Learning the 4-H Pledge like Do-Re-Mi…

Let’s start at the very beginning , a very good place to start.  When you read you begin with A-B-C, when you are in 4-H we start with Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

What does it all mean?

I pledge my HEAD to clearer thinking” – HEAD stands for decision making, planning, organizing, problem solving and using knowledge throughout life.



“My HEART  to greater loyalty”– HEART stands for strong personal values, positive self-concept, ability to show concern for others, cooperation, and communication.




My HANDS to larger service”– HANDS stands for volunteering , community service, workforce development, science and technology literacy and useful skills.





“and my HEALTH for better living for my club, my community, my country and my world”- HEALTH stands for healthy lifestyles, character, ethics, stress management and disease prevention..


How can we teach our youth the pledge?

  • Say the pledge at each meeting after The Pledge of Allegiance
  • Recite one line at a time
  • Teach the hand motions
  • Give your youth an opportunity to lead the pledge during a meeting
  • Offer the Cloverbuds an opportunity to recite the pledge at the county project fair