The Summit County 4-H Youth Development Program is a growing, evolving organization of youth, volunteers and salaried staff who work together to provide a safe environment where local 4-H youth develop life skills. Summit County 4-H has relationships with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Colorado State University (CSU - the state’s land-grant university), CSU Extension and Summit County government. With public- and private-sector funding, the programs are research-based, age-appropriate and designed for experiential learning. 4-H Youth Development programs are open to all economic, social and cultural groups, for youth ages 5-18.
The Four H’s
Head, heart, hands and health are the four H’s in 4-H, and they are the four values members work on through fun and engaging programs. • Head: clear thinking and decision making, knowledge useful throughout life • Heart: loyalty, strong personal values, positive self-concept, concern for others • Hands: community service, workforce preparedness, useful skills • Health: good living, healthy lifestyles
The 4-H Pledge
I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to great loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
Official Pledge translated by the U.S. State Department
Prometo usar mi mente para pensar con más claridad, mi corazón para ser más leal, mis manos para ser más servicial, mi salud para cuidarme más, por mi club, mi comunidad, mi país y mi mundo.
The 4-H Value Set
• We believe that youth development is the focus of everything we do. • We believe youth/adult partnerships are essential to successful youth development. • We believe that volunteerism is fundamental. • We believe in the strength attained from diversity across the entire range of 4-H experiences.
Summit County 4-H offers over 25 different projects, including 4-H STEM, horses, sewing, fly fishing, archery, mountain biking and more. All 4-H clubs have a 4-H adult volunteer leader who specializes in that project and enjoys working with youth. In 4-H projects, youth members learn life skills while learning the hands-on skill of the project.
The most successful 4-H members have the interest and support of their parents. You can advise your child in selecting appropriate 4-H projects and show interest and enthusiasm for the selected projects. We request that parents stay up to date by reading 4-H weekly emails and other information that comes to your family.
Parents can also offer to assist existing volunteer project leaders, serve as a volunteer leader, or volunteer to lead a project in an area of your interest or expertise.
4-H members are expected to participate in all or most of the 4-H project meetings throughout the year. When a child misses several classes, it is difficult to catch up with the rest of the participants. 4-H leaders and clubs are more productive and effective when their 4-H members are all working at the same stage on their projects.
4-H Horse Show
All 4-H Horse Club members are expected to participate in our annual 4-H Horse Show, which provides important positive recognition and feedback. The 4-H Horse Show is tentatively set for July.
Community Service Projects
All 4-H Members are expected to participate in at least one community service project hosted by Summit County 4-H each year.
Colorado State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Summit County cooperating. Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.