Boone County 4-H

4-H Youth development

4-H began over 100 years ago, and has since grown into the largest youth development program in the nation. 4-H prepares young people to be leaders in their community and around the world through hands-on experiences alongside their peers and caring adults. Backed by a network of more than 6 million youth, 540,000 adult volunteers, 3,500 professionals, and more than 60 million alumni; 4-H delivers research-based programming around positive youth development.     

What are 4-H Projects?

Members have the opportunity to learn more about a subject matter that they choose to study through completing hands on activities. We refer to these as projects. In order to enroll in a project, members must sign up for them at the time of enrolling in 4-H. Each project has a manual that guides the youth through the learning process as well as a set of guidelines that helps them meet the project requirements. We provide adult volunteers and staff who are knowledgeable on that particular subject who will often times provide workshops to allow th​e youth to learn about that topic in a social environment. Each project has a beginner, intermediate, and advanced level-this allows youth to build on their knowledge each year and continue to challenge their skills. Projects are meant to be worked on over time, providing an educational opportunity for youth outside of the classroom setting. Often times, youth will exhibit and display their project at a local county​ fair in order to show the community what they have learned. 

4-H Project information

Contact Us and Quick Links

Purdue Extension- Boone County
1300 E. 100 S.
Lebanon, IN 46052


Stephanie Gay, Extension Educator
4-H Youth Development

"The Scoop" Monthly Newsletter


 2024 4-H Calendar

 2024 4-H Pre-Fair and Fair Schedule  Times subject to change. Last update 4/12/24

2024 Quality Livestock Care Training Info


New to Boone County 4-H? View our 2024 New Family Resource Guide below! This guide provides lots of important information and hopefully answers a lot of new family questions.

2024 New Family Resource Guide

Boone County Mini 4-H (Grades K-2)

Mini 4-H is a program designed to encourage positive development of children, Kindergarten through second grade. The goal of Mini 4-H is to help young children explore friendships outside the family; explore the way in which things work; practice both small and large muscle control; and think about the ways people work together on projects.

*Mini 4-H members can enroll and exhibit 2 non-animal projects and as many animal projects as they want each year.

The NON-COMPETITIVE learning environment for Mini 4-H includes:​

  1. Planned learning activities in which children are invited to be active and explore materials and ideas without the pressure of completing a specific product or exhibit.
  2. Low adult/leader to child ratio that allows time for adults/leaders to provide individual, positive encouragement and assistance.
  3. Simple, interesting activities that are fun.
  4. Encouragement of children to participate in a group activity by sharing and or displaying their activity projects.
  5. Rewards that are identical and/or ribbons of the same color for everyone.

 2024 Mini 4-H Meeting Dates & Information

 Mini 4-H Project Information

Boone County 4-H Clubs

Learn about the different clubs that you can join and where they will have their monthly meetings. You can join any club you wish, it doesn't have to be the one closest to your home.Every 4-Her must join a club and they will provide all your informational needs and be able to answer any questions about general 4-H

Club Information Boone County Clubs

Boone County Volunteer Resources

Volunteers are a key part of our program and we greatly appreciate them. Contact the office today to learn how to become a volunteer and the yearly process to be better able to teach our youth.

Boone County 4-H Boosters

Without the help of our Booster Club we would not be able to do what we do here in 4-H. Our generous community really steps it up to provide awards, trips and much more so our youth here in Boone County have a great 4-H experience.

Boone County 4-H Camp

4-H Camp program develops leadership and responsibility skills for
teen counselors, while providing a safe and fun opportunity for the campers through
activities, which allow them to gain knowledge and develop social skills while meeting
new friends.

Boone County 4-H Trips

Boone County 4-H offers a lot of wonderful education; trips that 4-H members can attend throughout the year. Many trips are at a reduced cost because of the gracious community that donates to the 4-H Booster Club. Applications are taken in the Fall, September 15th and in the Winter, February 15th.

4-H Harlos Grant

The Boone County 4-H Harlos Grant Committee accepts applications for
funding three times each year. All applications are due via email
by 11:59pm on the date listed. The application period will open on the 1st
day of the month: March, June and September