4-H

Welcome to Iowa County 4-H!

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization. In Wisconsin, more than 69,000 youth are involved with 4-H and other UW-Madison Division of Extension youth programs. 4-H programming aims to engage youth in activities to increase their leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills. Our programs center on the 4 H’s: head, heart, hands, and health. This is the foundation for everything we do.

Wisconsin 4-H has over 8,500 volunteers who serve as mentors for 4-H youth. They help provide a safe, engaging place for youth to take risks, practice their independence, and master new skills. Research shows there are many benefits to being involved in 4-H. 4-H youth are four times more likely to make contributions to their communities, two times more likely to be civically active, two times more likely to participate in out-of-school science programs, and two times more likely to make healthier choices.

4-H provides opportunities for youth to learn the life skills they need to be responsible adults, such as making good choices, leadership, public speaking, goal setting, planning and organizing, working as a team, written communication, and managing change.  In 4-H, volunteers help youth plan and conduct meetings, projects, and activities and guide youth as they learn new skills.

Membership in 4-H is open to youth in kindergarten through age 19.

 

Iowa County 4-H News & Announcements:


Upcoming Events:

November

1 – Annual Club Charter Renewals Due
4-6 – State 4-H Fall Forum
6 – Iowa County 4-H Awards Day, 1:00pm @ HHS
28 – Leaders Association Meeting, 7:00pm @ HHS

December

1 – 4-H Re-enrollments Due Online

February
4 – Project Learning Day, 9am to Noon @ HHS

June

20-23 – 4-H Camp, Upham Woods


Celebrate Your SMART Goal Successes!

Celebration is an important part of the goal process. Recognizing accomplishments unifies 4-H members around an outcome, reminds them to focus on the positive, and motivates them to create new goals. Wisconsin 4-H promotes celebrating your successes through the offering of grants to clubs and groups that met their 2021 Charter SMART goals.

Did your Wisconsin 4-H club or group meet their 2021 charter SMART goals? Apply for a Wisconsin Chartered 4-H Club and Group SMART Goal Grant and celebrate with your members and those who helped you meet the goal.  Funds are available to celebrate as a club or group your success! Approximately 30 grants will be awarded for the following amounts $100, $200, or $300. Apply by November 30, 2022, using the form found here.

Grantees will be contacted after December 12, 2022, if they will be awarded the funds to celebrate their SMART goal success! Clubs and groups will be selected based on the level of youth involvement in the goal planning, actionable steps/objectives to reach the goal and the celebration plans. Your club or group can decide how to spend the SMART goal celebration funds.  We ask in return for the grant funds that you send us a photo and caption telling us how the funds were used to celebrate the club’s SMART goal success. We may share your story on social media and in the WI 4-H newsletter.

 These grants are made possible by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation.

 


It’s 4-H Re-enrollment Time

Re-enrollment for current families (and enrollment for new families) in your 4-H club and projects will begin September 1st and is done through 4-H Online.  The address is https://wi.4honline.com.  User friendly instructions and further details of how to enroll or re-enroll in 4-H can be found on the Iowa County 4-H website here.

Youth in 3rd grade and up are full 4-H members and are able to choose from any of the projects listed in the project guide. Youth in grades K-2 should choose “Cloverbud”.

Current members must re-enroll by December 1st to be eligible for financial support to attend educational travel, camp, and other 4-H events and activities. You can add projects and make changes until April 1st.  On April 1st, member and project enrollment is shared with the Iowa County Fair.

The enrollment fee must be paid to your 4-H leader when you re-enroll.  The fee is $10 per youth member, or $30 for a family of three or more.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Weier at 930-9858 or sarah.weier@wisc.edu.


Camp Counselor Applications

Campfire skits, meal-time songs, evening chatter, and leading games are all activities 4-H camp counselors participate in!  Youth counselors help select the camp theme, logo, t-shirt colors, group names, and more.  Camp counselors make life-long friends planning and carrying out the responsibilities while being role models for younger 4-Hers.  All these activities also make for a great line on college, scholarship, and job applications!

Any 4-H member currently in grades 9 to 13 are needed. Applications are available below or by contacting the Extension office (sarah.weier@wisc.edu or calling 608-930-9850).  Deadline is December 15th, with our first meeting scheduled for January 15th at 2:00pm at the Platteville Public Library.

Camp Counselor Application: Word  PDF


 

Recent Clover Connection Newsletters

2021 Clover Connection Newsletters

 

If you have any questions regarding 4-H in Iowa County, please contact:

Sarah Weier
Iowa County 4-H Youth Educator
303 W Chapel Street, Ste 1200
Dodgeville, WI  53533
(608) 930-9850 – Phone
(608) 935-0328 – Fax