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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.  

Volunteer Leaders Symposium

Registration Open!!!  ($15 early bird registration ends July 7, 2017, price increases to $25 until the final deadline on July 28th)  

Event Flyer (0.9MB PDF) 

Join us for a day of learning, networking, and FUN!!! 

  • August 12, 2017
  • Midlands Technical College - Northeast Campus (151 Powell Road, Columbia, SC 29203)
  • $15 early bird registration ($25 regular registration) 
  • Space is limited this year, so don't wait to sign up!!!

We are excited to welcome participants from across South Carolina to join us at the annual Volunteer Leaders Symposium.  We will have a renowned speaker join us from Lead to Change as we learn, fellowship, and have fun together.  We will host interactive workshops focusing on the content with ideas for your clubs, programs and activities!  Lunch and all materials are provided.  See general schedule of events (PDF 8.4MB) below:


The Secret Life of Bees: It takes just one to make an impact

Playing with Fire:  Conflict, Communication, and our True Colors of Leadership

LUNCH  (sponsored by AgSouth Farm Credit)

Concurrent Sessions A-C: (these are 3-hour workshops that span all 3 concurrent session timeslots, A-C) 

    • How to handle an Emergency - CPR/First Aid certification; expires every 2 years
    • Defensive Driving - Be certified to haul youth safely; expires every 3 years 

Concurrent Session A: (1-hour workshops)

    • Keys to Success in Natural Resources Projects
    • Presenting like a Pro
    • Scientific Inquiry vs. Engineering Process: What’s the difference?!

Concurrent Session B:  (1-hour workshops)

    • Lessons in Livestock
    • When to Speak Up: Child Abuse Prevention
    • National Youth Science Day 2017: Incredible Wearables

 Concurrent Session C:  (1-hour workshops)

    • Youth Voice: Youth Choice - Get Moving, Get Healthy
    • Managing Risk: Emergency & Transportation Procedures
    • Challenging the Engineer in All of Us!


Volunteer Conference of Southern States (VCOSS)

Call for Proposals - Priority Deadline is April 1, 2017

Registration Open!!!  ($50 late fee added after August 1, 2017)

All Aboard!  4-H Volunteers STEAMing Forward

  • September 28-October 1, 2017
  • Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Eatonton, GA
  • $295 (all meals and lodging included) - discounts available for presenters!!!

We are excited to welcome participants from as far west as Texas and north as Virginia to the annual Volunteer Conference of Southern States.  Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.....workshops focusing on the content  with ideas for your clubs, programs and activities.  With over twenty choices during the weekend, there is something for everyone.  Workshops are designed with the volunteer in mind.  This year's sessions include focuses of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics while also providing support in the essential elements of leadership and service.

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!  To be added to the 4-H Volunteer LISTSERV, email Ashley at  Thank you!!!

2016-2017 4-H Club year

2015-2016 4-H Club year


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).

Join the National 4-H Campaign

South Carolina 4-H parents, youth, and volunteers, help us "Shout" out true leaders in our community by posting "South Carolina" or "South Carolina 4-H Youth Development" and the hashtag #TrueLeaders on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).  For more information on the National 4-H campaign to increase awareness of 4-H, explore the Growing True Leaders Toolkit (PDF 2.71MB). 

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.

South Carolina 4-H Volunteer Coordinator:

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