Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station | [Cooperative Extension of Camden County]

Mission Mandates

The essence of the 4-H Youth Development Program is a model of hands-on, experiential learning occurring through a variety of delivery modes. Additionally, programs are focused on three key areas called Mission Mandates. Read on to learn more

"I pledge my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service."

4-H teaches youth about their rights and responsibilities as citizens, as well as how they can contribute to their own community. Empowering and engaging youth to take part in their community creates opportunities for leadership and personal development, as well as lifeskill development.


Camden County 4-H member Jessica Flynn was recognized with the President's Volunteer Service Award for her community service projects conducted through her 4-H project. She was also recognized by the Camden County Board of Freeholders in May 2015 for this accomplishment, along with Camden County 4-H volunteers Lori O'Neill and Trisha Burgess for their volunteer efforts.


Check out this video on Citizenship that was created by Camden County 4-H members.

Citizenship Explored and Exposed through 4-H


Science, Engineering and Technology (S.E.T.)

"I pledge my head to clearer thinking."

4-H promotes increased literacy in these topics by focusing on programming that encompasses science, engineering, technology and applied math. Youth participate in programs that enhance their knowledge in an engaging, hands-on approach from learning about environmental issues to animal science and engineering.



Healthy Living

"I pledge my health to better living for my club, my community, my country and my world."

4-H promotes healthy living through good nutrition and physical activity, which lends itself to a more balanced life.