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Members of the 4-H family are pledging their head, heart, hands and health to making a difference in their community. Now it's time for you to make the #4Hpledge your own! Tell us how you will live the 4-H pledge. Find out more >>

4-H & Youth


Registration Deadline
December 9, 2016

This is a horseless camp filled with activities to learn about horses and to have fun! January 6 and 7, 2017. For Chittenden County 4-Hers only.

Application Deadline
January 15, 2017

Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) is the only national leadership development experience designed exclusively for 4-H'ers entering grades 7-9. The program will take place July 17-21, 2017 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, just 1 mile from Washington, D.C.

Event Date
November 19, 2016

Come join in the fun and test your knowledge in all things dairy. We will have five to six different classrooms set up with a short, instructed learning session followed by a written quiz to test what you learned. There will be four age groups: 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14 and older. The sessions could be on just about anything, but it will all be related to dairy. Awards will be given at the conclusion of the challenge.

Application Deadline
November 15, 2016

TRY for the Environment is an environmental leadership opportunity for youth in grades 7-12 in the areas of renewable energy, climate change through waste solutions, food systems, forests and trees.

November 12, 2016

TRY 4-H! is a program to introduce families to 4-H by letting young children engage in activities led by our 4-H Teen Ambassadors.

Application Deadline
November 1, 2016

The Nov. 18-20, 2016 Teen Leadership Weekend is an activity-filled weekend for 4-H members, ages 13 to 18 (as of 1/1/17). Participants learn leadership skills; engage in fun, team-building games; and have the opportunity to make new friends from around the state.

Registration Deadline
October 21, 2016

Youth Environmental Summit (YES!) is an annual environmental issues conference for middle and high school students.

A teen-led program for 4-H members ages 13-18 to get younger youth excited about 4-H and to grow the program.

Factsheet, October 2015

Factsheet for 4-H leaders and members in 4-H poultry activities. Written by UVM Extension Livestock Specialist Joe Emenheiser and State 4-H Livestock Specialist Wendy Sorrell. 1 page. October 2015.

Teens and coaches stand on stage


Four 4-H'ers Compete at National Dairy Judging Contest

Burlington--Four Vermont teens were among the 112 4-H'ers from throughout the country chosen to participate at the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Madison, Wisconsin, earlier this fall.

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Dairy Challenge Tests 4-H'ers' Bovine Knowledge

Burlington--The annual 4-H Dairy Challenge, Nov. 19, provided an opportunity for the 83 4-H participants to explore dairy-related topics and compete with fellow 4-H'ers in buzzer rounds to test their dairy knowledge.


Youths Find Clinic Sew Much Fun

Barre--A daylong sewing clinic and workshop, Nov. 5 in Barre, brought 18 young sewing enthusiasts together to work on projects and hone their sewing skills.


Vermont 4-H'ers Perform Well at National Equine Contests

Burlington--Vermont 4-H horse delegates to the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup did the state proud, finishing in the top 10 in team competitions in all events with the communications team capturing first place in their contest.