What is the emblem of 4-H?
A green four-leaf clover with a white H on each leaf. The official emblem is copyrighted and may be used only as approved by 4-H.
What do the four H's mean?
What is the 4-H motto?
To make the best better.
What is the 4-H pledge?
My head to clearer thinking
My heart to greater loyalty
My hands to larger service
My health to better living
For my club, my community, my country and my world.
What do you learn in 4-H?
4-H participants learn practical skills such as fitness, meal preparation, rocket building, clothing care, animal and human nutrition, first aid, woodworking, gardening, and many other skills through the more than 150 projects available.
Other skills that are defined as life skills are a part of every 4-H project. These skills are used every day of our lives and include:
- thinking critically
- solving problems
- respecting self, others and the environment
- preparing for a career
- serving others
- chosing healthy lifestyles
- managing change and challenges
Do you have to be a member to be a part of 4-H?
No. Many 4-H projects and programs are offered to all youth. Some examples of these would be Get a "NU" Life summer camps or day camps offered by some counties.
Do 4-H members have to pay dues?
There are no state or national dues to belong to 4-H. Some groups charge a fee if they need money to help sponsor their activities. Dues may not be used to keep someone from joining 4-H.
How do you join 4-H?
Contact your local UNL Extension Office. The staff will help you find a local club, or help you start a new club.
Who leads a 4-H club?
Adult volunteers are the strength of the 4-H program. Interested adults (often parents or close friends of the youth) provide the leadership and organization of the club. Youth may be involved as leaders as well. Usually younger teens 12-15 interested in leadership, serve as a Junior Leader, dealing with one project. Older teens may be the organizational leader of a younger aged 4-H club.
Can an adult without a 4-H background be a leader?
Yes. 4-H projects include leader's guides that help adults work with youth, offering suggestions for meetings, activities, and other resources.
Are there other ways for adults to be involved in 4-H?
Yes. While the majority of the adult volunteers work directly with the youth as leaders, volunteers are also needed to serve on planning committees; as resource people for special projects, as fair superintendents; as donors; and to provide office assistance such as answering phones, helping with mailings and many other tasks. Contact your local UNL Extension Office for more information.
Should parents be involved if they are not 4-H leaders?
Yes. 4-H is a family affair. Parents have lots of skills and expertise that they can share with youth (their own and others). Parents and other family members can help encourage the 4-H member, give advice, help the 4-H'er understand instructions, be sure the member gets to meetings on time, help member with time management in order to meet deadlines and many other things.
Are 4-H members expected to do their own project work?
Yes. 4-H is a learn-by-doing program. If help is needed, 4-H members may ask parents, friends or other family members for assistance.