Join 4-H

Embark on an exhilarating journey with 4-H, a global program captivating the hearts of nearly 6 million young people! Youth can experience 4-H through school and community clubs, in-school and after-school programs, and 4-H camps. 4-H programming focuses on the following program project areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Communication and the Arts, Healthy Living, Leadership and Civic Engagement, and STEM. 4-H welcomes youth from various backgrounds and passions in grades K-12 - Clover Kids (grades K-3) and 4-H Clubs (grades 4-12).

Enrolling in your county's 4-H program may involve an enrollment fee. Please contact your local County Extension Office to find out more. Financial assistance for individual enrollment fees is available through the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

Ready to start your 4-H adventure? Fill out our interest form below or contact your local County Extension Office to learn more about the endless 4-H opportunities.

Interest Form

What is 4-H?

4-H is a community of 6 million young people across the world who are learning how to live healthily, be leaders, become engaged in their communities, and use science and technology to make good decisions for their future. Head, Heart, Hands, and Health are the four H's in 4-H, representing the values members work on through fun and engaging projects.

Iowa 4-H Youth Development is the premier youth development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Providing research-based education to K-12 youth, Iowa 4-H builds upon more than a century of experience in positive youth development.

Our Vision: Iowa 4-H strives to be the largest youth-serving organization in Iowa by being relevant, welcoming, and inclusive as we partner with youth to help them find their passion

Members can now enroll or re-enroll themselves in 4-H. You do this via 4-H Online. If you are re-enrolling you can maintain your address, phone number, emails, and project listings. You can even opt to have emails sent to you for newsletters and reminders. If you are a new member enrolling you will need to choose a club and answer all the questions provided in 4-H Online. Club information can be found on this page as well. If you just need to add a member to your profile DO NOT create a new account. Please use this form to help you enroll or reach out to the Lucas County Extension Office during office hours M-T 8am - 12pm and 12:30pm - 4:40pm.

Important: Through enrollment you will electronically sign a Code of Ethics and Medical Release Form. Parent and child will need to complete this online enrollment process together as there are places for adult and child to electronically sign.

Basic 4-H Information

4-H Mission

  • 4-H Empowers youth to reach their full potential through youth-adult partnerships and research-based experiences.

4-H Motto

  • To Make the Best Better!

4-H Colors

  • Green - symbolizes life, springtime, and youth
  • White - symbolizes purity

4-H Symbol

  • A green 4-leaf Clover with 4 white H's, one on each leaf
4-H Clover

4-H Pledge

I pledge my HEAD to Clearing 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.

Lucas County 4-H Clubs

Chariton Challengers
  • Meets 3rd Monday of the month in Chariton
  • Active in the Exhibit Building
  • Club Leaders: Dawn Morgan, Mish Hall, Anne Swartz
Derby Blue Ribbon Winners
  • Meets 1st Wednesday of the Month in Derby
  • Active in Livestock project areas
  • Runs popcorn and ice-cream stand
  • Club Leaders: Pat Evans, Mich Fogle
English Strivers
  • Meets 1st Sunday of the Month in Chariton
  • Active in Livestock projects and Exhibit Building
  • Runs the Snow Cone Stand
  • Club Leader: Kelly Travis
Liberty Flyers
  • Meets 3rd Wednesday of the Month around Oakley
  • Active in Livestock projects
  • Club Leader: Ron Burgett
  • Meets 1st Sunday of the Month Various Locations
  • Active in Livestock Projects
  • Runs the nacho and pretzel stand
  • Club Leader: Danielle Van Ryswyk
Russell Reivers
  • Meets 2nd Sunday of the Month in Russell
  • Active in Livestock projects and Exhibit Building
  • Runs the Lemonade Stand
  • Club Leaders: Sonya Gwinn, Delaney Briggs, Sunny Atwell
Shooting Stars
  • Meets 2nd Sunday of the Month in Chariton
  • Active in Livestock and Exhibit Building
  • Runs the Cotton Candy Stand
  • Club Leader: Ashley Druckenmiller
Safety & Education in Shooting Sports (SESS)
  • Meets 2nd Sunday of the Month 
  • Disciplines taught are .22, shotgun, and archery
  • This group is active in state shooting matches and parent participation is required
  • Club Leaders: Dan Morrett, Darcy Gonthier, Jeff Wartgow

Please Contact the Extension Office for more Club Information.