4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

What is 4-H?

4-H Youth Development is part of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension.  Extension’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through non-formal education for the entire family.  Extension agents and volunteers take the results of university research and explain it in such a way that different age groups can learn and apply the information to their own lives. Kentucky 4-H believes in providing positive youth development experiences that all youth to experience belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.  

4-H is a youth organization committed to building outstanding leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today’s global society. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

The four H's represent the idea of HeadHeartHands, and Health. These are the values members work on through fun and engaging programs.

Head   Managing, Thinking
Heart   Relating, Caring
Hands   Giving, Working
Health   Being, Living

Enroll Today!

 

It's FREE to join Boone County 4-H!

Enrollment is valid from September 1, 2023, through August 31, 2024. Please note that the enrollment form includes the Code of Conduct and Participant Information Form. All pages of the form MUST be completed or it will be returned to you. You may return the enrollment form via mail, fax, or by dropping it off in person at the Extension Office. When you become a 4-H member, you'll receive the monthly newsletter (either by email or postal mail) and can choose among the many events and activities 4-H has to offer.
To be an active member, continue to receive the monthly newsletter, and participate in 4-H events, summer projects, and the Boone County Fair as a 4-H member, you MUST re-enroll by completing the 2023-2024 enrollment form to reactivate your membership. 

Click HERE to get a 2023-2024 Enrollment Form

Interested in joining a club? Click here to see our 4-H Club Leader list!

 

Monthly Spotlight

Mark your Calendars -- New Dates!! Boone County Fair 2024 will be June 24 through June 29th this year.

Planning to participate in the 2024 Boone County Fair? Find all the information you need here.

 

4-H Clubs

Join Boone County 4-H Art Clubs!


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 Join Boone County 4-H Sewing Club!


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Sew Unique Design Club and Art a la Carte

For meeting information, contact Debra Feitl

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Learn the basics of disc golf with 4-H Assistant Jason Brown!

For club meetings and information, contact Jason Brown at (859) 586-6101

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Sign up for the 2024 Country Ham Project!

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

The cost is $70 and is due on December 8th, 2024. 

Checks payable to the Boone County 4-H Council 

 

Contact 4-H Agent Rusty Wolf for more details about Country Ham 

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Contact Rosemary Mastin at (859) 689-0767

Learn about cut flowers and floral arrangements!

For ages 9 to 17 years old

Floral Design 2023-2024 Flyer

Contact Cathy Fellows at (859) 586-6101 to learn more. 

Not old enough for 4-H? Join 4-H Cloverbuds for ages 5 to 8 years old!
 

For 'Lil Buds, contact Julie Brown or Kristi Watkins 

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For Buzzing Bees, contact Angie Jones

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Our club's 2024 roster is full and we won't be able to accept new members until our 2025 season.

 

To be selected to join our club in 2025 new & returning members must fill out and turn in an online application between Sept. 1-Oct. 1.

Email us for applications and to reserve an Open House spot starting in August 2024. 

 

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For more information, contact Debra Feitl

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Join the 4-H Sharpshooters Facebook Group!

Come join the Boone County 4-H Livestock Club!

Six hours of livestock education, taught by certified livestock leaders, are required to participate in the market and breeding divisions for the county, district, and state competitions. Each participant in the market animal project must have six educational hours before the validation for each species. This includes beef, dairy, sheep, goat, hog, rabbit, chicken, and duck. The participants in the breeding animal and country ham projects must receive six educational hours. Also, the participant and his/her parent must attend the mandatory livestock meeting in January. Please plan to attend meetings early in the year. Make-up time will not be given. Unless otherwise noted, all livestock club meetings will be held at the Extension Office.

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Contact 4-H Agent Rusty Wolf for details about Livestock Club

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Come join the Boone County 4-H Horse Clubs!

horse clubs

Check underneath our events tab to find all the upcoming horse educational hours. 

Join 4-H Cat Club!

Contact Sandy Nguyen for more information

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Open to middle and high school students! Come make friends and learn about 4-H!

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Contact Rusty Wolf at (859) 586-6101 for more details

For ages 9 to 13 years old

Learn about nature and wildlife animals!

 

Contact Environmental Education Assistant Brandie Todd for more details

(859) 586-6101

Rollerskate Club group photo

 

Come learn the basics of roller skating with 4-H assistant Richelle Davis!

For more details, contact Richelle Davis at (859) 586-6101

Visit boone.ca.uky.edu/online-registration for a list of upcoming dates

4-H Backyard Homesteading

Check out our newest club, 4-H Backyard Homesteading! Learn about homesteading and farming with no experience required! We will have several opportunities to visit local Boone County Farms. 

Contact Peggy Earls for more details

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Livestock Information

Click here to access the 2024 Livestock Record Book

For more information, contact Rusty Wolf at rusty.wolf@uky.edu or call (859) 586-6101

For Kentucky State Fair Catalog/ Cloverville click here:

http://4-h.ca.uky.edu/content/state-fair-catalog

Check the Kentucky 4-H Livestock Judging website for more information!

In addition to providing youth an opportunity to learn about animal selection and evaluation, nutrition and feeding, health and daily care, reproduction, and marketing, another of the important purposes for 4-H/FFA Youth Breeding and Market Livestock Projects are to facilitate learning the valuable life skills of responsibility, hard work, critical thinking, and decision-making.  Achieving each of these purposes is best accomplished when the 4-Her or FFA member has personal ownership of their project and responsibility for the continuous daily care of their livestock or dairy project under the oversight of the youth’s parents or legal guardians, the local supervising Extension Agent or Vocational Agriculture Teacher, and (or) the volunteer 

To help provide a framework where the above-mentioned purposes can be achieved, Kentucky has adopted rules pertaining to ownership, possession, and care of 4-H/FFA Youth Breeding and Market Livestock Projects.  These rules apply to all 4-H/FFA beef, goat, sheep, and swine breeding and market animal projects (including beef heifers, beef cows, beef bulls, market steers, market heifers, breeding does, market goats, breeding ewes, market lambs, local leader. breeding gilts, and market hogs).

Check the Kentucky 4-H website for forms about Ownership

All 4-H/FFA market steers, market heifers, market lambs, market hogs, and market goats that will participate in market livestock shows in Kentucky (i.e., County Fairs, District Shows, Junior Livestock Expos, Kentucky State Fair, etc.) must be tagged with Radio Frequency Identification (R.F.I.D.) tags.  The R.F.I.D. tag number will be used as the Kentucky Uniform Identification Program (K.U.I.P.) number.  In addition, to be eligible for participation in the Kentucky State Fair, market steers, market lambs, market hogs, and market goats must have samples collected for DNA testing.  The validation guidelines and required forms for validation can be found below. 

The location where market animals will be housed is required to be identified on the validation form.  The housing location must conform to the rules and guidelines found in the Ownership, Possession, and Care Rules for Kentucky 4-H/FFA Youth Breeding and Market Livestock Projects.

Animals that will only be exhibited as breeding animals (breeding heifers, breeding gilts, breeding ewes, and breeding does) do not need to go through the validation process.  However, all breeding animals are required to be identified by June 1 by completing a Kentucky 4-H/FFA Breeding Animal Project Nomination and Location Form online. 

 

Click here for the Kentucky 4-H/ FFA website 

 

Horse

Jason S. Brown

Extension Assistant, 4-H Youth Development

(859) 586-6101 js.brown@uky.edu Boone County Extension Office 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, Kentucky 41005-0876

Lisa K. Casteel

Extension Assistant, 4-H Youth Development

(859) 586-6101 lisa.casteel@uky.edu Boone County Extension Office 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, Kentucky 41005-0876

Stephen B. Conrad

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development

(859) 586-6101 sconrad@uky.edu Boone County Extension Office 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, Kentucky 41005-0876

Richelle L. Davis

Extension Assistant, 4-H Youth Development

(859) 586-6101 richelle.davis@uky.edu Boone County Extension Office 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, Kentucky 41005-0876

Laila M. El-Amin

Extension Assistant, 4-H Youth Development

(859) 586-6101 lmelam0@uky.edu Boone County Extension Office 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, Kentucky 41005-0876

Cathy Fellows

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development

(859) 586-6101 cathy.fellows@uky.edu Boone County Extension Office 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, Kentucky 41005-0876

Diane E. Watkins

Extension Assistant, 4-H Youth Development

(859) 586-6101 dwatkins@uky.edu Boone County Extension Office 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, Kentucky 41005-0876

Rusty S. Wolf

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development

(859) 586-6101 rusty.wolf@uky.edu Boone County Extension Office 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, Kentucky 41005-0876

How does 4-H benefit youth?

4-H’ers, regardless of their background, socio-economic status, race or gender, benefit from their participation in Kentucky 4-H. Positive youth development studies have affirmed that compared to other youth, young people involved in 4-H are:

  • Four times more likely to contribute to their communities. 
  • Two times more likely to be  civically active.
  • Two times more likely to make healthier lifestyle choices.
  • Two times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology  programs during out-of-school time.
  • 4-H girls are two times more likely (Grade 10) and nearly three times more likely (Grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities.

Contact Information

6028 Camp Ernst Road P.O. Box 876 Burlington, KY 41005-0876

(859) 586-6101

boone.ext@uky.edu