What is 4-H?
4-H is a youth development program of Penn State Cooperative Extension. It fosters citizenship and leadership as well as numerous opportunities for personal growth. As a 4-H member, your child will participate in a variety of learning experiences. 4-Her's "learn by doing" through involvement in projects. 4-H members make new friends and learn to work and play with other young people and adults. They develop self-confidence by speaking before groups and receiving recognition for their achievements.
4-H serves youth, families, and the community
In 4-H, kids and adults spend time together, learning new skills, developing hidden talents, making new friends and having fun. The goal of 4-H is to help kids develop as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens in their communities. 4-H is a "learn-by-doing" program for kids...and adults.
What is a 4-H group or club?
Boys and girls ages 8 to 19 meet to plan and direct their own programs under the leadership of an older teenager or adult. They may belong to an organized club or special interest group, participate in a school enrichment program, or study alone with a parent or other adult. They may belong to and meet on a formal basis with elected officers and hold regular meetings or meet informally to work on their projects.
What is a 4-H project?
Projects are tools used in teaching 4-H members responsibility, developing appreciation, creation initiative, and learning the process of decision making. Working on a 4-H project enables a 4-H'er to learn about a variety of subjects or develop a skill. A Pennsylvania member may choose from over 150 projects, including gardening, sewing, pet care, rocketry, careers, wildlife, livestock, horses, food and nutrition, and child care.
Who can participate in 4-H?
Once your child is a 4-H member, the whole family can participate. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, brothers, sisters--everyone in the family can be a part of the 4-H experience--together! Today, many families become fragmented because of jobs and individual interests. 4-H offers many opportunities for families to do things together. Picnics, fairs, trips, camps, shows, and special club and county-wide events are designed for family participation. You and your family are invited to become a 4-H family.