4-H Volunteers

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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.

Categories of Volunteers:Volunteer helping youth with a garden

  • General Volunteer 
  • "Screened" Volunteer, routine interaction with youth

Adults that have routine interactions must: 

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Apply on 4HOnline.
  • Supply 2 non-related references, pass a background check, and sign a Standards of Behavior, and complete training.
  • Pass a Motor Vehicle screening and take AAA Driver Improvement Program (only for volunteers that transport youth). 

4-H Volunteer Leaders Symposium

Our 10th annual South Carolina 4-H Volunteer Leaders Symposium was hosted virtually on Saturday, August 15, 2020!  We had an incredible agenda packed full of industry experts and 4-H specialists from across the Southern Region with a focus on 4-H fundamentals for now and the future.  A great advantage of a virtual conference is that you can pick and choose what you want to attend from the comfort of your own home. 




National 4-H Volunteer Conference

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. 

2020 Conference Dates: September 24-26, 2020 (Thursday - Saturday) will be hosted virtually!  

Pictures from our National 4-H Conference:

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 (names listed in the right-hand column). 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.

To view archived e-Newsletters, CLICK HERE. (Please, be aware the links to all, but the most recent, newsletters were broken in the recent website migration. Newsletter content can be accessed below instead.)

Volume 6: 2020-2021 Club Year
Issue 1 September 2020 Pumpkin Chunckin' (PDF 0.9MB)
Suppl. 1 October 2020 "See" like a Bat (PDF 2.2MB)
Suppl. 2 November 2020 A Thankful MyPlate (PDF 1.5MB)
Issue 2 December 2020 Fun with Family and Friends (PDF 1.9MB)
Suppl. 1 January 2021 Nailed it! (PDF 0.3MB)
Suppl. 2 February 2021 Recycled Bird Bungalow (PDF 3.7MB)
Issue 3 March 2021 Nature's Dyes (PDF 1MB)
Suppl. 1 April 2021
Suppl. 2 May 2021
Issue 4 June 2021
Suppl. 1 July 2021

Volume 5: 2019-2020 Club Year
Issue 1 PDF 1.2MB September 2019 T-shirt Apron
Suppl. 1 PDF 3.8MB October 2019 Animal ID: Design your own Brand
Suppl. 2 PDF 0.5MB November 2019 Building Bridges
Issue 2 PDF 0.5MB December 2019 Sit-Upons
Suppl. 1 PDF 0.5MB January 2020 T-shirt Dog Toys
Suppl. 2 PDF 0.4MB February 2020 Warm Fuzzies
Issue 3 PDF 0.7MB March 2020 Friends of Frogs
Suppl. 1 PDF 0.5MB April 2020 Pom-Pom Drop
Suppl. 2 PDF 0.7MB May 2020 Moving Milk Molecules
Issue 4 PDF 0.5MB June 2020 Save the Ice
Suppl. 1 PDF 0.4MB July 2020 Creating a Positive Mindset

Volume 4: 2018-2019 Club Year
Issue 1 PDF 1.2MB September 2018  Meet and Greet
Suppl. 1 PDF 3.8MB October 2018  Citizenship & Science
Suppl. 2 PDF 0.5MB November 2018  Presentation Contest
Issue 2 PDF 0.8MB December 2018  5-min Engineering Challenges
Suppl. 1 PDF 0.5MB January 2019  Bean in a Bottle
Suppl. 2 PDF 0.4MB February 2019  Food Cupboard
Issue 3 PDF 0.7MB March 2019  Service Learning
Suppl. 1 PDF 0.5MB April 2019  Strength in Belonging
Suppl. 2 PDF 0.5MB May 2019  How to Crush a Can
Issue 4 PDF 2.2MB June 2019  Demonstrating Digestion
Suppl. 1 PDF 0.4MB July 2019  Exploring Sun Protection
Volume 3: 2017-2018 Club Year
Issue 1 PDF 9.6MB September 2017 Principles of Precipitation
Suppl. 1 PDF 1.7MB October 2017 Oobleck Exploration
Suppl. 2 PDF 3.5MB November 2017 Natural Ornaments
Issue 2 PDF 3.5MB December 2017 Snow Fun
Suppl. 1 PDF 1.0MB January 2018 For the Birds
Suppl. 2 PDF 2.4MB February 2018 Doodle for Google
Issue 3 PDF 5.4MB March 2018 Binary Bracelets
Suppl. 1 PDF 1.2MB April 2018 Grocery Games
Suppl. 2 PDF 1.2MB May 2018 Plan for the Planet
Issue 4 PDF 5.5MB June 2018 Musical Vibrations
Suppl. 1 PDF 1MB July 2018 Wildflower Seed Bombs
Volume 2: 2016-2017 Club Year
Issue 1 PDF 14.5MB September 2016 Back to School
Suppl. 1 PDF 2.4MB October 2016 Fair Favorites
Suppl. 2 PDF 4.1MB November 2016 Putting your Imagination to Work
Issue 2 PDF 8.4MB December 2016 Glitter Germs
Suppl. 1 PDF 2.4MB January 2017 Candy STEM
Suppl. 2 PDF 3.4MB February 2017 Why Judge Livestock?!
Issue 3 PDF 15.2MB March 2017 Let the Imagination Roll
Suppl. 1 PDF 4.9MB April 2017 Heart, Part of the Clover
Suppl. 2 PDF 2.4MB

May 2017

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

Suppl. 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
Suppl. 1 PDF 5.7MB October 2015 Importance of Clean Water
Suppl. 2 PDF 4.3MB November 2015 Importance of Service Development
Issue 2 PDF 6.4MB December 2015 Lemon Lights!
Suppl. 1 PDF 2.5MB January 2016 Bag Mittens
Suppl. 2 PDF 1.5MB February 2016 Health, Part of the Clover
Issue 3 PDF 10.4MB March 2016 Bigger, Better Bubbles
Suppl. 1 PDF 3.1MB April 2016 Communication is Key
Suppl. 2 PDF 3.7MB

May 2016

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


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 Glen Krohn nominations can be found here (PDF 241KB).

2019 Award Recipients:

  • Debbie Chapman, Florence County
  • Bernie Till, Orangeburg County

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 ONLINE HERE 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.

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