4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

4-H is a youth organization committed to building outstanding leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today’s global society. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

What is 4-H?

4-H Youth Development is part of Kentucky Cooperative Extension.  Extension’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through non-formal education for the entire family.  Extension agents and volunteers take the results of university research and explain it in such a way that different age groups can learn and apply the information to their own lives. Kentucky 4-H believes in providing positive youth development experiences that all youth to experience belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.  

4-H is a youth organization committed to building outstanding leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today’s global society. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. The four H's represent the idea of HeadHeartHandsand Health. These are the values members work on through fun and engaging programs.

Head   Managing, Thinking

Heart   Relating, Caring

Hands   Giving, Working

Health   Being, Living

4-H Clubs

This club is in its second year and was a huge success! So much so that there is a waiting list again this year. Don't lose hope, continue to indicate on your enrollment if you are interested in this club and if someone drops out we will add throughout the year. 

Cloverbud Club is designed to introduce younger youth to 4-H. This  group is comprised of 5-8 year olds that meet once monthly after school to learn all about the clubs and other opportunities that 4-H will have to offer once they turn 9. The purpose of Clovberbuds is to help young children learn life skills to become competent, caring and contributing citizens.  This afterschool club usually has a waiting list so be sure to call the office to be placed on the list in case openings become available. We have such an interest in this club we would love to offer two clubs but we currently do not have leaders. We would welcome any volunteers to help lead Cloverbud Clubs. Please contact our office to learn more! 

Cloverkids Club is designed to be an extension of our Cloverbud program. This club is for youth from the age of 9 years old to 5th grade. Space will be limited for this club and we are currently looking for a few good volunteers to get it up and running again. Please contact our office if you are interested. 

This club is open to youth in grades 6th-8th. This program is designed to develop leadership, citizenship, and communication skills. If you are interested in being a leader for this club please contact Susan at the office!

This club introduces youth to the proper handling and care of their canine friends. This club is open to youth ages 9-18. The club meets on the 1st Thursday and the 3rd Monday at 6:30 p.m. of every month. One meeting is usually with dogs and one meeting is without. You don't have to own a dog to join, you can still come and learn proper care and educational information about dogs! Make sure you complete the proper paperwork for your furry friend if you do bring him or her. Also, make sure to bring great motivational treats when working with your dog. Youth can participate in area dog shows or the state fair dog show if they would like. More information can be obtained from the office if you have any questions. We are currently in the process of training a new volunteer for this club so stay tuned for details of when meetings will resume!

This club educates and introduces youth to a variety of livestock. Members are engaged in a variety of hands-on activities and experiences that cultivate an increased understanding and appreciation of agriculture.  Livestock offers projects in the areas of beef cattle, sheep, swine, goats, dairy, and food science. Participants who wish to show 4-H livestock at the state fair will need to complete several hours of education and this is the perfect opportunity to do that!  Complete your online registration and select Livestock Club so that you will receive updates and times on current meetings as they become available. This club usually meets on the 3rd Thursday at 6:00p.m. Call the office to confirm meeting dates as schedules have varied recently!

This is one of our newer clubs and will likely be done in project sets. Our certified master sewer will assist youth with the basics or help those more advanced to make progressively difficult projects. Our current project a drawstring backpack. Look for our next project likely coming in the summer. 

This club meets at the Anderson County Sportsmen's Club on Monday nights at 6:00 p.m. during the spring and summer. Youth can come on the 1st and 3rd Mondays for pistol and rifle or the 2nd and 4th Mondays for archery and shotgun. You must be 12 years old to participate in the pistol portion, all others are for ages 9 and above. Call the office to confirm meeting places and times as they sometimes are dependent upon weather. This club does have a $40 charge to cover cost of supplies. 

Flyer containing shooting sports schedule with date and times


2024 4-H Camp Camper Application (ages 9-14)

Summer camp information now available!

Register now!

2024 4-H Camp CIT/JC Application (ages 15-17)

Application for CIT and JC age campers.

Registration open!

4-H Newsletters


How does 4-H benefit youth?

4-H’ers, regardless of their background, socio-economic status, race or gender, benefit from their participation in Kentucky 4-H. Positive youth development studies have affirmed that compared to other youth, young people involved in 4-H are:

  • Four times more likely to contribute to their communities. 
  • Two times more likely to be  civically active.
  • Two times more likely to make healthier lifestyle choices.
  • Two times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology  programs during out-of-school time.
  • 4-H girls are two times more likely (Grade 10) and nearly three times more likely (Grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities.

Upcoming 4-H Events

There are always fun 4-H events going on in Anderson County

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4-H Camp Information

July 8th-11th 2024

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Volunteer Opportunities

Click below to learn how to become a part of the 4-H team!

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Susan D. Campbell

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development

(502) 839-7271 susan.campbell@uky.edu Anderson County Extension Office 1026 County Park Road, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky 40342-1235

Our 4-H programs are a great way to get the youth of our county involved in a variety of activities. If you don't see a club offered that you are interested in starting, just let me know. We'd love to have new clubs and volunteers!

Susan Campbell Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development

Contact Information

1026 County Park Road Lawrenceburg, KY 40342-1235

(502) 839-7271