17 Facts About 4-H


Goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach.

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Clubs in today's 4-H world consist of a wide range of options each allowing for personal growth and career success.

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The 4-H motto is "To make the best better", while its slogan is "Learn by doing" .

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Foundations of 4-H began in 1902 with the work of several people in different parts of the United States.

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The focal point of 4-H has been the idea of practical and hands-on learning, which came from the desire to make public school education more connected to rural life.

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The national 4-H organization was formed in 1914, when the United States Congress created the Cooperative Extension Service of the USDA by passage of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, it included within the CES charter the work of various boys' and girls' clubs involved with agriculture, home economics and related subjects.

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Minnesota and Maine 4-H clubs add "for my family" to the last line of the pledge.

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Idea of using the four-leaf clover as an emblem for the 4-H program is credited to Oscar Herman Benson of Wright County Iowa.

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The protections for the 4-H emblem were repealed by Title XI of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.

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Volunteers plan and conduct 4-H related activities, develop and maintain educational programs, or assist in fundraising.

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Life skills gained through 4-H Afterschool give children the tools they need for perceiving and responding to diverse life situations and achieving their personal goals.

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The world's first 4-H camp was held in July 1915 on the Crouch family farm along the Tygart Valley River near Elkwater, Randolph County, West Virginia.

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The Georgia 4-H camping program has the largest youth center in the world, called Rock Eagle.

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On July 8,2015, to mark the centennial of 4-H camping, youth from Randolph County traveled back to the original Camp Good Luck site for a special commemoration and campfire program.

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The very first collegiate 4-H club started in 1916 on the Oklahoma State University - Stillwater campus.

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Selection as a 4-H All Star is a recognition of achievement.

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Similarly, the capstone award in Texas 4-H is the Gold Star Award, which is given to Seniors who have shown outstanding leadership and proficiency in their project areas.

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