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Why is there a 4-H Pledge?

The pledge encourages a balanced lifestyle (intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual), and reminds participants to always aim to be a good friend, mentor, community member and citizen. The pledge encompasses the main goal of the 4-H program: to develop well-rounded, responsible and independent youth who are contributing citizens to their club, community, country and world. It is said at the beginning of every 4-H event or meeting. The 4-H pledge is:

‘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.’

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