4-H offers hundreds of different ways to learn and do new things. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth service organization. It helps young people develop and improve life skills such as self-confidence, leadership, citizenship and communications. Why should youth join 4-H? Through 4-H, you are exposed to fun and challenges that bring about education in numerous areas. With 4-H, you can: Have fun, make friends and go places!
4-H is a program that gives young people an advantage. It gives them the chance to learn new skills and build self-confidence. Students as young as Pre-K through high school participate in a variety of projects, which are subject areas that they are most interested in. They are encouraged to belong to a group or club. The program is delivered in a variety of levels and methods. Activities and other events challenge students to become more aware of their community and become active leaders.
4-H is a Federal program that is offered through the land-grant university system and the Cooperative Extension Service.
Decatur County 4-H programs that students may participate in:
Mini 4-H and/or Cloverbud program
For young people age Kindergarten through Second grade. They can choose up to 3 projects, complete activities that are in a work book and can exhibit one item from each of the projects chosen at the County Fair. Membership fee is $5.00 per year.
For students in 3rd – 12th grades. They select at least one subject or project from over 75 different options. They can exhibit items made or cared for at the County Fair. Many of the project winners can advance to the Indiana State Fair. Membership fee is $20.00 per year plus material supply expenses.
Use the following links (provided at the bottom of page) for more information or to enroll:
4-H Enrollment– complete the online enrollment process or print out the enrollment form (see below).
Mini 4-H/Cloverbud Enrollment – complete the online enrollment process or print out the enrollment form (see below).
First Year Parents - Decatur County offers a "Family Guide" it has helpful information for first year parents. We also offer a First Year Members Checklist that is helpful to be prepared for the fair. You can find a hard copy of the checklist in your green handbook.
Decatur County 4-H Green Handbook - Contains requirements pertaining to the 4-H projects in the Decatur County 4-H program. See Youth 4-H Project page for all 4-H project requirements.
Decatur County 4-H Rules - Complete rules in the Green Handbook or by-project listing. Contains all rules and regulations pertaining to participation in Decatur County 4-H program and the various projects and exhibits. See Youth 4-H Project page for Decatur County 4-H Rules.
Leaders & Volunteers - See below for contact information for Leaders & Volunteers **Updated list coming soon**
Junior Leaders - is for 7th-12th grades - for more information for upcoming activities please call the Extension Office.
2021 Workshops & Activities - Information for upcoming workshops, activities, and mini 4-H/Cloverbud workshops "Coming Soon".
Poster and Non-Animal Projects (New/Updated 2021) - See 4-H Project Page this has links to project information.
Livestock & Companion Animal Projects (New/Update 2021) - See 4-H Project page this has links to project, and general rules.
Livestock & Companion Animal Forms (New/Update 2021) - See 4-H Forms page. This had links to record sheets, an other forms needed for fair.
2021 Decatur County Scholarships & Trip Opportunities - See Youth 4-H Forms and/or Youth 4-H Trips page for more information.
2021 Decatur County Trips, Workshops & Awards Booklet - See Youth 4-H Forms and/or Youth 4-H Trips page for more information.
DECATUR COUNTY FAIR INFORMATION
2021 County Fair - July 8-15
4-H Daily Fair Schedule - With the fair dates changing here is a daily schedule with changes in entering projects and judging of animals. Please see your monthly newsletter or your Friday Fast Blast email's as an updated schedule.
2021 Livestock Auction - July 15th at 1pm- See 4-H Livestock Project page under 4-H Projects for more information.