4-H Youth Development
4-H is a national youth development program that has been in existence for more than 100 years. The primary goal of 4-H is to assist youth in developing life skills that help them live productive and satisfying lives.
Some important life skills include making decisions, solving problems, relating to others, planning and organizing, communicating with others, leading self and others, and applying science and technology.
Being part of a 4-H club is one of the most meaningful ways to participate in 4-H. Youth can also be involved in special interest programs, school enrichment and mentoring programs sponsored by 4-H.
Please see the Family Help Sheet for enrollment information. There are guides with screenshots of our enrollment website for New Families and Existing 4-H Families. Enrollment information is also available on the Prospective 4-H Members page. Look under “How do I join?” Enrollment for the 2015-2016 4-H Year opens on October 16, 2015! The deadline to re-enroll for existing 4-H members is December 18, 2015. After that date, your enrollment fee doubles to $90.00.
Jefferson and Gilpin Counties have many club offerings for youth interested in joining 4-H. The 4-H year goes from October 1 through September 30 each year. To see what clubs are available, click here to see our club map.
Click here to see the most recent Weekly 4-H Newsletter, which goes out to 4-H families on Fridays to keep you up-to-date!
4-H Volunteer Awards
Please nominate your favorite 4-H volunteer leaders for the following awards. Nominations are due by Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Winners will be recognize at 4-H Achievement Night and will become our nominee for the state level award.
Outstanding First Year Leader (Jefferson County Award Only)
Are you interested in joining 4-H in a Dog Project? We have a dog group that meets in the Conifer area and one that meets in Golden at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds! The dog program teaches you to train your dog for obedience, showmanship, and rally with some agility thrown in for fun!
Please see our dog poster for information!
Horse Safety Video
Members of Equilite 4-H Club produced an excellent Horse Safety Video to share with our newer members just learning about horses!
Horse Bowl Team
Horse Judging Team
2016 Horse Show Schedule AND Showbills
- May 15 – Arvada Hoofprinters Gymkhana – Westernaires Arena
- May 22 – Hairy Horse Show – Westernaires Arena
- June 5 – Pleasant Park Gymkhana – McKeever Arena (Conifer)
- June 26 – Horsefeathers show bill 2016 – El Pinal Arena (Evergreen)
- July 9 &10 – Pleasant Park Horse Show – McKeever Arena (Conifer)
- July 17 – Golden Spurs Horse Show – Jeffco Event Center Arena (Fairgrounds)
- July 24 – Horse Council Fair Clinic – Table View Arena
- August 7 – Pleasant Park Gymkhana – McKeever Arena (Conifer)
- August 11 & 12 – County Fair – Jefferson County Fairgrounds (subject to change)
- August 25-28 – State Fair – Pueblo
- September 4 – Equine Event – Rodeo Arena (This event has been canceled.)
- September 25 – 4-H Fun Show/Clinic – Table View Arena
- Contact the Extension Office for information.
Jeffco 4-H Shooting Sports
The upcoming Shooting Sports Leader Meeting date is Oct. 18, 2016. All shooting sports leaders are encouraged to attend these meetings! There is a Western Heritage County Shoot on Sunday, September 4, 2016, at Limon Gun Range in Limon, Colorado, at 1:00pm. Contact the Lincoln County Extension office for more information at 719-743-2542. RSVP to the office no later than August 26.
Livestock Quiz Bowl Team
Jeffco Livestock Quiz Bowl is taking a break until the new 4-H year gets going in October. Here is their flyer with the schedule and information.
Livestock Judging Team
Contact the Extension Office for information.
All first year livestock members and those turning 14 are required to take Meat Quality Assurance/Pork Quality Assurance certification training classes in order to show their animal at the Jeffco Fair & Festival. Here is the list of Jefferson County 4-H Members who have taken or need to take the class (updated May 13, 2016).
Colorado 4-H Dress Code
The Colorado 4-H Dress Code must be followed at all 4-H events and activities.
4-H Code of Conduct
4-H members, leaders, parents, and other adults participating in 4-H activities will follow the Colorado 4-H Code of Conduct.
The development of sportsmanship is an important part of growing up. To become contributing, competent, caring, capable adults, youth must develop sportsmanship. It’s important for people to be fair and generous competitors, good losers, and graceful winners. All participants in 4-H, County Fair, and other youth programs are expected to demonstrate the elements of sportsmanship before, during, and after their participation.