About 4-H

What is 4-H?

 4-H is an opportunity for boys and girls ages 5 to 19 to learn and develop life skills that may assist them in becoming responsible adults. 4-H is a part of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Projects are based on research and knowledge from Cornell University, other land-grant universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

4-H is provided to the youth of Oneida County through a variety of delivery methods including: 4-H clubs, independent membership, special interest programs, school enrichment and community outreach.

How Do You Join 4-H?

Youth who are five through seven years of age on or before January 1st of the club year should enroll as a 4-H Cloverbud member.  Youth who are eight to eighteen years of age by January 1st of the current club year should enroll as a 4-H member. Youth who have reached their nineteenth birthday before January 1st of the 4-H club year may not enroll as a 4-H member. The annual 4-H enrollment program begins on October 1st and the annual 4-H enrollment fees are due by October 31st. Enrollment is $15.00 per youth or $30.00 per family. Call the Oneida County 4-H office (315-736-3394) regarding enrollment.

4-H Clubs

A 4-H club must have 5 or more members. Clubs may meet at any convenient location. Some clubs meet in the leader member’s homes, others meet in a central place such as a school, church or a community room. 4-H clubs usually do the following: project work, business meetings, or recreational and social activities. There are activities that supplement regular 4-H project work. These include:

  • Horse Communications 
  • Hippology
  • Dairy Bowl 
  • Sewing Revue 
  • Public Presentations 
  • Contests 
  • Community Service Projects
  • Achievement Banquet
  • County and State Fairs.

Who Can Be a 4-H Leader?

Parents or other interested adults who are willing to volunteer a part of their time and skills by sharing their abilities with youth. Interested adults may call the Oneida County 4-H office at 315-736-3394. You will be sent a leader application that should be filled out immediately and returned to the 4-H office. A 4-H staff person will contact you and help you start your club. You will be invited to attend a variety of workshops. 4-H staff are available to assist you. The 4-H News Letters keep you informed.

“How many leaders should a 4-H Club have?” is a question that has been asked frequently. That depends on the size of the club and how old members are. At least two are recommended. A club may have “project leaders”. They usually have a special interest or skill such as photography, clothing, gardening etc. that is taught to the children. Organizational leaders coordinate meetings & paper work.

What are 4-H Projects?

A project is a planned series of learning experiences through which youth develop knowledge, skills and/or attitudes. 4-H projects always teach the” whys” as well as the “hows”. Projects can be done individually or as a group.

What is Expected of a 4-H Parent?

Since a 4-H leader is a volunteer who is there because of their interest and love for youth, your support for your child and club’s activities is very helpful. Support can come in the form of:

  • Seeing that your child is properly prepared for each meeting.
  • All 4-H Participants - youth, families and volunteers - should have a working knowledge and abide by the NYS 4-H Code of Conduct.
  • Making sure your child has transportation to and from the meeting place.
  • Ensuring that your child completes any activities that are to be done at home.  
  • Occasionally bringing refreshments to the meetings.
  • Assisting the 4-H Leader(s) as needed.