Upcoming 4-H Military Youth and Staff Events


Month of the Military Child

Georgia’s Military Installations

Georgia is home to many military installations, six of which have Child & Youth Services offices or Family Member Programs offices. These six installations actively participate in 4-H programming as part of the 4-H/Military Partnership. The following counties work with installations based in their county:

Counties with Installation-Based Programs
Installation County
Fort Benning Muscogee County
Fort Gordon Richmond County and Columbia County
Fort Stewart Liberty County
Hunter Army Airfield Chatham County
Moody Air Force Base Lanier and Lowndes County
Robins Air Force Base Houston County


Upcoming 4-H Military-Dependent Events


Lead with voice

4-H Community Conversations  ​We are excited to announce Lead with Voice: Community Conversations for military-connected youth and the adults who work with them. Our conversations engage military-connected teens and adults who work with military-connected teens in authentic conversations led by peers to share ideas, challenges, and hopes. This is a great opportunity to engage teens in leadership opportunities, to promote youth voice, and to recognize youth for the contributions that are making in their communities. The conversations are a partnership between the University of Georgia’s  J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development and the 4-H CYFAR Military Partnership Professional Development and Technical Assistance Project at North Carolina State University. Each conversation will be a virtual event. Teens will talk with other teens in conversations facilitated by peer leaders (and chaperoned by adult notetakers). Adult conversations will be led by faculty from the Fanning Institute. Teens and adults will also spend time together in the virtual environment sharing what they shared in their rooms. This is an incredible opportunity to harness the energy, enthusiasm, and ideas from those we serve and collect information that impacts their programs and our offerings.

Lead with Voice: Community Conversations

  • February 15 @ 8 p.m. EST
  • February 22 @ 7 p.m. EST
  • February 23 @ 6 p.m. EST

Register at the 4-H Military Partnership Website

Georgia National Guard State Youth Program

All high school military dependents are welcome to join the Army National Guard Youth Program. The group meets virtually and face-to-face to support youth from all over Georgia with leadership, character, and personal skills. The Georgia National Guard Youth Program has various clubs that support member interests like movie creation and robotics. Program leaders are 4-H volunteer certified and are supported with 4-H professional development and curriculum. To learn how your high school military dependents can connect with other military youth contact Mark Richards at mark.d.richards17.nfg@mail.mil

4-H Robotics Event

Military-Connected youth from across the state are invited to connect with other miltiary families at Don Carter State Park to learn about Robotics and hear about Robotic opportunities statewide from the Army National Guard Youth Leaders including professionals and teen leaders. The event will last from 1 PM – 6 PM on Saturday, May 6 PM.  The whole family is welcome to join us or feel free to drop your youth off (after checking in) and enjoy the abundant outdoor opportunities at Don Carter State Park.  Registration covers materials for the event, but families will be expected to pay for the Georgia State Park entrance fee. To stay up to date on event details and to register for the event follow the below registration link: https://bit.ly/RoboticReg

4-H Military Kids Club

Open to All Ages Bi-Monthly Are you a military family with children who live or go to school in Columbia or Richmond County? Do you enjoy working with veterans in your community & socializing with other military families? Would you enjoy the opportunity to participate in activities focused on topics specific to the needs of military kids and their families? If you answered YES to these questions, the 4-H Military Kids Club is for you or your children! This club is open to all ages When: Monthly Who: Military dependents of active and retired, all students welcome! Location: Columbia County UGA Extension Office Reach out to Columbia County UGA Extension to learn more at 706-541-4011 or email Mrs. Ketcham at brianna.ketcham@uga.edu.


Check out our 4-H Military Camp page to learn about upcoming military-specific camp opportunities. Camp webpages are generally updated by February with upcoming camp information. In the Fall guest can review previous summer camps to learn about possible opportunities for the upcoming year.  Also, reach out to your local 4-H County Extension Office to learn about local and state 4-H camp opportunities.


Upcoming 4-H Military Staff Support

Experiential Facilitation 101 Training  Registration Open

The 4-H Miltiary CYFAR project is excited to offer Training Wheel’s Experiential Facilitation 101 in Atlanta, Ga, April 4-6, 2023.  The course explores the foundational skills necessary for facilitators and includes 45 different facilitation skills and concepts, all taught through experiential activities. It’s three full days of engagement and learning and is certified by Training Wheels. The CYFAR PDTA grant will provide training registration (including breakfast and lunch each training day) and direct bill hotel and parking expenses at the conference hotel. Participants are responsible for transportation to the event (Atlanta, Ga) and additional meals and travel expenses.  Registration is now open, and the selection of participants will be announced on February 16. Additional participants may be added if space allows. The program is open to those working with military-connected youth in 4-H programming, and participants must commit to all three training days. 

The registration link is https://www.4-hmilitarypartnership.org/experiential-facilitation-training-for-extension-professionals.html   You can also view the information on the partnership webpage.  

Third Thursdays Together


Join staff and volunteers working with military-connected youth in 4-H programming for our Third Thursday Together webinar series.  Each third Thursday at 2 p.m. EST we will offer a different session on trends and issues in positive youth development to the curriculum from the authors.  Preregistration is required (and at no cost) to access the session in real-time. Recordings are available the week following the session (or sooner) and linked below the session. We are also looking for topics and presenters for future Third Thursday programs. Send a brief description of your presentation topic and a little about you (and your fellow presenters) to  4-hcyfarmp-pdta@ncsu.edu for consideration. All sessions should be appropriate for military-connected youth and focus on trends and topics in positive youth development or curriculum available for 4-H programming. Preview the educational opportunities kicking off the series in the PDF flyer:

Thrive Educational Series_Flyer

Register for the Third Thursday sessions at the 4-H Military Partnership website:


OneOP Professional Learning Opportunities

OneOp supports DoD’s Military Family Readiness System by growing the professional knowledge, readiness, and networks of the service providers supporting our military service members and their families. OneOp provides free and open-access resources created in collaboration with DoD and university subject matter experts and offers continuing education credits spanning a wide variety of subject areas and credentialing agencies.

Learn about the upcoming learning opportunities https://oneop.org/allevents/

Active-Duty Army CYS Grant Opportunity

  This opportunity is for Active-Duty garrisons to apply for funding to enhance 4-H programming at their Centers and for Army CYS professionals to attend 4-H-related professional development. The application announcement and form is below. 4-H Educators and Garrison staff are encouraged to connect to determine 4-H needs and ideas. This is a great opportunity to strengthen local 4-H support. Army-CYS-Grant-Application-with-Link-10.31

The KSU 4-H Miltiary team managing the application process has already received several applications. I encourage Army Garrisons to review and submit a plan for support. KSU will (very soon) announce the 1st round selections; however, they will also continue to accept applications until all available funding has been exhausted.

Questions about this funding opportunity can be directed to Jessica Partida at jpartida@ksu.edu. If you are trying to consider partnership ideas, 4-H needs, or the like within Georgia please connect with Laura Goss at laurwalt@uga.edu.

Hoke Smith Annex University of Georgia Athens, GA 30602 Phone:706-542-4444 Fax: 706-542-4373 milcamps@uga.edu



Hoke Smith Annex University of Georgia Athens, GA 30602 Phone:706-542-4444 Fax: 706-542-4373 milcamps@uga.edu