For over 100 years, 4-H has engaged young people in cutting-edge science learning, including areas such as animal science, food science, welding, electricity, and plant/crop science. More recent project areas include aerospace, robotics, geospatial technologies, computer science, and multimedia. Recognizing that the United States is falling dangerously behind other nations in developing its future workforce of scientists, engineers, and technology experts, National 4-H has committed to address our nation's critical challenge by preparing 1 million new young people to excel in science, engineering, and technology.
Arkansas 4-H Youth Programs
The mission of 4-H is to provide meaningful opportunities for youth and adults to work together to create sustainable community change. This is accomplished within three primary content areas, or mission mandates:
- Healthy living
The educational foundation of 4-H lies in these three mission mandates.
These mandates reiterate the founding purposes of Extension - community leadership, quality of life, and technology transfer- in the context of 21st century challenges and opportunities.
A core belief of 4-H is Health, as evidenced by the four H's in the 4-H clover: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. 4-H is committed to the physical, mental and emotional health of our nation's youth so they may lead healthy and productive lives into adulthood. 4-H has become a national leader in health-related educational issues including chemical health, mental and emotional health, foods and nutrition, physical health and safety.
Since its inception, 4-H has placed emphasis on the importance of young people being engaged, well-informed citizens. By connecting to their communities and leaders, youth understand their role in civic affairs and are able to expand their role in decision-making processes. It's clear that civic engagement provides the foundation that helps youth understand the big picture of life and learn the skill sets that will allow them to become wise leaders for the 21st century.
The 4-H Shooting Sports Program combines the best of youth development and volunteer programs, while keeping a relationship with the existing natural resources, safety, and outdoor recreation programs. The program focuses on improving youth life skills by using tested techniques and positive reinforcement.
The Arkansas Outdoor School Summer Day Camp will provide your campers the opportunity to investigate topics designed to engage, inform, and challenge while having fun, making new friends and creating memories that can last a lifetime. Using an experiential learning model, we will explore the world around us in a dynamic, hands-on manner meant to foster understanding of the subject matter and develop growth of personal character. Register your child for AOS Summer Day Camp and put them on the path of discovery.
ExCEL is a Leadership and Team building program. An experiential training and development program that is engaging and custom designed for participants eighth grade through adult. Some of our tools include high ropes, team climbing tower, low ropes, and ground based initiatives. Our facilitators also travel to provide local training.
It is our goal to help teachers connect their students to the natural world by taking them out of the classroom and into the outdoors. Our programs complement the Common Core needs. We strive to create a positive outdoor educational experience for learners of all ages through objective-driven, experience-based activities. AOS Summer Day camps are also available.
SEEK is a program established to help meet the science needs of home-schooled students. The program's mission is to provide hands-on science experience in a fun and safe indoor/outdoor classroom environment. Programming for SEEK is typically December to March for 1st through 12th grade.
The Arkansas 4-H State Camping Program offers year-round camping and training opportunities for youth 5-18 years old and adults. We offer both day camp and overnight camping at the C. A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center 10 miles west of Little Rock. Canoeing, swimming, archery, fishing, rock wall climbing, high ropes challenge course, and off-site backpacking are just some of the exciting possibilities.
All 4-H events and activities are designed to add hands-on education to the three primary 4-H programs. By providing physical, mental, social and emotional growth opportunities, 4-H events give members positive, meaningful experiences.
4-H events are hosted at the county, district, state and national levels. They include Competitive and Non-Competitive events that balance the cooperative learning activities in an informal education program.