4-H Open Enrollment, Now Available!
When most people think about 4-H, they think “plows, cows, and sows”, but the truth is 4-H is so much more. 4-H is a youth development organization that focuses on teaching youth critical life skills. We use hands-on activities to engage youth and empower them to work hard to achieve their goals. The 4-H motto is “to make the best better” and that is just what we try to do in Highlands County. We offer a variety of projects in order to offer something for everyone. The new 4-H year begins on September 1, so sign up today!
The Highlands County 4-H program is deeply rooted in agriculture, but has expanded to offer non-traditional programs like shooting sports, robotics, healthy living, and atv safety. Whether you are interested in showing livestock, cooking, photography, or something else, we want you to join 4-H! The 4-H program is open to youth ages 5-18 (as of September 1 of the current school year). We offer community clubs, school clubs, special interest (SPIN) clubs, as well as day camps for youth to participate in.
Traditional clubs meet once a month, while our SPIN clubs meet at various times. Some SPIN clubs are short-term and others meet all year long, focusing on a specific topic. Below is a list of our current SPIN clubs:
- Shooting Sports
- Highlands Youth Citrus Program (HYCP)
- All About Pigs
To join 4-H you will first need to determine which club you want to join. Contact your club leader to to find out when and where the club meets. Register through 4-H Online at https://v2.4honline.com, and pay the membership fee. Membership fees are $20.00 per person. Fees are not required for Cloverbud aged youth (5-7) or school club members.
Contact our office at 863-402-6540, to find out more about the programs and activities that we offer. You can also call us to connect you with a club in your area. We currently have clubs that meet through Highlands County in Avon Park, Sebring, Lake Placid, and Lorida. Are you interested in becoming a 4-H leader? Contact our office to see how you can get more involved in our program.
Highlands County 4-H Website: http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/highlands/4h/
Highlands County 4-H Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HighlandsCounty4H
Florida 4-H Website: https://florida4h.ifas.ufl.edu/
National 4-H Website: https://4-h.org
4-H Online Enrollment System: https://v2.4honline.com
*The feature photo for this article was taken pre-COVID.