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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.

4-H Clubs

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.

4-H Newsletters

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 Club Organizational Leader

Outstanding County or Club Project Leader

Outstanding First Year Leader (Jefferson County Award Only)

Outstanding District/State Leader

Outstanding Chaperone

Communicator Award

Above and Beyond Award

National 4-H Council Salute to Excellence Awards

Dog Project

Jump Into Our YouTube Dog Video Here

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 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

Flyer with information and schedule

Horse Judging Team

Flyer with information and schedule

2016 Horse Show Schedule AND Showbills

Show Schedule Document

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 Information

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.

MQA/PQA Certification

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).

4-H Youth Livestock Auction and Market
Each year, 4-H livestock members show and sell market animals at the fair. During the year, they seek supporters for the Livestock Auction and Youth Market. The Jeffco Livestock Enrichment Programs, Inc., a 501(c)(3), hosts a pig roast before these events at the fair. If you can help out the program, click here to see our fund-raising letter. Thank you to everyone who purchased animals or 4-H products at the Jeffco Fair & Festival 4-H Youth Livestock Auction and Market on August 14.  We appreciate your support of our youth!

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.

Sportsmanship Guidelines

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.

Sportsmanship for Participants

Sportsmanship for Parents

Sportsmanship for Spectators