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Mass 4-H

Massachusetts 4-H is a youth development program open to all young people ages 5 through 18 throughout the Commonwealth. It is part of a nationwide system connected to each land-grant institution of higher education and as such, has access to a wealth of resources and curriculum. In Massachusetts, 4-H is based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has offices in seven regions of the state.

Based on the Eight Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development, 4-H helps young people learn life skills under the guidance of trained, screened volunteers in non-formal educational settings such as clubs, camps and afterschool programs. These Essential Elements can also be viewed as the Five “C’s” – Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character and Caring.  When young people work on these characteristics they demonstrate a Sixth “C”: Contribution to self, family, community and the institutions of a civil society.

  • Pledge Image courtesy of Cornell Cooperative Extension

    Earth Day 4-H Club Challenge

    October 1, 2021

    A Season of Thanks and Service Earth Day Club Challenge 

    April 1st – September 1st (Forms Due October 1st)

    “...I pledge my hands to larger service... for my club my community my country and my world.” 

    These words found in our 4-H pledge are meaningful to so many of today’s 4-H families as they have been to past members and volunteers throughout the years. Community Service has been one of the main components of 4-H programming over time.   

  • 4-H week logo Find Your SPARK

    4-H Kicks of the New Year

    September 1, 2021

    New 4-H Year kicks off September 1st

    Fall is an exciting time in the 4-H program as youth complete their records for the previous year, set new goals for the new year and show their 4-H spirit. 

    • September 7th- 4honline opens for re-enrollment
    • October 1st – Records are due in the office
    • October 3rd- October 9th is National 4-H Week
    • October 6th – 2021 STEM Challenge “Galactic Quest” blasts off
    • October 6-17th -Fall Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply Company Stores
    • 4-H 101 and Animal Science Programs offered as we launch back post Covid-19
  • Animal Costume Class

    2021 Massachusetts 4-H Virtual Fair (Deadline to enter 7/31)

    June 28, 2021

    Join us for the Second Annual Massachusetts Virtual 4-H Fair! It is kicking off July 1st-31st , 2021. Entry deadline is July 31st. Results will be announced on August 9th at 7pm via Zoom. Participation in the fair gives you the opportunity to get feedback on your projects before the show season is in full swing. We have made the upload process easier this year.

    Hope to see you at the fair!