Clover Corner

What and who is 4-H?

By Kathy Bruynis

Editor’s Note – Welcome to the first edition of Clover Corner, a monthly feature reflecting on some part of the Highland County 4-H program. Many clubs will be highlighting what their particular club is participating in, while others will be informing you on the different aspects of the 4-H program. Join us each month as we explore the wonderful world of 4-H.

What is 4-H?

4-H is the premier youth development program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Originating in the early 1900s as “four-square education,” the 4-Hs (Head, Heart, Hand and Health) seek to promote positive youth development, facilitate learning and engage youth in the work of their community to enhance the quality of life.

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.

4-H History

Since this is the first edition, I am going to start at the beginning. 4-H began in Clark County, Ohio _ yes right here in Ohio. On Jan. 15, 1902, Mr. Albert Belmont Graham, superintendent of the Springfield Township Schools, organized a meeting with some 30 boys and girls in the county courthouse basement. The intent behind the meeting was to learn more about harvesting corn, planting a garden, testing soil samples, tying knots in rope and identifying natural wildlife such as weeds and insects. Eventually, the group came to be called the “Boy’s and Girl’s Agricultural Club.”

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 county and my world.

Who can join 4-H?

Anyone who is at least 5 years old and enrolled in kindergarten as of Jan. 1 of the current year through second grade is called a Cloverbud. These young people complete group projects and learn skills needed to achieve in life. Youth who are 8 and in the second grade or age 9 and in any grade through age 18 as of Jan. 1 of the current year are eligible to take individual projects and compete in various events. These youth have the opportunity to choose from more than 200 projects to learn about something they are interested in.

How to become involved in 4-H

Contact the local Extension Office at 937-393-1918, visit the website at or our Facebook page at Highland County 4-H(Ohio). In early March all third grade students will receive information on clubs are taking new members. The flyer will also be posted on the website for anyone who is interested in joining.

Enrollment deadline

A club adviser must be contacted for enrollment information by April 1 of the current year to be eligible to complete projects and participate in the Highland County Fair.

Now aren’t you excited to see what is coming next month? A sneak peak – Highland County Shooting Sports Club will be here).

Kathy Bruynis is an OSU Extension educator, 4-H youth development, Ohio Valley Extension Education Research Area.
What and who is 4-H?

By Kathy Bruynis