4-H History and Emblem

What is the 4-H Emblem?

The 4-H Emblem is the 4-H four-leaf clover. The first 4-H emblem was a three-leaf clover, introduced sometime between 1907 and 1908. The three “H’s” represented head, heart and hands. In 1911, at a meeting of club leaders in Washington , a fourth “H” representing health was added and the current 4-H four-leaf clover emblem was approved. It is protected by the U.S. Congress.

What is the 4-H motto?

4-H’s motto is “To make the best better” but we also like to describe ourselves with “4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills,” a phrase actually developed by 4-H youth across the country.

What is the 4-H Slogan?

The 4-H slogan is “Learn By Doing.”

What is the 4-H Pledge?

“I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service,
and my health to better living,
for my club, my community, my country, and my world.”

The 4-H pledge was worded by Otis Hall, Kansas state 4-H leader. It was approved at the first National 4-H Club Camp in 1927 in Washington, D.C. The words “my world” were added to the pledge in 1973. Their addition is the only change ever made to the 4-H pledge.

  • HEAD stands for clearer thinking and decision-making. Knowledge that is useful throughout life.
  • HEART stands for greater loyalty, strong personal values, positive self concept, concern for others.
  • HANDS stands for larger service, workforce preparedness, useful skills, science and technology literacy.
  • HEALTH stands for better living, healthy lifestyles.

How did 4-H start?

The 4-H program was founded in 1902 and will celebrate its centennial in 2002. It initially started as corn clubs for boys and canning tomato clubs for girls. While maintaining its strong agricultural tradition, 4-H has diversified into a wide range of subjects like computers, science, public speaking and many others.

How many states have 4-H?

4-H can be found in all 50 states and the provinces of the United States. Check out our links to find 4-H near you!

4-H and 4-H related programs also exist in over 80 other countries around the world. Check out the 4-H Atlas to learn about 4-H in other countries.

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