4-H in Macoupin County

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.

We host several local workshops and programs throughout the year in Macoupin County. If you don't see one listed below, go to our events tab!

A fall watercolor with different colored gnomes.

Fall Gnome Painting

Tap into your creative side and learn how to paint a fall themed gnome. Local volunteer Karen King will be leading this interactive painting workshop.
A hand passing a credit card to a store clerk with a black credit card outline in the middle.

Money Savvy

We're partnering with Carlinville National Bank to help youth navigate the world of financial responsibility! Participants will learn money facts, habits, and more.
Beads that spell out Lead and Leaders.

Officer Training

"Grow Your Leadership" by attending 4-H Officer Training! We encourage youth who is a 4-H officer or interested in becoming one to attend to learn about positions and leadership roles.
Hygiene products - comb, razor, soap, deodorant, washcloth.

Hygiene Kits

Put your "Hands to Larger Service" by helping us make our goal of putting together 100 Hygiene Kits to be donated to those in need in our local communities!
A cauldron with smoke coming out of it with science beakers around the cauldron. Orange Jack O'Lanterns in the middle.

Science Spooktacular

Join us for Science Spooktacular at the Carlinville Public Library! 4-H Federation members will be on hand to engage youth in hands-on STEAM activities!
A child painting a pumpkin with a paint brush and palette in middle.

Pumpkin Painting Contest

Create your own painted pumpkin! Pumpkins can be painted and decorated. The pumpkin MUST be decorated by the 4-H member.
A forest/walking path in autumn. A camera in the middle.

Fall Photo Contest

Take a photo with a Fall theme! Use your photography skills to capture the perfect photo! The photo MUST be taken by the 4-H member.
Baked goods and desserts sitting on a wooden table with hands placing a plate on the table.

Baking Workshop

Participants will make a simple treat to take home to bake just in time for Thanksgiving! Youth will learn food safety and the ins and outs of making a dessert during this hands-on workshop.
An evergreen wreath with a person tie a red bow to the top of the wreath.

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Get into the holiday spirit and use nature’s bounty to help you build a beautiful wreath. Natural materials such as fresh evergreens, foliage, pinecones, berries and more will be provided.
A blank card and envelope on a red background with a present with a white bow tied around it with evergreen branches surrounding the card.

Card Making Workshop

Make your own personalized greeting cards for the holidays! Join local volunteer Rebekah Cloninger to make creative holiday cards using paper art techniques. 


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Fairs and Shows




  • McAllister/Robinson Scholarship Application - The Macoupin County 4-H Foundation awards a scholarship to an outstanding 4-H member who is either a high school senior or freshman in college or trade school. The $500 scholarship is awarded at Achievement Night. Scholarship applications are due by September 1.

Required Trainings to Show Livestock

  • YQCA – Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (required for beef, dairy, goats, sheep, and swine)
  • QAEC – Quality Assurance and Ethics Certification (required for dog, cat, poultry, rabbit, small pet, and horse)
  • Due May 1 in order for you to show livestock at your local county 4-H fair.

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