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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

School Dates

  • Middle School                               Tuesday and Thursday Afterschool program of every month
  • Blackburn Elementary         Tuesday and Thursday of every month
  • Long Branch Elementary     Friday of every month
  • Cottrell Elementary                 Monday and Friday 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  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!

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. The portfolio workshop will be held at the Lumpkin County Park & Rec, November 4:00pm and December @ 12:00pm to 4:00pm TBD, lunch will be provided. Please make sure to sign up with Autumn by calling 706-482-2652 or email: 

Junior and Senior Project Achievement  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.  

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.

Fundraisers and Community Service Projects:

  • Rabies Clinic –  Lumpkin County 4-H will hold its annual Rabies Clinic 2025 April TBD from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Lumpkin County Middle School. Pets must be leashed or in a crate/carrier, Stay in your Vehicle. Be patient! Our Rabies Clinic looks much different this year, so bear with our volunteers as we try to keep you and your pets as safe as possible.

  • Thank you to VCA Chestatee Animal Hospital for donating ALL proceeds to the Lumpkin County 4H. 

  • This fundraiser provides more than 650 Lumpkin students with unique, educational, and hands-on experiences; but, it also serves as very needed service to our community. Vaccinations are offered at highly reduced rates for pet owners, thanks to the generous donations, amazing volunteers, doctors, and staff at VCA Chestatee Animal Hospital. Monies raised from the clinic are used to help send our 4-H members to District Project Achievement, STEM events, and summer camps each year, along with several other district competitions. Mark your calendars to come out and support 4-H and get your furry family member up to date on their shots! If you need assistance with your pets, please call  VCA Chestatee Animal Hospital @ 706-864-1005.  Please contact the Lumpkin County Extension Office for more information at 706-864-2275 or  

  • Gold Rush Parking – This community service project offers Handicap Parking for the festival October each year.

  • Annual Plant Sale -- The Lumpkin County 4-H and Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners are ready to provide beautiful, quality plants once again offered through our annual plant sale. This is your opportunity to fulfill your gardening goals by ordering superior plants, among them many unusual items.  Please find infomation below on next years plant sale.
  • We are excited to announce the Lumpkin County 4-H and the Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners Plant Sale 2025. This year we are starting the plant sale on February 12, 2025 to March 29, 2025. Please place your orders online and find this years plant information located online as well.  All plant orders will be placed online again this year only. If you are unable to place an online order, please contact us at the Extension Office, we can help place your order.
  • The plant pick-up date is on Saturday, April 19, 2025, 9:00 -12:00 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 their programs for our members and to pay for scholarships to attend summer camps and enrichment activities. The Master Gardeners continue to establish and maintain gardening projects throughout the Lumpkin County area, help fund a High School Scholarship and they continue to host notable gardening presentations throughout the year. If you have questions please call 706-864-2275 for further information.

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.


4-H Emblem

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.

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.

4-H Motto

"To make the Best Better''

Contact Information

For more information about Lumpkin County 4-H Youth Development Programs, contact the County Extension Office at or call (706) 482-2652.

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