UGA Extension Office

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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If you’re anxious about your child wearing a face covering this fall, you’re not alone.

UGA Helpful Mask Tips for youth

Supporting youth mental health and well-being

A recent survey commissioned by the National 4‑H Council and conducted by the Harris Poll found that 7 in 10 teens are struggling with their Mental Health in the wake of COVID-19.

Balancing screen time with outdoor activity.

Outdoor activities, such as the Great Georgia Pollinator Census to be held Aug. 21-22, offer numerous physical and mental health benefits such as reduced stress, greater cognitive functioning and increased physical activity.

 

Monthly In-School Clubs - Monthly meetings with educational messages for approximately 600 students.

Monthly Club Meeting Dates

School 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:

http://www.georgia4h.org/public/more/guidebook/default.htm

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:

  • Spring Rabies Clinic – Has been Cancelled. In light of the continually changing guidance about Covid-19 from the CDC and from our local/state/national governments, we are sorry to let you know that we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel. Please check back with us for updates on rescheduling the Rabies Clininc.  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 uge1187@uga.edu.  
  • Gold Rush Parking – This community service project offers Handicap Parking for the festival October each year.

  • Annual Plant Sale -In light of the continually changing guidance about Covid-19 from the CDC and from our local/state/national governments, we are so very sorry to let you know that we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel our plant sale for this year. It is a big disappointment to all of us, but current events are quite unprecedented and unfortunately are requiring everyone to make tough decisions. We thank you so much for your order this year.

Please look for us next year, with an even bigger selection of some of the best professionally grown plants available, at the best prices.

Stay safe, and thank you again for your continued support!             

If you have questions please call 706-864-2275 for further information.

 

SAFE Program

 

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.

Volunteer today!

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 chesleyd@uga.edu or call (706) 864-2275.

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