Butte County 4-H Program
Welcome to Butte County 4-H
Butte County is located in the Sacramento Valley in northern California. Oroville is the county seat. Other communities include Chico, Paradise, Durham, Gridley, Richvale/ Biggs and various mountain communities. Butte County 4-H is a program of the University of California Cooperative Extension located in Butte County Government Center in Oroville. The program objective is to serve the youth and the families of Butte County.
The mission of the Butte County 4-H Youth Development Program is to empower youth through diverse programs in order to achieve their fullest potential and become responsible citizens within their community.
For more information on the 4-H Program, and how to register, contact the Butte County 4-H office.
The 4-H Emblem is a four-leaf clover with the letter "H" on each leaf. The four "H's" stand for:
Whether youth participate in clubs, after school programs, day camps, or in other program settings, the 4-H Youth Development Program's mission and goals remain the same... to help youth develop to their full potential!
4-H Youth Development is a non-formal educational youth program, conducted by the University of California Cooperative Extension. The purpose of 4-H Youth Development is to help diverse young people discover and develop their potential and grow into competent, contributing, and caring citizens. Learn-by-doing activities, youth-adult partnerships, and research-based educational programs help young people enhance their leadership abilities and develop a wide range of other life skills.
WHY: leadership/citizenship development; life skills education; strengthening youth, families communities; advancing the field of youth development
HOW: experiential education ("learn by doing"); bridging research and practice; building partnerships for programming and funding; cross-age learning and teaching; youth-adult partnerships
WHERE: school enrichment programs; community clubs; special interest projects and programs; school-aged child care; camp experiences; independent study; distance learning
What is 4-H?
4-H is an informal, learn-by-doing educational program for youth, ages K-19 from all racial cultural economic and social background. 4-H is the youth education program of Cooperative Extension Service. The Butte County 4-H Youth Development Program (4-H YDP) consists of about 730 members in 20 local clubs led by 270 leaders. 4-H is designed to help local youth develop into responsible, self-directed, productive world citizens. And also, to improve the well being of youth and society through the use of research based "learn-by-doing" educational experiences.
4-H has such a wide variety of programs and activities available that every youth can do well. There are options from sewing to woodworking; from environmental to entomology projects available to members. In addition to established programs, the option of doing an individual project and creating a 'curriculum' is also possible. Fundraising activities, fairs and educational trips are all a part of the 4-H experience!
How to Enroll in Butte County 4-H
If you live in Butte County and want information on enrollment, call 530-538-7201 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
4-H is a non-profit, non-formal educational youth development program. At the national level, 4-H is directed by an assistant deputy director and a staff for 4-H and other youth programs in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In California the 4-H program is conducted by the University of California Cooperative Extension. In each county, local Extension staff is authorized to administer the program in accordance with policies set by the University of California System and the Cooperative Extension.
In Butte County, the University of California Cooperative Extension staff includes a 4-H Youth Development Advisor, a 4-H Youth Program Representative and two secretaries. At the club level, the Community Club Leaders and the project leaders are adult volunteers. These adults accept the responsibility of being a leader because they enjoy teaching and working with 4-H members. Junior leaders are members in the sixth through eighth grade who assist leaders in leading projects. Teen leaders are members in ninth grade or above who lead project groups with a leader present.
The 4-H Motto
To Make the Best Better
The 4-H Slogan
Learn by Doing
The 4-H Pledge
As a true 4-H member, I pledge:
My Head to clearer thinking, My Heart to greater loyalty, My Hands to larger service, My Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
The 4-H Creed
I believe in 4-H for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen. I believe in the training of my head for the power it will give me to think, plan, and reason. I believe in the training of my heart for the nobleness it will give me to become kind, sympathetic, and true. I believe in the training of my hands for the ability it will give me to become helpful, useful, and skillful. I believe in the training of my health for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, to resist disease, and to work efficiently. I believe in my country, my state, my community, and in my responsibility for their development. In all these things I believe, and I am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment.
The Goals of the 4-H Program
The goals of the 4-H program are to help young people:
- Develop initiative and assume responsibility
- Develop leadership and be of service to others
- Develop the ability to live and work cooperatively with others
- Acquire knowledge and skills to explore careers
- Acquire satisfaction from work and accomplishments
- Choose from alternatives and plan satisfying lives
- Develop positive self-images
What We Offer
The 4-H Youth Development Program offers many programs for youth throughout the country and some around the world. 4-H offers projects to enrich skills, meetings to encourage social development and participation within society, camps, conferences, trips, exchange programs, and many other events meant to benefit youth involved. This page offers examples of a few opportunities available in 4-H. For more information, please contact the Butte County 4H Office at
4-H members who participate in a club may elect a board of officers and plan, implement, and evaluate an annual Plan of Work. A volunteer leader, the Community Club Leader, coaches the officers and members in activities and guides them as they develop their leadership abilities. Parents/Guardians of members can actively participate in discussions, but only 4-H members may vote on issues brought before the club. Meetings allow members and parents/guardians to share information and experiences.
Some projects offered by the 4-H program:
- Arts & Crafts
- Camping & Backpacking
- Clothing & Textiles
- Community Pride
- Dog Care
- Food & Nutrition
- Guide Dogs
- Shooting Sports
- Small Animals
- Any approved project for which a leader is available.
These projects may not be offered at all clubs. Contact Butte County 4H Office at 530-538-7201 for more information.
More About Projects
Projects allow members to learn-by-doing activities and completing planned objectives. Projects selection should be based on: interests, needs, time available, family situation, suitability to area of residence, and availability of necessary tools and equipment.
The 2016-2017 Butte County 4-H enrollment fee is $45.00 for youth and $25.00 for adults. Butte County 4-H adds a fee of $7.00 per youth and $11.00 per adult to the state fees of $38.00 per youth and $14.00 per adult. The usage of the added fee is 10% of these fees are used for the printing of educational materials for Community Clubs and County projects and Butte County Council. 40% of the fees are also used to purchase educational curriculum for use by Butte County 4-H. 50% of the fees are used to reimburse volunteers for use of private vehicles transporting members to various county, regional and state events.
If this fee creates and undue financial burden Members may withhold payment at the Community Club level and send a letter requesting fees be waived to the Butte County 4-H office.
Camp Rockin' U Summer Camp
4-H members can participate in the Camp Program. Each year members are involved in a variety of sessions and activities which provide entertainment and learning opportunities.
Butte County 4-H Council Officers 2016-17
|President||Mike Cook||Palermo 4-H Club|
|Brent Jayne|| Lone Pine
|Secretary||Marjorie Daley||Bangor 4-H Club|
|Treasurer||Teresa Blackson||Bangor 4-H Club|
Palermo 4-H Club
Butte County 4-H All Stars 2016-2017