4-H Youth Development
What is 4-H?
4-H is a community of young people (K-12th grade) across America who learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills through hands-on explorative projects. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth leadership development organization empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime and Georgia is proud to be one of the largest state programs in the country with almost 170,000 active 4-H’ers across the state. 4-H is led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension System, a nation-wide educational network of land grant universities bringing research-based information to citizens of all ages. 4-H is a ‘Learn by Doing’ organization that offers more than 100 project areas for young people to showcase their work.
In it’s early beginnings, 4-H taught youth agriculture and home economic skills. Today, 4-H members can participate in many project areas such as computer science, marine ecology, performing arts, food preparation, shooting sports, companion animals, safety, health, public speaking, robotics, and more!
Georgia 4-H Vision
A world in which you and adults learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change.
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, productive, and contributing members of society. This mission is accomplished through hands on learning experiences focused on agricultural and environmental issues, agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship.
4-H Essential Elements
Mastery, Belonging, Independence, and Generosity
4-H members who are in 4th-6th grade
4-H members who are in 7th and 8th grade
4-H members who are in 9th-12th grade
The 4-H colors are green and white. Green represents life, springtime, and youth. The white symbolizes purity.
The 4-H symbol is a green four leaf clover with a white H on each leaf representing head, heart, hands, and health.
To Make the Best Better
Learn By Doing
“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.”
Sign up for the Putnam County 4-H Remind to receive text messages about upcoming programs!
Cloverleaf Members (4th-6th Grade)
Text: @pc4hclover to 81010
Junior/Senior Members (7th-12th Grade)
Text: @pc4hjrsr to 81010
Forms Required for all Events
Medical Release Form and Code of Conduct Form are required for each activity.
Interested in being an adult chaperone? All volunteers must be certified, which includes a background check. Complete the Volunteer Application form. Then give us a call to discuss the required training!
Who is eligible?
Any youth in 4th-12th grade may join. Putnam County 4-H has more than 700 members.
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for general membership. Optional activities and some specialty clubs may have a nominal charge. Throughout the year, Putnam County 4-H hosts fundraisers to try to raise money to keep optional program costs as low as possible. The costs of optional activities is always included in the information about that activity. We would love for you to consider making a tax-deductible donation to your local 4-H Club!
Where does 4-H meet?
Many Putnam County 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students participate in monthly in-school club meetings. However, we also host after school club meetings for 4th-12th grade! All after-school meetings are held at the Extension Office located at 663 Godfrey Rd, Suite 101 in Eatonton.