National 4-H Week, Oct. 2-8

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.

4hlogo4-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 2-8, 2016 and the theme is “#4HGrown.”

4-H officials want to encourage everyone to wear their 4-H gear (shirt, hat, scarf, ect.) on Wednesday, October 5th to represent 4-H. Green Tillamook 4-H t-shirts are available for purchase at the OSU Extension Office in Tillamook and will be buy one get one half off during National 4-H week. 4-H Alums are also encouraged to reconnect with the 4-H program at or by getting involved in the Tillamook County 4-H program as a 4-H leader or parent.

The Tillamook County 4-H program reaches over 1,000 youth each year through traditional 4-H clubs, 4-H afterschool programs and day camps and through nutrition programs offered in school classrooms.  4-H clubs are led by 91 adult and 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.

Although today’s 4-H program still has traditional 4-H clubs, less than 20% 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, foods, photography, art, poultry, rabbits, horse, swine and

Cloverbuds (K-3), 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, photography, horse 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 9, 6:30-9 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 Program on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2 p.m. at Tillamook High School. Come and find out why many people view 4-H as both a youth and adult educational program.

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. And 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.

4h-osuOregon State University Extension Service offers educational programs, activities, and materials without discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. Oregon State University Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you have a disability that requires special considerations in order for you to attend this event contact the OSU Extension Service in Tillamook at 503.842.3433.