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 an Edgar County 4-H club, call the Extension Office at 217-465-8585 or email the program coordinator, Maria Crandell.
Find a local 4-H Club near you
- Bell Ridge Ag: Meets at 7 PM the first Monday of the month. Brad Cash and Adam Cash
- C & S Ag: Meets at 7:30 PM second Wednesday of the month. Karen & Tom Webster
- Ft. Sumpter: Meets at 7 PM the third Monday of the month. Cliff and Jennifer Macke
- Paris Pathfinders: Meets at 6:30 PM the first Tuesday of the month. Sarah Cusick and Robin Minge
- Pine Grove Handy Helpers: Meet at 6 PM the first Sunday of the month. Stephanie Moody and Jodi Theirl
- Raider Super Stars and Raider Super Stars Cloverbuds: meets at 4 PM the third Sunday of the month. Meggan Cash and Kristina Milburn
- Scott’s Victory: Meets at 1:30 PM the first Sunday of the month. Lorena Hardin
- Stratton Jr. Farmers: Meets at 6:30 PM the first Monday of the month. Kristen Trogdon
- Shooting Sports of Air Rifle/.22 Rifle/Archery/Shotgun: Chris Milam, Coordinator
- Head, Heart and Hooves Horse and Pony Club: Bridget Moss and Heather Gillaspie
- Edgar County Cloverbuds for youth age 5 to 7 as of September 1 current year: Meets at 5:30 PM, the third Thursday of the month. We are seeking a leader for this club. Interested? Please call the Extension Office.
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 online.
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.
4-H’ers should submit the following forms:
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:
- Bronze Clover – 1 experience in each dimension
- Silver Clover – 2 experiences in each dimension, at least 2 at the county level or beyond
- Gold Clover – 4 experiences in each dimension, at least 2 beyond the county level
- Diamond Clover – 6 or more experiences in one dimension, at least 4 beyond the county level
- 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.
Edgar County 4-H Award
Second year members and above are encouraged to submit an awards application.
Click here Edgar County 4-H Award Application for a PDF fillable form.
Outstanding Livestock Record Award
All 4-H’ers with an animal project are encouraged to complete a livestock record. An award will be presented to 4-H’er with the most outstanding livestock record at a county recognition event.
Click here Livestock Record to print out this form.
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