Mini 4-H

Shelby County Mini 4-H  

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.

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.



Mini 4-H Liability Release Form


Mini 4-H Projects  

 All projects should have a name tag attached, including name, age, and school attended. Posters should be 14" x 22" and be mounted on stiff cardboard or poster board and covered with plastic. If size of project is not specified, projects cannot exceed 3' x 3'. For special consideration of larger projects, please contact the Extension Office by June 1.


Mini 4-H Animal Projects

Mini 4-Hers enrolled in (goats, rabbits, sheep, swine, and cats) MUST have turned in the completed Mini 4-H Liability Release Form. Cats will be shown in conjunction with the 4-H Cat show (Sunday of Fair). Goats, Sheep, and Swine will be shown on Monday of Fair beginning at PM in the Livestock Arena. Rabbits will be shown in conjunction with the 4-H Rabbit show (Thursday of Fair). Due to space limitations and health requirements, we cannot allow a Mini 4-Her to bring an animal that they may own to the fair to show. Mini 4-Her will be able to pair up with a current 4-H member and show their animal. 


Contact Us

Office Location

20 W Polk Street, Suite 201
Shelbyville, IN 46176
(317) 392-6460

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed on County Holidays

 4-H Staff


Bailey York, 4-H Youth Educator


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Cindy Kuhn, 4-H Program Assistant


Natalie Russell, 4-H Secretary photo 

Natalie Russell, 4-H Secretary


Enroll in Mini 4-H

4-H enrollment for the 2023-2024 program year opens October 1, 2023 and closes May 15, 2024. We encourage families to register for 4-H sooner rather than later!

4-H Online

Mini 4-H Meetings 2024

Mini 4-H Workshop: Barnyard Animal Theme

February 8, 2024 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Family Arts Building at the Shelby County Fairgrounds

Mini 4-H Workshop: Under the Sea Theme

March 7, 2024 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Family Arts Building at the Shelby County Fairgrounds

Mini 4-H Workshop: Tadpole to Frog Theme

April 4, 2024 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Family Arts Building at the Shelby County Fairgrounds

Mini 4-H Camp

Our 2024 Mini 4-H Camp will be July 11-12th. This is a day camp open to Mini 4-H members in Shelby County. Campers must have completed application, youth health form, and Mini 4-H liability release form on file with the Shelby County Purdue Extension Office prior to Mini Camp.  

During camp, youth have the opportunity to learn about many different topics all related to 4-H. Camp classes and activities from past camps have included science experiments, outdoor games, cookie decorating, character education, wildlife, magic of nature, care of small animals, group recreation, and much more!  

Applications must be turned into the Purdue Extension-Shelby County Office by June 28th to be guaranteed a camp t-shirt. Campers must have been signed up for Shelby County Mini 4-H for the 2023-2024 year.

Mini 4-H Camp Application 2024

Mini 4-H Projects

Shelby County Mini 4-H Member should choose at least one project to complete and display at the Shelby County Fair! See the Mini 4-H Handbook for project requirements for each project. Contact the Extension Office with any questions.