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Karen Ridings

Growing our children through 4-H

Are you looking for community clubs for your children that will engage them in fun activities and help develop life skills? 4-H is your answer!

What does 4-H stand for?
The 4-H slogan is "Learn by Doing." The "H's" stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

4-H members pledge:


  • My head to clearer thinking

  • My heart to greater loyalty

  • My hands to larger service

  • My health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world

Why do young people like 4-H?
4-H gives kids a chance to learn new things, develop new skills, travel to new places, make new friends, and most importantly have fun.

Who can join 4-H?
4-H serves youth, ages 5-19, from all backgrounds and interests. Today in Virginia, 4-H members come from both urban and rural areas. There is no membership fee to join! 4-H is supported through the Virginia Cooperative Extension, which receives funding from the USDA.

What types of clubs are available through 4-H?
4-H offers a variety of clubs that engage children in projects. For example, some of the clubs in Frederick County are Golden Horseshoe, Robotics and Technology, Eggs N' Ears, Young Performers, Shooting Education, Livestock and much, much more. To find out about the clubs offered in your county, contact your local Extension office.

4-H is a wonderful program that engages children in healthy activities and helps them to become responsible citizens. 4-H may be the program you've been looking for. Check it out!

  • Frederick County Extension Office: (540) 665-5699
  • Clarke County Extension Office: (540) 955-5164
  • Shenandoah County Extension Office: (540) 459-6140
  • Warren County Extension Office: (540) 635-4549
  • Page County Extension Office: (540) 778-5794


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