What is 4-H ?

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"What is 4-H" brochure

Welcome to 4-H. Many know of this Alberta institution and popular program that has been around since 1917.  Over the years, however, 4-H has quietly evolved into a dynamic program whose projects encompass everything from active living, arts, science and technology, crafts, cooking, agriculture and so much more!  Today’s exciting 4-H program gives urban and rural youth and adults life-long skills such as co-operation, leadership, interpersonal relations, critical thinking, decision making, organization, public speaking and community service.

We all want the best for our kids but we know that healthy, active social programs that boost tactile performance and build up self-confidence while being fun and engaging can be costly or inconvenient.  That is why 4-H is designed with families in mind.  Parents and children of all ages can participate in age-appropriate meetings and projects at the same time.  No more running in two or more directions to accommodate each child’s activities. 4-H is also affordable.  Our vested interest in making sure Alberta families have a firm foundation for life means we’ve made our program financially accessible for all income levels. In fact, with our scholarships we may wind up giving you money!

Best of all, the program is fun. We believe to be equipped for success, you must learn by doing.  At 4-H you will learn through using your head, heart hands and health:

My head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service,
And my health to better living,
For my club, my community, and my country

If this sounds like something you want for you and your family, get ready for:

A Great Place To Grow

In 4‑H, youth run the show. 4‑H clubs typically meet once a month as a large group where youth of all ages take on different leadership roles to make decisions and plan events. Clubs organize fun outings, achievement days and fundraisers, and participate in various activities within their communities. Life-long friendships are formed at the meetings, during the activities and through our camps. 

Fun and Friends

We make learning fun. Our flexible projects are designed for solo or partner/group participation.  You are limited only by your imagination.  If you can dream it up, you can turn it into a project.  So go ahead and develop a pest management system for crops, explore your dramatic side on stage, learn how to prepare healthy meals, or even start a small business.  You’re never too young or too old to have fun learning by doing.


It just makes sense to belong to an organization that brings the whole family together. 4‑H clubs rely on family support and volunteer leadership from each adult and 4‑H member. That's how we make things happen. Youth and adults are all a part of the 4‑H family.

Personal Development

4-H takes into account everyone’s different personalities and skills.  The program is a safe and encouraging place to work in – or push out of – your comfort zone.  It is the ultimate place to fit in, explore your passions, and discover new interests all while learning the skills that will take you through school, relationships, post-secondary education and your career. 

Joining 4-H

Are you ready?  A bigger, brighter future awaits.  All you have to do is take that first step.  Take it now by contacting your closest 4‑H specialist or use our club finder, located under Regional Info. Let’s get started!