4-H & Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

Welcome to the Hamilton County 4-H Program!  I am excited for the adventure that awaits you. Our 4-H mission is to give all youth equal access to opportunity. We have youth participate in 4-H from every school district in Hamilton County.

I encourage you to reach out to me with any questions about navigating the world of 4-H.

Kathleen Bohde
4-H Youth Development Extension Educator
2003 Pleasant Street
Noblesville, IN 46060
(317) 776-0854

4-H Events Calendar

4-H Projects

4-Hers have the opportunity to learn more about a subject matter that they choose to study through completing hands on activities, called projects. The Hamilton County 4-H Program offers more than 60 projects for area youth. 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.  There is no limit to the number of projects youth can sign up for. 

Check out our project pages to learn about projects in detail:

  • Guide to 4-H Hamilton County Family Handbook  

  • Online Enrollment opens October 1st - Enroll here
    • Guide to enrolling as a NEW youth member
    • Guide to re-enrolling a youth member

 For trip summaries, website links, and dates of each 4-H trip please go here.

4-H members (Grades 3 – 12) must identify all Beef and Dairy Cattle, Goats, Horses, Llamas, Sheep and Swine in the 4-H Online system by May 15th or earlier county deadline if applicable to be eligible for exhibition at the Indiana State Fair 4-H Animal Shows.  Beef and Dairy Cattle, Meat Goats, Sheep and Swine must submit DNA hair samples by May 15th to their local County Extension to be eligible for Indiana State Fair 4-H Animal Shows.  Animal ID Info Page

Families are always welcome at the Hamilton County 4-H Fair, July 18 - 22, 2024.  Enjoy contests, special events, public activities, animals, displays and fabulous food. 

Hamilton County 4-H Fair


Hamilton County 4-H'ers are eligible for scholarships available at the state and local level. Click here to go to the 4-H Scholarship page.

  • For more information about -  Mini 4-H 
    Mini 4-H Project Flyer
  • Mini 4-H Guidelines
  • Exploring 4-H Camp is a fun-filled educational program designed for youth in grades K-2. The day camp is two days in length, on June 11-12, 2024 at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds. Registration details coming soon.
  • 2024 Club Meeting Dates will be held at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds
    6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Jan. 18 
    Feb. 8
    Mar. 14
    Apr. 18
    May 9
    June 6