The 4-H Shooting Sports program develops safe shooting habits in youth ages 8-19. Students practice under the guidance of certified instructors and coaches who have received over 15 hours of training in the areas of safety, techniques, coaching and youth development
The South Dakota 4-H State Finals Rodeo is held each year in Pierre on the Stanley County Fairgrounds. Youth qualify for the South Dakota 4-H State Finals Rodeo, through competition and placing at regional rodeos held throughout SD.
South Dakota 4-H hosts camps and conferences to provide youth with positive educational experiences. A variety of options are available throughout the year. Visit this page often for updated information and registration materials.
Dogs and cats are often considered part of the family, so attention to their health is important. Animal health is determined by environment, nutrition, and preventive medicine including routine examinations and vaccinations. When one of these fails, the pet’s health may be jeopardized. The easiest of these to control is nutrition.
Many people have become “a person of character” by guiding their thoughts and actions from the sage advice of tried and true maxims. To learn more about maxims, youth may participate in the SD 4-H Quotes to Live By Essay Contest which youth will select a maxim and write how this essay impacts their life or our world. Additional information can be found in the State 4-H 2017 Official Contestant Packet Quotes to Live By Essay Contest.
View South Dakota 4-H state and national event dates and deadline reminders. Check back regularly throughout the 4-H year for updates and new information.
The Black Hills Stock Show® Youth Day is held each year in Rapid City, South Dakota.
SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development offers support to multi-state competitions held in South Dakota that offer opportunities for 4-H members.
Volunteers have been an integral part of the South Dakota 4-H program from its very beginning. However, due to changes in society an increased vigilance in the protection of our youth that we serve has changed the way volunteers in South Dakota are managed.
Record keeping is a rewarding process. For a youth, it may be a daunting process. It can be time consuming to complete. Youth participating in 4-H are encouraged to keep records annually through a 4-H Recordbook. The primary purpose of completing a recordbook is for youth to develop the skills necessary to set goals, work toward achieving those goals, reflect on his/her experiences, and set new and higher goals for themselves.