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What is 4-H?

4-H is a volunteer-led, educational program that supplements the teaching of home, church, and school. It is an informal educational program for all boys and girls 8 to 18 years of age whether they live in town, the country, or on a farm. The state-wide approved ages for participation in Extension 4-H and Youth programs begin at 8years old as of Sept 1st and in the 3rd grade and continue through the calendar year in which the individual reaches 18. Boys and girls ages 5 to 8 that are not currently involved in 4-H have the opportunity to join the Clover Buds group.


What Is The Primary Objective of 4-H?

The basic philosophy in 4-H is to strengthen the mental, physical, moral, and social development of boys and girls, therefore helping develop more desirable citizens and leaders.  The main objective is the development of boys and girls through participation in projects, events, and various activities.


Is There A Cost For 4-H?

There is a $20 membership fee for 4-H.  You are expected to pay for the cost of your projects whether it's building a lamp, baking bread or raising an animal.  Many events do not have fees; however, there are charges for camps, conferences, workshops or seminars and similar programs.  4-H members participate in fundraising activities to provide support for their projects.

4-H Mission

The mission of the 4-H Youth Development Program is to provide Oklahoma youth, families, and communities with educational programs that will create environments for diverse audiences of youth and adults to reach their fullest potential by developing and enhancing skills for living.


4-H Pledge

I pledge...

my head to clearer thinking,

my heart to greater loyalty,

my hands to larger service, and

my health to better living for

my club, my community,

my country, and my world.


4-H Motto

"To Make the Best Better"


Youth ages 8 years old and in the 3rd grade by September 1st to 12th grade, can join 4-H. Clover buds, is a non-competitive 4-H program for youth 5-8 years of age that are not yet able to enroll as 4-H members. To find out more about how to join 4-H please contact the Grant County OSU Extension Office.

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