4-H Youth Development

 

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4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 

Youth, ages 5 - 19, can be a member of 4-H by joining a club, being a part of an inschool or afterschool program where 4-H is incorporated, or by working on an individual project.

Adult volunteers
are a significant part of a 4-H member's experience.  Volunteers serve in a variety of capacities that are flexible to fit personal schedules, skills, talents and interests. 

Clemson Extension agents with primary Youth Development responsibilities 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.

Upcoming Events:

4-H Youth Ag Entrepreneurship Program - Date: June 22-24
Designed for rising 7th - 9th graders, this program is designed to help youth get started in agriculture as a business or career or to boost their farm-related hobbies into a profitable adventure.  Visits to successful farming operations, writing a business plan, and social networking are on the agenda.  Cost is $50 and that includes accommodations (Double Tree Inn, Columbia), transportation during the program, materials and meals. 

4-H Legislative Day, Columbia - Date: April 30
During this day spent at the statehouse, 4-H members will speak with legislators, be introduced in the House and Senate chambers, visit the Commissioner of Agriculture and tour the capitol building.  Interested youth may apply by writing a letter to Leigh Walker, lawlkr@clemson.edu, stating why they would like to attend, what they hope to gain and how they will use the experience.  Three youth from each of the four SC 4-H Regions will be selected to attend with State Teen Council.  Transportation will not be provided.  Cost:  $0  Deadline:  January 16

South Carolina 4-H Garden Project: Youth, ages 5-19, will plant, maintain, keep records and harvest a 100 sq ft (minimum) garden.  Fun for the entire family!

4-H Summer Camp -June 8-12 or 15- 19 or 22-26
A week of all-out summer fun at Camp Long in Aiken.  Special 4-H member price: $250   (Joining 4-H is simple. Click here to learn how!)

More to follow:
4-H State Congress - July 16-19, 2014

4-H Projects

Use the links below to find out more about how to build a 4-H project or plan a 4-H club meeting in one of these 4-H project areas.

  • Personal Development

State 4-H Calendar

Join the Revolution of Responsibility:  Follow that link to see an inspiring story of a 4-H member who bought a house with her Fair winnings. 

 Visit the state-wide 4-H website

For your information:
Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Information for Families including pets
Haiti Service Project - 4-H member Michael Singletary has adopted an orphanage in Haiti as a senior-level 4-H project


Local Agent:  Leigh Walker, 803-534-6280, lawlkr@clemson.edu