4-H Youth Development
Through 4-H, more than 1,000 young people in Madison County learn new skills and serve their communities each year. 4-H offers clubs, special interest programs, leadership skills development, summer camps, citizenship, school enrichment, after-school activities and FUN. Guided by UGA Extension Agents and adult and teen volunteers, 4-H'ers gain knowledge, skills and experience that help them become responsible citizens and leaders.
Going on tours, attending special programs and parties, raising and showing livestock, conducting community service activities, judging events, making things, and sharing what they have learned are some of the things your child can do in 4-H. Through their club experience, youth gain skills in decision making, public speaking, cooperation, and communication.
Call the Madison County Office at (706) 795-2281 to find out how you can be a part of one of the largest youth organizations.
4-H is open to all youth regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, or disabilities.
Cloverleaf Conference—October 3, 2023
This is an opportunity for 4-H'ers to come together and meet new friends. It's full of fun and learning experiences. Classes are taught by older 4-H'ers. The registration fee of $20 covers pizza, supplies, transportation, and insurance. Sign up at the 4-H office by Wednesday, September 20th.
Contact our office if you have any questions.
Weekend in the Classic City—October 21-22, 2023
Learn about college and career options and hang out with current college students in Athens and at Rock Eagle! High School 4-H’ers...sign up by October 10th. Cost is $100. This Georgia 4-H event is a future-focused program for 4-H’ers to explore pathways to higher education. In conjunction with Georgia Collegiate 4-H Chapters, this even showcases the University of Georgia, in Athens, and allows youth to gather a firsthand experience of campus and higher education. This will be accomplished through a hybrid model of both virtual and in-person learning experiences. An optional virtual financial aid session will be available prior to the event to allow parents/guardians access to this information as well. Seats are limited so register NOW!
Junior Conference—November 11-12, 2023
This weekend event is for 6th-8th graders and includes workshops and education sessions, along with opportunities for community service. Registration and $95 fee are due by noon on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 and can be paid with cash, check, or card. You can register in person or online at https://t.uga.edu/9q6.
Participants (excluding teen leaders) have the opportunity to showcase an exhibit focusing on his or her DPA project area. The exhibit can be on a tri-fold board and can highlight any topic of choice based on 4-H’er interest. Awards will be given to the top exhibits! The first 100 participants to register to bring an exhibit will be selected. Let our office know when you register.
If you register online and are interested in showcasing an exhibit, please call our office at 706-795-2281 or email email@example.com, and let us know.
Teen Leader Opportunities for Junior Conference!
Certified teen leaders are needed to serve in various leadership roles (workshop instructors, community service leaders, or recreation leaders) for Junior Conference November 11th-12th. Teen leaders must commit to the entire weekend. Please contact our office if you’re interested! Deadline to register is October 24th. If accepted, your registration fee is $45.00 and is due by Tuesday, October 31st.
Please note that registration after November 1, 2023 will incur a $5 late fee and any drops after this day will incur a $30 cancellation fee.
We have practice on Mondays from 3:30-5:00pm.
The newly revised manual is available below. It is broken down into more manageable sections.
You can visit the Georgia 4-H website for more information and resources.
4-H Livestock Shows
Madison County 4-H'ers can participate in state livestock show contests beginning in the 1st grade for lamb and goat and 3rd grade for all other livestock species. If your child is interested in participating in livestock shows, please contact the Extension office for more information.
- Georgia 4-H Livestock Show Calendar
- Georgia Ag Education Livestock Calendar
- Georgia Junior National Livestock Show Website
- Gwinnett County Fair Website
- Georgia National Fair Website
Below are some of 4-H's most broadly useful resources from the Georgia 4-H website. Please contact us for more information about participating in any of these programs through this county office.