In 4‑H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. We are America’s largest youth development organization—empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime.
4-H is a global network of youth organizations whose mission is “engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development”. Its name is a reference to the occurrence of the initial letter H four times in the organization’s original motto ‘head, heart, hands, and health’ which was later incorporated into the fuller pledge officially adopted in 1927. In the United States, the organization is administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 4-H Canada is an independent non-profit organization overseeing the operation of branches throughout Canada. Throughout the world, 4-H organizations exist in over 50 countries; the organization and administration varies from country to country. Each of these programs operates independently but cooperatively through international exchanges, global education programs, and communications.
The 4-H name represents four personal development areas of focus for the organization: head, heart, hands, and health. As of 2007, the organization had over 6.5 million members in the United States, from ages 5 to 18, in approximately 90,000 clubs. The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach. Though typically thought of as an agriculturally focused organization as a result of its history, 4-H today focuses on citizenship, healthy living, science, engineering, and technology programs. The 4-H motto is “To make the best better”, while its slogan is “Learn by doing”.
There are two ways to enroll this year. We offer a paper form that you can either pick up from the office or click here to print from your own computer. Once it is complete, drop it off and pay the enrollment fee in the Extension Office. OR, you can enroll online! Click here to get started! You will still need to pay the enrollment fee in the Extension office but the rest you can do at any time, from any computer! Please contact the office if you need further instructions or assistance.
Families who enrolled previously through 4HOnline need to use the family email and password already set up. If you don’t remember this information, call the office for assistance. Do not duplicate family information. Please delete any projects that you have dropped from previous years.
Custer County Clubs:
- Silver Spurs
- Triple C’s
To be eligible to participate in the Custer County Fair enrollments must be turned in and paid for by March 1, 2020. Please plan accordingly.
We need Leaders!
Have you ever considered becoming a 4-H leader? Do you know someone who might be interested? This is the time of year when we start looking for new leaders so come on in and talk to either Guinevere or Rachel about getting started. You can start your own club or be a project leader within another club or a county leader. Perhaps you have just the talents we are looking for ! It’s a wonderful way to invest in the youth of the community. If you are interested in being a new leader this year you may go to a Volunteer Application Screening Form. Once your background check has been finalized you will need to fill out a Volunteer Enrollment Form. Hope you decide to join us!
For more information please contact the Custer County Extension Office:
- By Phone: 719-783-2514
- Via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- In Person: Upstairs at the Custer County Courthouse located at 205 S. 6th St. Westcliffe, CO 81252