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Angela Miller
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
204 Vine, PO Box 600
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-2273
FAX: 815-858-2274
amillr11@illinois.edu

Gayle Arnold
Office Support Associate - Jo Daviess County
University of Illinois Extension
204 Vine, PO Box 600
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-2273
FAX: 815-858-2274
gjarnold@illinois.edu

Jo Daviess County 4-H

Jo Daviess County 4-H

What Is 4-H?

Some people think that 4-H is just for kids who live on farms. That’s just not true! Although 4-H was first concentrated in rural farm areas, membership has changed as families have changed. Some 4-H members do own livestock, but lots of 4-H members choose other projects to take as well including aerospace, visual arts, gardening, photography, or robotics...just to name a few. These projects are challenging, practical, and centered around a specific subject. 4-H projects involve setting goals, evaluating your progress, and gaining new skills and knowledge. There are over 150 projects a member may choose from.

4-H is at your school. 4-H is involved in your community. So why does 4-H work? 4-H produces youth leaders because it follows the principles of positive youth development in all the programs we offer. 

4-H creates a sense of BELONGING for members. Youth know they are part of a club where they are physically and emotionally safe, where adults care about their well-being, and where other kids have their back and support their efforts.

4-H members develop INDEPENDENCE which helps them see their future. A future where they determine the path and are actively making choices to see it become real.

4-H inspires members to help others by demonstrating GENEROSITY and providing opportunity to work as a team to improve their community. 

4-H provides the tools for youth to MASTER SKILLS needed for successful personal and career growth. The goal of 4-H is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens.

Who Can Join 4-H: The 4-H year begins on September 1, and whatever your age is on that date determines how you join 4-H. Are you 5 to 7 years old? Then, you’ll join a Cloverbud Club which has activities that are just right for you. If you are 8 to 18 years old, your 4-H Club will include a variety of ages, where each member brings something important to the club experience.

4-H is open to all youth regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, or disability may enroll as a  4-H member.

To Join a 4-H Club: Contact a 4-H leader near you or simply call the Jo Daviess County Extension Office at (815) 858-2273 to learn more about the 4-H program. Anyone intersted in becoming a 4-H member may attend any club meeting at anytime. Jo Daviess County 4-H Club meetings are scheduled as follows.

Pleasant Valley Busy Bees

2nd Monday of month

5:00 pm @ 8155 E. Goodmiller Rd., Elizabeth, IL

Scales Mound Club

1st Wednesday of month

7:00 pm @ Scales Mound School Cafe and in the summer (May-Sep.) @ members' houses

21st Century 

1st Wednesday of month

6:45 pm @ Warren Community Building, Warren, IL

Pleasant View 

3rd Sunday of month

6:30 pm @ United Methodist Church, 125 S. Bench St., Galena, IL

Shooting Stars 

3rd Sunday of month

6:30 pm @ 4801 S. Pleasant Hill Rd., Elizabeth, IL

Menominee Achievers

3rd Sunday of month

10 am @ Nativity BVM School, East Dubuque, IL

Chelsea Busy Bees 

3rd Tuesday of month

7:00 pm @ Christ Lutheran Church Basement, Stockton, IL

Top Notchers 

Last Thursday of month

7:00 pm at Elizabeth Community Building, Elizabeth, IL

Enrollment: Boys and girls may enroll in 4-H anytime throughout the year.  Youth who enroll in a 4-H club must attend at least one meeting, tour, workshop or other activity of that club and must be enrolled in at least one project to be considered a 4-H member. (Members should keep in mind that there are deadlines that must be met throughout the 4-H year to eligible to participate in certairn 4-H activities and projects.)

All enrollment information may be found online under the "Enrollment Information" tab.