4-H Youth Program

4-H is for everyone. There are over 70 different project areas your child can choose from to start their career in 4-H! Awesome opportunities await you. We are excited to help you learn more about 4-H. Together we can make the Best Better!

Cloverbuds: Enrolled in Kindergarten through 3rd grade
Beginners: Age 8, 9 or 10 on or before January 1 of the current 4-H year
Juniors: Age 11, 12, or 13 on or before January 1 of the current 4-H year
Seniors: Age 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 on or before January 1 of the current 4-H year and have not turned 19 on or before January 1

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J&B Shooting Sports
Prairie Hills 4-H Club
Western Riders Horse Club
Buffalo Hills 4-H Club


Start small with one or two interest areas. Our motto "Learn by Doing" really is the way we do things here!


Stay up to date with our weekly news, 4-H Peek at the Week which is emailed and shared on social media. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.


When you enter for Achievement Days and State Fair you will use this portal.


We focus on positive youth development that prepares youth for leadership, the workforce and to be impactful community members.

2024 SD Fair Book

Your guide to project work.

Our Partnerships

Many people think of 4-H as an independent organization, but that isn’t quite accurate. As part of the United States Department of Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension System of state land-grant universities and colleges, the 4-H Youth Development Program is built on the nation’s best research, education and practice. This means that your Extension staff members are supported with resources from land-grant universities across the nation. Just take a look at our research-based curriculum and you can have complete confidence in 4-H as a sound, educational organization. And, we have been around for over a century! There is an Extension office in each county throughout the nation, which is the local headquarters for 4-H. The 4-H program is administered at the county level by the 4-H Youth Program Advisors with support and leadership from the State 4-H Office at South Dakota State University and County Government.

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Animal Nomination


Due June 1

4-H Rodeo

Form due to Rodeo Secretary

Due May 1

Achievement Days 2024

August 5 - Livestock Shows
August 6 -
Fun Day
August 7 - Static Day

Entry Deadline July 31

4-H Camp

Skills X
Camp Poinsett
Storm Mountain

Dates in Peek at the Week

Record Books


Due October 1


The 4-H Youth Development Program is the youth outreach program of the land-grant universities' Cooperative Extension Services and the United States Department of Agriculture. 4-H National Headquarters at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides leadership in positive youth development in the areas of citizenship, healthy living, and science. 4-H emphasizes the importance of young people connecting to their communities; being well-informed and engaged in civic affairs; developing leadership skills; and preparing for college, work, career, and life.

Our goal is 1 out of 5 youth world wide will be involved in 4-H by 2025!

According to Tuffs University 4-H Youth are

4 x

4x more likely to be involved in community service regularly

3 x

3x more likely to exercise

2 x

2x more likely to be civically active

To Make the Best Better!


4-H Youth Program Advisor
Audra Scheel
[email protected]

Administrative Assistant
Teresa Fonder
[email protected]

Office Hours

Mon. - Friday
12:30 - 4:30PM



Box 366
Wessington Springs SD 57382