What is 4-H?
4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.
Who can join?
Youth may participate in 4-H from September 1st of grade three through August 31st following the completion of grade twelve, with a minimum age of 8 (in addition to being in grade 3) and a maximum age of 18, as of the current 4-H year (August 31, 2015 for the 2015-2016 4-H year.) Some clubs offer a Clover Kid program, which is for youth in Kindergarten through second grade. Clover Kids aren’t eligible to serve as club officers or to participate in competitive events.
What do the H’s stand for in 4-H?
The H’s pertain to the 4-H pledge:
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.
- HEAD stands for clearer thinking and decision making – knowledge that is useful throughout life.
- HEART represents greater loyalty, strong personal values, positive self-concept and concern for others.
- HANDS stand for larger service, workforce preparedness, useful skills and science and technology literacy.
- HEALTH stands for better living and healthy lifestyles.
4-H sounds great! How do I join?
There are over 20 clubs in Montgomery County. Contact the 4-H Office at 936-539-7823or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of clubs and their contact/meeting information. Each club has its own ‘personality’ so we suggest that you visit a few of them before you decide which club you would like to join. The Montgomery County 4-H Handbook states that you can only change 4-H clubs once a year between June 1 to October 1 so when you join a club, be sure that it is the one you want to stick with until the next 4-H year. Once you decide which club you would like to join, you enroll with that club.