4-H in Jo Daviess 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.

Local Clubs

  • Scales Mound Club @ 7 PM, first Wednesday of month
  • 21st Century @ 6:45 PM, first Wednesday of the month
  • Pleasant View @ 6:30 PM, third Sunday of the month
  • Shooting Stars @ 6:30 PM, third Sunday of the month
  • Menominee Achievers @ 10 AM, third Sunday of the month
  • Chelsea Busy Bees @ 7 PM, third Tuesday of the month
  • Top Notchers @ 7 PM, last Thursday of the month
  • 4-H Federation  @ 7 PM, first Monday of the month

Club Schedules - printable list of club meeting dates, times and contact information.


Northern Illinois 4-H Camp

We are beyond thrilled to announce that we are back to an overnight 4-H Camp and again, attending Rock River Christian Camp this year, in Polo, Illinois. Rock River Christian Camp is a 94 acre, year round retreat and camping center.  Youth facilities include nine cabins. 4-H Camp will offer a variety of safely-led activities such as: archery, crate stacking, arts and crafts, hiking, pool, nature study, team building and large group games.

The dates have been set for Sunday, June 11 - Thursday, June 15, 2023. Camp is open to all youth ages 8-14 by June 11. You do not have to be in 4-H to attend.


* Camp Brochure 2023

* Camper Application Packet 2023

Camp Fee Schedule:
Register by March 1……………………………..$300 (4-H members) or $320 (non-4-H members)
 (Must be paid in full by March 1, or the price goes up)

Register after March 1…………………………..$350 (4-H members) or $370 (non-4-H members)
 (Must be paid in full by May 15, or spot not held)

Camp Fee Includes:

  • Lodging (4 nights)
  • Meals (11 meals)
  • Canteen (4 afternoons)
  • Snacks (4 evenings)
  • Camp T-shirt
  • Camptivities and supplies

PLEASE NOTE that registration is not complete until our office has received your Camper Packet (which can be completed below) and payment in full. All final payments must be received before May 15 or a bunk will not be held for the camper.

Register and pay online here! Payments can be made via this site.

Payment By Check:
If you wish to pay by check, please contact the Ogle County Extension office at 815-732-2191 for instructions. All final payments must be post-marked by May 15 or a spot will not be held for the camper. Please make all checks payable to University of Illinois Extension.

U of I Extension - Ogle County
421 W. Pines Road, Suite 10
Oregon, IL 61061

Contact any of the following Extension 4-H Youth Development Staff:

Kelly Lafferty, JoDavies/Stephenson/Winnebago Counties
Youth Development Educator
815-235-4125 or klaffert@illinois.edu

Angela Miller, Jo Daviess County
4-H Program Coordinator
815-858-2273 or amillr11@illinois.edu

Brenda Heimann, Stephenson County
4-H Program Coordiantor
815-235-4125 or bheimann@illinois.edu

Cancellations & Refunds
Upon receipt of a written request for cancellation, a refund will be made as follows:

  • Cancellations made before May 15, 2023, will be entitled to a full refund.
  • Unless there is a written doctor’s order stating that the child is unfit for camp, cancellations after May 15, 2023, will result in the loss of the entire camp fee.

Information and Events

YQCA Youth for the Quality Care of Animals training must be completed every year for youth showing beef, dairy, goats, sheep, or swine

YQCA step-by-step instructions

QAEC Quality Assurance Ethics Course must be completed once for youth showing dog, cat, horse, rabbit, cavy, or poultry

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