4-H Volunteers

Become a South Carolina 4-H Volunteer today and help create life-changing experiences for youth in your community! 

Find the 4-H program nearest you by contacting your local County Extension Office.  You can call, email or visit your local 4-H office to learn how to make an impact in your community.  

South Carolina 4-H Volunteer Leaders Symposium

Register Online

Register today for our 8th annual Volunteer Leaders Symposium!!! It will be a great day of learning, networking, and fellowship with others.  You will be prompted to make your workshop selections during the checkout process.  If you cannot select an option that is displayed (if it is grayed out), that workshop is full.  Please select another option.  We have limited seating available in each workshop; so sign up early!  To be put on a waiting list for a particular workshop or if you have any issues with registration, please contact Ashley Burns at 404-580-7984 or taberp@clemson.edu. Thank you! We look forward to seeing you there. 

  • Saturday, August 11, 2018 (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM)
  • Midlands Technical College - Northeast Campus (151 Powell Road | Columbia, SC 29203) 
  • Cost is $15 until July 13, 2018 (After that day, the cost goes to $25 until the final deadline on Friday, July 27th.) 
  • Additional information about workshop selections (PDF 0.2MB)

National 4-H Volunteer Connections, hosted by the Volunteer Conference of Southern States

National 4-H Volunteer Conference hosted by the Volunteer Conference of Southern States invites volunteers, faculty, and staff to propose sessions for this year's conference. The conference theme, 4-H Volunteer Connections: From Sea to Shining Sea, brings the idea of connecting people, places, and ideas. In this spirit, we will offer educational sessions to meet a variety of learning styles and interests with approximately 30 people in a session.  Priority submission deadline is March 1.  Session proposals are reviewed by the conference session team and presenters will be notified before April 15.  Keep in mind that all costs relative to the conference including registration and travel are the responsibility of the presenter(s).  A discount of $30 towards registration will be awarded to one presenter per session.

Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, GA

September 27-30, 2018 (Thursday - Sunday)

Full time registration is $325 (includes meals, lodging, and conference materials!)  For a preview of the accommodations and locations, watch the following video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6msADc3ul4 We will be housed in the new cabins featured at 1:45. 

Submit a Proposal Learn more!

We CU Volunteer

Check out our We CU Volunteer, the South Carolina 4-H Volunteers' Newsletter, for 4-H program highlights, articles, and monthly activities to try in your club!  Each month's newsletter features a 4-H Club Activity Idea that you can use.  Each activity is aligned to the Targeting Life Skills Model and can be adjusted for various age levels.  Keep Ages and Stages (PDF 0.2MB) in mind when facilitating club activities!  To subscribe to the South Carolina 4-H Volunteer distribution list, CLICK HERE.  Thank you!!!

Volume 3: 2017-2018 Club Year
Issue 1 PDF 9.6MB September 2017 Principles of Precipitation
Supplement 1 PDF 1.7MB October 2017 Oobleck Exploration
Supplement 2 PDF 3.5MB November 2017 Natural Ornaments
Issue 2 PDF 3.5MB December 2017 Snow Fun
Supplement 1 PDF 1.0MB e-Newletter January 2018 For the Birds
Supplement 2 PDF 2.4MB e-Newsletter February 2018 Doodle for Google
Issue 3 PDF 5.4MB e-Newsletter March 2018 Binary Bracelets
Supplement 1 PDF 1.2MB e-Newsletter April 2018 Grocery Games
Supplement 2 PDF 1.2MB e-Newsletter May 2018 Plarn for the Planet
Issue 4 PDF 5.5MB e-Newsletter June 2018 Musical Vibrations
Supplement 1 PDF 1MB e-Newsletter July 2018 Wildflower Seed Bombs
Volume 2: 2016-2017 Club Year
Issue 1 PDF 14.5MB September 2016 Back to School
Supplement 1 PDF 2.4MB October 2016 Fair Favorites
Supplement 2 PDF 4.1MB November 2016 Putting your Imagination to Work
Issue 2 PDF 8.4MB December 2016 Glitter Germs
Supplement 1 PDF 2.4MB January 2017 Candy STEM
Supplement 2 PDF 3.4MB February 2017 Why Judge Livestock?!
Issue 3 PDF 15.2MB March 2017 Let the Imagination Roll
Supplement 1 PDF 4.9MB April 2017 Heart, Part of the Clover
Supplement 2 PDF 2.4MB

May 2017

Musical Paper Bags
Issue 4
PDF 2.4MB June 2017 Summer Bucket List

Supplement 1

PDF 6.2 MB July 2017 Pinhole Projection
Volume 1: 2015-2016 Club Year
Issue 1 PDF 3.1MB September 2015 Fall Vegetables & Herbs
Supplement 1 PDF 5.7MB October 2015 Importance of Clean Water
Supplement 2 PDF 4.3MB November 2015 Importance of Service Development
Issue 2 PDF 6.4MB December 2015 Lemon Lights!
Supplement 1 PDF 2.5MB January 2016 Bag Mittens
Supplement 2 PDF 1.5MB February 2016 Health, Part of the Clover
Issue 3 PDF 10.4MB March 2016 Bigger, Better Bubbles
Supplement 1 PDF 3.1MB April 2016 Communication is Key
Supplement 2 PDF 3.7MB

May 2016

Mosquito Mitigation
Issue 4 PDF 9.1MB June 2016 Heat Advisory!
Supplement 1 PDF 11.7MB July 2016 Hide and Seek

Recognition

Glen Krohn Award

Do you know a 4-H Volunteer that deserves recognition at South Carolina 4-H's highest level?!  The Glen Krohn Award recognizes outstanding volunteer leadership in the 4-H program. It is named for the late Dr. Glen Krohn, retired Assistant Director, Family and Youth Development. Dr. Krohn was a strong believer in volunteers throughout his career, having as one of his philosophical mottos the statement, “Volunteerism is the price you pay for the space you take”.  Nominations are due to the State 4-H Office every year on May 1st.  Details on the one-page nominations can be found here (PDF 241KB).

Club Performance Recognition

Club recognition systems exist to recognize clubs for their performance. Clubs may strive to reach specific standards of performance just as individual club members work to achieve standards. South Carolina 4-H provides four levels of recognition -- bronze, silver, gold, and emerald for 4-H Club attainment. Each of the four levels of standards is available for clubs to achieve. The Standards of Excellence for 4-H Clubs and Groups can be found here (PDF 0.1MB). Submit forms to the State 4-H Office by June 1st annually. 

  • BRONZE Clover, club receives a BRONZE Clover Certificate and name printed in the 4-H newsletter.
  • SILVER Clover, club receives a SILVER Clover Certificate and name printed in the 4-H newsletter.
  • GOLD Clover, club receives a GOLD Clover Certificate and name printed in the 4-H newsletter.
  • EMERALD Clover, club receives an EMERALD Clover Certificate, name printed in the 4-H newsletter and name in a news article submitted to the local newspaper for publication.

 

Volunteer e-Forum

National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum was a 3-part, web-based interactive series held at Extension offices and other locations across the country during the fall of 2017.  If you missed e-Forum, don't worry.  Click the date below to view the recorded session!!!

• October 5, 2017 - Cultivating an Environment for Growing True Leaders

• November 2, 2017 - “STEM”ming into Animal Science, Growing True Leaders

• December 7, 2017 - Helping 4-H’ers Grow in Life & Work

Youth Leadership Opportunities

In effort to better communicate potential leadership opportunities for youth, we developed the Leadership Flow Chart (PDF 1.5MB) for Junior and Senior 4-H members in South Carolina. 

Training Opportunities

Here are two opportunities for training for volunteers.  When you have completed the training and the quiz, please print and submit the certificate to your 4-H Agent for their records.

Important Forms

Below are the official South Carolina 4-H forms for 4-H volunteers, members, and clubs.  Once complete, these forms should be returned to your local Extension office.

South Carolina 4-H Volunteer Specialist:

T. Ashley Burns, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development
Clemson University Cooperative Extension
2057 Barre Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
taberp@clemson.edu