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4-H FAQ

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Answering your frequently asked questions about the Burleigh County 4-H program.

1. What is 4-H?

2. What is the mission of 4-H?

3. Isn't 4-H just for kids who live on farms?

4. What kind of 4-H projects can youth participate in?

5. What is a 4-H club?

6. What age must you be to join 4-H?

7. Does it cost money to join 4-H?

8. How did 4-H originate?

9. Who "runs" the 4-H program?

10. What do the four H's on the 4-H emblem stand for?

11. What is the 4-H pledge?

12. What is the 4-H motto?

13. What is the 4-H slogan?

14. Where are 4-H programs found?

15. Is 4-H in my county?

16. How can I find out more about 4-H in my county?

 

1. What is 4-H?

4-H provides hands-on, real life experiences through projects, activities, and events. It is the youth development program of the North Dakota State University Extension Service and is available in every county in North Dakota. 4-H is the largest and the only research based youth organization in the state. 4-H teaches skills for individuals to use throughout their lives.

2. What is the mission of 4-H?

4-H Youth Development education creates supportive learning environments for all youth and adults to reach their fullest potential as capable, competent and caring citizens. 

In support of this mission, NDSU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development programs will:

  • Reach out to all segments of our diverse population
  • Provide experiential learning
  • Provide opportunities to develop skills and values that benefit youth throughout life
  • Foster leadership and volunteerism in youth and adults
  • Strengthen families and communities
  • Use science and research based knowledge and the land grant university system
  • Build internal and external partnerships for programming and funding
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3. Isn't 4-H just for kids who live on farms?

 4-H is a family-friendly organization open to any youth ages 5-18 who would like to participate.  Any youth, regardless of where they live, can join and pursue project areas of interest. Parental Involvement is vital to a 4-H member's success. Support from parents keep youth interested, enthusiastic, and active in the 4-H program.

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4. What kind of 4-H projects can youth participate in?

A 4-H project is made up of three types of activities:

  1. Hands-On Activities; making, producing, selling, practicing, observing, testing interviewing, etc.
  2. Organized Activities; demonstrations, speeches, workshops, camps, county judging, project activities, exhibits, etc.
  3. Leadership/Citizenship Activities; conducting, planning, teaching, assisting, informing, organizing, etc.

4-H members take a project as either an individual or group project.

Project areas include: Aerospace, Beef, Bicycle, Careers & Entrepreneurship, Child Development, Citizenship, Clothing and Textiles, Cloverbud, Communications, Computers, Consumer Management, Creative Arts, Crop Production, Dairy, Electricity, Engineering, Entomology (Insects), Environment, Fiber Arts, Food and Nutrition, Food Preservation, Food Science, Forestry, Geospatial, Goat, Health, Home Environment, Horse, Horticulture, Leadership, Outdoor Skills, Pets, Photography (includes Filmmaking), Poultry, Rabbit, Robotics, Science, Sheep, Shooting Sports, Small Engines, Swine, Veterinary Science, Welding, Wind, and Woodworking.

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5. What is a 4-H club?

A 4-H club is made up of 5 or more youth from 3 or more families.  Clubs normally meet one to two times a month.  Meetings include a business meeting, project work, demonstrations, and social time. Members of the club build leadership by electing officers and conducting their own meetings following parliamentary procedure.

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6. What age must you be to join 4-H?

Youth must be 5-7 years of age to join 4-H as a Cloverbud. It is a non-competetive introduction to the 4-H club experience. The purpose of the North Dakota 4-H Cloverbud project is to foster the development of life skills essential to the cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth for youth.

4-H Members are youth ages 8-18.  This age group is part of the competitive program and has full membership in the 4-H program. The purpose of 4-H membership is to give youth an opportunity to learn through hands-on, learn-by doing techniques. 4-H members learn about leadership, community service, and an endless variety of projects areas.

Age for the 4-H program is based on the youth's age as of September 1st.

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7. Does it cost money to join 4-H?

Starting in the 2017-2018 4-H year, a state program fee of $20 will be implemented. This fee will support programming efforts on the state level. Please click here for more information on the state 4-H fee.

Burleigh County has a $5 due for each 4-H'er to help cover programs and scholarships for Burleigh County Member.

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8. How did 4-H originate?

4-H clubs were preceded by corn clubs for boys and canning clubs for girls, organized in the early 1900's by public school educators who wanted to broaden the knowledge and experience of their students. 4-H became an official part of the Cooperative Extension Service, along with agriculture and home economics, at about the time Cooperative Extension was officially established by the U.S. Congress in 1914. The term "4-H Club" first appeared in a federal document in 1918, and by the mid-1920s, 4-H was well on its way to becoming a significant national program for youth. 4-H is an American idea that has spread around the world. Throughout its long history, 4-H has constantly adapted to the ever-changing needs and interests of youth.

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9. Who "runs" the 4-H program?

Volunteers are the key to providing 4-H programs for youth. Capable, interested adult volunteers are always needed to lead clubs and to assist with 4-H activities. Orientation is provided, so no previous experience is necessary. 4-H volunteers are supported by a professional staff, including a county extension agent. The county 4-H agent is responsible for the county-wide 4-H program and also has state and national extension responsibilities. There are various county 4-H support and advisory groups made up of interested adult volunteers. State and national 4-H personnel assist county 4-H professionals.

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10. What do the four H's on the 4-H emblem stand for?

The 4-H emblem is a green four-leaf clover with a white 'H' on each leaflet, symbolizing Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. The 4-H emblem was patented in 1924.

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11. What is the 4-H pledge?

At 4-H club meetings and other 4-H events, 4-H members recite the Pledge of Allegiance and this 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.
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12. What is the 4-H motto?

"To Make the Best Better."

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13. What is the 4-H slogan?

"Learn by Doing."

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14. Where are 4-H programs found?

4-H programs are conducted in 3,150 counties of the United States, and also in the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. In addition, more than 80 countries around the world have youth programs similar to 4-H, with an overall enrollment of about 10 million young people.

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15. Is 4-H in my county?

Yes! 4-H is in every county in North Dakota.

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16. How can I find out more about 4-H in my county?

For more information about Burleigh County 4-H contact Amelia Doll, 4-H Youth Development Agent at 701-221-6865 or by email

For information about 4-H other counties in North Dakota, please call your local extension office or visit their website. NDSU Extension County Offices

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