4-H Youth Development

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4-H Agents are Clemson Extension employees with primary Youth Development responsibilities who work closely with state extension specialists and researchers located on campus and at the various research and education centers located across the state. They provide expertise in topics including animal agriculture and veterinary science, natural resources and the environment, gardening, leadership and citizenship, personal growth and development, and science, engineering and technology.


Charleston/Dorchester Agent:

Jennifer Schlette     843-722-5940 x111     jschlet@clemson.edu 

Frequently Asked Questions


South Carolina 4-H Calendar

South Carolina 4-H Horse Events Calendar

4-H News

Interesting article about the role 4-H has played in youth development past, present, and future: http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21584994-why-american-agriculture-different-european-variety-farming-rocket-science

Articles around the web about 4-H:




Local 4-H member wins Presidential Volunteer Award. Click here to read the story.

Help SC 4-H win $10,000 for Science Camp National 4-H has partnered with HugesNet the nation’s largest satellite internet provider to inspire
young people in communities across the country to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). HughesNet is
giving away a sponsorship for 4-H’s science, technology, engineering, and math education programs (STEM). All you have to do is fill out this simple
form online, pick South Carolina! (super easy!)  and the state with the highest participation rate will win a HughesNet Tech Takeover Day for their
local 4-H camp and $10,000. TO VOTE FOR SC 4-H GO TO:  http://www.4-h.org/hughesnet/

Contact: Jennifer Schlette     843-722-5940 x111     jschlet@clemson.edu


Senior Teen Weekend 2014:
Over 100 youth from across South Carolina attended Senior Teen Weekend February 28-March 2 at Camp Long in Aiken. They competed all weekend in projects to win team points: science, engineering, and technology; food & nutrition; livestock and team building. They also tied blankets for Wounded Warrior Project and ran a 4K for a cure for cancer.  See pictures of the weekend here.

Deadline to register for Junior Teen Weekend is March 14th 2014: “Get a Clue” is the theme for Junior Teen Weekend March 28-30 at Camp Long in Aiken. Participants will study fingerprints, footprints and use GPS units to solve a mystery. Open to youth grades 5-8, this leadership weekend will include workshops in 4-H project areas, develop leadership skills, and network with 4-H’ers across the state. Registration is $100 for 4-H members/$110 for non-members.
Transportation is not provided. Click for event registration, permission form, and what to bring.

March 14-16 2014: - The 2014 South Carolina 4-H Forestry Clinic will be held March 14th-16th at Webb Wildlife Center in Garnett, SC. The South Carolina 4-H Forestry Clinic is an excellent opportunity for high school age youth to learn more about forestry and forest practices. During the clinic, youth will gain hands-on experience from Clemson Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Professionals.  The clinic will focus on tree identification, tree measurement, compass and pacing, and other forestry skill areas.  Also, youth will have the opportunity to participate in lumberjack games.
The clinic is open to the first 20 youth who register (youth must be between the ages of 14 -18 as of January 1, 2014). The clinic provides a great opportunity for youth interested in pursuing a future career in natural resources. The cost of the clinic is $100 and youth must be registered as a 4-H member; which is easily done by contacting your local Extension Office. For more information, and to register, please contact: Jaime Pohlman, McCormick County Extension Agent at 864-852-2112 ext. 113 or jaime@clemson.edu.
The clinic flyer and registration form are attached as well as a clinic sponsor form. We are looking for individuals, companies and organizations to sponsor our  SC 4-H Forestry Clinic to help us keep the costs affordable to all.

Deadline for Equestrian Intent to Show Forms March 15th 2014: The Intent to Show Horse forms declare a project animal for the project year.  These are due March 15, 2014 by 11:59pm.  Please use the on-line portal at: http://cufan.clemson.edu/SCHorseShow/  Log in with the email and password you established last year and all data entered last year will be retained.  Enter any new 4-H members and/or horses for each member. You will need a Lease/Loan form (page 2 found at: http://www.clemson.edu/extension/4h/kids_families/projects/agriculture_and_animals/horses/pdfs/2013_folder/state_4h_lease_form.pdf) for each leased horse dated for THIS project year.  If the 4-H member owns the horse (or an immediate family member), then please have an electronic copy of the proof of ownership (registration papers listing the member or member's family as the owner OR a letter from your veterinarian or 4-H leader verifying that they know the 4-H member or immediate family member owns the horse – Coggins papers are NOT proper proof of ownership nor are registration papers that do not list the current owner as the 4-H member or their family).  You will download either of those documents (lease form or ownership paperwork) during the submission process.
You will also be required to click the divisions that you intend to show that project animal in at the state show.
****Please remember anyone who is showing in SPEED classes or any OVER FENCES (jumping) classes must fill out a complete health form.  Please mail these forms to the below address.  
Kristine Vernon, PhD
Assistant Professor
SC 4-H Horse Program Coordinator
Animal and Veterinary Sciences
135 Poole Agricultural Building
Clemson, SC  29634
864-656-4028 (phone)
864-656-3131 (fax)

March 15th 2014 Portfolios and Record Books Due:
Portfolios and 4-H Project Record Books are due to the Charleston and Dorchester County office on March 15. Senior 4-H Members books will be judged and returned in time for corrections before Senior Portfolios are due April 21 for state judging. Seniors submitting a portfolio for the first time must turn it in on March 15.  4-H Record Books (Record Book/Score Sheet) help youth set goals, track time and expenses and identify the knowledge and skills they have gained through 4-H. By setting goals at the beginning of the year or the project, youth will learn how to document skills gained and reflect on the experiences as a result of project work. 4-H Portfolios are designed to help Senior 4-H members prepare a comprehensive summary of their involvement in the 4-H Program and the impact it has made on their life. A senior portfolio is a collection of items and information that documents growth and achievement over a period of time. The 4-H Cover Letter and Resume (Guidelines, Sample, Scoring) are required if applying for Presidential Tray Award and/or National Conference and will help Senior 4-H Members highlight their overall 4-H achievements.Youth will learn how to priorize and summarize their accomplishments while creating professional documents. Click here for General Portfolio Tips.

March 15th 2014
: State 4-H Communications Contest (Horse Contest Included) – Columbia, SC. Click here for more information.

March 15th 2014: Second Annual Engineering Event - Teams and Individuals wishing to participate in the event, please see attached categories and rules.

March 15th 2014: Pullet Chain Project– Deadline for registration is March 15th. (Click for registration form) Manuals, record books and brooder plans will be available at chick pick-up.

The 4-H Pullet Chain project engages youth in learning life skills while having fun raising chickens. Each participant will receive a special manual on caring for day-old chicks and raising them into healthy, egg-producing hens. Participants should
expect to start chicks out in a brooder (warm & protective environment) and move them in to a coop as they get older.  Sign up today to join the flock!
    Registration in the project includes:

·  Reimbursement of Deposit after participation in Coastal Carolina Fair Poultry Show & Sale

·  Participation in a 4-H Poultry Clinic

·  Fowl Pox vaccination & Blood testing for show

·  Enrollment in the SC 4-H Program, includes a t-shirt

   Pullet Chain Manual & Record Book

March 28-30 2014: 4-H Junior Teen Weekend at Camp Long in Aiken.

Intern at Edisto REC
Would you like to get paid this summer to scout cotton, pick watermelons, collect bugs and identify weeds? Must be 16 years old. May – August. Apply online at to www.clemson.edu, search Employment, click on Employment Opportunities, External Applicants. Look for job postings for REC/Edisto. They should be online no later than the end of March. Email Susan Williams for more info: susan2@clemson.edu

DNR Hunter Education April 5 – Edisto REC, Blackville
Classes are free. For information on classes and to PRE-REGISTER call
1-800-277-4301 (M-Fri. 8:00-5:00) or go to: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/education.html

April 26th 2014: - Heifer Project Kick-Off - Click here for more info.

Small Garden Project
Registration Due: April 30
Registration: $10 for members/$20 for non-members
Ages 5-19
Youth will prepare, plant, maintain and harvest a small garden no less than 100 square feet. A soil sample is required along with planting one seed provided plus two other crops of choice. Seeds and seedlings must be planted prior to May 9. Plots and record books will be judged after August 15.  For registration click here. Project rules. Cloverbud Record Book. Jr./Sr. Record Book.

May 1st 2014 Deadline for Poultry Project Registration:

Poultry Project – Deadline for registration is May 1st. Record books and showmanship information will be mailed to registered participants.

As part of the 4-H poultry project you will be expected to:
·       Own a chicken
You can raise any breed of chicken for this project.
You should be responsible for the daily care of your project.
You will be responsible for working with your chicken and learning how to properly show it.
·       Complete the 4-H poultry record book and livestock financial record sheet.
You will want to keep up with your project book on a regular basis.
·       Participate in the 4-H livestock Fun day
Poultry Showmanship Clinic in August (date and place to be determined)
Bring your bird and project book
·       Participate in the Coastal Carolina Fair 4-H Poultry Show
You will participate in a poultry showmanship class
You will participate in an interview regarding your project book.
Participation  ribbons will be given to all cloverbuds (5 to 8 year olds).
 Juniors and seniors (9 to 19 year olds) will compete for ribbons and awards.

May 2nd 2014: - Meat Goat Project Registration Deadline - Click here for more info. Click for registration forms and Doe Class changes.

May 15th 2014 Registration Deadline for Backyard Rabbit Project: 4-H Backyard Rabbit Project – Deadline for registration is May 15th. Resource materials will be sent to registered participants. Click here for timeline.
The 4-H Rabbit Project provides youth a fun and hands-on learning experience that develops life skills, as well as teaches valuable information about properly caring for their animal. Subjects such as general care, nutrition, housing, and health care are presented in the curricular materials, through workshops and activities and in preparation of an exhibit. Youth also have the opportunity to develop responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communication skills through active participation in the 4-H Rabbit Project.

May 17th 2014: - Meat Goat Project Pre Kick-Off Clinic - Click here for more info.

2014 4-H Summer Camp
A South Carolina tradition for over 50 years, 4-H Summer Camp offers traditional camp activities with plenty of fun, friends, and adventure! Activities include science and technology, high adventure elements, a climbing tower, nature hikes, team sports, archery, a lake zip line, nightly skits and games, a dance and talent show, and so much more! All this fun will be had at Camp Long in Aiken. Camps offered for the 2014 year are June 8-12, June 15-19, and June 22-26. Camp is for active 4-Hers ages 8-14. Cost to attend is $250. Registration for your 4-Her for camp can be found here.
For more information about summer camp and registering a child, please contact your county 4-H agent.

Commissioner’s School for Agriculture deadline for Registration June 1st.
July 19-25 at Clemson University
Rising 11th-12th graders
Application Deadline: June 1st.
Are you considering a career in agriculture, natural resources or life sciences? The week is filled with Animal & Vet Sciences, Forestry, Entomology, Environmental & Natural Resources, Food & Packaging Science, Horticulture, turfgrass and Ornamentals and a Chattooga rafting trip. Cost $375. For registration and more information click here.

June 21st 2014: - Meat Goat Project Kick-Off - Click here for more info.

SC 4-H Horsemanship Camp - July 7-11 Clemson University
Ages: 9-18 Cost: $450
Youth bring their horse to camp for a week where they will learn new techniques of horsemanship, increase horse knowledge, horsemanship skills and showing techniques Tracks available for beginner

July 15th 2014: - Jr. Beef Round-Up Regular Registration Deadline - Click here for more info.

July 16-26 2014: - Jr. Beef Round-Up Late Registration Period - Click here for more info.

July 26th 2014: - Jr. Beef Round-Up Last Day for Registration - Click here for more info.

August 1-3 2014: - Jr. Beef Round-Up - Click here for more info.

October 8-19 2014: - SC State Fair - Click here for more info.


4-H Clubs: Members of an organized group of youth, led by an adult, with a planned program that is carried on throughout all or most of the year. 4-H clubs may meet in any location and typically have elected officers and a set of bylaws approved by the membership to govern the club. Standard 4-H clubs involve youth, ages 9-19, and focus on in depth learning of one or more projects. 4-H cloverbud clubs provide youth, ages 5-8, with an introduction to 4-H in a non-competitive environment. 4-H clubs might meet in the community, on military installations, in schools during school hours, as well as in school age child care settings after school.

Upper Dorchester County 4-H Club

Ages: 5-19
Scheduled Meetings:
January 14th - Introduction and 4-H Bracelet Project (4:30 PM - 6:00 PM)
February 1st - Trip to Edisto REC for Livestock Fun Day
March 11th - Kids in the Kitchen (4:30 PM - 6:00 PM)
April 15th - Field Trip (Strawberry Picking or Visit to Goat Farm)
May 13th - Craft Project/Awards (4:30 PM - 6:00 PM)
            St. George Clemson Extension Office
            201 Johnston Street
            St. George, SC 29477
Contact Information: Heather Weaver at hweave2@clemson.edu or call (843) 563-0135

St. Matthew A.M.E. Church Sabbath School 4-H Club

Ages: 5-19. Club membership open year round.
Focus: social skills, leadership, community service, life skills
Meets: 3rd Saturday of each month (10:00-12:00)
           4345 Davison Road        
           Ravenel, SC 29470
Adult Leader: Sarah Washington
Contact Information: 843-599-1827 or 843-556-7771

Flowertown Beekeeps

Ages: 9-19. Club membership open year round.
Focus: apiculture, conservation, and crafting
Meets: 1st Saturday of each month (10:00-12:00)
           129 Chris Lane        
           Summerville, SC 29483 
Adult Leader: Mark Cook
Contact Information: 843-560-9651 or flowertownbeekeeps.4h@gmail.com
Click here for more information.

Charleston Clover 4-H Club

Ages: 5-19. Club membership open year round.
Focus: leadership, citizenship and life skills 
Meets: 2nd Saturday of each month (9:00-12:00)
           Baptist Tabernacle Fellowship Building           
           3670 Ladson Road
           Ladson, SC 29456  
Adult Leader: Betty Osgood
Contact Information: betty_osgood@hotmail.com                               
843-761-2916 or 843-437-0762

Charleston County Wildlife/ Forestry

Ages: 8-19
Focus: wildlife conservation/management and forestry knowledge/skills 
Meets: Mondays, September-May. Extended summer hours if preparing for National Contest. (4:00-6:00)
           Baptist Tabernacle Fellowship Building           
           3670 Ladson Road
           Ladson, SC 29456  
Adult Leader: Betty Osgood
Contact Information: betty_osgood@hotmail.com                           
843-761-2916 or 843-437-0762

Charleston Change 4-H Clubs

Ages: 9-19 
Focus: community service with an emphasis placed on life skills and learning how to appropriately navigate life socially, confidently and successfully.
Website: http://cc4h.net

Multiple club chapters and meeting locations. Please see below:

West Ashley Chapter

Meets: 2nd Monday of each month from 2:30-4:30 at James Island County Park 
Ages: 9-19
Adult Leader: Liza Campbell (charlestonchange@cc4h.net) cell 843-364-8347

East Cooper Chapter

Meets: Palmetto Island County Park (time TBA).
Ages: 9-19
Adult Leader: Liza Campbell (charlestonchange@cc4h.net) cell 843-364-8347

Summerville Chapter

Meets: 4th Monday of each month 2:30-4:30 at Doty Park.
Ages: 9-19  
Adult Leader: Liza Campbell (charlestonchange@cc4h.net) cell 843-364-8347

Miriam Brown Community Center 4-H Club

Ages: 8-19
Meets: 4th Thursday of each month from 4:00-5:00 at the Miriam Brown Community Center
Cost: $1.00 per meeting
Adult Leader: Liza Campbell (charlestonchange@cc4h.net) cell 843-364-8347

Lowcountry Explorers 4-H Club

Ages: 5-19
robotics, agriculture, community service, animal science
2nd Saturday of each month from 10:00-12:00.  Please contact leader for meeting location.
Adult Leader: Sarah and Jason Hankins at sarahhankins100@gmail.com and jasonhankins100@gmail.com
                     or call (843) 542-5875 (Sarah) or (843) 542-5873 (Jason)

Equestrian Club

Adult Leader: Terri Skinner (skinnertraining@aol.com)

Partridge Creek Young Guns

Adult Leader: Robert Lindley (Rtlindley2@hotmail.com)

Contact: 843.737.2103

2013-2014 School Clubs and Enrichment

4-H School Enrichment Programs: Groups of youth receiving a sequence of learning experiences in cooperation with school officials during school hours, to support the school curriculum. It involves direct teaching by Extension staff or trained volunteers, including teachers.
4-H School Aged Child Care Educational Programs: Educational programs offered to youth outside of school hours, usually in a school or other community center and incorporating 4-H curricula. Youth who are members of 4-H clubs in school age child care settings are considered members of organized 4-H clubs.

School Garden Coaches - Dorchester District 2 Schools

In-School Embryology Project (incubator and eggs)

  • opportunity available to 2nd grade and 6th grade classes only
  • contact us if you would like for your class to complete the embryology project with an incubator and chicken eggs
  • classes must supply their own brood boxes and starter feed for any hatchlings
  • incubators and turners must be cleaned before returning them to Charleston/Dorchester 4-H

Let us know if your class or school wants to have a 4-H Club for the 2013-2014 school year!

2013-2014 Projects

4-H Special Interest/Short Term Projects: Groups of youth meeting for a specific learning experience that involves direct teawching by Extension staff or trained volunteers, including teachers. The program is not part of the school curriculum and not restricted to members of 4-H clubs. This delivery mode does not generally continue for as long as a 4-H club.


Sporting Clays Tournament to Support SC 4-H Leadership & Youth Shooting Sports Programs
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Live Oaks Sportsman's Club
Swansea, SC 29160
Registration 9 AM
For more information and to become a sponsor, click here.

Purchase your metal 4-H Clover sign for your yard, door, or animal stall here.


If you are interested in volunteering with Charleston County 4-H or any club in particular please contact us at 843-722-5940 x111 or jschlet@clemson.edu.

2013 Program Guide and Operating Standards (includes Volunteer Forms)

Clemson Child Abuse Awareness/Prevention Policy Training

4-H Defensive Driver Training

2013 Volunteer Handbook

4-H Membership Form

4-H Permission Form

Club Compliance Form

Club Charter Application

Club Treasurer's Handbook

Club Secretary's Handbook

Club Constitution Template

September 2013 Volunteer Newsletter

October 2013 Volunteer Newsletter

November 2013 Volunteer Newsletter

December 2013 Volunteer Newsletter