What's it like in 4-H? 

In 4-H, you get to decide what topics and projects interest you most. You make 4-H what you want it to be. Work on many projects or focus on one or two. Choose what events sound fun to you, and do them. In 4-H, you have an important role in making your community a better place to live, but you don’t have to do it alone. As a club, you’ll figure out what’s needed most in your neighborhood and find ways to help.

In 4-H, you’re part of a family working together. At club meetings, you’ll learn how to get along with others as you build your skills and help your community. In 4-H, you’ll meet adults who care about you and want to help you succeed. 4-H matches you with mentors who will coach you in areas like problem-solving, communicating, and teamwork. 4-H introduces you to potential careers and then gives you the training to get the career you want.

For more information about joining a Crawford County 4-H club, please call the Extension Office at 618-546-1549 or email the program coordinator, April Knoblett.

Find a 4-H Club near you


  • Annapolis Pathfinders: Ashley Shelton and Jennifer Smith


  • Flat Rock Rockets: Rayanne McGovern


  • Oblong 4-H Clovers: Meets first Wednesday of the month. Laci Pethtel and Carlee Meeks
  • Oblong Clover Stars: Meets second Wednesday of the month. Shanna Alexander and Kaitlyn Knollenberg


  • Prairie Pals: Meets first Wednesday of the month. Laura Collier and Niki Staley


  • Trailblazers: Meets first Monday of the month. Lauren Gullett and Jodi Draper
  • Twisters: Meeting dates vary. Jennifer Snyder and Jeron Harris
  •  Zion Country Kids: Meets third Monday of the month. Danielle Adams and Josh Adams

CLOVERBUDS for youth age 5 to 7

  • Crawford County Cloverbuds: Meets third Tuesday of the month. Jennifer Smith


  • Shooting Sports Archery: Robert and Sara Rayhel


2021 July Letter 4-H Show

2021 Crawford County 4-H Show Schedule

2021 Crawford County 4-H Handbook

Cooking 101 Book

Cooking 201 Book

Cooking 301 Book

Cooking 401 Book

2021 Welcome to 4-H Letter

2021 Fairentry.com Tips

2021 Illinois State Exhibition Healthy Requirements

2021 County Exhibition Health Requirements

2021 Horse Lease DUE MAY 14

2021 Swine Ownership Form DUE APRIL 30

2021 Lamb and Goat Nomination Forms DUE MAY 14

Jr. & Open shows for the 2021 Illinois State Exhibition

QAEC Online Training - Must be completed by first-year members exhibiting in dogs, cats, poultry, rabbits & horses

YQCA Online Training - Members enrolled in dairy and beef cattle, swine, sheep, and goats must take the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals certification annually. Attend either a face-to-face class or certify on-line.  The estimated cost for the face-to-face training will be $3 and $12 for the online version. The local date for in-person training will be announced soon.

Record-keeping is an important part of 4-H!  It is a way to keep notes about what you have learned and accomplished during the past year and helps you to set goals for the upcoming year.  It also is a way to let others know what you have accomplished and assist you in the award-selection process as well as have a complete record of your activity for future use on award applications, scholarship and college applications. 


 My Illinois 4-H Experiences Recognition Application

Based on your number of experiences in participation, community service, leadership and project learning, achieve one of these five levels:

  1. Bronze Clover – 1 experience in each dimension
  2. Silver Clover – 2 experiences in each dimension, at least 2 at the county level or beyond
  3. Gold Clover – 4 experiences in each dimension, at least 2 beyond the county level
  4. Diamond Clover – 6 or more experiences in one dimension, at least 4 beyond the county level
  5. Emerald Clover – 8 or more experiences in one dimension, at least 4 beyond the county level, plus at least 2 at the state or national level (will not be available for recognition in the Participation dimension. 

Click here 4-H Experience Application for a PDF fillable form.  The Experiences Recognition Awards will be presented at a county recognition event. 

Other Awards


4-H and Extension Foundation Scholarship
The award of up to $500 may be used for educational expenses during the first or second year of college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. The number of awards to be given out will be of the Foundation’s discretion. The award is given without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, or disability. While academics are important, the scholarship is based more on overall 4-H achievements and 4-H participation. The Selection Committee judges applications based on the above values. There will be no further investigation of the prospective students or their parents with respect to financial need or other personal matters. Students must complete the entire application and must sign the application. The Crawford County 4-H & Extension Foundation must receive the application by the due date.