What is 4-H?
4-H is a youth development program for kids ages 8 to 18 that empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.
4-H members participate in local 4-H clubs, 4-H school programs or 4-H outreach programs where they learn new skills, make new friends and have fun. Within community clubs, youth attend meetings, complete projects, practice public speaking and do community service.
Routt County 4-H has 300 youth members and 85 adult volunteers. We have 9 community clubs located in Hayden, South Routt, North Routt and Steamboat Springs. Our members learn by doing through guided projects ranging from shooting sports to livestock, veterinary science to cooking and food preservation to heritage arts and much more.
Why participate in 4-H?
Research shows that young people who participate in 4-H clubs:
- Do better in school
- Are more motivated to help others
- Develop skills in leadership, public speaking, self-esteem, communication and planning
- Make lasting friendships
Through real-life situations, 4-H helps youth develop life skills such as: communication, citizenship, decision-making, leadership, interpersonal relations and community and global awareness. Youth learn these practical skills through hundreds of projects like cooking, wildlife, livestock, model rocketry, sewing, archery and shooting sports, art, photography, computers, leather craft, outdoor adventure and many more.