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4-H Basics

Georgia 4-H Mission

The mission of Georgia 4-H is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, produtive and contributing members of society. 

Georgia 4-H History

Georgia 4-H began in 1904 when Newton County school superintendent, G.C. Adams, organized an agriculture corn club for boys in Covington, GA. 

4-H Colors

The 4-H colors are green and white. Green represents life, springtime, and youth. White represents purity.

4-H Slogan

The 4-H slogan is "Learn By Doing." This slogan is a constant incentive to motivate 4-H'ers to strive towards aquiring new skills and knowledge. 

4-H Motto

The 4-H motto is "To Make The Best Better." This motto encourages 4-H'ers to not settle for the present, but to always strive to make the future even better for themselves and others. 

4-H Emblem

The 4-H emblem is a green four leaf clover with a white H on each leaf representing head, heart, hands, and health. The 4-H emblem is a federal mark and protected by Public Law 18 U.S.C. 707. 

4-H Pledge

The 4-H pledge was written by Otis Hall of Kansas State College of Agriculture and first adopted in 1927. The 4-H pledge was amended in 1973 to include the ending, "my world" which is still used currently. The 4-H pledge is as follows:

"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."