What is 4-H Youth Development?
4-H Youth Development is people, youth and adults volunteers, sharing, learning and growing, becoming the best they can be! This mission is not reached through one activity or event, but rather through a number of educational activities that relate to the total concept of youth development. The Pacific County 4-H program is part of WSU Pacific County Extension, located in the Courthouse Annex in South Bend.
Who Can Be In 4-H?
The WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program abides with the nondiscrimination policies of WSU and the USDA. 4-H is open to all youth between the ages five (5) and nineteen (19) (4-H Age).
4-H Age is determined by October 1st of the current 4-H year. Youth who have reached their 5th birthday (before October 1st of the current 4-H year), through those who have not reached their 19th birthday (before October 1st of the current 4-H year).
How Do I Join 4-H?
Contact your Pacific County Extension Office at 360-875-9331.
Youth Development Activities
4-H Members learn by taking part in:
- Project Work. Project work helps members gain knowledge and skills and learn to take responsibility. By doing project work at home, members can develop a feeling of partnership with their parents.
- Public Presentations. 4-H members show and tell others how to do things they learn. This is a members’ first step to helping others and developing leadership.
- Record Keeping. 4-H members write a record and story of what they have done in each project. Keeping records helps members evaluate their 4-H learning and develops business sense. Records must be completed and signed by members’ parents and leader at the end of the 4-H year.
- Recreation. 4-H’ers learn to enjoy life, themselves, and their association with others in social activities.
- Club Projects. The entire club can plan a project. In Community Service projects, 4-H’ers do things to improve their community. 4-H clubs often choose community projects in conservation, beautification, safety, or health.
- County Contests. 4-H members taking part in contests are judged so they learn how to improve. 4-H’ers receive ribbons for their efforts.
- Exhibits. Members may exhibit their project results at club meetings, local fairs, and the State 4-H Fair. Exhibiting 4-H projects shows others what 4-H’ers are doing, helps members find where they can improve their work, and gives members sense of pride and accomplishments.
- 4-H Camp. Many 4-H members attend camp. They take part in educational and recreational experiences as they learn more about nature and themselves.
- 4-H Exchanges. Exchanges can be arranged with clubs from different counties, urban and rural members, clubs in other states, Canadian clubs, and with similar programs in other counties. Exchanges help 4-H’ers develop a broader knowledge of people and living situations and provide the chance for creating lasting friendships.