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Forsyth County:
4-H Youth Development

4-H Summer Day Camps 2015

Below are a list of our Summer Fun Days that are still open for registration. They are open to current 4th - 6th graders.

"Spread the Love at the Animal Shelter"

  • Tuesday, July 28th
  • Current 4th - 6th graders
  • Forsyth County Animal Shelter, 4065 County Way, Cumming GA 30028
  • Drop-off between 7:45 and 8 am, Pick-up between 5 and 5:15 pm
  • Cost: $10 (includes lunch). We also ask that you bring a towel to donate.

Our Animal Shelter fun day that is taking place this June is FULL but we are offering a second day in July so more 4-H'ers can attend.

Spend the day learning about what it takes to work at our Animal Shelter! 4-H'ers will have a tour of the shelter and will be able to cuddle, walk and give treats to the dogs and cats. Then, they will learn exactly how the shelter operates and will be introduced to the Open Paws program, an extremely fun program which teaches animals to behave properly in a shelter setting. Lunch will be provided by Chick-fil-A. 4-H'ers can bring snacks if they would like.

Download the Animal Shelter flyer. Please fill out the registration form and bring a check made out to "Forsyth County Extension/4-H" to the office by July 23rd.

4-H Monthly Meetings

Junior/Senior County Council

7th - 12th graders
6 pm - 7 pm
1st Tuesday of every month (September till March)
Northside Hospital - Bennett Education Center, Room A

County Council is the general 4-H meeting where 4-H'ers build their leadership skills, participate in community service projects and get to meet other students. This year, the focus will be on developing life skills relating to relationships, personalities, interview techniques, technology etiquette and much more! The Junior/Senior Council for 7th-12th graders will meet at Northside Forsyth Hospital in Bennett Room A (1400 Northside Forsyth Drive). County Council is Free!

Project SAFE Programs

Project SAFE (Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education) is a life skills program that teaches character and personal growth as well as safe and responsible use of firearms. The program promotes high standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior.

Archery Club

Ducktown Park
9 years - 12th grade
9:00 - 11:30 am
Saturdays from September 12th - April 30th (weather permitting)
$100 per child, $250 for three or more children

During meeting times, 4-H'ers will learn the fundamentals of archery and work on the skills needed to succeed in this shooting sport. Participants will also learn the importance of safety while practicing Archery. 4-H'ers will have the opportunity to participate in the State Archery Match in the Spring. You do not need any personal equipment to join. Click here to view and print the participant and parent contract. Open enrollment is from July 22 - July 29th and you can mail in the signed form and cash/check or stop by our office.

4-H Summer Camp Information

Georgia 4-H provides a great summer camp program for 4th-12th graders. This next Summer (2016), 4th - 6th graders will have Cloverleaf summer camp at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Click here to watch the camp video. More information and dates to come.

Rock Eagle 4-H Center


We are thankful for those that support Forsyth County 4-H!

What it Was...

When Georgia 4-H Clubs first started in 1904, just about everyone lived on farms. The first clubs were known as Corn Clubs for boys and Tomato Clubs for girls. Boys would work to grow an acre of the biggest ears of corn. The girls would grow, harvest and can tomatoes from their family’s vegetable garden. They would then take their best products to the fair and compete to win ribbons.  Growing corn and canning tomatoes was not a game to these young people, their learning benefitted the entire family.

These pioneer 4-H’ers learned from adults who worked with the corn and tomato clubs. The clubs became known as 4-H Clubs. The adults were County Extension Agents.

What it Is...

4-H is an educational program teaching leadership, citizenship, public speaking and practical life skills. The goal is to make learning fun! It is the youth phase of The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. More than 1,700 young people participate in Forsyth County 4-H activities.

The 4-H Program is introduced and utilized as part of the curriculum in the Forsyth County School System. There are also 4-H activities outside of school. 4-H is open to all children ages 9-19. 4-H may have begun as Corn and Tomato Clubs, however, today 4-H has evolved to teach community involvement, science, ecology, technology, recycling, photography, performing arts, nutrition, violence prevention, teamwork and many other topics relative to Forsyth County youth.

There is no charge to be a 4-H member. Some optional activities may have a small fee.

Opportunities for Forsyth County 4-H’ers

  • Team and Individual Competitions
  • Diverse team and individual learning experiences
  • Team building
  • Public speaking skills
  • Decision making development
  • New subject matter comprehension

Competitions and Speciality Clubs

What Every 4-H’er Should Know

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 Motto: To Make the Best Better
The 4-H Colors: Green and White
The 4-H Slogan: Learn By Doing

The 4-H Four Esential Elements:

4-H is learning by doing . . . and one of the best ways to learn is by doing a demonstration.  A demonstration shows how, while telling how.  4-H’ers actually make or do something (step by step) and have a finished product to show and tell about by talking and using visuals such as charts, drawings, or models.

By doing a demonstration, a child will learn to gather information about a subject, organize ideas, present information visually and feel more at ease in front of a group. County Project Achievement and District Project Achievement provide 4-H’ers the opportunity to do demonstrations on what they have learned.  Judges evaluate and score the presentations.  The top three scores earners in each category win ribbons in addition to recognition for all participants.

BB Match

Contact Us

For more information about Forsyth County 4-H Youth Development Programs, contact Emily H. Addis ( You may also call (770) 887-2418.

Visit the Georgia 4-H website.


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