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What is 4-H?

Welcome to 4-H! Many know of this Alberta institution and popular program that has been around since 1917. Over the years, however, 4-H has quietly evolved into a dynamic program whose projects encompass everything from active living, arts, science and technology, crafts, cooking, agriculture and so much more! Today’s exciting 4-H program gives urban and rural youth and adults life-long skills such as co-operation, leadership, interpersonal relations, critical thinking, decision making, organization, public speaking and community service.

We all want the best for our kids but we know that healthy, active social programs that boost tactile performance and build up self-confidence while being fun and engaging can be costly or inconvenient. That is why 4-H is designed with families in mind. Parents and children of all ages can participate in age-appropriate meetings and projects at the same time. No more running in two or more directions to accommodate each child’s activities. 4-H is also affordable. Our vested interest in making sure Alberta families have a firm foundation for life means we’ve made our program financially accessible for all income levels. In fact, with our scholarships we may wind up giving you money!

Best of all, the program is fun. We believe to be equipped for success, you must learn by doing. At 4-H you will learn through using your head, heart hands and health:

4-H Alberta is a registered charity recognized as the premier youth leadership organization in Alberta. Working together in a vibrant, thriving environment, 4-H Alberta connects people, ideas, and communities for a lifetime of benefit.


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4-H Benefits

The programs and projects members take part in during their time in 4-H helps them become assertive and confident leaders who are able to make decisions and facilitate change. In 4-H members learn to take responsibility, establish goals for themselves and others, plan large projects/events and work towards a greater purpose – making the youth of today great leaders of tomorrow. 4-H Leadership Opportunities for Adults

The goal of 4-H Alberta is to encourage members to see themselves for who they are – active, audible, and accountable leaders of tomorrow. 4-H members are taught to be self-directed learners, excellent communicators, and to thrive in a team environment. This leads to them having self confidence in their judgments, ability and their power to facilitate change. 4-H members also grow-up in a supportive environment that encourages them to learn from mistakes and take risks which leads to them being confident young adults prepared to navigate their careers and personal lives.

Youth in 4-H acquire a number of transferable skills including in the ability to take initiative, leaderships skills, problem-solving, time management , public speaking and interpersonal communication skills as well as many more. By the time 4-H members become 4-H alumni they have developed skills that will help them succeed in any future endeavours they decide to undertake.

Did We Mention We Give Out Awards and Money? Ya, that’s what gets most people’s attention.

4-H members pursuing a post-secondary education have the opportunity to secure thousands (yes thousands!) of dollars in scholarships to support their goals and aspirations.

4-H Alberta recognizes our members’ hard work and achievements through our own award programs including the honour of being recognized as the Premier’s Award Recipient. Imagine how good THAT would look on a resume!

We love to go places so if you’re the travelling type then 4-H is THE place to be. Every year 4-H members hit the road, touring across the country, North America and even over an ocean or two.

And remember, with travel comes perspective; with perspective comes wisdom and with wisdom come confidence, maturity, introspection and curiosity. All of which are attributes that 4-H aims to grow in our members.


Programs for Any Interest

4-H programs focus on developing self-confidence, teamwork, interpersonal and leadership skills. Whether it’s a summer camp built around having a blast in the great outdoors, a program that helps youth take ownership of their choices and their future, or a combination of the two that allows them to find their own entrepreneurial spirit and take pride in their achievements, 4-H programs provide the meaningful experiences every child deserves.

4-H Is…

In 4‑H, youth run the show. 4‑H clubs typically meet once a month as a large group where youth of all ages take on different leadership roles to make decisions and plan events. Clubs organize fun outings, achievement days and fundraisers, and participate in various activities within their communities. Life-long friendships are formed at the meetings, during the activities and through our camps.

We make learning fun. Our flexible projects are designed for solo or partner/group participation.  You are limited only by your imagination.  If you can dream it up, you can turn it into a project.  So go ahead and develop a pest management system for crops, explore your dramatic side on stage, learn how to prepare healthy meals, or even start a small business.  You’re never too young or too old to have fun learning by doing.

It just makes sense to belong to an organization that brings the whole family together. 4‑H clubs rely on family support and volunteer leadership from each adult and 4‑H member. That’s how we make things happen. Youth and adults are all a part of the 4‑H family.

4-H takes into account everyone’s different personalities and skills.  The program is a safe and encouraging place to work in – or push out of – your comfort zone.  It is the ultimate place to fit in, explore your passions, and discover new interests all while learning the skills that will take you through school, relationships, post-secondary education and your career.


Join a 4-H Club

Are you ready to register your children (ages 9 – 20) in a family-friendly 4-H club that promotes healthy, active, social, community living through a wide variety of fun and interesting projects?


15 hours ago

🌞✨ Don't let boredom take over this spring and summer! 🌞✨Don't let your child end up bored on the couch all summer! We've got the perfect solution to keep them engaged and excited. Our 4-H Alberta programs, camps, and shows are just around the corner, and there's still time to join the fun! 🚀Whether it's our thrilling summer camps with a Treasure Hunting/Pirates theme 🏴‍☠️, or our dynamic beef and sheep shows 🐮🐑, there's something for everyone. But hurry—many programs have a registration deadline of June 3rd!📅 Register now and ensure an adventure-filled summer! 📅➡️ www.4habregistration.ca/signinDon't miss out—act quickly and secure your spot today! 🎉#4halberta #SummerCamps #treasurehunting #pirates #beefshow #sheepshow #jointheadventure #RegistrationOpen #learntodobydoing #summercamps2024 #4Hfamily #4h #4hab #4halbertaambassadors ... See MoreSee Less
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🌊 Ahoy, 4-H Alberta adventurers! 🌊Get ready to set sail on the adventure of a lifetime at our 4-H Alberta Summer Camps! This year's theme is Treasure Hunting and Pirates, and we can't wait to share all the fun with you. 🏴‍☠️✨Check out our teaser video, "Sea" You at 4-H Alberta Summer Camps, and get a sneak peek of the excitement that awaits. From treasure hunts to pirate games, there's something for everyone. 🗺️⚓️Don't miss out on the fun! Stay tuned for our full video featuring staff introductions and more camp details. Register now and join us for an unforgettable summer! 🌟📅 Camp Dates: Multiple dates, check the www.4hab.com website ⚓️ Register now: www.4habregistration.ca/signin🌐 Learn more: www.4hab.com/member-programs/See you at camp—where every day is a new adventure! 🏕️💚#4HAlberta #SummerCamps #TreasureHunting #PirateAdventure #YouthPrograms #JoinTheCrew #SummerFun #AdventureAwaits ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

Calling all 4-H Alberta Supporters:We are excited to be a participating charity for a fourth year in a row in the 2024 Rogers Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink. Birdies for Kids (BFK) program will match up to 50% of all Donations to 4-H Alberta. 4-H Alberta will receive 100% of all donations, which will go directly to supporting our youth programs. This opportunity also allows all monetary donations to be matched up to 50%, so your donation goes even further - it’s a win-win!If you would like to make a donation to 4-H Alberta and our first-class youth programming, then please click on the link to take advantage of the Birdies for Kids up to 50% matching opportunity: ow.ly/P3Os50RRqLzAll donations will receive a charitable tax receipt through the Shaw Charity Classic Foundation. Thank you for your support of our youth and youth programs! AltaLink Rogers #Birdies4Kids ... See MoreSee Less
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🌟 Check Your Inbox! 🌟Hey 4-H Alberta Community! 🎉 We're excited to bring you the latest edition of the 4-H Alberta Mid-Month Scoop! Fresh off our Senior Spring Symposium and Trip Selection on May 5th, which was a resounding success with 123 attendees, we have some exciting updates and opportunities to share. Don't miss out on the upcoming events and programs for our members and leaders this spring and summer. Make sure to register soon as deadlines are quickly approaching!In this edition, we spotlight not only upcoming events and crucial deadlines but also share a feature story about a productive meeting between our 4-H Alberta Board members and the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, RJ Sigurdson. Plus, read about the Premier's Award Winner's special meeting with the Premier! Dive into these stories and discover more ways to engage and contribute to our vibrant 4-H community. Check your emails now for all the stories, details, and links! 🌱💼 #youthdevelopment #4h #learningbydoing #4hab #4halbertaambassadors #4hscoop #4habscoop #4habnewsletter ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Website Downtime Alert 🚨We're currently experiencing technical issues with our website, and it is temporarily unavailable. Our team is working diligently to resolve the problem and restore access as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience during this time and will update you as soon as our site is back up and running. Thank you for your understanding! #4halberta #4hab ... See MoreSee Less
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