Shasta County Cooperative Extension
University of California
Shasta County Cooperative Extension

4-H Mission / Pledge / Motto / Creed / Clover

4-H Mission

The mission of 4-H is to help young people develop their potential.  This is done by encouraging them to participate in practical real-life experiences. As a result of this involvement, members should be better able to lead satisfying lives as responsible, self-directed members of society.

4-H Creed

I believe in 4-H Club work for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen.

I believe in the training of my HEAD for the power it will give me to think, to plan, and to reason.

I believe in the training of my HEART for the nobleness it will give me to be kind, sympathetic, and true.

I believe in the training of my HANDS for the ability it will give me to helpful, skillful, and useful.

I believe in the training of my HEALTH for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, to resist disease, and to work efficiently.

I believe in my country, my state, my community and in my responsibility for their development.

In all these things I believe, and am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment.

4-H Pledge

I pledge my head to clearer chinking,
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.

4-H Motto

The 4-H motto is to 'Make The Best Better' which means to always try your hardest and to always look for ways to improve.

4-H Clover

4H emblem

The 4-H Emblem is a four leaf clover that has an "H" on each leaf, representing Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. 

The clover is green to symbolize growth and youth, and the white color of the H's represents sincerity and honesty.


The clover was adopted in 1909 and National 4-H has a policy about the proper use of the clover to help preserve its special character. 

See Using the 4-H Name and Emblem.

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