About Lewis & Clark County 4-H
History of 4-H
A South Carolina Farmers Cooperative agent generated the idea for 4-H over a century ago when he stated that education must be along the lines of four H’s rather than three R’s – with the four H’s standing for “head, heart, hands and hustle!" Hustle later became health, and a decade and a half later, the official 4-H pledge was born.
I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to great loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, and my country.
Today, 4-H is America's largest youth development organization, empowering young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. These include:
- Decision making
- Building positive relationships
These skills are aquired through service learning, club work, and a variety of hands-on projects.
And so much more!
4-H involves the entire family and offers something for everyone. The program is administered through Montana State University Extension.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Montana State University and the Montana State University Extension Service prohibit discrimination in all of their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status. Issued in furtherance of cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Jeff Bader, Director of Extension, Extension Service, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717