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Sequoyah County OSU Extension Service

What is 4-H?

WHAT IS 4-H?

The Oklahoma 4-H Program is full of opportunities for your       family to work, play and learn together.   4-H is kids having fun and learning with their friends.

4-H is a volunteer led, educational program that supplements the teaching of home, church, and school.  It is an informal educational program for all boys and girls 9 to 18 years of age whether they live in town, the country, or on a farm.  The state-wide approved ages for participation in Extension 4-H and Youth Programs begin with the 9th birthday and continue through the calendar year in which the individual reaches 18.  Boys and girls ages 5 to 8 that are not currently involved in 4-H have the opportunity to join the Clover Buds group.

WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF 4-H?

The basic philosophy in 4-H is to strengthen the mental, physical, moral, and social development of boys and girls, therefore helping develope more desirable citizens and leaders.  The main objective is through participation in projects, events, and various activities.

WHAT DOES IT COST TO JOIN 4-H?

Although there is no membership for 4-H, you are expected to pay for the cost of your projects whether it's raising an animal, building a birdhouse or baking a cake.  There may also be a fee for camps, conferences, workshops or seminars and similar programs. 

WHY JOIN 4-H?

Do you want to feel that you belong?
Do you want to achieve?
Do you want to become independent?
Do you want adventure?
Do you want to feel cared for?

The variety of "learning by doing" projects, activities, events, make up the 4-H Programs and contribute to meeting these needs.  Also achievement, responsibility, discipline and recognition help to make 4-H satisfying.

WHEN AND WHY DID 4-H ORIGINATE?

First, 4-H work, as we know it, began around 1900 as a means of reaching parents with improved farm and home practices.  It was based on the assumption that if new ideas were instilled in the minds of the youngsters they would in turn convince the parents to try these innovations.

Secondly, the reason 4-H was developed was because the schools were not meeting the needs and interest of rural youth.  The first organized 4-H Clubs were small groups covering one topic such as beef, corn, gardening, and canning.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE 4-H PROGRAM?

The Cooperative Extension Service is a cooperative undertaking by the United States Department of Agriculture, the land-grant colleges (Oklahoma State University), and the county commissioners.

The extension service provides up-to-date information from the classroom and laboratory to the people of the state.  Extension brings back to the University problems which can be solved by careful study and research.

The purpose of the County Extension Service is to provide instruction and practical demonstrations in Agriculture, Marketing, Family Consumer Science, 4-H and Youth Development, and Community Resources Development to all persons in the county.  Oklahoma State University hire's college trained agents in Agriculture, Family Consumer Science, and 4-H and youth to plan and conduct the respective programs in the county.

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