4-H Youth Development

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. The Lancaster County 4-H Program offers youth ages 5-19 opportunities to participate in clubs, educational contests, educational activities, projects, camps, and much more!

Lancaster 4-H Clubs: Lancaster has two 4-H clubs focusing on animal science, the Bay Riders 4-H Club and the Northern Neck Livestock Club.

Lancaster 4-H in-School Programming:  Lancaster County has three public schools and the 4-H program works in all three to provide research based instruction that correlates with the Virginia Standards of Learning. Often the in-school program involves many community volunteers to support the event and activities that are provided. In-School programs include SNAP-Ed Nutrition programs with Lancaster Primary School students, Kindergarten science enrichment, 5th grade Electricity, and 6th grade watershed education.

Lancaster 4-H Community Programming: 4-H works with community groups and churches to provide educational and hands on experiences in all of the 10 subject areas. 

Lancaster 4-H Camping Program:  Lancaster 4-H promotes a year-long camping program through specialty camps and summer camps.  Many of these camps are district wide or statewide and promote project and leadership development.  Lancaster 4-H also provides day camps (often offered in the summer or during school breaks) to encourage specific project development.

Become a 4-H Volunteer!  Adult volunteers work with the kids on age appropriate, research based curriculum and project areas. Volunteers can help out on a short term basis for one program or a long term as a club leader. 

To find out more about the Lancaster County 4-H Program, contact:

Tara Brent, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, tbrent@vt.edu, 804-462-5780

4-H MOTTO:  To Make the Best Better!


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.

4-H COLORS:  Green & White

The white is for purity.

The green, nature's most common color, is for life, springtime, and youth.