4-H in Elkhart County

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

Regular 4-H offers membership for youth grades 3 through 12. Mini 4-H is a free county program that offers youth in grades Kindergarten, 1, and 2 a chance to participate.

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.



 4-H Motto


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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Elkhart County 4-H

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.

4-H Mission and Vision 

4-H Mission: The Indiana 4-H Youth Development mission is to provide real-life educational opportunities that develop young people who positively impact their community and world.

4-H Vision: Indiana 4-H Youth Development mission strives to be the premier, community-based program empowering young people to reach their full potential.

4-H (Grades 3-12)

Mini 4-H (Grades K-2)

 Download the Elkhart County 4-H Pocket Guide here.

Order 4-H Project Manuals here

Download the 4-H Handbook here.

For poster projects, download the general Poster Construction Guidelines here.


Projects marked with an asterisk (*) require participation in a Subject-Specific Elkhart County 4-H Club.

Livestock Update

Premises 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 Elkhart County 4-H Fair and/or the Indiana State Fair, your animal needs to be identifed 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 Elkhart 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.
  • YQCA 2022 Schedule
  • YQCA 2022 Family Letter

Jr. Livestock Advisory Board

Vaccination Forms

Lease Forms

Livestock Skillathon and Outstanding Livestock Exhibitor Program


Fair Entry Website: https://elkhartcountyin.fairentry.com

Fair Entry Instructions: Download

Where to find projects in Fair Entry: Download

Download the 4-H check-in, judging, and pick-up calendar here: July 4-H Calendar