UGA Extension Office

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 Lingo

Cloverleaf 4-H'ers

4-H members who are in 4th-6th grade

Junior 4-H'ers

4-H members who are in 7th and 8th grade

Senior 4-H'ers

4-H members who are in 9th-12th grade


4-H Tidbits

4-H Colors

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

4-H Symbol

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.”


4-H Remind

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.

Six Flags Discount Tickets

Putnam County will not be selling Six Flags discount tickets in the office; however, discounted tickets are available on-line. Just go to Discounted Six Flags tickets. By logging in with the username: Putnam4HOG and using the password SixFlags10 (case and numeric sensitive) you will be saving money and supporting the Putnam County 4-H Program for every ticket purchased!