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Janine Heidtke
Program Coordinator, 4-H
University of Illinois Extension
1102 McConnell Road
PO Box 1430
Woodstock, IL 60098
Phone: 815-338-3737
FAX: 815-338-4755

Cindy Sarkady
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
100 South US Highway 45
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: 847-223-8627
FAX: 847-223-9288

McHenry County 4-H

McHenry County 4-H

For more than 80 years, 4-H has been providing "hands-on" learning experiences to youth in McHenry County. The philosophy that learning by doing teaches skills that will be used, transferred and remembered throughout life is still valid today. With today's rapidly changing world, this philosophy is still quite important as youths learn through specific projects skills that can be transferred, such as decision making, communicating with others, understanding why community involvement is important, and an appreciation of diversity.

The 4-H Program is the Youth Development Program sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension. The four "H's" provide the focus for the 4-H Program, focusing on developing youth's head, heart, hands and health. 4-H provides a "learning by doing" philosophy to help our youth develop their whole being.

4-H Members are found in both rural and urban settings throughout McHenry County. Members must be 8 years of age as of September 1 and can remain in the program through age 19. The Cloverbud Program is offered to youth ages 5, 6 and 7 years and is a non-competition based pre 4-H program.

Leadership skills are developed through 4-H experiences such as serving on planning committees, becoming an officer, attending regional, state and national events.

Adults often express that they can always tell a 4-H member, because they are the youth that are capable of speaking in front of an audience, they have strong organizational skills, their work ethic is positive, and they are open-minded regarding others.

4-H members usually belong to a local club that has a volunteer leader. In McHenry County over 30 clubs and an additional 60 school classrooms are involved in 4-H. To become a member, call our local office at 815-338-3737. Or if you would like to volunteer as a leader, we would be happy to help you establish your own club.

  • 2014/2015 4-H Calendar Of Events PDF
    Please note this schedule is subject to change. Updated 4.22.15

  • 2015 4-H Fair Apparel Now Available!!!! PDF
    Please click on this link to view photos of the fair apparel and link to order.

  • April/May 2015 4-H Newsletter PDF
    Please click the link to view the most recent 4-H Newsletter.

  • Attention all 4-H Horse Kids! PDF
    The 4-H Horse Committee would like to present a t-shirt design contest for the 2015/2016 4-H Horse Shirts. All ages can submit their designs and have a chance to vote on at the 4-H Horse Show on June 20th!!!! Please see the rules below and the additional attached pages to create your designs. Winner will receive a free t-shirt! Click the link for more information and rules!

  • Health Rocks! 4-H Day Camp 2015 PDF
    Health Rocks! 4-H Day Camp (June 15-19, 2015) HEALTH ROCKS! DAY CAMP JUNE 15TH-JUNE 19TH, 2015 Time: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm each day REGISTER HERE: Location: McHenry County Fairgrounds, 11900 Country Club Rd. Woodstock, IL 60098 Who: All youth ages 5-8 years of age (you do not need to be a 4-H member to participate in the day camp) Cost: $30 for the week which include lunch, t-shirt, and activities Thanks to a donation from the McHenry County Community Foundation private donor the fee has been reduced. Cost is the same to participate a single day, multiple days, or the week. Please indicate what days your child will attend below. Once registered, you will be required to submit an Acknowledgement of Risk Form, as well as a Health Form. These will be emailed to you within a week of registration. Thank you! Questions? Please contact Cindy Sarkady at (815) 338-3737

  • June Newsletter Shorts - State Fair Info!!! PDF
    Link to Newsletter Shorts including lots of information on the 2015 Illinois State Fair!! From Judy Mae Bingman 4-H Media & Marketing University of Illinois Extension State 4-H Office

  • McHenry County 4-H Club Meeting Schedule PDF
    Please contact the Extension Office for Club Leader contact and club availability information at: 815-338-3737.

  • McHenry County 4-H Youth Take Part in On The Table Event PDF
    On May 12, 2015, the McHenry County Community Foundation hosted the second On the Table event. Eight of our McHenry County 4-H Teen Ambassadors joined 115 county residents to share ideas of issues they see facing youth today.

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  • State 4-H Website
    State wide information and downloads can be found here on the State 4-H website!

  • Unit 3 - McHenry County Staff and Contact Info. PDF
    Please see attached the most current staff information for McHenry County, as well as room reservation instructions. Thank you!