4-H is a nationwide, family-oriented, community-based youth organization dedicated to developing young Canadians, encouraging them to become responsible members of society.

We help our youth “Learn To Do By Doing” in a safe, inclusive and fun environment, providing leadership and life skills development opportunities while promoting agriculture awareness.

The heart of 4-H is in its clubs. 4-H clubs are comprised of 4-H members and trained and screened volunteers who act as club and project leaders. The club decides on a topic of interest and, through instruction by leaders and hands-on learning, members learn about the topic during 4-H meetings. In addition to gaining a hands-on education, members develop leadership skills, understand how an individual can affect their community and country, and make lasting friendships.

More than 80 countries worldwide have 4-H clubs. There are over 2,400 members, 800 leaders and 75 clubs in Nova Scotia. Learn more about where we are.

As a Nova Scotia 4-H’er, you’ll experience the feeling of accomplishment that comes from trying and succeeding at something new – fixing a small engine, knitting a sweater, training an animal or presenting a speech or demonstration to a live audience.

The 4-H opportunities are endless, including various provincial and regional programs allowing members to visit new places, expand their knowledge, and make new friends! Senior 4-H members can apply for scholarships and earn a personal development credit for Grade 10. Various camps, conferences and exchanges are also available for 4-H Members.

Our Mission

4-H is a positive youth development organization that promotes leadership, encourages the care and responsibility of our resources, and builds positive life skills to secure a sustainable future for Nova Scotia.

Our Mandate

To advance the 4-H program to strengthen communities by providing life and technical skills to those involved including members, leaders and parents.

  • Develop leadership and life skills in Nova Scotia youth
  • Encourage the education of the public about the 4-H program
  • Promote 4-H

The motto, “Learn To Do By Doing” is an important process which applies to both members and leaders. Participating in the 4-H program will influence the development of 4-H members, leaders, families and communities in a positive way.

4-H Pledge

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

What are the 4 ‘H’s?

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 hands-on learning programs. The 4 “H”s represent the values behind the 4-H program around the world.

What will you do as a 4-H member? Browse our projects & competitions, opportunities & events pages.

Learning new skills, making things and visiting places with friends are all part of a 4-H project. Choose between a variety of Life Skills projects like Sewing, Crafts, Photography, Heritage, Scrapbooking and Livestock projects such as Dairy, Beef, Light horse, Sheep, Dog Obedience, and Poultry and Goat.

4-H offers excellent opportunities locally, provincially, and nationally! Please take a look at our list of events, conferences, learning opportunities, scholarships, camp, travel, and more!

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4-H Nova Scotia Partners & Sponsors

Many thanks to all our sponsors, partners and supporters for their continued work with 4-H Nova Scotia.

Why support 4-H Nova Scotia?

Giving back feels good, right? Supporting youth development feels good, too. By choosing to sponsor or donate to 4-H Nova Scotia, you are making an investment in the future.

4-H Nova Scotia is ensuring that the 4-H movement remains strong and that our youth have the opportunity to grow into strong leaders who make an impact where ever they go.

If you would like to learn more about how you can help build resilient, confident and capable youth through 4-H NS, please reach out to Victoria Blakely, our Fundraising and Communications Coordinator at victoria.blakely@4hnovascotia.ca.

Thank you for your support!

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