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4-H

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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

Camp counselor instructing a group of children on kayaking.
Jun 01

4-H Camp Poinsett - Going Beyond

SDSU Extension's South Dakota 4-H program will host Camp Poinsett - Going Beyond for campers ages 11 to 13 on June 1-3 at the Lake Poinsett Camp near Arlington, S.D.

a man standing in outdoor field shooting archery
Jun 04

4-H State Outdoor Archery Tournament

SDSU Extension 4-H will host the 2022 4-H State Outdoor Archery Tournament at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center on June 4-5.

Group of teen boys tie-dying shirts
Jun 06

Teen Leadership Conference

SDSU Extension's South Dakota 4-H program will host the 2022 Teen Leadership Conference, June 6-10 at South Dakota State University in Brookings.

Group of teens posted for photo at Performing Arts Camp
Jun 12

South Dakota 4-H Performing Arts Camp

SDSU Extension's South Dakota 4-H program will host the South Dakota 4-H Performing Arts Camp June 12-18 at Northern State University.