What is 4-H



We’re glad you are interested in Waupaca County 4-H! So that you’ll become acquainted with some of the symbols that say “4-H”, here are some of the more common ones.

4-H Pledge

Every club member and leader should be able to repeat from memory the National 4-H Club pledge. The pledge is said while recognizing the 4-H flag.

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.

In repeating the pledge, members raise their right hands to their foreheads when they say “my HEAD to clearer thinking.” They lower them to their heart as they say “my HEART to greater loyalty.” At the line “my HANDS to larger service” they extend their hands, palm upward, and at the last lines, they stand with the hands at their sides.

It is appropriate to begin or end 4-H club meetings and events with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the 4-H Pledge.

4-H Emblem The 4-H Emblem is a green four-leaf clover with a white “H” on each leaflet. The H’s stand for HEAD, HEART, HANDS, and HEALTH. The emblem is protected by copyright.
Waupaca County 4-H Leaders’ Association Mission

To Develop, Guide, Educate, and Support 4-H Youth and Leaders within Waupaca County.

4-H Motto

“To Make the Best Better”

4-H Slogan

“Learn by doing”

4-H Colors

Green and white are the 4-H colors. The white background of the 4-H flag symbolizes purity; the green 4-H emblem is nature’s most common color in the great outdoors and is the color of springtime, life and youth.

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, plan and reason.

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

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

I believe in the training of my Health for the ability 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 I am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment.

For more information on 4-H, please visit the Wisconsin state 4-H web site:

Contact Penny Tank for more information about 4-H. Email: penny.tank@wisc.edu