learn about opportunities available to youth leaders, including regional and state leadership teams, state committees, events, etc.
Explore assorted 4-H projects in depth with hands-on activities. This gives them the information and activities to take back to their local clubs and start using the leadership skills they have learned.
Participate in active games that they can take back to their local clubs and use to build their leadership skills.
Interact with 4-H members from across the state. This allows the delegates to learn about 4-H programming in different counties and make new friendships.
Fundraiser's and Community Service Projects:
Fall Rabies Clinic – This community service project helps our citizens with low cost vaccinations for their cats and dogs.
Each year, the Lumpkin County 4-H Club, in partnership with VCA Chestatee Animal Hospital, hosts a low-cost Rabies Clinic for the Lumpkin County community and surrounding areas. This Rabies Clinic is unique and unlike any other clinics in our community, as it offers combined benefits of a low-cost service, education, and youth development programs. This is the only Rabies Clinic offered in Lumpkin County where the funds raised are not for profit. All of the monies raised go directly to Lumpkin County 4-H. VCA’s goodwill and partnership, with their monetary donations, and generous volunteer time from the doctors and staff, provides for several programs to be operated with the funds raised.
This year services offered will be rabies shots for both cats and dogs, parvo/distemper or respiratory combos, and brand new this year, we will additionally be offering heartworm tests and vaccines, at a reduced rate! By visiting the Lumpkin County 4-H/VCA Chestatee Animal Hospital’s Rabies Clinic, held on Saturday, May tba from 1-4 PM, you will not only be receiving necessary and lifesaving vaccinations for your pets, you are additionally showing your commitment to the youth of Lumpkin County and our wonderful community! Please contact the Lumpkin County Extension Office for more information at 706-864-2275 or email@example.com.
Gold Rush Parking – This community service project offers Handicap Parking for the festival October each year.
- Annual Plant Sale - This a great fundraiser for us the money from this event helps pay for buses to events and scholarships for camp.
We are excited to announce the Lumpkin County 4-H and the Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners plant sale for April 2020. Plants will be available for ordering starting January 27th, 2020.
Please find information also located online at: www.gammg.org
The plant sale order forms are also available at the Extension Office, located at 26 Johnson Street, Ste. A in Dahlonega. The deadline for orders is March 13, 2020. The plant pick-up dates are on Saturday, April 18th, 9:00 -3:00 p.m. at the Lumpkin County Road Department – 1646 Red Oak Flats Rd., Dahlonega, GA. Master Gardeners will be in attendance at the pickup site to help with any questions you may have about soil preparation and basic care for the plants you have ordered.
Proceeds from last year’s sales were used by the 4-H to enhance the programs for our members and to pay for scholarships to attend camps and enrichment activities. The Master Gardeners continue to establish and maintain gardening projects throughout the Lumpkin County area, help fund the Jr. Master Gardener’s projects with the after school club programs and they continue to host notable gardening presentations throughout the year.
If you have questions please call 706-864-2275 for further information.
Lumpkin County BB Team http://www.georgia4h.org/safe/disciplines/bb.htm
4-H Forms and More Information about 4-H
Become a Volunteer
The Lumpkin County 4-H club relies heavily on the efforts of volunteers to help coordinate and organize yearly judging events, community service fundraisers and 4-H activities. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, read more about becoming a volunteer at the Georgia 4-H website.
Print and complete the UGA Volunteer Application
Print and sign the UGA Volunteer Agreement
Print 2 copies of the Reference Form and ask two of your references to fill out the form.
- NEW Requirement! The Georgia 4-H Working with Youth-Managing Risks test is a requirement to become a volunteer. You must score a 100! (This takes exactly 15 minutes)
- Link will be emailed to you after the background is completed and results are received.
Bring all completed documents into the 4-H Office
The emblem is a four-leaf clover with the letter "H" on each leaf. The letters in the emblem represent; Head, Heart, Hands and Health. Use of the emblem is approved per regulations by the state 4-H office.
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.
"To make the Best Better''
For more information about Lumpkin County 4-H Youth Development Programs, contact the County Extension Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (706) 864-2275.
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