The 4-H Equation


Revised 4-H Code of Conduct for Youth and Adults includes new search and seizure policy (effective immediately)
A revised 4-H Code of Conduct for Youth and Adults, effective immediately, is posted on the 4-H policies and best practices page of the state 4-H web site at  The revised Code of Conduct is being incorporated into the Florida 4-H Participation Form (print version and via 4HOnline), Volunteer Application, etc.
Please note that a new policy regarding "Search and Seizure" is included as item 10 in the Code of Conduct.  It is also included as a separate policy on the 4-H policies and best practices page of the state 4-H web site at




A New look for the 2013 Volunteer Forum


This year’s 4-H Volunteer Forum combined the traditions of the past together with some new ideas.  To start, the venue was moved from Camp Ocala to the Hilton Ocala.  The Hilton provided a professional environment to learn as-well-as a place for everyone to kick back, relax and meet new friends.  Another new change this year was that the Forum started on Friday afternoon at 4 pm and ended at 4:30 on Saturday.  This gave everyone the opportunity to spend Sunday with their families.  One would think that shortening the event would reduce the learning opportunities for participants.  Actually, nothing could be further from the truth.  This year fourteen workshops were offered by 4-H faculty, staff and volunteers.  Participants learned about social media, Xtreme Cuisines, working with children, being safe and having fun and many, many other topics.  Workshops were not the only highlight; the Hilton provided a wonderful menu for all of the meals including a terrific BBQ on the pool deck Friday night.


Not everything changed however.  Thanks to the support of our 4-H Program Leader Dr. Keith Diem, State Volunteer Specialist Dr. Bryan Terry, Monsanto, Hilton Hotels, and the Volunteer Association, the registration fee remained $75 including overnight accommodations at the Hilton!  The Volunteer Association held its annual business meeting and election of officers.  Congratulations to all of the newly elected officers including Mario Martinez (Osceola County) who was elected as President and Lou Grayford (Lake County) who was elected President Elect.  I want to take this moment to thank Nancy Jo Davidson (Lake County) for her service as President of the Volunteer Association for the past two years.  The event culminated with a drawing for two Ipad Minis, trips to the Southern Region Volunteer Forum and several gift cards.  Based upon the evaluations that we received, everyone learned something and had a good time.  If you did not attend this year, make plans to join us next year.





Florida 4-H Congress is coming! Registration opens soon. Get your 4-H youth registered first.


Open to any youth 14-18 years old as of September 1 of the current 4-H program year.

Register between May 6 - May 29th


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Upcoming Event Registration Deadlines


Shooting Sports - Shotgun Training 4/26 -27/13

Ag Literacy Day 4/30/13

Teens Take on Health Video Challenge 5/3/13

State 4-H Poultry Judging Contest 5/24/13

Archery 1/2 FITA Match 5/25/13

Congress 5/29/13