Explorers Club
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Trailblazers 4-H Club

4-H Outdoor Skills class
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Explorers Cloverbud Club

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4-H Teen Action Group

4-H in Putnam County

4-H in Putnam County

Welcome to Putnam County 4-H!
4‑H Youth Development Programs are grounded in the belief that kids learn best by doing.Kids complete hands-on projects in many areas where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Kids can concentrate on one focus area or they can try a variety of programs throughout their 4‑H experience.

Regardless of the project area, all 4‑H programs include mentoring and career readiness as core elements.

The Putnam 4-H Program offers a diverse range of topics and interest areas, for youth ages 5-19.Program areas range from science and technology to clothing and textiles, and so much more, 4-H provides fun, educational opportunities that empower young people with skills to lead for a lifetime and become the foundation for future success.

Some of the many benefits of joining 4-H

  • Public speaking workshops
  • Public Presentation oportunities
  • Eligibility for leadership & educational trips
  • Eligible for year-end awards
  • Ability to register for NYS 4-H Summer Camps
  • County & State Fairs participation
  • Community service opportunities
  • and many more

What Are 4-H Clubs?

Traditional 4-H Community Clubs focus on multiple projects and involve members of a variety of ages and interests. Community clubs normally have monthly general club meetings that can include icebreakers, teambuilding activities, club business and educational programs. Youth participants will gain self-esteem, leadership skills as well as social-emotional development and general life skills.A traditional club must have at least (5) youth members and (2) adult volunteers.

Annual 4-H Club Membership Fee: There is an Annual 4-H Club Membership Fee of $35 per youth, regardless of how many clubs you take part in! Some clubs & special programs may charge an additional fee to cover supplies, materials & promotional fees!The Annual Fee covers any/all 4-H Club participation between October 1st - September 30th!

NOTE: Current 4-H Members in good standing receive 20% off any 4-H STEP Club.

4-H STEP (Short-Term Exploratory Projects) Clubs: combine concepts of special interest groups with the 4-H club model. 4-H STEP Clubs generally meet once a week for 3-8 weeks and are designed to provide an opportunity for youth to explore a particular project area in a shorter period of time, while learning about the larger 4-H program.The 4-H STEP Club Leader may be an approved

4-H volunteer, a community professional and/or CCE 4-H staff. A 4-H STEP Club must always be staffed by (2) approved adults.

4-H STEP Club Fees: The fees for 4-H STEP Clubs vary depending on the cost of supplies and materials, rental space fees, the length of the program, and other costs associated with running the program.

Ages: Putnam 4-H offers age-appropriate activities and programs for youth:

  • 5 to 8 years (Cloverbuds)*Requires Parent Involvement
  • 5 to 12 years*May Require Parent Involvement
  • 8 to 12 years
  • 12 to 19 years

How 4-H Helps Youth Succeed
Today, more than ever, parents are looking to provide their children with safe, educational and fun activities. Research done on the impact 4-H club involvement has on children is incredibly positive. A strong 4-H club acts as a “mini-community,” where children gain developmental assets.

How much time is involved?
It depends on the 4-H Club and/or activity your child is involved with.Parent participation is generally required for any program open to youth ages 5-8.However, we encourage parents play an active role in their child’s 4-H experience.Most 4-H Clubs generally meet twice a month for about 2-hours each meeting. 4-H STEP Clubs typically meet weekly for 3-8 weeks.Children who want a broader experience can opt to be involved in more than one club. A child’s success in the program will be greater when families are involved.

PARENTS - PLEASE NOTE: Most of our 4-H Clubs & Programs are run by volunteers who donate their time, energy and in many case, sometimes even supplies.It is important to be respectful of our volunteers by making a commitment to the program when you sign-up.You can demonstrate respect and teach your child valuable life skills by:

  • Arriving on-time
  • Notifying the club leaders when you cannot attend it to a meeting or program
  • Staying home when sick
  • Responding to text messages & emails in a timely manner
  • Coming prepared to meetings
  • Actively participating during club time
  • Contributing and helping out when asked or when you can
  • Practicing good cell-phone etiquette
  • Observing & enforcing the 4-H Code of Conduct

Club Support
4-H staff provide a general orientation as well as project and resource training several times a year. Trainings are localized around the county to give you easy access. In addition, the monthly newsletter & website provide helpful information on subject matter, training dates and resources for volunteers.

Awards and Recognition

4-H Members & Volunteers are recognized for both individual and group work done on the club level.There may also be additional opportunities on a regional and statewide level.

Putnam County 4-H Program Opportunities:

Traditional 4-H Clubs (Ongoing):

4-H FACE PAINTING CLUB:(ages 11 & up) Learn basic face painting as well as how to work with young children. You will provide face painting at a variety of community events. This is project driven. Two to four trainings per year. Sign up here for more information.

4-H TEEN ACTION GROUP (TAG): (ages 12 & up) Learn leadership, citizenship, life skills, career development and public speaking. Meets bi-monthly on Monday from 6:15 to 8:15 pm in Carmel.

Click here for 2021-2022 schedule.

ADVENTURE KIDS 4-H Club: [Inactive](ages 5-8) members explore a different animal or nature theme each year.

DUSTY STABLES 4-H HORSE CLUB: [Paused due to Covid19](ages 5 & up) The members will learn about general horse care, barn management, equine science & more. No riding. They meet Fridays at Dusty Stables in Putnam Valley.

EXPLORERS 4-H CLUB: [Paused due to Covid19] (ages 5-9) Take part in hands on outdoor enrichment including hiking, nature, science, insect and reptile study; also hands-on magic! Meets in Brewster area twice a month. Parent leadership support required! Currently accepting new members.

HOMESCHOOL CLOVERBUDS 4-H CLUB: [Paused due to Covid19](ages 5-8).Take part in hands-on learning with a focus on STEM, nature, the environment and arts & crafts.Parent participation required.

PUTNAM 4-H PRESS CORPS: (ages 12-19) Learn how to use professional digital/video and computer editing equipment, community service, mapping projects. Meeting dates vary, meetings held in Brewster & Carmel. Parent support required! Currently accepting new members.

SEW-COOL 4-H SEWING CLUB: [Paused due to Covid19](ages 9 & up) Learn to understand color, textiles, construction techniques and other sewing concepts. Sewing enhances creativity, builds self-esteem and optimism and reduces stress! Club meets on Thursdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm in Brewster. Parent support required!

TALL OAKS 4-H HORSE CLUB(ages 9 & up) Members spend 90 minutes engaged in activities at the stable learning proper grooming techniques, stable management, general health & horse care. Known to improve confidence and self-esteem. The club meets bi-monthly on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in Brewster. Sign up here for more information.

TRAILBLAZERS 4-H SHOOTING SPORTS CLUB: (ages 10 & up) Members take part in outdoor education and leadership, as well as archery and air rifle. Limited 4-H Shooting Sports, meetings are held in Carmel/Kent area. Parent leadership and support needed.

4-H *STEP Clubs 

(*Short-Term Exploratory Projects ~ Program offerings vary throughout the year)

4-H Babysitting Bootcamp: coming soon.

4-H Creepy Critters: Learn how to care for and feed different critters, such as snakes, lizards and exotic insects. Participating youth will be asked to do a 2-5 minute 4-H Presentation on an animal of their choice during the last class.Class is now full.

4-H Dog Care & Training Series: currently not available. (ages 9 & up)learn the basics of dog care and training without using a dog. Dogs will be incorporated later into the program.

4-H Healthy Choices: currently not available.

4-H Life on the Farm: currently not available.

4-H Jr. VET PROGRAMcurrently not available. (ages 10-15) This is a six week job shadowing program. Payment reserves your spot. Limited space.

4-H LEGO ROBOTICS: currently not available. (ages 10-12) This is a six week Lego program that will be held in Brewster on Saturday mornings. 

4-H Outdoor Survival Skills(ages 11 & up) Learn outdoor survival skills including orienteering, basic first aid, fire building and more. Pre-Register Here

4-H Woodworking: (ages 7 & up with parent) Youth Participants will learn how to safely use a variety of hand-held tools & as well as how to identify different types of woods.Participants will also learn how to measure and cut angles, the importance of proper sanding and finishing applications. Each participant will make & take home a variety of woodworking projects.This program will follow National 4-H Cooperative Curriculum and all NYS 4-H Woodworking Safety Guidelines.  Class is now full.


Dena Altavilla
4-H Youth & Family Development Program Director
845-278-6738 ext. 215

Last updated December 9, 2021