Current members: REMEMBER!! Your 4-H profile can be found at

Please don't make duplicate profiles if you can't get logged in please contact the office.


Enter your projects in FairEntry ( BEFORE July 1st! This is tells us what you are bringing to the fair!!

More info here: 4HOnline and FairEntry info



Johnson County 4-H: To Make The Best Better!!

Wondering where to start with 4-H??   

Join a club!!!

Joining a local 4-H club is the first step in becoming involved in your 4-H community. Clubs can be organized by community or project. Club meetings are a great place for members to share their work, plan community service programs and learn leadership and communication skills.   

Clubs are the foundation of the 4-H program.  There are several 4-H clubs located in each township in Johnson County.  Most clubs will hold one or two meetings a month between January and August, some are moving towards more year-round activities! Clubs will meet at a place convenient to their members, usually in a home, church, school or at the Extension Office.

Then contact one of the leaders for that club to get details about an upcoming meeting. 



Choose your projects!

Members choose from a diverse collection of individual projects base on their interests and are mentored by knowledgeable adult volunteers and parents in the project areas. Projects help members learn to set goals, learn skills for achieving goals and exhibit/demonstrate their skills at 4-H and community events. There is no limit to the number of projects one can sign up for.  However, most 4-H members limit to fewer than 5 projects per year. Research the projects you want to do on our PROJECTS PAGE


Congratulations on your interest in joining the largest youth serving organization in the United States!  4-H is the only federally authorized youth serving organization. 4-H is a volunteer-led organization that reaches youth through a variety of programs in both rural and urban settings.  4-H is a "Learn By Doing", "hands-on" learning experience.  You get interested in a project, learn how to make it, or take care of it. 4-H is more than exhibiting a project at the county fair!  It’s an opportunity for young people to develop valuable life skills, interact with new people, participate in community service activities and have tons of fun!



4-H Club Program – Any boy or girl who is enrolled in grades 3-12 on January 1st of current year.

Mini 4-H Program – Any boy or girl who is enrolled in Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grades on January 1st of current year.


4-H ISN'T JUST FOR KIDS WHO LIVE ON FARMS! We have a variety of projects including photography, scrapbooking, cake decorating, model building, shooting sports, sportfishing and so much more!! 

Click to Enroll, Enrollment is open October 1, 2016 - January 15, 2017!! Please, sign the waiver, and pay the $25 fee online for the current year! A confirmation e-mail is sent when enrollment is complete. Enrollment & payment must be done by January 15, 2017, but specific projects can be dropped/added up until May 15th, 2017.

Hard copy enrollment forms are available from your club leader, online, or in the Extension Office, located at 484 N. Morton, Franklin, IN 46131. In the northeast corner of the Johnson County Fair Grounds. We are open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. We also have a drop box for after hours.

Only cash and checks can be accepted in the Extension office. You may also mail the form and fee to the Extension Office (address above). 

If you want to download the Enrollment form, the link is at the bottom of this page. 

Please direct questions to Purdue Extension - Johnson County 317-736-3724 or



Each Indiana 4-H club member (grades 3-12) will be required to pay a $15 state 4-H program fee annually. There is an annual Johnson County 4-H enrollment fee of $10. Therefore, the total yearly enrollment fee for the 4-H Program is $25.  The local club may have a small club fee.  This covers most club activities and the 4-H manuals. The cost involved in the 4-H project can vary.  You will need to consider this when selecting projects.   If a family has more than three (3) 4-H members, the fee will be limited to $75.00  per family. Enrollment in 4-H will not be considered complete until the enrollment fees are paid. If financial assistance is needed, please contact the Extension Office. There is no program fee for those enrolling in Mini 4-H (1-2 grade).



Head, Heart, Hands, and Health are the four Hs in 4-H, and they are the four values members work on through fun and engaging programs.

Head – for thinking, planning, reasoning, managing

Heart – for kindness and truth, relating, caring

Hands – to be helpful, skillful, and useful, giving, working

Health – for being, living, strength to enjoy life, be more efficient

4-H Emblem

A green four-leaf clover with a white letter “H” on each leaflet.  The four “H’s” represent the four-fold development of Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

4-H Colors

It is most appropriate that green and white are the colors of the 4-H club. The green in the 4-H flag represents life, springtime, and youth. The white symbolizes purity.

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.

4-H Slogan     

The slogan to “Learn by Doing” is a constant incentive to motivate 4-H members to strive toward acquiring new skills and knowledge. The results can mean a very productive and interesting life.

4-H Motto

“To Make the Best Better” is the goal of each member. The motto gives a special motivation not to be content with the present but always strive to make things even better!

4-H Mission

4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

4-H Vision

A world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change.


Who We Are

4-H’ers across the nation are responding to challenges every day in their communities and their world.

With a rich history and an expansive network reaching every corner of the country, 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. More than 6 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities stand out among their peers: building revolutionary opportunities and implementing community-wide change at an early age. At the national level, 4-H is under the leadership of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  For more state and national information about 4-H, see the Indiana 4-H web page, or the National 4-H Council page.

In Indiana, 4-H is part of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.  Each county has a Purdue Extension office which administrates the 4-H program. 

Proven Results

The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development is the first-ever research project of its kind. The decade-long study, completed by a team of researchers at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, Medford, MA, is influencing research and practice around the world.

The report shows that 4-H youth excel beyond their peers.

4-H'ers are about:

Four times more likely to make contributions to their communities (Grades 7-12);

Two times more likely to be civically active (Grades 8-12);

Two times more likely to make healthier choices (Grade 7);

Two times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology programs during out-of-school time (Grades 10 – 12); and

4-H girls are two times more likely (Grade 10) and nearly three times more likely (Grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities.

Unparalleled Reach and Scope

With 540,000 volunteers, 3,500 professionals, and more than 60 million alumni, the 4-H movement supports young people from elementary school through high school with programs designed to shape future leaders and innovators. Fueled by research-driven programming, 4-H'ers engage in hands-on learning activities in the areas of science, citizenship and healthy living. 

Leading by Example

The caring support of adult volunteers and mentors inspires young people in 4-H to work collaboratively, take the lead on their own projects and set and achieve goals with confidence. 4-H’ers chart their own course, explore important issues and define their place in the world. 4-H’ers stand up for themselves and their communities.

These pivotal experiences build a foundation of leadership and skills for success in their future careers. 




Check out this 2010 Johnson County Fair Highlight Video from Carpe Diem Productions


Indiana 4-H FAQ  • Indiana 4-H Website • Indiana 4-H Project Information

 Johnson County Fair •  National 4-H Council

Johnson County 4-H Facebook Page • Official 4-H Facebook page

4-H Mall (supplier of 4-H "stuff") Jo. Co. Hoofprints Horse & Pony website