4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

4-H is a youth organization committed to building outstanding leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today’s global society. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

What is 4-H?

4-H Youth Development is part of Kentucky Cooperative Extension.  Extension’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through non-formal education for the entire family.  Extension agents and volunteers take the results of university research and explain it in such a way that different age groups can learn and apply the information to their own lives. Kentucky 4-H believes in providing positive youth development experiences that all youth to experience belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.  

4-H is a youth organization committed to building outstanding leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today’s global society. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. The four H's represent the idea of HeadHeartHandsand Health. These are the values members work on through fun and engaging programs.

Head   Managing, Thinking

Heart   Relating, Caring

Hands   Giving, Working

Health   Being, Living

4-H Clubs and Events

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4-H Achievement Program

Motivation and the use of incentives are essential to positive youth development. 4-H Youth Development programs provide opportunities for creativity in a learn-by-doing environment and encourage youth to become involved in projects and activities. The 4-H Achievement Program is intended to recognize 4-H participants who have outstanding accomplishments and incentivize youth to increase their knowledge, skills, and abilities. Every effort is made to make this 4-H program inclusive to all eligible youth.

4-H Achievement Design:
  • Comprehensive program spanning the entire career of the 4-H’er.
  • Awards points for outside efforts and interests.
  • Encourages growth and development by awarding high points at multi-county, state, and national levels.
  • The program does not require a previous level of achievement to apply for a higher level as long as the 4-H’er meets the minimum point requirements.
  • 4-H’ers can choose to compete for awards and prizes (i.e., Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Emerald) – or achieve levels and be recognized in their counties through Clover Levels 1 through 3.
  • Youth who have obtained a “Bronze,” “Silver,” or “Gold” – retain their title.
  • The new 4-H Achievement Program includes and incorporates the previous “Middle School Leadership Awards.”
  • Previous work completed by the 4-H’er (from past years) may be included in the new Achievement Program.
  • The achievement program is designed to allow 4-H’ers to begin keeping records of their awards, participation, and projects.
All program documents and materials can be
reviewed and downloaded here:    
Kentucky 4-H Achievement Program Website   

Kentucky 4-H Achievement Program Application

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4-H Camp

4-H Camp photo of Fleming County Campers 2023

Camp questions, please feel free to contact Staci Thrasher, 
by e-mail: staci.newsom@uky.edu 
or call the Fleming Co. Extension Office at (606) 845-4641

2024 Camp Registration is full.

2024 Camp Application

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Cloverbuds Club

4-H Cloverbuds Meeting is May 30th at 6pm, at the Flemingsburg - Old Reservoir Walking Trail

Participation, safety, personal development, learning and fun are the highest priorities in providing 4-H Cloverbuds programs. 

The Cloverbuds program provides an excellent opportunity for children to reach their highest potential because early life experiences, even subtle ones, affect future development.

If you have any Cloverbuds Club questions, please feel free to contact Staci Thrasher, by e-mail: staci.newsom@uky.edu or call the Fleming Co. Extension Office at (606) 845-4641

Cloverbuds Camp - 2024

4-H Cloverbud Camp
June 28-30, 2024
*$50 deposit due with
Cloverbud Camp Registration Form,
see link below

If you have any Cloverbuds Camp questions, please feel free to contact Staci Thrasher, by e-mail: staci.newsom@uky.edu or call the Fleming Co. Extension Office at (606) 845-4641

Cloverbud Camp Registration Form

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4-H Communications Project

Fact Sheet


Written Communications Contest

4-H Speech Contest

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Fleming County 4-H Country Ham Project


If you are interested in your 4-Her participating in the 4-H Country Ham Project for 2024 now is the time to sign up!  Deadline to sign up is December 1st.  The Fee to participate is $70.00 (Checks payable to the Fleming County Extension Office)  Contracts/Commitment forms are available below.  Hard copies are also available at the Extension Office for pick up or can be emailed.


4-H Country Ham Auction - Save the Date Flyer

2023 4-H Country Ham Exhibitors

Kentucky 4-H Country Ham Video on
Cleaning Hams and selecting one for State Fair

4-H Country Ham Project Tutorial Video

Speech Topics Slides

2023 Speech Topics

Speech Topic  -  Videos

Junior - Born 1999 through 2003

Senior - Born 1994 through 1998

Video #1 

        Junior:  The history of country hams

        Senior:  Insects that  infest country hams and how to control them

Video #2

        Junior:  How to store and cook country hams

        Senior:  Design a country ham curing facility for your county's ham project

Video #3

        Junior:  Steps to curing a country ham

        Senior:  Dry cured hams throughout the world

Ham Curing - What to Bring

4-H Country Ham Curing...What to Bring

4-H Country Ham Thank You Cards -
Addresses of Buyers

4-H Country Ham Project photo at KY State Fair

It's that time of year again!

If you are wanting to sign your 4-H Member up for the
4-H Country Ham Project now is the time!

Registration Deadline: December 9th
Registration Fee: $60

Be sure to read through the requirements prior to signing your youth up for this project.
It is very involved and has a lot of parts to it!

The country ham has been a food tradition in Kentucky and throughout the southeast for hundreds of years.  The Kentucky 4-H Country Ham project continues the tradition of the country ham.  The project began in the late 1990’s with less than 40 4-Hers to currently over 775 4-Hers from greater than 65 Kentucky counties.  The project begins in the cold winter months of January and ends in August at the Kentucky State Fair, where the hams are judged by members of the Kentucky Country Ham Producers and the students present a 3 to 5 minute speech on the project.  Throughout the project the 4-Hers learn about food production and how the country ham fits into Kentucky’s food heritage.

Description:  Open to youth ages 9-18 years old.  Youth learn about and complete the curing process of a country ham.  Youth are required to complete a 3-5 minute speech at the Kentucky State Fair.  Must pre-register for project!  Registration materials are available via online and at the Fleming County Cooperative Extension Office.  

Staci Thrasher, Fleming County 4-H Agent for Youth Development - 
Questions? Contact Staci Thrasher 606-845-4641 or staci.newsom@uky.edu

2022-2023 4-H Country Ham Project Contract

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Fleming County 4-H Dog Club!

4-H Enrollment Form

State Dog Show

Dog Bowl & Skillathon

4-H Dog Camp 

Dog Health Form
(To Bring your Dog to Activities,
this Dog Health Form must be filled out)

Fleming County 4-H Facebook Page

2024 4-H Dog Club flyer
4-H Dog Club - Meeting was held February 23rd at the Aussguard Kennel at 5:00pm.  
To register your 4-H member or click this link:

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Ewing - Fleming County Fair

July 3rd through July 6th, 2024

4-H Floral Hall entries

Entry Day: 
July 3rd, 2024

Viewing to the Public: 
July 3rd (AFTER 5:30PM)
July 6th, 2024 (PICK UP 9AM-12PM)

Open Class - Categories  (Open to general public) 

4-H Cloverbud Categories: 

4-H Cloverbud - All Categories   

4-H Categories

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4-H Golden Reins Horse Club

 4-H Horse Club Fun Show - May 20, 2023

What a beautiful day Saturday for the final 4-H Fun Show of 2022! Thank you to the community for the great turn out and to the 4-H Golden Reins Horse Club Members, Parents, and leaders for hosting such a great event!

4-H Horse Club Program:

The 4-H Horse club is a fun, up and coming group with great leadership! If you are wanting to get your youth involved this is a great time! 

4-H Golden Reins 4-H Horse Club is for Fleming County youth ages 9-18 (as of Jan 1, 2023). Our current guidance leads us to beginning our program year meeting virtually this fall with a kick off event, and then hopefully move to a local venue for club meetings as protocol allows.

Lessons will be focused around equine education. Each member wanting to participate in statewide 4-H events such as district shows, state show, state contest, etc. must complete 6 educational hours under the direction of our 4-H Certified Leaders.

Join the 4-H Horse Club.

You will need to join the 4-H Horse Club remind group to receive up to date information.
Text: 81010 Message: @fc4hgo

Staci Thrasher, Fleming County 4-H Agent for Youth Development - 
Questions? Contact Staci Thrasher 606-845-4641 or staci.newsom@uky.edu

From the Horse’s Mouth
The official newsletter of the KY 4-H Horse Program

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Fleming County 4-H Livestock


2023 - Market Animal Project Booklet 


Fleming County 4-H Livestock

Fleming County 4-H Livestock Validation

Fill out the Fleming County 4-H Enrollment and PIEF forms and check 4-H Livestock, then circle your livestock animal choice.  

Sign up for your 4-H Livestock Club "remind" for all up-to-date information on meeting changes, etc. To sign up - Text: 81010 Message: @fclivest

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Staci Thrasher, by e-mail:   staci.newsom@uky.edu or call the Fleming Co. Extension Office at 606-845-4641

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4-H Livestock Judging/Skillathon

Educational Opportunities


May 23rd 3:30pm - 4:30pm
May 28th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Remember to sign the registration sheet
at each event to receive credit toward your
6 hour requirement. And fill our the Enrollment form as a 4-H member in 2023-2024.

Questions? Contact Staci Thrasher 606-845-4641 or staci.newsom@uky.edu

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2024 Piggy Bank Design Contest

2024 Piggy Bank Contest Design  
Piggy Bank Contest Judging Instructions and Rubic  

2024 Award Winning Piggy Bank Entry


Piggy Bank Contest Photo

Pictured:  Caelyn Howard SMS 6th Grade and Tiffany Reeder, Community Trust Bank

Congratulations to SMS 6th grader Caelyn Howard on her Award Winning Piggy Bank Entry! Caelyn’s “Kentucky Fried Chicken Bucket” inspired piggy bank won the 2024 Fleming County 4-H Contest and the E7/E8 Area 4-H Contest as well! Her piggy bank will be displayed in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort during the months of March & April 2024! Winners also will receive a certificate.

The Fleming County 4-H Kentucky Saves Piggy Bank Contest is sponsored by Community Trust Bank. Thank You to Tiffany Reeder for presenting Caelyn with her Certificate and $25 Chamber Gift Certificate.

All Fleming County 4-H Piggy Bank entries can be viewed at Community Trust Bank, Fleming County Public Library (display case) and the Fleming County Extension Office.

2025 Piggy Bank Contest Rules:

ELIGIBILITY: Contest is open only to school students attending public, private, or home school located within the Commonwealth of Kentucky enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Entries must meet the following requirements to be eligible for judging:

a. The bank cannot exceed12 inches X 12 inches X 12 inches(1 square foot)

b. Piggy banks must be able to hold coins (i.e., include a slot that has been cut to insert coins).

c. Piggy banks must be created or decorated by the youth contestant.

d. Plastic or ceramic banks piggy banks may be used, but must be personally decorated.

e. Piggy banks DO NOT have to be in the shape of a pig.

f. You MAY use or repurpose other containers.

g. Piggy banks must be submitted and judged through their local Cooperative Extension Office.

In addition, an Entry shall be void if it contains any material that Sponsors or judges in their sole discretion deem patently offensive or inappropriate, such as, but not limited to, profanity. By submitting an Entry, the parent/legal guardian of the Entrant represents and warrants that the entire Entry is the original work of the Entrant, not previously submitted or distributed elsewhere for any other purpose. The parent/legal guardian of the Entrant further warrants that he/she has obtained the consent of any persons/parties portrayed in the Entry. Sponsors shall have the right to use/showcase the Entry in any manner, in any and all media, worldwide in perpetuity without further compensation or con-sent. Upon request of Sponsors, the parent/legal guardian of Entrant will provide a copy of any written consent as required above.

Any Entry, or portion of any Entry, which in the sole discretion of the judges (a) defames or infringes the right of privacy or publicity or other proprietary right of any person, living or deceased, or entity; and/or (b) is offensive, profane, obscene or not in keeping with the image of the Sponsors will be dis-qualified.

For more information on the 2025 4-H Kentucky Saves Piggy Bank Contest, contact Staci Thrasher staci.newsom@uky.edu or 845-4641. 

For more information on Fleming County 4-H Youth Development, contact Staci Thrasher staci.newsom@uky.edu or 845-4641.  Check out Fleming Co. 4-H on Facebook for activities and projects at https://www.facebook.com/flemingcounty4h  Disabilities accommodated with prior notification. 

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4-H Project Days

Project Days - Flyer - 2 pages

Project Days - Event Registration Form with PIEF

To register for any or all 4-H projects, please call (606) 845-4641.  Space is limited, first come, first served basis.

Project Days - Some projects require a project fee to be paid - please pay at the Fleming County Extension Office at 1384 Elizaville Rd (PO Box 192) Flemingsburg KY 41041 prior to the project day. (Exact change is necessary or check written to Fleming County 4-H.)


Project Days Flyer page 1 of 2Project Days Flyers page 2

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Fleming County 
4-H Shooting Sports Club 

Kentucky 4-H State Shoot Registration 2023


Fleming County 4-H Shooting Sports Flyer - Reg. and Safety Training

   Kentucky 4-H Shooting Sports began in 1988 and is a nationally recognized program that focuses on fostering life skills and positive youth development through healthy competition, service, leadership and education. There are a variety of disciplines offered within the program including archery, muzzleloader, pistol (air & .22 caliber), rifle (air & .22 caliber), shotgun, and hunting and outdoor skills, all of which are taught by a National or State Certified Instructor.

    Shooting Sports is open to all youth, 9 to 18 years of age as of their 4-H age (age as of Jan. 1st of that year).

    Kentucky 4-H believes that all youth should have opportunities for positive youth development in our four guiding concepts: mastery, belonging, independence, and generosity. This program fosters mastery by learning firearm safety and marksmanship, belonging by taking part in club and community activities, independence by demonstrating responsible firearm use, and generosity by participating in community service and outreach projects.



Join the 4-H Shooting Sports Remind to stay up to date
on upcoming events:

Text:  81010

Message:  @fc4hss20

Range Address:
244 Sportsmans Rd Flemingsburg, KY 41041

          The Range Safety Meeting will involve rotations to all disciplines
and allow time for questions from both parents and youth.

            - Please do not bring firearms to this meeting.

Once the club starts meeting, the 4-H Shooting Sports will meet at the range every Tuesday at 6pm weather permitting.

Cancellation notifications will come out when decisions are made via remind.

- Please notify the club if you will not make it to practice


 Interested in Volunteering?

If you are interested in being a 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer
please contact Staci Thrasher.   If we do not have Certified Coaches moving forward we may be offering limited disciplines.

Study Materials

Hunting Skills   
Western Heritage     
General 4-H   


4-H Shooting Sports Club is an introduction to the safe and responsible use of firearms safely.  It teaches leadership and responsibility in a non-formal environment while offering fun activities for youth and adults.  While competition is not the main focus, the program does offer opportunities to participate in shooting events, competing in various disciplines and age groups.
Once you enroll and sign up for our "Push Alerts",
the "remind system" will notify you of adverse weather
and all up-to-date information.
Be sure to check the “Shooting Sports” section of the
4-H enrollment form to get up to date information!
Remember to include your email address for 4-H notifications.

4-H Brand Logo 2023 Program Year

4-H Teen Council

FC 4-H Teen Council flyer 2023-2024


4-H Teen Leadership Academy


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4-H Tractor and Lawn Mower Driving

2023 Tractor Driving Contest flyer

Tractor Study Guide
Getting Acquainted with Your Tractor

4-H Lawn Mower Operators Contest - Division 6023  
4-H Tractor Operators Contest - Division 6022

For Further Information,
visit 4-H Science, Engineering & Technology Program.
 Petroleum Power Website   

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Fleming County 4-H Weather Policy

The Fleming County 4-H Program follows the following weather policy:

If the Fleming County School System cancels or dismisses
school early due to weather related reasons, then all
Fleming County 4-H programs, activities, or meetings
are cancelled for that day as well.

Fleming County 4-H strives to provide positive youth
development programs to youth across the county.
In doing so, we want to keep the safety of
both our members and volunteers in mind.

Sign up for your 4-H Club "push alerts" for all up-to-date information
on meeting changes, etc. by emailing Staci Thrasher, at staci.newsom@uky.edu

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The Goodwill Meets 4-H Challenge

The Goodwill Meets 4-H Challenge is a partnership between 4-H and Goodwill of Kentucky that encourages young people to explore thrifting and upcycling, as well as prepare them to enter the State Fashion Revue and the State Fair. The Challenge takes place on Goodwill of Kentucky’s Facebook and Instagram pages, and we will be sharing the posts on Kentucky 4-H’s social media platforms. The judging is 50% the number of likes the young person gets and 50% the judges’ scores.  

Program overview: 

Who can participate?  Young people in grades 8-12. 

Is this a Virtual or in person program?  Virtual/ prizes will be given out at Teen Conference. 

What is the Cost to participate?  No cost. 

Deadline to Register:  February 23rd at the Fleming County Extension Office

Fee:  Free

What are the expectations of the young person participating?
  1. Register with their 4-H Agent. 
  1. Use 20 Dollar voucher to purchase garments at their local goodwill (Must be a Goodwill of KY location). 
  1. Take a vertical before-photo wearing the garments purchased (if possible). 
  1. Take a vertical after-photo wearing the garments that have been upcycled. 
Is this a club or an individual program?

This is an individual challenge

Will we get the score sheets back after judging?

Yes, we will send a packet of the score sheets to the county.  

Can upcycled items be entered in the State Fashion Revue at Teen Conference?

Yes! We hope youth will enter them. 

What are the prizes?

1ST Place- Full scholarship to Teen Conference and a $100 Goodwill gift certificate. 

2nd Place- $150 scholarship to Teen Conference and a $50 Goodwill gift certificate. 

3rd Place- $40 Goodwill gift certificate. 

4th Place- $30 Goodwill gift certificate. 

5th Place- $20 Goodwill gift certificate. 

How will the winners be announced?

Winners will be announced in person at Teen Conference. 

What is NRESci? 

4-H Natural Resources Academy - New Member Application for Current 5th Graders

The 4-H Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRESci) Academy is now accepting applications for PY 2024-2025. This email includes registration information for agents to share with interested 5th graders and their families.

Please note we will only be selecting 25 youth to participate as new 1st year members for Program Year 2025. 

New Member Application

Informational Sheet

Additional Information

Fleming Co. 4-H Enrollment

P.I.E.F Form for Enrollment

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There are no newsletters available at this time. Please check back at a later time or contact Fleming County Extension Office.

How does 4-H benefit youth?

4-H’ers, regardless of their background, socio-economic status, race or gender, benefit from their participation in Kentucky 4-H. Positive youth development studies have affirmed that compared to other youth, young people involved in 4-H are:

  • Four times more likely to contribute to their communities. 
  • Two times more likely to be  civically active.
  • Two times more likely to make healthier lifestyle choices.
  • Two times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology  programs during out-of-school time.
  • 4-H girls are two times more likely (Grade 10) and nearly three times more likely (Grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities.

Staci J. Thrasher

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development

(606) 845-4641 staci.newsom@uky.edu Fleming County Extension Office 1384 Elizaville Rd., Flemingsburg, Kentucky 41041-0192


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Contact Information

1384 Elizaville Rd. P.O. Box 192 Flemingsburg, KY 41041-019

(606) 845-4641