4-H youth are involved in hands-on activities that allow learning by doing.  All 4-H programs focus on active involvement and quality experiences which stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills.

Eligibility for 4-H membership begins when a child is age 5 and is enrolled in kindergarten as of January 1 of the current year (Cloverbuds).  Membership to the 4-H club program begins when a child is at least age 8 and enrolled in 3rd grade as of January 1 of the current year.  Ohio 4-H membership ends December 31 of the year in which an individual attains the age of 19. Membership begins when an eligible individual is enrolled in a club or group that is under the direction of trained adults, who have completed the OSUE volunteer selection process, and within the scope of Ohio State University Extension. There are more than 1400 youth and 275 adult volunteers involved in Muskingum County's 60 community clubs.

If you are interested in joining 4-H, please call our office (740-454-0144) and we will help you find a club in your area! Our enrollment deadline is March 15 of the current calendar year in order to participate in all our program has to offer!

The 4-H Motto

"To Make the Best Better"

The 4-H Motto refers to each member.  It means that each member will do the "Best" that he/she possibly can in whatever is attempted.  The member will then strive to improve the next time so his or her initial "Best" becomes "Better."  The 4-H motto encourages members to stretch their abilities and capacities to reach greater achievement within their own potential.

The 4-H Emblem

The 4-H emblem is a highly valued mark within our country's history.  As such it was granted a very unique status; it is in a category similar to the Presidential Seal and the Olympic emblem.  It is protected by the federal government and is under the responsibility and stewardship of the Secretary of Agriculture.  The "18 USC 707" marking that appears along the right lower left is coding that protects the use of the clover. 

The 4-H Colors

Green and White.  Green is nature's most common color and represents youth, life, and growth. White symbolizes purity and high ideals.

The 4-H Pledge

“I pledge 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, my country, and my world.”