What Does the “H” Stand For?

— Written By and last updated by Nicki Ragland

You can’t imagine how often people ask if the four Hs in 4-H stand for something. Very quickly we can say the four Hs stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. However, it is more than words that they represent; they are the four principles youth work on through fun and engaging programs. Head is for managing and thinking; Heart is for relating and caring; Hands are for giving and working; and Health is for being and living. The four Hs are also incorporated into 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.”

Club membership is open to youth ages 5 to 19. Club membership is FREE, and 4-H offers a variety of clubs. We have several community clubs that meet in the community they represent. We also have specialty clubs, such as: Entrepreneurial Club, Jr. Master Gardener Club, Shooting Sports Club, Arts and Crafts Club, Horsin’ Around Animal Science Club, and St. Pauls 4-H Pony Club. Youth are welcomed to join any of the community clubs or specialty clubs that are here in Robeson County. Specialty clubs are generally more focused in a particular area, while community clubs usually focus on projects based on what the club leader and members decide. Both types of clubs have hands-on projects and activities for the club members. Community service projects are an integral part of both clubs. Club meetings are always fun and productive. Club meetings are conducted in a safe, structured environment that is conducive to having fun in such a way that the youth are learning many life skills while having fun.

The Robeson County Fair is always a fun and exciting time for 4-H members, while applying what has been learned throughout the year. The 4-H club members are actively involved in the Robeson County Fair. Each club will create an exhibit booth that represents their club and what “Join the Revolution of Responsibility” means to them. Many of the 4-H members will show their animals at the fair competition or enter items into the home exhibit competitions.

The 4-H Program offers a variety of structured learning where youth will acquire skills in public speaking, goal setting, leadership, citizenship, self-confidence, communication, and other essential life skills that will help mold them into successful adults. Positive adult and youth relationships are crucial in any young persons life, regardless of the family structure. Even though 4-H membership is open to youth between the ages of 5 and 19, we encourage parents and guardians to become active volunteers. Adult volunteers work with youth to build on strengths and overcome weaknesses. Positive and supporting adults have a significant impact in helping youth achieve their maximum potential. The Robeson County 4-H volunteers work to support, teach, mentor, and guide the 4-H youth of Robeson County and help them achieve their goals.

For more information, please contact Wendy Maynor, Extension 4-H Program Assistant with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center, at 671-3276, by E-mail at wendy_maynor@ncsu.edu, or visit our website at http://robeson.ces.ncsu.edu/.