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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.

"Cooking in the Kitchen with 4-H"

  • Tuesday, June 30th
  • Current 4th - 6th graders
  • Central Park Recreation Building, 2300 Keith Bridge Rd, Cumming GA 30040
  • Drop-off between 7:45 - 8:15 am, Pick-up between 5 and 5:30 pm
  • Cost: $25 (includes lunch and snacks)

Join us for a cooking and canning day! You will make snacks all throughout the day, learn about food safety, create and enjoy homemade mac and cheese for lunch, participate in a food tasting challenge, and can strawberry jam that you can take home with your own 4-H apron!*We will be cooking with dairy and gluten. Please inform us if you child has any allergies*

Download the Cooking in the Kichen flyer. Please fill out the registration form and bring a check made out to "Forsyth County Extension/4-H" to the office by June 16th.

"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 14th.

4-H Junior and Senior Fun Day (7th - 12th graders)

Jr./Sr. Fun Day at Helen, GA!

  • Wednesday, July 15th
  • Current 7th - 12th graders
  • Drop-off at the 4-H office from 8 am - 8:15 am
  • Pick-up at the 4-H office around 5 pm
  • Cost: $15.00 (includes lunch)

Get ready for a jam-packed day of fun! Our first stop in Helen, GA will be at the Cool River Tubing Company, where 4-H’ers can either A.) tube for 2 1/2 hours or B.) tube for 1 1/2 hours and then head to the two waterslides. After some fun in the sun, we will walk to one of the local restaurants in Downtown Helen for lunch and then take a tour of the Hansel and Gretel Candy Kitchen, where you'll l receive a tasty treat afterword. Please bring cash if you plan to buy anything at the Candy Kitchen. We are able to cover the cost of part of this trip (normally $25) thanks to the money that was raised at the 4-H Paws 4 a Cause Fundraiser!

Download the Helen, GA fun day flyer. Please fill out the registration form and bring a check made out to "Forsyth County Extension/4-H" to the office by July 1st.

4-H Summer Camp Information

Georgia 4-H provides a great summer camp program for 4th-12th graders.

Cloverleaf Camp at Wahsega 4-H Center June 15-19 for 4th-6th graders. Click here to watch the camp video.

Junior Camp at Fortson 4-H Center June 22-26 for 7th-8th graders*

Wilderness Challenge Camp at Wahsega 4-H Center July 6-10 for 7th-8th graders *

Marine Resource Camp at Burton 4-H Center July 20-24 for 7th-8th graders*

Senior Camp at Fortson 4-H Center June 29-July 3 for 9th-12th graders* Click here for a description of the activites provided at Senior Camp.

*Please note your child must be deemed an active 4-H'er in order to attend these camps.

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

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.

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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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