DeSoto County 4-H
From Your 4-H Extension Agent
I am so thrilled that you and your family have taken an interest in the DeSoto County 4-H program. It’s a national organization that will benefit your child/children in many ways. Through 4-H they will have the opportunity to travel, meet friends, earn scholarships and much more. It’s a phenomenal organization that teaches many life skills that will aid in preparing your son or daughter for their future. 4-H provides opportunities for leadership, teamwork, collaboration and community service.
Linked below are enrollment forms. Please fill one out for each child between the ages of 8-18, that you are interested in signing up for the program. Mail or drop the forms by our office so we can enroll your child in the 4-H system. Once that happens, you will begin to receive our newsletter so you can see what’s going on and where you want to get plugged in at.
Thank you again for your interest, I look forward to meeting with and talking to you. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me.
Extension Agent I
DeSoto County 4-H
3260 HWY 51 S
Hernando, MS 38623
JOIN US IN DESOTO COUNTY 4-H
Learn how to get involved in the program!
- Parents fill out the Enrollment Form*, sign it and return it to DeSoto County Extension Office
- An Extension Agent will enter them into the digital system.
- They are then considered a DeSoto County 4-Her!
- You will start to receive the newsletter and learn about opportunities to get involved with us
- Follow us on Facebook (DeSoto County 4-H) for updates and activities
*The Enrollment Form and the 4-H Code of Conduct and the Health & Medical Form can all be picked up at the Extension Office.
All About 4-H in DeSoto County
What is 4-H
The purpose of 4-H is to help young people become productive citizens by instructing them in useful skills, community service, and personal development.
The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach.
- National organization that believes in young people
- Encourages youth to “learn by doing”
- Brought to you by County Extension Services through land grant universities
- Available to youth ages 8-18
- All beliefs & backgrounds are accepted
- Encourages youth to take on leadership roles
- Pushes youth out of their comfort zone and into new experiences that they can excel at
- Gives youth a voice to express who they truly are
- Provides opportunities for youth to improve their lives and their communities.
4-H Basic Knowledge
learn about some of the things that make up 4-H!
COLORS: Green & White
MOTTO: "To Make The Best Better"
SLOGAN: "Learn By Doing"
SYMBOL: Four leaf clover with white H's on each leaf
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.
The 4 H's & Their Meaning
What do the 4 H’s mean?
The Anatomy of 4-H
4-h clubs, projects and activities aim to appeal to each of these areas in order to grow 4-her's in the best way!
Head - thinking and learning to further one’s knowledge
Heart - caring and being considerate of those people and things around
Hands - giving of time and effort to serve others and community
Health - maintaining a healthy lifestyle
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As a 4-Her you will visit new places, learn new stuff, do new things & make new friends!
Join 4-H and become a new YOU!
DeSoto County 4-H FAQ’s
We've rounded up some of our most asked questions and provided answers. Take a look!
- Does 4-H costs money? 4-H in DeSoto County is free to enroll! Once your child chooses a project area or club, there might be fees or costs for activities or supplies, but you will know ahead of time if so.
- How often does 4-H meet? This depends on what your child is involved in. Community Clubs meet once per month, since they run year round. Project area groups (Chick Chain and Shooting Sports) might meet more during their set "season."
- How do I enroll my child in 4-H? You can enroll your kid(s) by filling out an enrollment form and turning it into DeSoto County Extension Office.
- What is the age range for 4-H? 4-H is available to kids ages 8-18. There is a CloverBud program for ages 5-7. Most contests and competitions won’t allow a 4-Her to participate until they’re 8 years old. Their age is based off of what they are on January 1st of the current year.
- Can my child be a part of 4-H in multiple counties? No, you are only allowed to be a member of 4-H in one county in the state of Mississippi. You can transfer your membership from county to county.
- Does my child’s 4-H membership transfer from another state? Technically no, but you can enroll into our program once you've moved from another state and get involved just as you were in your previous state.
- What all does 4-H offer? 4-H as a national organization offers many programs and project areas, more so than what we have here in DeSoto County. We currently have Shooting Sports, Livestock, Chicken Chain, Sewing and Horticulture.
- Do I have to stay with my child at 4-H events and activities? Yes, it is appreciated and recommended that you accompany your 4-Her to insure the best experience possible.
- Can I volunteer and help out? YES! We are constantly needing volunteers. Simply follow the volunteer application process to become certified.
- Who do I contact about 4-H? Contact the DeSoto County Extension Office through phone, email or Facebook to inquire and get more information on enrollment or volunteering. Phone is 662-469-8480, email is email@example.com
- Where is the Extension Office located in DeSoto County? It is located in Hernando at 3260 Hwy 51 South. Go passed the square like you’re heading to Cedar Hill Farms, we are on the left right passed the Bait and Tackle Shop gas station. You’ll drive around to the back of the building where the MISSISSIPPI STATE EXTENSION sign is located.
- How do I stay informed about 4-H in DeSoto County?
- Follow us on Facebook (DeSoto County 4-H)
- Become a part of the program and receive our newsletter in the mail
- Become a member and receive Remind101 messages
- Something for everyone
- Become a leader, mentor or chaperone
- Provide opportunities for growth
- Include family, friends & neighbors
- Facilitate hands on learning
- Flexible time commitment
- Create fun summer learning
DeSoto County 4-H: how to volunteer
Visit the main 4-H Volunteers page on the Extension website where you will find more information including:
- TruScreen Background Check
- Volunteer Application Packet
- Three Reference Forms
- Online Video Training