4-H Grows Here celebrating National 4-H Week

The Tillamook County 4-H program is celebrating the impact 4-H youth are making in their lives and their communities during National 4-H Week. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth organization, empowering more than six million young people across the U.S.


This year, National 4-H Week is October 4 – 10, 2015 and the theme is “4-H Grows Here.” We want to encourage everyone to wear their 4-H gear (shirt, hat, scarf, ect.) on Wednesday, October 7th to represent 4-H.

The Tillamook County 4-H program reaches over 1,200 youth each year through traditional 4-H clubs, 4-H afterschool programs and day camps and through nutrition and science programs offered in school classrooms.   4-H clubs are led by 160 adult and 44 youth volunteers.  National 4-H Week recognizes the beginning of a new 4-H year. It is time for getting together to plan and organize the new 4-H year.

Many people ask what 4-H stands for. The Four H’s stand for Head, Heart, Hands and Health. They symbolize the development of the head to think, plan and reason; the heart to be concerned with the welfare of others, accept the responsibilities of citizenship, and develop positive attitudes; the hands to be useful and skillful; and health to practice healthful living, enjoy life, and use leisure time productively.

The 4-H Motto is “To Make The Best Better,” ever striving to better oneself.

Green and white are the 4-H colors. Green is emblematic of springtime, life, and youth, while white symbolizes high ideas.

The 4-H pledge was adopted in 1927 and remained unchanged until 1973 when the words “and my world” were added. Many Tillamook County residents are familiar with the pledge which states: “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.

Although today’s 4-H program still has traditional 4-H clubs, less than 10% of Tillamook County’s 4-H participants live on farms. In the traditional 4-H club program the most popular projects in Tillamook County are clothing, photography, art, and swine, although more than 40 different projects are available depending upon the interests of volunteer leaders and members. In Tillamook County leaders are especially needed in the 4-H clothing, foods, gardening, and small animals (rabbit & poultry) project areas. New 4-H leaders are provided project materials and training; this year new 4-H leader orientation will be held on November 8, 1:30-4 pm at the OSU Extension Office in Tillamook.

The 4-H Cloverbud program for youth in grades K through 3 continues to increase in popularity. 4-H Cloverbuds focus on short-term projects in a variety of project areas that include cooperative learning and are non-competitive.  The majority of 4-H Cloverbud members are reached through day camp and after school programs. The 4-H program is looking for volunteers who are interested in establishing 4-H Cloverbud clubs.

People interested in learning more about 4-H or how to start a 4-H group are invited to visit the OSU Extension Office at 2204 Fourth Street, Tillamook, or call Nancy Kershaw or Joy Jones at 842-3433. 4-H families, friends, supporters and those interested in learning more about the 4-H program are invited to attend the 4-H Recognition Dinner on Sunday, October 18, 1 p.m. at Tillamook High School. Come and find out why many people view 4-H as both a youth and adult educational program.

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