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.
Join us for the 9th annual Volunteer Leaders Symposium!!! It will be a great day of learning, networking, and fellowship with others. The event will be held Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Midlands Tech - Northeast Campus in Columbia, SC.
National 4-H Volunteer Conference hosted by the Volunteer Conference of Southern States invites volunteers, faculty, and staff to propose sessions for next year's conference. The request for workshop proposals is out now!!! Considering sharing your experiences, knowledge, and skills with others at the conference this fall.
- Conference Dates: September 26-29, 2019 (Thursday - Sunday) @ Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, GA
Pictures from our 2018 National 4-H Conference:
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!!!Demonstrating Digestion
|Volume 4: 2018-2019 Club Year|
|Issue 1||PDF 1.2MB||e-Newsletter||September 2018||Meet and Greet|
|Suppl. 1||PDF 3.8MB||e-Newsletter||October 2018||Citizenship & Science|
|Suppl. 2||PDF 0.5MB||e-Newsletter||November 2018||Presentation Contest|
|Issue 2||PDF 0.8MB||e-Newsletter||December 2018||5-min Engineering Challenges|
|Suppl. 1||PDF 0.5MB||e-Newsletter||January 2019||Bean in a Bottle|
|Suppl. 2||PDF 0.4MB||e-Newsletter||February 2019||Food Cupboard|
|Issue 3||PDF 0.7MB||e-Newsletter||March 2019||Service Learning|
|Suppl. 1||PDF 0.5MB||e-Newsletter||April 2019||Strength in Belonging|
|Suppl. 2||PDF 0.5MB||e-Newsletter||May 2019||How to Crush a Can|
|Issue 4||PDF 2.2MB||e-Newsletter||June 2019||Demonstrating Digestion|
|Suppl. 1||PDF 0.4MB||e-Newsletter||July 2019||Exploring Sun Protection|
|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-Newsletter||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||Plan 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||
|Musical Paper Bags|
|Issue 4||PDF 2.4MB||June 2017||Summer Bucket List|
|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||
|Issue 4||PDF 9.1MB||June 2016||Heat Advisory!|
|Supplement 1||PDF 11.7MB||July 2016||Hide and Seek|
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).
2018 Award Recipients:
- Vivian Johnson, Sumter County
- Stuart Rochon, Chester County
- Lori Thomas, Dorchester County
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
- Volunteer Application (PDF 1.2 MB)
- Background Check Consent (PDF 1.2 MB; needs to be completed every 4 years)
- Disclosure Form (PDF 0.1 MB; needs to be completed annually, except when full background checks are conducted)
- DMV Consent (PDF 0.1 MB; needs to be completed annually for volunteers that transport youth)
- Youth 4-H Membership form (PDF 0.5 MB; youth only)
- Youth Group Enrollment form (PDF 0.2 MB)
- New Charter Application (PDF 0.2MB)
- Annual Charter Renewal (PDF 0.2MB)
- Certificate of Compliance (PDF 0.1MB)
- Standards of Excellence - Club Award (PDF 0.1MB; forms due to State 4-H Office by June 1st annually-Recognized in 4-H Newsletter and at Volunteer Leaders Symposium)
- Insurance Information (PDF 0.1MB) - Link: http://www.clemson.edu/administration/risk/accident-insurance/enrollment-request-form-cu-coop.html
- 4-H clubs that take custodial care of youth (parents/guardians not present during meetings) must Register the 4-H Club or Activity with Clemson's Pre-Collegiate Programs Office (PcPO) annually. The local 4-H Agent will register your 4-H club online, but one primary club leader must sign and return this signature form (PDF 0.3MB) stating they aware of and will abide by the South Carolina 4-H Program Standards and Operating Guide (PDF 2.8MB).