A collection of milestones and events from UGA Extension's history.
1904: First corn club is established
George Claud (G.C.) Adams, Newton County Superintendent of Schools, organizes the first corn club for boys.
1904: Negro youth clubs are established
P. D. Johnson, an African American teacher in Newton County, started a program similar to Adams' with a corn patch project for African American sons and fathers who wanted to learn modern corn production practices.
1906: Youth programs expand to include girls' clubs and state contests
Girls’ garden, tomato and canning clubs begin in Hancock County; the first statewide corn and cotton growing contests are held.
1909: First youth agents are hired
Seaman A. Knapp, director of Cooperative Demonstration Work in Washington, D.C., employs the first state and local agents to promote boys' agricultural demonstration work in Georgia.
1920: 4-H clubs grow to 27,000 members in Georgia
1924: 4-H Club name and clover emblem are officially adopted
The official 4-H emblem is a four-leaf clover with an "H" in each leaf and the stem turned to the right.
1924: First Georgia 4-H camp opens in Athens
Camp Wilkins, Georgia’s first 4-H camp, opens in Athens on the site of what is now the Driftmier Engineering Building on the University of Georgia campus.
1927: 4-H pledge and motto are adopted
State 4-H leaders adopt the national 4-H pledge and motto at the first National 4-H Camp held in Washington, D.C.
1933: First Georgia 4-H Club Council meeting is held
The first State 4-H Club Council meeting is held in Milledgeville.
1943: 4-H begins using Camp Wahsega
Georgia 4-H holds events at Camp Wahsega in Dahlonega, Ga., for the first time.
1947: 4-H Center on Tybee Island opens
Now known as Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island, the camp is used for local and state camps, conferences and rallies.
1948: Georgia 4-H Foundation is established
On November 17, 1948, W.A. “Bill” Sutton, State 4-H Leader, and other 4-H supporters and employees of UGA Cooperative Extension chartered the Georgia 4-H Foundation.
1955: Rock Eagle 4-H Center opens
Rock Eagle 4-H Center opens in Eatonton, Ga.
1979: 4-H begins the Environmental Education program
Diane Davies, state specialist, begins the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program at Rock Eagle 4-H Center.
1981: 4-H's Clovers & Company performing arts group forms
Clovers & Co. was founded to provide an opportunity for 4-H youth to promote and share with others the excitement, leadership and talent evident in 4-H.
1983: Jekyll Island 4-H Center opens
2013: 4-H Environmental Education program serves millionth student
With the arrival of 456 third- through fifth-graders at Rock Eagle 4-H Center on Thursday, Oct. 10 2013, Georgia 4-H marked its millionth student served by its Environmental Education program.