Benton County 4-H is a youth organization with a mission of engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of positive youth development. It is open to all 4-12th graders. K-3rd graders can join a non-competitive Cloverbuds program.
There are four personal development areas on which 4-H focuses: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.
The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, communication and life skills 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 and animal science.
The 4-H motto is "To make the best better" and its slogan is "Learn by doing".
Oregon will use the following age divisions for competitive events. (Effective Oct 1, 2014)
Cloverbud 5-8 years of age on Sept 1
Junior 9-11 years of age on Sept 1
Intermediate 12-14 years of age on Sept 1
Senior 15-19* years of age on Sept 1
*Not yet graduated from high school