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4-H Youth Development

4-H is a unique organization, in that it is the only youth development organization with oversight and sponsorship by the federal government. At the federal level, 4-H is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The federal government partners with the Land-Grant Universities, of which Kansas State University is one. K-State Research and Extension, as part of KSU, administers the 4-H program in cooperation with the local Extension governing units.

Through our educational mission, we help youth to learn by doing and to lead by example. In 4-H, we are committed to providing a positive experience for as many young people as possible. Not just with the belief that 4-H grows great kids, but the belief that by preparing our youth for school, work and life that we are contributing to a vibrant economy for years to come.

So Join the Club!

4-H pledge

The four H's represent:

Head - Critical thinking, problem solving.
Heart - Self discipline, integrity, communication.
Hands - Serving others.
Health - Choosing healthy lifestyles.
Where do clubs meet?

There are clubs available in all areas of Crawford, Labette and Montgomery counties. Check out our county specific pages by clicking on the appropriate county in the left hand menu or contact a 4-H Youth Development Agent by phone or email for further information on 4-H clubs. 

4-H Youth Development programs are open to all youth who are between the ages of 7 and 18. Youth who turn 7 before January 1 of the current 4-H year may enroll. Youth who turn 19 before January 1 of the current 4-H year are ineligible to enroll. There are different age restrictions to compete in certain competitive events, (i.e. livestock shows, shooting sports). Check with the county in which you are enrolled for their specific guidelines.

What projects are offered?

4-H members typically enroll in a variety of projects, including things like clothing, electric, entomology, fiber arts, foods, forestry, geology, home environment, leadership, pets, photography, plant science, shooting sports, spacetech, visual arts, animal projects and others. Community clubs typically have structured business meetings, and emphasize community service, recreational activities and improving communication skills.