4-H Youth Development

Washington County 4-H Welcomes You!

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The 4-H Youth Development program is the youth education outreach program of the University WI-Extension. The program works with 19 community clubs in Washington County, which meet monthly, along with countywide educational project meetings throughout the year. 4-H facilitates outreach programs with local partner agencies. Summer day camps are conducted annually for all county residents. If you have any questions, please call, Brianna Stapleton Welch, Washington County 4-H Youth Development Educator at 262-335-4478.

 WHAT IS 4-H IN WASHINGTON COUNTY?

4-H is a youth organization that belongs to the members, their families, and other interested adults who serve as 4-H youth leader assisting 4-H youthvolunteer leaders. Professional leadership is given by Cooperative Extension faculty of the University of Wisconsin. Support for 4-H programs is a joint effort of local county government, the University of Wisconsin-Extension, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In 4-H, young people share, grow, and learn together from various projects, events, and activities in informal situations under the guidance of their families and other volunteer adult leaders. Members can choose projects that fit them and the places where they live. Group activities and events such as drama, trips, camps, fairs, shows, and conferences provide additional learning experiences and opportunities.

4-H is open to all youth and adults regardless of their ethnic background, race, creed, or disability. Youth ages 5 – 19 have the opportunity to join a 4-H community club. Parents, guardians, and other caring adults are encouraged to participate as volunteer leaders. Most 4-H clubs have meetings for the entire membership once a month. During these meetings, decisions are made about group-sponsored activities such as community service efforts, project opportunities and fund-raising efforts.

Regardless of the structure, a 4-H group may involve families, neighbors, relatives, and others. Participants have fun learning, working, and succeeding together in the home, neighborhood, and community.


WHAT IS A 4-H PROJECT?

In clubs, 4-H members decide for themselves which projects they want to learn more about.  A 4-H project is a series of hands-on learning experiences in which youth learn subject matter and life skills. Projects are done both individually and as a group.


4-H’ers everywhere are linked in many ways, especially by the 4-H pledge which they all recite: I pledge… My HEAD to clearer thinking, My HEART to greater loyalty, My HANDS to larger service, My HEALTH to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.


4-H MOTTO: “To Make The Best Better”
4-H Slogan: “Learning by Doing”


State 4-H News and Information: linked to the UW-Extension 4-H & Youth FYI blogsite

  • State 4-H Plant Science Day April 21, 2017
    A fun way to learn about Horticulture Science!!! Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 Waushara County Fairgrounds, Wautoma, WI Plan now to participate in the State 4-H Plant Science Day event to be held Tuesday, July 11th at the Waushara County Fairgrounds in Wautoma. Youth in grades 3-13 can test their knowledge about plants while learning how to judge and identify a w […]
  • Badger Dairy Camp Update April 20, 2017
    Just a friendly reminder, registration for the 18th Badger Dairy Camp is May 1, 2017 or when spaces have been filled.  If your child is still interested in attending, please send your registration form and deposit to: Badger Dairy Camp, Attn: Nikki Lennart or Kalyanna Williams Dairy Science Department 1675 Observatory Drive Madison, WI 53706-1284 Spaces are […]
  • Market Livestock Scholarship & Grant Applications due May 1st April 19, 2017
    Each year educational scholarships are awarded to deserving high school seniors or first year students in post-secondary education. Grants are available for those youth wishing to attend the Jr. Livestock Show Camp at Wisconsin State Fair Park in June.   For more information regarding Show Camp, please visit http://www.wisconsinlivestockbreeders.com/events.h […]


4-H Youth Development Staff

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Megan Buehler-2015

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Megan Buehler

Assistant Professor
4-H Youth Development Program

4-H Youth Development Educator
and Volunteer Coordinator

Email:

UW-Extension Washington County
333 E. Washington Street, Suite 1200
PO Box 2003
West Bend, WI 53095-2003
Phone: 262-335-4478
Fax: 262-335-4863
Relay: “711”

Ginny Bichler – Program Assistant
Email: ginny.bichler@co.washington.wi.us