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New 4-H Family Resources

Welcome New 4-H Families!!

(More info in related files section at bottom of this page.)

Congratulations on your interest in joining the largest youth serving organization in the United States!  4-H is the only federally authorized youth serving organization. 4-H is a volunteer-led organization that reaches youth through a variety of programs in both rural and urban settings.  4-H is a "Learn By Doing", "hands-on" learning experience.  You get interested in a project, learn how to make it, or take care of it. 4-H is more than exhibiting a project at the county fair!  It’s an opportunity for young people to develop valuable life skills, interact with new people, participate in community service activities and have tons of fun!

Join a club!!!

Joining a local 4-H club is the first step in becoming involved in your 4-H community. Clubs can be organized by community or project. Club meetings are a great place for members to share their work, plan community service programs and learn leadership and communication skills.   

Clubs are the foundation of the 4-H program.  There are several 4-H clubs located in each township in Johnson County.  Most clubs will hold one or two meetings a month between January and August, some are moving towards more year-round activities! Clubs will meet at a place convenient to their members, usually in a home, church, school or at the Extension Office.

Then contact one of the leaders for that club to get details about an upcoming meeting. 



Choose your projects!

Members choose from a diverse collection of individual projects base on their interests and are mentored by knowledgeable adult volunteers and parents in the project areas. Projects help members learn to set goals, learn skills for achieving goals and exhibit/demonstrate their skills at 4-H and community events. There is no limit to the number of projects one can sign up for.  However, most 4-H members limit themselves to fewer than 5 projects per year. Research the projects you want to do in the 4-H Handbook. Click HERE to go to page with link to current Handbook.



4-H Club Program – Any boy or girl who is enrolled in grades 3-12 on January 1st of current year.

Mini 4-H Program – Any boy or girl who is enrolled in Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grades on January 1st of current year.


4-H ISN'T JUST FOR KIDS WHO LIVE ON FARMS! We have a variety of projects including photography, scrapbooking, cake decorating, model building, shooting sports, sportfishing and so much more!! 

Enroll Here, Enrollment is open October 1!! Please, sign the waiver, and pay the $25 fee online for the current year! A confirmation e-mail is sent when enrollment is complete. We ask for enrollment & payment be to be done by January 15, so you will be getting the most current correspondence. Specific projects can be dropped/added up until May 15th.

The Extension Office, is located at 484 N. Morton, Franklin, IN 46131. In the northeast corner of the Johnson County Fair Grounds. We are open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. We also have a drop box for after hours.

Only cash and checks can be accepted in the Extension office. 

Please direct questions to Purdue Extension - Johnson County 317-736-3724 or



Each Indiana 4-H club member (grades 3-12) will be required to pay a $15 state 4-H program fee annually. There is an annual Johnson County 4-H enrollment fee of $10. Therefore, the total yearly enrollment fee for the 4-H Program is $25.  The local club may have a small club fee.  This covers most club activities and the 4-H manuals. The cost involved in the 4-H project can vary.  You will need to consider this when selecting projects.   If a family has more than three (3) 4-H members, the fee will be limited to $75.00  per family. Enrollment in 4-H will not be considered complete until the enrollment fees are paid. If financial assistance is needed, please contact the Extension Office. There is no program fee for those enrolling in Mini 4-H (K - 2 grade).



Head, Heart, Hands, and Health are the four Hs in 4-H, and they are the four values members work on through fun and engaging programs.

Head – for thinking, planning, reasoning, managing

Heart – for kindness and truth, relating, caring

Hands – to be helpful, skillful, and useful, giving, working

Health – for being, living, strength to enjoy life, be more efficient

4-H Emblem

A green four-leaf clover with a white letter “H” on each leaflet.  The four “H’s” represent the four-fold development of Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

4-H Colors

It is most appropriate that green and white are the colors of the 4-H club. The green in the 4-H flag represents life, springtime, and youth. The white symbolizes purity.

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 Slogan     

The slogan to “Learn by Doing” is a constant incentive to motivate 4-H members to strive toward acquiring new skills and knowledge. The results can mean a very productive and interesting life.

4-H Motto

“To Make the Best Better” is the goal of each member. The motto gives a special motivation not to be content with the present but always strive to make things even better!

4-H Mission

4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

4-H Vision

A world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change.

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