Canadian County 4-H
Your Best Just Got Better
4-H builds leaders, creates pathways to expand community involvement and develops responsible citizens and future community leaders.
We are excited you are interested in joining the world's largest inclusive club where your interests come first, regardless of what they might be! Cooking, computing, sewing or crafting, we have something for you. You can live in the middle of town or out in the country, it doesn’t matter! There is definitely something pretty special about being a 4-H’er. Don't forget, we also reward you for a job well done - including scholarships for higher education!
Our focus is YOUth, and the 4-H emblem (the four leaf clover) symbolizes this positive impact on a youth's growth by intentionally focusing on:
- The Head - To think, to plan, to reason clearly;
- The Heart - To be kind, to be true, to be sympathetic;
- The Hands - To be useful, to be helpful, to be skillful;
- Ooverall Health - To resist disease, to enjoy life, to make for efficiency.
We're Virtually Awesome!
Many of our events can be viewed live from anywhere in the world, our contests can be adapted virtually and we're constantly building our YouTube Channel to offer you the best live and prerecorded events and workshops. What's next? Robotics? Computer Programming? Video Editing and Production? The choice is yours. We're your home to personally developing life skills, making lifelong friends, and helping you make your best even better!
- What is 4-H?
Positive Youth Development:
World's Largest Youth Organization
Built on a platform of positive youth development, 4-H is the world's largest youth membership organization that includes mentorship programming between youth and adults. This unique mentoring partnership creates an atmosphere of belonging, focuses on "learning by doing" independent learning, and provides for pathways to mastering new skills. This mentorship strategy also involves leadership and civic engagement opportunities through community-based clubs, school enrichment programs and both group and individual goal-oriented projects.
In Oklahoma, the traditional 4-H program membership is open to all youth ages 5 to 19 as of January 1 of the current year who meet membership guidelines. The "4-H Year" is the program year beginning July 1 and ending June 30.
Typical Competition Age Groups
- Cloverbuds: A noncompetitive group for kids between the ages of 5 to 8.
- Junior Division: ages 9-13 (as of January 1 of current 4-H year)
- *Intermediate Division: 12-14 (as of January 1 of current 4-H year)
- Senior Division: ages 14-18 (as of January 1 of current 4-H year)
* Some competitions offer an intermediate division for this age group.
Did You Know?
4-H doesn't end at age 19. Your 4-H youth involvement could open endless possibilities to earn higher education scholarships, land awesome internships and be considered for university fellowships as a young adult!
- Join the Club!
Join today through the Oklahoma 4-H Online Portal below. If you get stuck at any time, please call us at (405) 262-0155. We are excited to welcome you to the Canadian County 4-H Family!
If you still have questions, find a club closest to your home below and show up to the next meeting! Anyone is invited, and participating in a 4-H meeting before joining sometimes answers most questions!
- Find My Club!
Choose a club that best fits your family's time schedule and/or location. Please feel welcome to contact the leader listed to learn more about their club activities!
Please call first, meeting times and locations are tentative!
- Banner 4-H, Jill Worthington, (405) 229-7443
» 7:00 PM, First Monday of each month, Canadian County Education Building (220 N. Country Club Rd.)
- Bomber 4-H, Erin Jenkins, (405) 206-1610
» 4:00 PM, TBD, Banner Elementary Cafeteria
- Calumet 4-H, Afton Jameson, (405) 834-9711
» 6:00 PM, Third Monday of each month, Calumet Elementary
- Canadian Co. Tuff Riders, Kate Kearby, (405) 620-4824
» 6:30 PM, Second Tuesday of each month, Piedmont United Methodist Church
- Canadian Co. 4-H Shotgun Sports, Eric Kappus, (405) 642-1454 or Jim Brummett (405) 694-3117
>> 6:00 PM, Every Tuesday, OTSA Shooting Park
- Canadian Co. Teen Leaders, Georganne Chapman, (405) 317-8760
» 6:30 PM, Last Monday of each month, Canadian Valley Tech Center El Reno Campus
- Jackalope 4-H Riding Club, Gwen Harmon, (717) 917-3237
>> 6:30 PM, TBD, Lanie Brook Farms, Mustang
- Maple 4-H, Scotti Charmasson, (405) 317-3142
» 6:30 PM, Second Monday of each month,Heaston Church, El Reno
- Maple 4-H Cloverbuds, Rana Seymour, (405) 323-7262
» 6:30 PM, Second Monday of each month,Heaston Church, El Reno
- Miller 4-H, Shana Pettigrew, (405) 596-0255 or Lynda Landrith, (405) 921-1863
» 6 PM, Third Tuesday of each month, Yukon Vo-Ag Classroom
- Mustang 4-H, Christina Titterington, (405) 822-0354 Bandi Oliphant, (405) 802-7098
» 6:30 PM, Third Tuesday of each month, Mustang Nazarene Church
- Piedmont 4-H and Cloverbuds, Samantha Bradshaw, (405) 834-2492
» 6:30 PM, Third Thursday of each month, Piedmont Veterans Center
- Riverside 4-H, Sara Coccimiglio, (405) 365-0222
» 6:30pm, TBD, CVTech El Reno Campus; Dining Room
- Yukon 4-H & Cloverbuds, Jessica Haynes, (405) 226-3008
» 6:30 PM, Second Monday of each month, First Christian Church of Yukon
- Banner 4-H, Jill Worthington, (405) 229-7443
- What is a 4-H Project?
"Learning is most exciting when it is learning by doing, and 4-H projects offer this kind of excitement."
Canadian County 4-H'ers may choose from more than 50 projects. Members start by selecting a project, and once enrolled, the 4-H member, parent and the volunteer will visit to find your interests, set some attainable goals to get the most out of your experience, and get connected with local, district and state experts to help with your project.
Project work can be entered in the county fair. If it wins at the county fair, it advances to the state fair. Various projects have additional competitive opportunities available.
Unfortunately, it is not always possible to have a project leader for each project area. In those instances, members and their families are encouraged to do self-study with the help of the 4-H literature from the office. If help is need, county staff, other parents or leaders may help.
The Next Step:
County and State Record Books
It is important that 4-H members complete each project by attending project meetings, reaching goals and keeping records. These records convert into the 4-H Record Book or Project Report Form for awards. As a junior member, they can compete for medals, participation awards and Junior Hall of Fame. As a senior member, they are eligible for numerous county awards (including Senior Hall of Fame, Leadership, Citizenship and Achievement Awards), as well as trips and scholarships. The award program is outlined in the 4-H handbook, which is available from your local leader or the county office.
If your child is interested in achieving the highest awards in 4-H, they must become an "expert" in their project area, teach others what they know (leadership), and give back to their communities (citizenship.) Normally, this process takes a number of years. A junior member will have the chance to "grow into" their leadership, citizenship and project expertise. An older 4-H'er can accomplish these skills in a shorter period. If your child is interested in the record book program, contact the office for individualized help.
- What is Your Role as a 4-H Parent?
Parents are an essential part of the 4-H experience. With all of the options available to 4-H'ers, and the individualization of the program, parents need to take an active role in their child's 4-H experience. Organizational leaders cannot meet the needs of all the 4-H'ers in their club by themselves. It requires parental involvement.
Parents should help their 4-h'ers obtain the supplies and equipment they need for their projects, assist with assignments and help with record keeping. Parents may also be asked to provide transportation, bring refreshments or attend a meeting.
Parents need to guide, motivate and encourage the 4-H member. Parents should praise their 4-H'ers when they meet their 4-H goals. Reaching personally set goals can be more meaningful than winning ribbons or trophies. Try to avoid comparing the progress of any child with that of other 4-H'ers who may have different goals and resources.
Parents have just as important of a role as educators, volunteers, and 4-H'ers themselves. You as a parent should feel comfortable to ask what you can do, take on leadership roles and get involved!
- I think I want to volunteer also. Is that possible?
Absolutely! We are always open to parents and adults with a passion for building future leaders through positive youth development programming. There are several types of volunteer opportunities, so select one and schedule an appointment with Todd Branson or Alexis Graham to review the steps needed to become a volunteer!
Types of Volunteers
- Organizational Leaders: coordinate the overall club program and the activities of members other leaders. They
serve as the club's communication link with the county Extension staff and the 4-H
and Youth Council.
- Project Leaders: work with groups of members enrolled in the same project. They help members set their
individual goals, teach new skills in project meetings, prepare for related activities
or contests such as demonstrations or judging, complete project records and prepare
projects for exhibit.
- Activity Leaders: work with groups of members participating in 4-H activities. Activities such as health,
conservation, Share the Fun, public speaking, recreation and community involvement
usually involve groups of members or the entire club membership.
- General Helper: works with the club to meet the needs of the 4-H members. They may attend meetings, provide transportation to activities and fill in wherever needed.
- Organizational Leaders: coordinate the overall club program and the activities of members other leaders. They serve as the club's communication link with the county Extension staff and the 4-H and Youth Council.
- Compete locally, at county events, district-wide, and at state events!
A 4-H club is a group of young people and adults who meet regularly for fun and learning. Clubs are usually made up of families from a community and often formed around schools, churches or community centers.
Most clubs hold monthly meetings attended by members and their parents. Club members elect officers and lead the group and the meetings. An adult club leader advises the officers and the meetings usually last less than two hours. The time is divided among club business, recreation and educational programs. Each club is encouraged to do a community service project.
Local clubs choose the areas that they want to study during the year. Each club can select two or three topics to study. Popular topics are computer technology, conservation, safety, performing arts, arts and crafts, food and nutrition,beef, swine, goats and sheep.
Parents are encouraged to offer project meetings at the local level. For a more detailed description of what happens at a project meeting, see "What is a 4-H Project?" to learn more!
A number of activities are available for 4-H'ers and their families at the county level. Activities include conferences, retreats, contests, training for youth and adults, leadership activities, community service activities, fairs and more. Details about the different activities are outlined in the 4-H Handbook and the 4-H Newsletter.
An awards program is available for youth to participate in. There are a variety of awards available including trips, scholarships and project awards. To receive awards, 4-H'ers fill out applications, record books or enter contests.
A Teen Leader program is available for youth ages 13-19. The group is involved in citizenship and leadership activities. County officers are elected and county programs are identified for youth to participate in.
District & State Levels
A number of activities are available for youth to participate in at the district and state level. Following is a partial listing of events. Detailed information is available from the office.
District: Leadership conferences, 4-H Has Talent (Share the Fun), District Officer program, Meat Judging, etc.
State: State Officer program, judging contests (including livestock, dairy, pasture and land, meat quiz bowls, forestry, wildlife habitat evaluation, etc.), livestock shows, horse shows, fairs, Ambassador program, State 4-H Roundup,
Youth looking to continue building skills in leadership and citizenship can apply for nationwide trips including Western Leadership in Denver, Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington D.C., Kansas City Conference, 4-H Youth Congress, and much more!
- The fine print.
The 4-H Youth Development Program provides Oklahoma youth, families and communities with hands-on educational programs that create environments for diverse audiences of youth and adults to reach their fullest potential. Anyone can join 4-H and everyone is welcome.
- Any boy or girl residing in, or attending school in Canadian County may enroll in Canadian County 4-H after he or she has reached age nine or has begun the fall semester of the 4th grade, whichever comes first. Boys and girls may remain in 4-H as members provided they have not graduated from high school. Or, if they have graduated, they may remain members if they have not reached their 19th birthday by January 1 of the current 4-H year. Youth, who are older than 19 but have not graduated from high school, or special education youth to any age, may enroll with the approval of the OSU Extension staff.
- Membership in 4-H is a privilege and may be denied to persons who have been banned from school, school related programs or who have exhibited a behavior that may place other members or leaders at undue risk.
- The project volunteer involves members in a fun activity centered on a specific project (such as breads). Members share what they have accomplished and problems they have faced in their project as well as demonstrate something they learned since their last meeting (example: each member may bring a loaf of bread that they baked, share the recipe, talk about what they learned and let others taste it.) The project volunteer then teaches a new skill or technique, which can take the form of a demonstration, a film, a tour or a discussion. Members try out the new skill during an activity period and the meeting concludes with a discussion of plans for the next meeting.
- No set number of meetings is required, but projects usually include at least six hours of learning time. Project meetings can begin as soon as the 4-H club has completed its enrollment. Some project groups have seasonal activities and may not start meeting until later in the year.
- Literature is available for most projects to help the volunteer teach. Training is available from the county staff in setting up project meetings, how to teach, what to teach, using resources and working with youth.