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4-H Youth Development

Head - Heart - Hands - Health

Hamilton County 4-H is a community of young people across our area who are learning life skills, leadership, and citizenship that will lead to creating more positive productive citizens. Young people ages 9-19 participate in 4-H through school meetings, special interest community groups, after-school programs, home schools, camps, special educational events, and many other activities.

Membership in 4-H is absolutely FREE and it costs nothing to join 4-H.  “Learning by doing” through hands-on activities and community involvement empowers 4-Hers to develop and strengthen life skills.  With family interaction in mind, 4-H includes the parent-child relationship and the extended family within any given community.  4-H is a fun, informal, researched based, non-profit organization that looks to broaden the horizons of Tennessee’s young people. Even if youth are initially too young to participate in 4-H, we extend an invitation to observe our programs, projects, and activities to encourage participation once the interested youth comes of age.

Contact Information

Nancy Rucker
Extension Agent and County Director
Phone: (423) 855-6113
Email: nrucker@tennessee.edu

Maria Sabin
Extension Agent
Phone: (423) 855-6113
Email: msabin@tennessee.edu

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4-H Programs and Activities

Get involved in 4-H! Experiential learning is our specialty – find out how to be a part of the Hamilton County 4-H contests in public speaking, interactive exhibits, Clover Bowl and more!

Click on this patriotic image to learn about Hamilton County 4-H programs teaching Leadership, Citizenship, and Ethics

Leadership, Citizenship and Ethics.

Understanding that the values of community or nation contribute to good citizenship. Encouraging youth to become involved, make ethical decisions, and find ways to make positive contributions to society. Learn more about the 4-H Honor Club, 4-H All-Stars, and the 4-H Citizenship Club, as well as the Health Rocks! program.

Click on this image of youth with bows at archery practice to learn about 4-H programs related to the outdoors and camp

4-H Outdoor Programs and Camps
Activities that get youth outdoors and off the couch, having fun with friends and learning the value of teamwork. Learn about 4-H archery, wildlife evaluation, and 4-H camps.

Collage of pictures of a horse, a baby chick, a rabbit, and a kitten

4-H Animal Projects.
Learn about selection, care, and production of animals. Find out about 4-H Horse Club, Chick Chain poultry project, and the Companion Animal project

Click on this image of a person shopping to learn about Hamilton county 4-H judging teams in consumer decision making and life skills.

Consumer Education and Life Skills
Recognizing needs versus wants. Learning the importance of saving money, setting savings goals, and exploring smart shopping habits. 4-H Judging teams involve youth in learning to make good decisions and be smart shoppers.

Click on this image of youth working in a shop class to learn about Hamilton County 4-H programs related to vocational goals.

4-H Vocational & Recreational Programs
Exploring life skills developed through participation prepare youth for successful professional careers. Emphasis is also placed on time management of leisure time. Learn about the 4-H FTC Robotics Club.

boy reading a book on a bed. Click on this image to find out more about Hamilton County 4-H programs for homeschoolers

4-H for Homeschoolers

Learning at home? Add 4-H programs with the Hamilton Homeschoolers 4-H Club.


Scan the QR code below with your smart phone to go to the online Hamilton County 4-H enrollment site.

image of a QR code to scan with your smart phone to go to the online Hamilton County 4-H enrollment site