Cows and Cooking? Rockets and Robots? Plants and Environment?
Is 4-H only about animals? No! You do not need to own an animal to be in 4-H nor do you need to live on a farm.
4-H is a youth program with more activities than you can imagine. 4-H has rural, suburban and urban kids that not only take part in the livestock area, but in foods and nutrition, dog care and training, sewing, arts and crafts, woodworking, and public speaking just to name a few.
In Merced County,ages 5-19 are eligible to participate as Mini and regular 4-H members in clubs. 4-H members participate in events, contests, projects, exhibits, summer and winter camps, international programs, scholarships, and more. 4-H members can learn about leadership, learn new skills, and have the chance to participate in workshops, both county and state activities and more.
Many teens become leaders that help the younger and new 4-H members. There are special citizenship projects for Merced County, California, and Washington D.C. A positive attitude, the willingness to learn new projects, meet new people, and to do some type of community service and most of all have a big smile and have fun.
The mission of 4-H is to help young people develop their potential. This is done by encouraging them to participate in practical real-life experiences. As a result of this involvement, they should be better able to lead satisfying lives as responsible, self directing, members of society.
As a True 4-H member, I pledge:
My Head to Clearer Thinking
My Heart to Greater Loyalty
My Hands to Larger Service
My Health to Better Living
For My Club,
And My World.
The 4-H Motto is: Make The Best Better
which means to always try to do your hardest and to always look at ways to improve.
The 4-H Clover
The 4-H Emblem is a four leaf clover that has an "H" on each leaf, representing Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.
The clover is green to symbolize growth and youth, and the white color of the H's represents sincerity and honesty.
The clover was adopted in 1909. National 4-H has a policy about the proper use of the clover to help preserve its special character.
The 4-H Creed
- I believe in 4-H Club work for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen.
- I believe in the training of my HEAD for the power it will give me to think, to plan, and to reason.
- I believe in the training of my HEART for the nobleness it will give me to be kind, sympathetic, and true.
- I believe in the training of my HANDS for the ability it will give me to helpful, skillful, and useful.
- I believe in the training of my HEALTH for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, to resist disease, and to work efficiently.
- I believe in my country, my state, and my community and in my responsibility for their development.
In all these things I believe, and am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment.
Costs for 4-H
4-H members enroll annual usually during August-September-October. A required state enrollment fee includes accident insurance for participation in 4-H meetings, events and activities. The enrollment fee as of 2019-2020 is $65.00 per member for the year of participation.
Other costs will depend on the types of projects and the amount of activities the members chooses to undertake in 4-H. These other costs can vary from club to club and project to project. Local 4-H Leaders can advise you at the beginning of the 4-H year as to expected costs. Some project costs may be covered by fundraisers during the year. You can ask about local 4-H Club fundraisers and your responsibilities to do them when you register to enroll in 4-H.