Welcome to Bienville Parish 4-H
What is 4-H?
4-H is a community of more than 6.5 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H’ers can participate in fun, hands-on learning activities which encourage a sense of belonging among the youth. And it is making new friends and doing new things. Sometimes it’s even going to new places. The 4-H Club is the largest youth organization in the United States! Louisiana has more than 85,000 4-H members in more than 1,700 clubs.
Louisiana 4-H reaches a diverse group of youth, grades K-12. Through non-formal, research-based, experiential learning activities, 4-H participants gain knowledge and life skills to become productive, capable and compassionate members of their communities. The 4-H program combines the cooperative efforts of youth, volunteer leaders, land-grant universities, federal, state, local governments and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Bienville Parish 4-H Youth Development program serves approximately 400-500 members with 30-plus leaders and volunteers in 15 clubs. Our 4-H agent, Elizabeth Lynn, develops and carries out a yearly program plan for these young citizens to focus on building their community service, leadership and teamwork skills.
Who Can Join 4-H?
4-H is open to boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 19, grades 4 through 12. It is for rural and city boys and girls. Rather than merely reading about things, boys and girls actually do them. 4-H provides opportunities to develop such life skills as self-esteem, decision making, social interaction, practical knowledge, etc.
How Do You Join 4-H and What Do You Do?
4-H enrollment usually coincides with the beginning of school in Bienville Parish. Each club has an enrollment meeting in September and October that is open to everyone. Each school club has a local 4-H leader who helps organize the club. To enroll in 4-H, students should complete an enrollment card and pay their club dues. Dues are set by the club or volunteer leader and are one-time fees. When the enrollment cards are filled out, ONE project book is selected based on interest. First-time 4-H members in 4th-6th grades must select the “Discovering 4-H” project book; others can select a project they are interested in such as livestock, environment, photography, fashion, horticulture, woodworking, aerospace, healthy living, computers, public speaking, electricity, pets, citizenship and much more. Members may purchase additional books for an additional fee. 4-H’ers can compete with their projects in contests at the local, state, regional or national levels and also attend conferences and events. Interested youth will learn about the needs of their community and develop a “Service Learning” project, where they will use a parish community service project as an additional education program. Junior Leadership assists teens in becoming more active as volunteers in their schools and communities while increasing leadership skills.
4-H members in 7th – 12th grades can also develop leadership and citizenship skills by participating in a Junior Leadership club.
In addition, many activities and special events are created to include participation for all members. Parish activities include Achievement Day, community service activities, cookery contests, outdoor skills practices, essay contests, ‘Name the Newsletter’ contest, design a t-shirt contest, trips, and many more are created to bring members together in an effort to heighten social skills and community involvement. District events are cookery contests, State Fair of Louisiana events, Summer Camp for 4th – 6th graders, Challenge Camp for 7th-8th graders, horse shows, etc. State opportunities include Junior Leadership Conference, 4-H University, Honey Bee Essay Contest, Marsh Maneuvers, and more. National events are Citizenship Washington Focus, 4-H Congress, livestock shows and awards trips. Bienville Parish 4-H proudly guides and teaches our future leaders of tomorrow!
4-H members can choose the activities they do. Do you want to…visit interesting places, win awards, raise animals and plants, prepare food, use a computer, collect insects or learn to sew? 4-H members can choose to do these activities and many more.
Adults can become involved in 4-H as well. Clubs at school need volunteers to assist with club programs and activities, 4-H members can form “project groups,” and adults can work with a small group of youth who are working on the same project book. At this time, adults are actively working with specific projects are in the areas of livestock, gardening and shooting sports, but many more project groups can be formed!
4-H Slogan: Learn By Doing
4-H Motto: To Make the Best Better
4-H Colors: Green and White
4-H Emblem: Four-leaf clover
What do the four H's in 4-H stand for?
Head, Heart, Hands and Health are the four H’s in 4-H, and they are the four values members work on through fun and engaging problems.
HEAD - Managing, Thinking
HEART - Relating, Caring
HANDS - Giving, Working
HEALTH - Being, Living
The 4-H Pledge
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.
The 4-H Creed
I believe in 4-H work for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen.
I believe in training of my HEAD for the power it will give me to think, to plan and to reason.
I believe in the training of my HEART for the nobleness it will give me to become kind, sympathetic and true.
I believe in the training of my HANDS for the dignity it will give me to be helpful, useful and skillful.
I believe in the training of my HEALTH for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, to resist disease and to work efficiently.
I believe in my World, my Country, my State and my Community and in my responsibility for their development.
In all these things I believe, and I am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment.
Some Famous 4-H Alumni
Faith Hill, Reba McIntyre, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Johnny Cash, Reggie White, Dolly Parton
Al Gore, Roy Rogers, Herschel Walker
Archie Manning, Charley Pride, Glen Campbell
Johnny Carson, Jermaine Jackson, Russel Honore`
Pat Nixon, Jerry Huckaby, Vince Gill