- Your DeSoto Parish 4-H Agent is Mrs. Molly Usrey.
- The 4-H year starts each August and runs through July.
- All 4-H members MUST RE-ENROLL EVERY YEAR!
- All youth in grades 4-12 are eligible and encouraged to join 4-H. Specialized programming known as Cloverbud’s is offered for youth in K – 3rd grade.
- 4-H Clubs are organized in the schools in DeSoto Parish and meet during the school day once a month. (Subject to change due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic)
- Youth in schools not having an organized 4-H Club or youth who are home schooled, may enroll as “members-at-large” or join after-school clubs for home schooled students. They are eligible to participate in all 4-H Events.
- Fees: Cost to join DeSoto 4-H for 2021-2022 is $15.00; this covers school, parish, and state dues. This fee is paid once a year. Additional dues are charged for specialty clubs such as: Shooting Sports, Designers in the Kitchen, and Jr. Leader’s.
- 4-H Clubs in DeSoto have one or more adults who work as organizational leaders within the school club. In most cases, leaders are teachers within the school. Parent(s) are encouraged to volunteer and assist with school clubs when allowed and with parish events.
- Each 4-H Club member should enroll in at least one 4-H project. A project book or activity guide may be provided to guide activities WHICH ARE PRIMARILY DONE AT HOME.
- A 4-H newsletter will be distributed at each monthly school and project club meeting. 4-H Club members are eligible to participate in all local and parish 4-H activities planned by school leaders or 4-H Club agents.
- Most parish-wide 4-H contests, activities and/or specialty clubs conducted by 4-H agents occur after school, on weekends or during school holidays and are held in locations with easy access to all members (state fairgrounds, Extension Office/4-H Office, Dave Means Jr., Memorial 4-H Show Barn, etc.)
- All 4th – 6th grade 4-H’ers, ages 9 – 12 with paid membership, are eligible to attend 4-H Summer Camp at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock, Louisiana.
- All 7th – 8th grade 4-H’ers with paid membership are eligible to attend Challenge Camp and LOST Camp at Camp Grant Walker.
- Selected 7th – 12th grade 4-H’ers with paid membership are eligible to attend 4-H University in Baton Rouge and the State Junior Leader Conference.
- Emphasis is on learning the 4-H colors, the 4-H pledge, 4-H motto, and character education.
The LSU AgCenter provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Should you need an ADA accommodation, please contact our office at (318) 872-0533 at least 2 weeks prior to the event.
What are 4-H Clubs? – 4-H clubs are groups of young people in urban, suburban, and rural areas between the ages of 9 and 19, pledged to improving their heads, hearts, hands, and health. A member must select and complete one or more projects a year and agree to follow 4-H ideals and standards. The main requirement is a willingness to “Learn by doing” (the club slogan) and “to make the best better” (the club motto).
The 4-H organization is one of the largest youth organizations in the world. About 5 million boys and girls in the United States and Puerto Rico are enrolled. Louisiana has more than 73,000 4-H members in more than 1,700 local clubs.
In DeSoto Parish, school clubs are offered at nearly every school (some club formats have been modified due to Covid-19). We also offer a Shooting Sports program, Designers in the Kitchen cooking & sewing club, a livestock club/program, and leadership clubs for 5 & 6th graders (Tomorrow’s Leaders) and 7th-12th graders (Junior Leaders). In addition, we offer a variety of day camp & project workshops throughout the year.
What do 4-H members do? – “Learn by doing” is the heart of the 4-H program. Instead of just reading about things, 4-H members actually do them. They make things and show others how to make them, too. They attend and take part in club meetings. They exhibit at fairs, achievement days, and at other local, parish and state events. They attend and participate in camping activities, educational tours and workshops.
Each member conducts at least one project. Projects may pertain to the farm, home, community or personal development. Louisiana 4-H’ers may choose from more than 50 different projects. They include: clothing, foods-nutrition, child care, health, citizenship, junior leadership, electricity, insects, automotive care and safety, livestock, small engines and gardening.
What does 4-H offer boys & girls? – 4-H refers to “Head, Heart, Hands and Health.” Each is developed through the 4-H programs.
- Learn facts and skills in everyday life.
- Develop citizenship and leadership skills through club and community activities
- Make new acquaintances and friends
- Have inspiring contacts with adults serving as club leaders, parish agents and other staff members at Louisiana State University
- Earn and save money through project work
- Widen outlook and knowledge about educational and career opportunities
- Set desirable personal standards for conduct, work habits and health practices
- Receive recognition for self-improvement and work well done
How do you contact the DeSoto 4-H Office? If you have any questions about what 4-H members do or what the DeSoto 4-H program has to offer, please contact Mrs. Molly at (318) 872-0533 or by email at email@example.com.
ATTENTION! All youth who enroll in 4-H and pay dues by Friday, September 17, 2021 will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card (one given away per school) and a parish wide drawing for a $100 VISA gift card!