"We found that for both boys and girls, combining youth development programs, such as 4-H, and sports was one of the most effective ways to promote positive development and to prevent problems"

-Institute For Applied Research In Youth Development, Tufts University
4-H Community

...helps youth learn new skills, make new friends, and build the confidence they need to succeed. Whether it is designing a rocket or constructing fleece mittens, 4-H is more than anyone has ever imagined.

4-H Clubs are located throughout the County; we would encourage you to contact the 4-H office if you, or your child, would be interested in joining Oswego County 4-H.

Oswego County 4-H also offers a number of programs for area school-aged children, both in the classroom and at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center; please contact us at 315-963-7286 ext:401 for more information on available programs (a few are seasonal).
4-H is the largest youth organization in the world! In 4-H, you can have fun with:
4-H Still Takes You Places!
  • Science, Engineering, Technology
  • Animal Science
  • Natural Resources
  • Plant Science
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Fiber Science
  • Youth Community Action
  • Trips & Tours
4-H is people sharing, doing, learning together in all kinds of projects, events, and activities. Members choose projects that fit their interests and the places where they live. Group activities and events like fairs, trips, leader training, fundraising, and achievement programs provide opportunities and learning experiences.

4-H is open to all youth ages 5-19 regardless of race, sex, national origin, creed or handicap. Most youth choose to join 4-H to be part of a 4-H club. However, some youth participate in 4-H through school field trips, after-school programs, and summer camp opportunities.

Oswego County 4-H is an informal education program for youth. Designed to teach life skills, 4-H is built on the subject matter projects developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension and by the National 4-H Council. This information is used by interested adults who serve as volunteer leaders. Cooperative Extension 4-H is a joint effort of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Cornell University (New York State Land Grant College) and the Oswego County Legislature. The union of these organizations and funds provides the materials, tools, and professional staff needed to support our volunteers and family participants.

The backbone of 4-H is the system of volunteer leaders who lead 4-H clubs. The 4-H program is always seeking caring adults to serve as volunteers. If you'd like to explore becoming a 4-H club leader click here.
The purpose of 4-H is twofold:
  • To provide youth with fun, active, hands on educational experiences that will help them develop life skills such as confidence, leadership, cooperation, and responsibility.
  • To provide interested parents and other adults with the opportunity to grow through working with youth.
Youth and adults alike will:
  • Have a good time by learning in new, enjoyable ways
  • Make friends, belong to a group, give and receive acceptance and recognition
  • Build self-confidence
  • Develop a desire to learn
  • Gain decision-making, problem solving, and leadership skills
  • Become more interested in their community and the people in it
  • Get more experience in relating to and working with their family, their peers, and peole of different ages
  • Learn, make, or do things that are appealing and meaningful