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Judy Benz
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
201 W. Exchange St.
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Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
benz@illinois.edu

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National 4-H Creed

NATIONAL 4-H CREED FOR MEMBERS

In the early days of 4-H, in keeping with the times, a creed was developed. Many states were developing creeds or statements of beliefs that guided work. A national creed was developed for 4-H members and leaders.

The following is the National 4-H Creed for Members:

I believe in 4-H Club work for the opportunity that it will give me to become a useful citizen.

I believe in the training of my HEAD for the power that it will give me to think, plan, and reason.

I believe in the training of my HEART for the nobleness that it will give me to become kind, sympathetic, and true.

I believe in the training of my HANDS for the ability that it will give me to be helpful, useful, and skillful.

I believe in the training of my HEALTH for the strength that it will give me to enjoy life, to resist disease, and to work efficiently.

NATIONAL4-H CREED FOR LEADERS

The following is the National 4-H Creed for Leaders:

I BELIEVE:

· The 4-H member is more important than the 4-H project.

· Learning how to do the project is more important than the project itself.

· 4-H'ers should be their own best exhibits.

· No award is worth sacrificing the reputation of a member or a leader.

· Competition should be given no more emphasis than other fundamentals of 4-H work.

· Enthusiasm is caught, not taught.

· To learn by doing is fundamental in any sound educational program and is characteristic of the  4-H program.

· Generally speaking, there is more than one good way to do most things.

· Every 4-H member needs to be noticed, to feel important, to win, and be praised (leaders too).

· Our job as leaders is to teach 4-H members how to think, not what to think.