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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.
Dec 15

4-H Camp Gift Certificate Sales

Give the gift of camp! South Dakota 4-H invites loved ones to purchase a gift certificate for their camper to attend 2023 4-H summer camps.

4-H youth being talking with judge during dog show
Mar 25

4-H Regional Volunteer Training @ Winner

SDSU Extension's South Dakota 4-H program will host a regional training for 4-H volunteers on Saturday, March 25 in Winner, South Dakota.

4-H youth talking to judge
Jan 28

4-H Regional Volunteer Training @ Miller

SDSU Extension's South Dakota 4-H program will host a regional training for 4-H volunteers on Saturday, January 28 in Miller, South Dakota.

Group photo of 4-H Capitol Day participants
Jan 18

2023 South Dakota 4-H Capitol Day

4-H Capitol Day, held in conjunction with SDSU/Brookings Day during the South Dakota legislative session, will take place on January 18, 2023.