Trailblazers 4-H Club
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Trailblazers 4-H Club

4-H Media Productions
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4-H Media Productions

4-H Horse Club member @ Putnam County 4-H Fair

4-H Horse Club member @ Putnam County 4-H Fair

4-H Sewing Club
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4-H Sewing Club

4-H in Putnam County

Welcome to Putnam County 4-H!

What Are 4-H Clubs?
Cloverbud clubs ages 5 to 8, 4-H Clubs ages 8 to 12 or teens ages 13 to 19, along with their parents and/or other supportive adults, meet with a 4-H staff person to form a 4-H club. Each club will design a program of projects and activities that will provide fun learning experiences and blend with the interests of that club. Youth involved in 4-H clubs gain self esteem, leadership ability as well as social and practical skills. Parents and/or other adults teach these projects at club meetings usually held twice a month.

How 4-H Clubs Help 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.

Program Offerings

Youth members and adult leaders have many opportunities to participate in programming on several levels. They are; Club – County – District – Regional and State. Clubs can choose from over 80 projects and activities.

How do you get a 4-H group started?
You need at least 5 young people ages 5 to 8, 8 to 12 or 13 to 19 and adult leaders who are willing to help.

How much does it cost?
$35.00 per member. This covers insurance, newsletter and other notices. Project material costs vary along with the interest of the members.

How much time is involved?

Whatever you choose for your child. 4-H is not a “drop-off” program. A 4-H club is something you do with your child. Parents play an active role as project leaders. Clubs generally meet twice a month for about two hours each meeting. Children who want a broader experience can opt to be involved in more than one club.

Club Support
Leader Orientation, project and resource training are offered by program staff several times a year. Trainings are localized around the county to give you easy access. In addition, the monthly newsletter provides information on subject matter, training dates and resources for your club

Awards and Recognition

There are awards for both individual and group work done on the club level, and for those who choose to participate up to state level. In addition, awards and recognition happen several times a year via county wide programming, County Fair, State Fair, annual Achievement Night, and 4-H Leaders’ Recognition. A system of awards includes, pins, certificates, ribbons, medals and award trips.

Putnam County 4-H Club opportunities:

4-H Dog Care & Training Series: (ages 8 & up)learn the basics of dog care and training without using a dog.  Dogs will be incorporated later into the program.  Meetings in Carmel/Kent area.

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. 

4-H MEDIA PRODUCTIONS: (ages 12-19) Learn how to use professional digital/video and computer editing equipment, including working with Comcast equipment.  members will also learn theater production and interpersonal skills wile producing, directing and editing a variety of short educational or promotional videos.  Meeting dates vary, meetings held in Brewster & Carmel. Parent support required!

ADVENTURE KIDS: (ages 5-8) members explore a different animal or nature theme each year.

DUSTY STABLES 4-H HORSE CLUB: (ages 5 & up)  The members will learn about general horse care, barn management, equine science & more. No riding. They meet Saturday mornings from 9-11am at Dusty Stables in Putnam Valley.

EXPLORERS 4-H CLUB (ages 5-8) Take part in hands on outdoor enrichment including hiking, nature and insect and reptile study; also hands-on magic!  Meets in Brewster area. Parent leadership support required!

SEW-COOL 4-H SEWING CLUB: (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!

STEM0516 4-H Club: (ages 9 & up) Take part in a variety of hands-on STEM activities. Meetings are held in Cold Spring. Parent leadership and support needed.

(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.

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 2018-19 schedule.

TRAILBLAZERS: (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 JUNIOR VET PROGRAM - (ages 10-15) This is a six week job shadowing program. Payment reserves your spot. Limited space. 

4-H LEGO ROBOTICS - (ages 9 & up) This is a six week Lego program affiliated with area local libraries.

To enroll in a 4-H Club in Putnam County, sign up online or fill out the 4-H Enrollment Forms & mail completed forms to CCE of Putnam County, 1 Geneva Rd., Brewster, NY  10509, along with $35 enrollment fee.


Dena Altavilla
4-H Youth & Family Development Program Director

Last updated October 29, 2018