Through 4-H, youth are provided opportunities to develop their unique talents and capabilities. The basis of 4-H is "Learning by Doing." 4-H provides opportunities for both training (learning) and practice (doing). Through this process, young people develop life skills that are relevant now and in the future.  Youth who develop life skills become self-directed, productive, contributing citizens.

A variety of 4-H competitions enable 4-H members to practice and perfect the life skills they learn through their projects. Click below for more specific information.

This contest held during January allows 4-H'ers to present a speech on any topic. Speeches range from 5 to 7 minutes. Winners can advance to district and state competition. The Shenandoah County 4-H All Stars sponsor this contest and provide awards.

This contest held during February features demonstrations and illustrated talks based on the 4-H'ers project work. Presentations can be up to 15 minutes in length. Winners can advance to district and state competition. The Shenandoah County 4-H All Stars sponsor this contest and provide awards.

Share-the-Fun is a talent show for 4-H members which helps them develop poise and confidence in themselves and gives them the chance to learn many aspects of the entertainment field.  Categories of competition include:  vocal, instrumental, dance, drama, variety, and combination.  The show is free and open to the public.

The County 4-H Council plans and sponsors an Easter Egg Hunt for 4-H members.

2019 Easter Egg Hunt Flier -- CANCELLED





County winners in Public Speaking, Presentations, and Share-the-Fun are eligible to compete against 4-H'ers from other counties in our district. This contest is held at the end of April each year.

The Shenandoah County 4-H Bike-A-Thon is a way for 4-H'ers to raise money to attend 4-H camps and activities.

37th Annual Bike-A-Thon Flyer 

2019 Bike-A-Thon Preregistration Form

2019 Bike-A-Thon Registration Form

The annual June is Dairy Month poster contest follows a set theme that helps promote milk and milk products and their importance to human health. Posters are due in the Shenandoah County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension in June.

4-H Congress is the annual statewide premier 4-H event for outstanding 4-H teen and adult volunteer leaders. Its mission is to provide competitive and non-competitive educational experiences to Virginia teens and the adults who work with them, helping them to develop life skills and leadership abilities to become contributing citizens in their communities. Senior members who have won in county level contests are eligible to compete at State Congress, although any senior 4-H'er is eligible to attend.

The Shenandoah County 4-H All Stars will conduct a 4-H Holiday Workshop for all 4-H’ers on Friday, December 7, 2018, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Extension Office in Woodstock.  Ages 5-19 are welcome with the donation of at least one hygiene item for a senior citizen!

This is a new workshop!  We're not making ornaments this year.  Participants will do a holiday craft, make holiday cards for our military and for senior citizens, AND have a chance to "shop" among donated gifts that will be suitable to give to family members. The All Stars will also have wrapping paper available. 4-H'ers can shop for a few items, wrap them, and present them to a family member as a surprise gift.  No money needed for this shopping experience.

Participants should register by November 30.