4-H Youth Development

4-H Enrollments are over for this 4-H Year.  We will begin enrollments again in October.

Polk County Fair Enrollments are over.

What are 4-H Records and Why Should I Do Them?

Basically, doing 4-H Records is the best way to track your progress and growth thru your years in 4-H.  It shows what you want to do, how you worked toward your goals, and what you accomplished.  Many of our 4-H'ers who have graduated from high school have used their records to successfully apply for college scholarships, and/or State and National 4-H awards.

4-H Records are voluntary, but each year we judge Record Books. Polk County 4-H uses the Record Books turned in for this competition to choose our Outstanding 4-H members, who will be honored at the annual 4-H Awards Luncheon. This is a special recognition, where some of the awards have been given for over 50 or 60 years.  The 4-H'er and their award donor are seated next to each other, have lunch, and each 4-H'er is recognized during the event.  Awards are usually a trophy, plaque or cash. It is not unusual to see award donors, parents, and/or leaders who once attended the Awards Luncheon as a 4-H'er themselves.  It is one of the most special events of our 4-H Year.

How to do 4-H Records

What's New in 4-H?!   

In loving memory of Marcia Eash (1960-2011), a 23 year leader in the Polk County 4-H Program. Marcia was involved in many aspects of the program, serving as superintendent, club leader, on Leaders Council and State Advisory Board.  The Marcia Eash Memorial Fund has been established as a lasting legacy to Marcia, to remind and teach families who she was, and to impress upon others how much she cared and loved the youth of our county.
            Two awards are eligible to be granted each year.  The award is to be used to start a 4-H project in a new area or improve a current 4-H project. All project areas are included.The first award category is for static projects and will range from $50 - $100. Animal projects and shooting sports will be combined into the second award, which will range from $100 - $300.

Use of the 4-H Name and Emblem

If your club wants to make t-shirts, posters, flyers or whatever please take a minute to review this information on the use of the 4-H Name and Emblem. 

4-H Members and Participants

4-H members are youth in grades 4 through 12 who learn together in club settings led by volunteer 4-H leaders. Club members meet all year long to complete one of 40 or more projects. 4-H clubs usually have officers elected from their membership.

Some youth participate in 4-H school enrichment programs or other short-term special-interest programs. These short-term programs may be led by volunteers or teachers. Most programs focus on science-based curricula that support the latest educational goals for Oregon students.

Youth in grades K-3 may enroll in 4-H Cloverbud programs.

Interested in joining 4-H?

Take this quick survey so we can contact you about joining!

Club Contact List - this is a list of Polk County Clubs that may be accepting new members.  Please feel free to contact the leader directly, then go to our forms page to fill out the Member Enrollment Packet.

Calendar of Events


  • 20 Corsage & Boutonnieres STEP Class, 6-7:30 pm. Extension Office
  • 27 Photography STEP Class, 3-5 pm or 6-8 pm, Extension Office


  • 1 Pre-Fair Extension Office
  • 7 4-H Static Entries to Fair
  • 7-11 Extension Office will be at the Fair
  • 8 4-H Animal Entries to the Fair 2:00 to 8:00 pm
  • 10-12 Polk County Fair
  • 21 Eclipse Day - Extension Office Closed
  • 28 - Sept. 4 Oregon State Fair

  For a more complete list, check out our latest newsletter HERE.

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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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