4-H in Bartholomew County

4-H is an extracurricular, volunteer led, family-oriented program.

Regular 4-H offers membership for youth in 3rd-12th grade. Youth in kindergarten-2nd grade can participate in Mini 4-H. 

4-H is for youth from urban, suburban, and rural communities.

4-H helps young people develop life skills and learn by doing. A life skill is an ability that one can use in everyday life. The basic life skills are building self-confidence, developing an inquiring mind and making decisions, setting and meeting goals, relating to other people, developing a concern for the community, and developing leadership skills.

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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.  

4-H IN BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY

WHAT IS 4-H?

In 4-H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. 4-H empowers young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. It’s a research-based experience that includes a mentor, a hands-on project, and a meaningful leadership opportunity.

4-H programs are grounded in the belief that kids learn best by doing. Kids and teens complete hands-on projects in areas like science, health, agriculture and civic engagement, in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Kids can concentrate on one focus area or they can try a variety of programs throughout their 4-H experience.

Regardless of the project area, all 4-H programs include mentoring and career readiness as core elements.

Through life-changing 4-H programs, nearly six million kids and teens have taken on critical societal issues, such as addressing community health inequities, engaging in civil discourse and advocating for equity and inclusion for all. For more than 100 years, 4-H has welcomed young people of all beliefs and backgrounds, giving kids a voice to express who they are and how they make their lives and communities better.

OUR VALUES

4-H MISSION: To empower youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults while also creating sustainable community change

4-H VISION: A world in which youth and adults learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change

HOW: Through the power of youth; effective organizational systems; access, equity, and opportunity; extraordinary opportunities to learn; exceptional people; and innovative practices

OUR TEAM & CONTACT US

OUR 4-H TEAM

CONTACT US
  • Call us at 812-379-1665
  • Or visit our office Monday-Friday between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

ENROLLMENT

4-H (GRADES 3-12)

4-H VOLUNTEERS 

MINI 4-H (KINDERGARTEN-2ND GRADE)

MINI 4-H

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Mini 4-H'ers: Kindergarten-2nd grade

PROJECTS

  • Bugs
  • Crafts
  • Collections
  • Farm Animals
  • Foods
  • Forestry
  • More Bugs 
  • Sewing
  • Space
  • Trees

PROJECT MANUALS 

  • Project manuals are available at our office, 783 S Marr Rd., Columbus, IN 47201

CLUBS

COLUMBUS CLUBS

  • 4-H Flames
  • Blooming Clovers
  • Columbus ShamROCKS
  • Happy-Go-Luckies
  • Happy H’ers
  • Lucky Suns
  • Totally Awesome
  • Two Hands Helping

ELIZABETHTOWN/ROCKCREEK CLUBS

  • Happy Faces
  • SRC Farmers Jr. & Sr. 
  • Sandcreek Starz

HOPE CLUBS

  • Clover Kids

PETERSVILLE CLUBS

  • I.S.S.K.

WHITECREEK CLUBS

  • Whitecreek Needlers

PROJECT-BASED CLUBS

  • Bartholomew County Bunny Bunch
  • Blacksmithing
  • Busy Bees Beekeeping Club
  • Circle C Horse & Pony Club
  • Feathered Friends Poultry Club
  • Hoosier Hounds Dog Obedience
  • Junior Leaders
  • Kiddin’ Around Goat Club
  • Livestock Judging Team
  • Shooting Sports
  • Speak-Up

4-H PROJECTS

The asterik* indicates a county-only project. 

  • Achievement*
  • Aerospace
  • Ag Safety & Operator Skills
  • Animal Education
  • Arts & Crafts: Any Other Craft
  • Arts & Crafts: Construction & Architectural Replica
  • Arts & Crafts: Fine Arts
  • Arts & Crafts: Model Craft
  • Arts & Crafts: Needlecraft
  • ATV Safety & Operator Skills
  • Barbeque*
  • Beef - Dairy Beef - Starter Calf
  • Beekeeping
  • Bicycle
  • Blacksmithing
  • Caged Critters*
  • Cake Decorating
  • Cat
  • Child Development
  • Collections*
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Consumer Clothing
  • Consumer Meats*
  • Corn*
  • Creating With A Mix*
  • Cupcake Decorating*
  • Dairy
  • Dry Hay & Forages*
  • Dog Obedience
  • Electric
  • Entomology
  • Fashion Revue
  • Floriculture
  • Food - Baked & Preserved 
  • Forestry
  • Garden
  • Genealogy
  • Geology
  • Gift Wrapping*
  • Goat
  • Home Environment
  • Horse & Pony
  • Indiana Heritage*
  • Junior Leaders*
  • Lawn & Garden Safety & Operator Skills
  • Leadership
  • Microwave Cooking*
  • Performing Arts*
  • Photography
  • Plant Science*
  • Poultry
  • Rabbit
  • Reading*
  • Recycling*
  • Scrapbook*
  • Sewing - Wearable & Non-Wearable
  • Sewing for Fun*
  • Sheep
  • Shooting Sports
  • Small Engine
  • Soil & Water Science
  • Soybeans*
  • Sportfising
  • Sports*
  • Swine
  • Tractor Safety & Operator Skills
  • Veterinary Science
  • Weather & Climate Science
  • Welding*
  • Wildlife
  • Woodworking
  • Zero-Turn Mower Safety & Operator Skills 

PROJECT MANUALS

  • Project manuals are available at our office, 783 S Marr Rd., Columbus, IN 47201
  • Project manuals begin at $2

ANIMALS & LIVESTOCK

PREMISE ID

  • All 4-H livestock youth are required to obtain a premises ID from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH).
  • Visit BOAH's FAQ page for more details.
  • Obtain a premises ID from BOAH by visiting their website here.

ANIMAL ID: 4-H ONLINE

  • All Animal ID information will be posted shortly. All Animal ID information will need to be completed via 4-H Online by May 15, 2022.
  • In order for your animal to be eligible to show at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair and/or the Indiana State Fair, your animal needs to be identified on the 4-H Online database.

YQCA - Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

  • All 4-H members enrolled the following livestock projects will need to participate in the YQCA program in order to be able to show at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair and/or the Indiana State Fair: Beef, Dairy, Dairy Feeder, Goats, Lambs, Poultry, Rabbits, and Swine. The completion deadline is May 15, 2022. To sign up, visit http://yqca.org and use your 4-H Online information.

VACCINATION FORMS

LEASE FORMS

WEEKLY 4-H HAPPENINGS

Stay up-to-date on all the weekly 4-H happenings by visiting our Bartholomew County 4-H Family Forum. Our 4-H happenings are also emailed out to all 4-H'ers every Monday. 

If you are not recieving our emails or if you have any questions, call our office at 812-379-1665. 

CALENDAR & IMPORTANT DATES

CALENDAR

Visit our 4-H Events Calendar to learn more about what events are coming up. 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • 2022 Bartholomew County 4-H Fair: June 24th-July 2nd

4-H VOLUNTEERS 

ENROLLMENT

TRAINING

  • Please complete the 4-H volunteer training as soon as possible

QUESTIONS

  • To learn more about becoming a 4-H volunteer, contact Elisabeth Eaton at 812-379-1665 or eleaton@purdue.edu

SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Bartholomew County 4-H Scholarship
  • Deppe Scholarship
  • Vicki L. Schwartzkopf Memorial Scholarship
  • Daniel Burbrink Memorial Scholarship
  • Bartholomew County Service & Leadership Scholarship 
  • Supreme Showman Scholarship

AWARDS

  • Outstanding 4-H Member
  • Tenure Award

QUESTIONS

  • To learn more about any scholarships or awards, contact Elisabeth Eaton at 812-379-1665 or eleaton@purdue.edu

4-H OPPORTUNITIES

Come back to learn more about exciting 4-H opportunities in 2022!

TRIPS

CONTESTS

EXTENSION BOARD

JUNIOR LEADERS

JUNIOR FAIR BOARD

SCHOOL ENRICHMENT 

WHAT IS IT?

Our office has the amazing opportunity of providing any private or public school in Bartholomew County with FREE 4-H Enrichment programming. Our 4-H Enrichment Program Assistant, Abigail Larken, offers two different programs for each grade level between kindergarten-6th grade. Each program is deigned to fit within 4-H's focus areas (civic engagement, S.T.E.M., and healthy living) while also meeting at least three Indiana academic learning standards.  

SCHEDULE

Kindergarten January 10-February 4
1st grade February 7-March 4
2nd grade March 21-April 14
3rd grade April 18-May 13
4th grade Completed for the 2021-2022 academic year
5th grade Completed for the 2021-2022 academic year
6th grade Completed for the 2021-2022 academic year

 

EMBRYOLOGY SCHEDULE

Fall Session I Completed for the 2021-2022 academic year
Fall Session II Completed for the 2021-2022 academic year
Spring Session I March 22-April 14
Spring Session II April 19-May 13

 

PROGRAMS OFFERED

Kindergarten Al the Can Man Happy Hands
1st grade Down on the Farm Don't Throw That Away
2nd grade Good Apples The Web of Life
3rd grade My Plate Mindful Meditation
4th grade Little Hands on the Farm Character Education
5th grade Self Care Aware Whodunit?
6th grade Think Like a Shark Egg Drop

 

SIGN UP

Registration for all programming is now open! Call 812-379-1665 or email Abigail Larken at ajlarken@purdue.edu to schedule your program. 

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