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4-H

#TrueLeaders

4-H fosters an innovative, "learn by doing" approach with proven results.

Mission

South Dakota 4-H enables youth to be engaged in the following:

  • Partnerships with caring adults
  • Positive learning environments
  • Developing their fullest potential
  • Learning life skills

Values

Throughout the SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development program, we value:

  • Youth, families, and communities;
  • Partnerships and coalitions that work for the betterment of youth in our state, and combined strength of local programming in cooperation with the land-grant university, South Dakota State University;
  • Every child’s individuality and uniqueness;
  • Diversity and an inclusive environment that assures all youth access to programming;
  • Caring adults who volunteer to work with, mentor, and teach youth;
  • The Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Get Involved

Joining 4-H is easy! You can either visit your local 4-H county office or enroll as a new member online

As of January 1, potential members must be 5-7 years old in order to become a Cloverbud or 8-18 years old to become a 4-H member. 

Enroll in 4-H Today!

Start developing skills that youth can use now and throughout their lifetime.

ENROLL NOW

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Upcoming Events

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Oct 18

Career Conversations: Exploring My Future in the 605

South Dakota 4-H is holding a Career Conversations course on its Training House platform to teach various lessons about the career fields in South Dakota.

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Nov 06

Cattle Artificial Insemination Day Youth Camp

Come learn about the value of bovine artificial insemination, the A.I. process and equipment, while gaining hands on experience during this day camp.

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Dec 04

Jones County Shooting Sports: Coaches Training

SDSU Extension will host 4-H Shooting Sports Discipline Certification on Dec. 4 at the Jones County Sportsman Club, in Murdo, SD.

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Dec 18

Brookings County Shooting Sports: Coaches Training

SDSU Extension will host a 4-H Shooting Sports Discipline Certification on Dec. 18 at the Brookings County Outdoor Adventure Center.