September 4-H News

Animals, Robotics & More!

Head, Heart, Hands, and Health are the four Hs in 4‑H, and they are the four values members work on through fun and engaging programs.

Baltimore County 4-H clubs are open to ALL Baltimore County residents ages 5 thru 18. Most youth join 4-H by attending a local 4-H club that interests them.

If you have any questions about Baltimore County 4-H, please contact Wendy Dilworth at or 410-887-8090.

Upcoming Events

  • Bonfire Night

    Bonfire Night - October 7th

  • Agri-Science Day - October 15

    Agri-Science Day - October 15

How to Join 4-H

The cost to join 4-H is $10 per member and to keep cost affordable, capped at $30 per family. To learn more about registering, click here

Click here to join 4-H

The 4-H Pledge

I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service, and
my health to better living, for my club,
my community, my country, and my world.

4-H Alumni

4-H Alumni survey

About 4-H

  • How to join 4-H

    Head, Heart, Hands, Health

Volunteer with 4-H


Become a 4-H Volunteer


4-H Volunteers are a key component of the 4-H program, which focuses on citizenship, leadership, and life skills development using a "learn-by-doing" educational model.

With each volunteer comes knowledge, experiences, and skills taught to 4-H youth and shared with the 4-H program. No matter your background or expertise, you can join the 4-H community. 

As a parent, a project leader, or any other leadership capacity, you can offer your unique talents and perspectives. You decide the level of involvement that fits your skills and schedule, such as:

  • Lead community clubs, school-based or after-school programs, and camp settings
  • Serve as chaperone, board member, event judge, or camp counselor
  • Create community service opportunities for youth in your area
  • Work with other adults to create fun and exciting programs

What are the steps to becoming a 4-H volunteer?

Whether you want to give an hour or a year, 4-H has an opportunity for you!

To become a Baltimore County 4-H volunteer, please email Vernelle Mitchell Hawkins at or call 410-887-8090.

Become a 4-H Volunteer today and help create life-changing experiences for youth in your community!


  • Image of various curriculum offered by 4-H

    4-H Curricula

  • Healthy Place Setting

    Healthy Living

  • Cow Face

    Animal Science

  • Looking through a scope


  • Frog in Hand

    Environment Sciences

  • Calvert 4-H Chesapeake Outdoor Camp.

    Leadership Opportunities

  • International Programs

Record Book Help

Three Type of Record Books

The purpose of 4-H record keeping is to teach how to keep records, which is an important life skill. 4-H is not just learning by doing. It's learning by doing it, sharing it, understanding it, relating it, and using it. Record keeping encourages members to reflect on their experience. Record keeping is required to participate in  fairs.

Record Book Help

To see what good record book keeping looks like, these sample files have been created. Take a look so you can create your best record book! Any questions or problems with accessing the files, please contact Wendy Dilworth at the Baltimore County 4-H Office or 410-887-8090.

SAMPLE of a Summary Record

SAMPLE of a Judging Form

Sample of a Maryland 4-H Project Record

Sample of a 4-H Livestock Project Record

Record Book Word & PDF Files

Here's are the files  to use for your 4-H record book keeping. Most files are available in both Word and PDF format. Both files are the same, use the format you are most familiar. Any questions or problems with accessing the files, please contact Wendy Dilworth at the Baltimore County 4-H or 410-887-8090.


Animal Science Project Records

Youth Project Records 

Youth Project Records, Record Books provide 4-Hers with opportunities to learn to keep records, evaluate their past accomplishments, and organize their thoughts.

Youth are recognized for goal achievements, their leadership was given to local club or county/city activities, and community service projects they have been involved in.  

Senior Portfolio

Youth on a national trip holding the Maryland state flag

The Maryland 4-H Program is proud to offer senior 4-H members the opportunity to participate in Leadership Trips at the National Level. All enrolled and dues-paying club members ages 14-18 (as of January 1st, the year the trip takes place) from all counties and Baltimore City are eligible to submit an application and portfolio packet (see instructions below) for any of the following national leadership trips.

To be considered for a Leadership Trip, a 4-H member must complete a portfolio package including an application, 4-H resume, essay, and interview.

Information Flyer 

Senior Portfolio Process Informational flyer

How to Apply for a Leadership Opportunity Help Guide

Links to helpful resources

2023 Senior Essay Question:

Describe the benefit of participating in 4-H to an elected official and why they should support the 4-H Program.

Glossary & Other Resources

These files below are good basic resources to refer to when you are doing your record book keeping.

GLOSSARY of Record Book Keeping

WHAT is considered Communication?


If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Dilworth at 410-887-8090 or email 

Record Book Keeping Video

Watch this video to help you with
4-H Record Book keeping.

Worcester Record Books