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

  • Summer Camp Opportunities Available at Upham Woods January 20, 2017
    How will you spend your summer at Upham? Upham Woods will be providing a variety of camp programming this summer open to participants state wide.  Programs are available to 4-H and non 4-H youth and adults.  Whether this is the first time or part of a long tradition make this summer a chance for an amazing Upham Woods camp experience.   For details on all of […]
  • Join us March 4th for the 2017 Livestock Quiz Bowl and Skillathon Contest! January 20, 2017
    4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl & Skillathon Contest What:  Livestock Bowl is a quiz competition where all the questions are about beef, sheep, swine, and meat goat topics and students use a buzzer in order to answer the questions.  Teams compete in a double elimination format by giving oral answers to questions posed by a moderator.  Each match has both an indi […]
  • Family Camp January 19, 2017
    Upham Woods Family Camp July 1-3, 2017 Families, are you looking for a way to share a meaningful experience with your kids at a prime summertime location?  Have you ever dropped your kids off at camp and wished you could stay and join in all the fun? Here’s your chance! Upham Woods is offering a family camp July 1-3, 2017.  This means that everyone in your f […]


4-H Youth Development Staff

Brianna Stapleton Welch
Megan Buehler-2015

Brianna Stapleton Welch
Megan Buehler

Assistant Professor
4-H Youth Development Program

4-H Youth Development Educator
and Volunteer Coordinator


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