4-H Youth Development

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Each summer Chesterfield 4-H sponsors a one-week residential camp at the Jamestown 4-H Center for youth ages 9-13 (Campers must turn 9 between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.  Must not turn 14 prior to October 1, 2016).  The 2016 camp will be held June 20-24, 2016.  It is a great opportunity for youth to experience the outdoors through a variety of activities including archery, canoeing, kayaking, cooking, rifle, robotics, sailing, swimming, and much more!  Camp is also an excellent way for youth to develop a sense of independence while also making new friends & having fun.  This year’s theme is “Chesterfield 4-H Superheroes” and we have a lot of amazing activities planned.  If you are interested please submit a registration form and $50 registration fee starting date to be announced.  We have 180 camper spots and they fill quickly!  For questions or more information please contact Bethany Eigel at the Chesterfield Extension Office at 804-751-4401 or eigelb@chesterfield.gov .

4-H Congress 2016

4-H Congress will be held June 27 through June 30, 2016. Only those 14-18 years of age can be accepted. For more information, please contact Bethany Eigel at the Cooperative Extension Office at 804-751-4401 or by email at eigelb@chesterfield.gov.

4-H is the youth development education program of Virginia Cooperative Extension. 4-H is rich with learning experiences where young people partner with caring adults and volunteers in a fellowship unlike any other program available to youth today.  Through 4-H, young people are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities that emphasize 4-H's "learning by doing" philosophy of youth development.

Developing Confident Leaders

Standing for head, heart, hands, and health, 4-H uses more than a century of experience in youth development programming to build strong, confident leaders.

4-H MOTTO:  To Make the Best Better!


I pledge...My HEAD to Clearer Thinking,

My HEART to Greater Loyalty,

My HANDS to Larger Service,

and My HEALTH To Better Living.

For My Club, My Community, My Country, and My World

4-H COLORS:  Green & White

The white is for purity. The green, nature's most common color, is for life, springtime, and youth. 

Young people in the 4-H community learn leadership, citizenship, and a vast array of life skills that benefit them for the rest of their lives. Through school-based, after-school, and community clubs as well as camp settings, 4-H members pledge to build a better community, country, and world.

Ready for the Future

4-H participants are youth, ages 5 to 19, taking part in programs provided as the result of actions planned and initiated by Extension personnel in cooperation with volunteers. With a direct connection to research at Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, 4-H is the first experience many young people have with higher education. 4-H is characterized as being community-centered, volunteer-led, Extension-staff supervised, research-based, home- and family-oriented, publicly and privately funded, and responsive to change.