The 4-H Pledge

I Pledge…

What does the 4-H pledge mean to you?  Over the past month through club and committee meetings the pledge has been recited about 20 times.   hat might not seem like a lot to you and maybe it’s not. But it has given me a lot of time to reflect on the 4-H Pledge and what it means to our program and our 4-H’ers.

“I pledge my head to clearer thinking,” We are vowing to do our research, think outside the box, and make decisions based on fact. We will try to be organized and problem solve to the best of our abilities.

“…my heart to great loyalty,” We are vowing to give it our all, with our whole hearts. To commit with passion and vigor. We are also vowing to have compassion and empathy for others.

“…my hands to larger service,” We are vowing to serve our communities and use our knowledge, skills, and passions to serve the best way we know how.

 “…and my health to better living,” We are vowing to do our best to make healthy choices and to live to our fullest extent.

“…for my club, my community, my country, and my world.” We are vowing to make the best better to make the world better.

That’s no small task! Summer is here and with summer means the highlight of many 4-H’ers year- fair. As we get into the hustle and bustle of preparing for that event, I would encourage all of you- volunteers, parents, and youth, to take a minute and think about the 4-H Pledge. Really think about what you’re saying and what you’re promising

How do you embody the 4-H Pledge? What does the 4 H’s mean to you? Maybe take a minute at your next 4-H club meeting or committee meeting to reflect on what the 4-H Pledge means and how your group is accomplishing it. Let’s make the best better for our clubs, our communities, our country, and our world. See you at the one of our many summer 4-H programs! –

Holly Luerssen, 4-H Program Coordinator

*Adapted from Jefferson County 4-H Program Coordinator, Kara Lloyd


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