What is 4-H?

Oregon 4-H is a statewide youth educational and development program provided by the OSU Extension Service and offered in our area through the Baker County Office. 4-H participation is open to all Baker County youth in grades K through 12.

The 4-H youth development program assists youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society. Adult leaders and youth work toward these goals through a series of activities that relate to the total concept of youth development.

OSU faculty members with expertise in youth development work with community volunteers to provide educational projects and activities for 4-H members. Many 4-H members participate in 4-H clubs, small groups of youth who learn cooperatively while working together on projects. The group is led by one or more adult volunteers. Youth have a variety of projects in which to participate: plant science, animal science, home economics, natural science, engineering, expressive arts, citizenship, leadership, and cross-cultural programming. To learn more about projects available in Baker County, visit Project Areas.

Some 6.5 million young people participate annually in 4-H programs throughout the United States. It’s estimated that nearly 36 million American adults are former 4-H members.


The 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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