Is 4-H Right for Me?
What do you like to do?
Do you like to be with old friends and meet new ones, have fun and explore your interests, make new things and enjoy new activities? Then 4-H is right for you.
4-H Programs teach young people how to put their heads, hands and health to work in their own lives and in their communities.
Are you adventurous?
4-H members can work with others on projects in their community or project clubs, in their schools, or with other organizations. They can go to camp show their work at fairs, travel, and host international youth. They can meet their legislators, participate in county, regional, state and national opportunities and additional learning experiences. They can attend meetings and other events at Penn State youth events and more!
Do you enjoy hands-on learning?
The 4-H slogan is “learn by doing.” 4-H is an educational program, so you are encouraged to try new things for yourself and get involved in doing things you like to do. This teaches you to think and learn and apply what you learn to your life. You can then make better decisions, gain new skills, develop self-esteem, give back to your community, and grow up to be a good citizen.
What would you like to learn about?
More than 150 “learn-by-doing projects and activities await you when you become a 4-H member or adult leader. For example, you can make something, develop a skill, raise or train a small or large animal, launch rockets, photograph wildlife, cook, sew, learn about geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS), or serve your community.
As you explore a topic you can gain knowledge related to your project and practical skills to use throughout your life—problem solving, decision-making, and communicating, and working with others.
You will be encouraged to record your learning experiences so you can evaluate your progress and note your accomplishments. You may also give written and oral demonstrations about your project and participate in judging and other contests involving your project.
4-H projects can be rewarded with scholarships, prizes, awards and special recognition. An adult 4-H volunteer who will be the project leader will guide your work.
We invite you to browse the many exciting possibilities.
4-H Projects and Resources by Category
4-H Projects and Resources by Subject
Are you a great thinker?
4-H has hands-on learning experiences in science, engineering and technology to encourage young people to pursue their passion in these areas.
You can learn life skills such as public speaking, decision-making, organizational/planning, leadership, teamwork, record keeping and communication skills. These are skills you will need to succeed.