Hello, and welcome to Strafford County 4-H!
4-H provides a safe environment to allow young people the space and mentorship to learn by doing. Youth complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriscience, and citizenship. From the age of 8 years old 4-Her's receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles.
Strafford County 4-H offers many different ways to participate in 4-H:
- Community Clubs
- SPIN's (SPecial INterest Projects)
- In-school and afterschool enrichment programs
- Nutrition and physical activity
- Service Learning
- Outdoor Education
- Peer Leadership
- Shooting Sports
- Large and small animals (horse, dairy, sheep, poultry, working steer, goats, etc.)
- Cloverbuds (ages 5-7)
For more information on the Strafford County Youth Development program call (603) 749-2529 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you’ll join us in making the best better!
4-H Program Manager, Strafford County
Strafford County 4-H: Something for Everyone
4-H is the community for everyone. We do it all – we are in the woods, on the farm, on the shooting range, in the garden, making, stitching, engineering, building, leading through service, climbing mountains, and always reaching new horizons.
In 4-H, youth complete hands-on projects in areas like agriscience, STEM, healthy living, and citizenship. 4-H’ers receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles.
Our program is structured in the form of community Clubs and afterschool programs, county-wide events, and SPINs (short-term programs designed around a SPecific INterest). Whether you are looking to join a tight-knit group that meets routinely (a community Club), be casually involved in something fun and positive (SPINs), or anywhere in between, your children can work on projects in areas of their interest, expand their level of understanding, and build relationships that will last a lifetime.
September 30th, 2021The 2021 Deerfield Fair is Thursday, September 30 through Sunday, October 3, 2021. At Deerfield Fair, the finished results of 4-H member and volunteer leader efforts are on display, emphasizing practical life skills gained through a broad variety of 4-H projects and activities.
There are many opportunities to participate in 4-H in Strafford County!
Join a Club
Many 4-H’ers choose to join a local or countywide Club, which provides opportunities to make new friends, learn from volunteer adult leaders, and gain skills in many project areas. Take a look at the list below of clubs currently active in our county and then contact us to let us know if there are any clubs you might be interested in checking out, and we will put you in touch with the club leaders.
Join as an Independent Member
Maybe you’re not necessarily interested in joining a club at this time, and that’s OK! 4-H is committed to bringing you programs wherever you are. Youth and families who attend county-wide events and SPINs or work on 4-H projects independently are recognized as Independent Members.
Find an Event
At the county level we also offer several county-wide events that you can casually attend and enjoy. Strafford County 4-H is infamous at the Stratham and Deerfield Fairs every year. County-wide “SPINs” are Special Interest courses that are implemented like fieldtrips or workshops and introduce you to a new hobby or project area, or scaffold more advanced concepts in favorite project areas. Check out our Events Calendar to find a short-term program that might interest you!
If you are interested in volunteering with Strafford County 4-H, there are many ways to get involved. Take a look our Volunteer Information to find out how you can participate, whether you are looking for the occasional opportunity to volunteer or a more extensive commitment.
This club focuses on horse projects and meets in Madbury, NH.
Meets Sunday afternoons at varying locations in Strafford County. Ages 5-18.
General Interest Homeschool Club. Ages 5-18. Meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month in Durham.
Sewing and Textiles. Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month in Durham from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This club is perfect for any skill level, starting with youth who have never sewn, to those looking to advance their skills. Recommended ages 8 - 18.
Shooting Sports Club. Ages 9-18. Meets the 1st and 4th Saturday of the month 8:00-12:00 in Barrington at Major Waldron's.
COVID-19 Update: The Shooting Sports Club is currently not meeting. Will meet again in September, 2021.
Club enrollment is an annual event which takes place on the 1st and 4th Saturday of September.
This middle school and high school age club varies topics as interests develop. Members support each other in projects for County Activity Day, Stratham Fair, and other 4-H events. We meet online and in person. COVID-19 Update: Our club is meeting virtually and maintaining current projects.
The club will meet once per month offering a different activity at each meeting. New 4-Hers, independent members and other club members are welcomed to join. The club meets one Wednesday per month.
Strafford and Rockingham County 4-H have teamed together to create this new Teen Club. Youth ages 13 - 18 are welcomed to join.
Livestock club focusing on sheep management including raising and showing sheep. Ages 8-18. Meets once per month in Durham. Club members must own their own sheep or lease a sheep in order to participate.
Strafford County 4-H in Action
There are countless ways to support Strafford County 4-H, and no way too small. Thank you for considering supporting the important work we are doing in any of these ways.
To support our programs by donating to our 4-H Advisory Council, you can make checks payable to the "Strafford County 4-H Advisory Council" and send to Strafford County 4-H, 273 Locust Street, Dover, NH, 03820. We hope to have a way to accept recurring online payments soon. All donations received go directly to fund Strafford County 4-H programs and scholarships.
We are always seeking volunteers to fill a number of different roles. If any of these roles is right for you, email email@example.com.
Youth Leadership Team Advisors
This role will facilitate a program where the teens in the county learn more about their identity though community improvement projects, social experiences, retreats, planning events, and attending workshops about leadership concepts. Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week.
We are seeking volunteers with interest and experience in special project areas (examples: hydroponics, maple sugaring, livestock, etc.).
To volunteer as a Club leader, project leader, or SPIN facilitator, there is a volunteer application and onboarding process. We are here to get you started and guide you through it – start by completing the 4-H Volunteer Application online.
Pathway Committee Members
These volunteers would meet 4-6 times a year to help plan county-wide programs in either Agricultural Science, Healthy Living, or STEM pathway areas. These Volunteers get “first dibs” on paid trainings, workshops, and certifications that are related to the pathway they are planning for.
Social Media Manager
We have a Facebook page and Instagram account and are looking for a volunteer that has experience using these social media platforms and would be willing to meet virtually throughout the week. Tasks would include making posts, keeping up engagement with families, and tracking trends. Time commitment: 3-4 hours a week.
Sewing machine maintenance and repair
We have a dozen sewing machines that need to be worked on in the county office.
We are looking for volunteers to collaborate on county-wide fundraisers.
We are looking for a volunteer to help us produce and edit videos so we can take our messaging to the next level as a more effective way to inform our audience about all the opportunities we are offering.
The 4-H Basics
What is 4-H?
4-H is America’s largest youth development organization. The purpose of 4-H is to provide a supportive setting for all youth to pursue the projects and interests they love, all while serving the community and gaining valuable life skills.
What do the 4 H’s in 4-H mean?
The 4 H’s stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. Our organization’s title is directly connected to our pledge:
"I pledge ... my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world."
How old do you have to be to join 4-H?
Our programs are primarily geared towards youth ages 8-18. However, we have ways for your 5-7-year-olds to participate as a “Cloverbud.” If you are older than 18 and still want to express the 4-H spirit, you can take advantage of our many volunteer opportunities.
How do I find my local county 4-H program?
New Hampshire 4-H is the youth development program of UNH Cooperative Extension, and our 10 County 4-H Programs in New Hampshire serving youth from all over the state. 4-H operates on many levels of the community. There are events, programs, workshops, and opportunities on both the County level and the State level (even the National level). Get started by finding your County 4-H Program here. Your county program is usually the county where you live, but if you are planning to join a 4-H club in a different county, that county program will be your home base.
How do I find a local 4-H Club?
The list of Clubs and Afterschool Programs on your County 4-H Program page is a great place to start. To get connected with a club, complete our 4-H interest form, and a 4-H staff member will be in touch to find out more about your interests and put you in touch with a Club Leader that fits your interests and location.
Who leads 4-H Clubs?
The best people in the world lead 4-H Clubs. No joke! 4-H Volunteers lead Clubs, and you can be sure they are truly invested in giving their attention and skills to your children because they do it for free. 4-H nationally gets over a billion dollars of time and expertise from our Volunteers every year. Why on earth would they do that? Because giving your children skills and opportunities is incredibly rewarding for them, and 4-H supports and empowers them to make the maximum impact possible. All 4-H Volunteers are supported by a professional staff, including your County 4-H Program Manager and Field Specialists who are University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension staff members.
What are 4-H Club meetings like?
4-H youth work on projects of all kinds within four general program pathways: Agricultural Science, Civic Engagement, Healthy Living, and STEM. Some Clubs specifically focus on one of these pathways. Other Clubs generally dabble in all four. Youth have opportunities to present and showcase their projects at the county fairs and other county, state, and regional events – but most of the learning and skill development happens in the Clubs. 4-H Club members build leadership by electing officers and conducting their own business meetings, work together on community service activities, meet new friends, and of course, have lots of fun.
What if I don’t necessarily want to join a club?
There are still many ways to be involved! 4-H is committed to bringing you programs wherever you are, and maybe joining a Club is not for you at this time. Youth and families who want to attend county-wide events and SPINs or work on 4-H projects independently are recognized as “independent members” or “participants”. Find a 4-H event near you or contact us to get started as a 4-H independent member.
How do I officially enroll in 4-H?
4-H Online is our official enrollment database. Registering in 4-H Online allows you to manage your 4-H clubs and projects, register your 4-H animals, and sign up for events. Enrollment as a club member or participant is required to register for your county events and SPINs. If you need help enrolling, check out our Enrollment Guide for NH Families.
How do I get involved as a 4-H volunteer?
There are many different kinds of opportunities to support 4-H through volunteering – see all of them here. To volunteer as a Club leader, project leader, or SPIN facilitator, there is a volunteer application and onboarding process. We are here to get you started and guide you through it – start by completing the 4-H Volunteer Application online.
Can parents be involved in 4-H Clubs?
Parents can and should be involved in 4-H Clubs. Speak to the Club Leader to define the best role for you!
How do I start a local 4-H group?
Screened 4-H Volunteers can start a 4-H group aka “Club.” There is a more involved orientation process for Club Organizational Leaders that is designed to bring their vision into reality and highlight the extra responsibilities. We are here to get you started and guide you through it – start by completing the 4-H Volunteer Application online.