1. 4-H Military Partnerships

4-H Military Partnerships

4-H Military Partnerships

Kansas State University

343 Justin Hall

Manhattan, KS 66506



785-532-6969 (fax)

4-H Military Partnerships

As military families move frequently and experience the difficulties surrounding deployment and reintegration, 4-H provides predictable programming and a safe and nurturing environment for military kids.

The 4-H Military Partnerships create opportunities for military youth to participate in 4-H Clubs on and off installations, in local communities, and on overseas installations. 4-H Clubs provide consistency in belonging and an opportunity to develop life skills for military connected children and youth who move throughout the world. The partnership represents a collaboration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), 4-H National Headquarters, and Army Child, Youth and School Services, Navy Child and Youth Programs, and Air Force Child and Youth Programs. In 2013, 45 states and 2 territories support almost 53,000 military 4-H members on installations and in communities.

The 4-H Military Partnerships rely on Land Grant University Extension faculty, the "Extension 4-H Military Liaison," to serve as a link between the State Cooperative Extension system, Military Service Branches, and 4-H National Headquarters. This person serves as a coordinator with these partners in support of research based programming for military connected children, youth, and families.


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The 4-H program is built upon the Essential Elements ensuring that youth feel a sense of belonging in a safe environment, develop independence in both group and individual work, share with others in the community through generosity, and develop a sense of mastery that continues throughout life as they practice and share what they have learned with others. 

If you are a military family member, you will find resources that will link you to your State 4-H Office, current camp listings, and more about the overall 4-H Military Partnerships. If you are an educator and/or work with military families, you will find curriculum resources, links to your State 4-H Office, and more about the overall 4-H Military Partnerships. As an Extension 4-H Military Liaison, you will find corporate reports, information regarding camp grant opportunities, a variety of resources including curriculum and recorded webinars, and more about the 4-H Military Partnerships.

4-H Military Partnerships Flyer

What's New


NAE4-HA Military Partnerships Award

Congratulations to Kasey Bozeman, County 4-H Agent, Liberty County, Georgia. Kasey is the recipient of the 2014 National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) military Partnerships Award. To learn more about Kasey Bozeman, visit NAE4-HA Military Partnerships Award.


Utah State Cooperative Extension Curriculum - Discover 4-H Clubs and Camping Guide


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Consolidated RFA for DoD Reintegration Camps and Air Force ANG/AFR Camps are available (password protected) - Due November 14, 2014


What's Been Going On!


welcome home seeds

Burpee Seed Company generously provided Welcome Home seed packets for distribution to military families for a third year. As part of the distribution, the Virginia OMK program worked with military teens, Master Gardeners, and other volunteers to implement the Seed Bomb activity (adapted from the National Gardening Association). This was one of the most popular activities of the year! All ages engaged, from toddlers to grandparents, mixing soil, dirt and water together to form small seed balls that could be taken home and thrown (or planted) into flower beds or gardens. 

The Seed Bomb Activity was utilized at many different events/activities:

  • Healthy Living Camps - coupled with the information about the financial and health benefits of planting a vegetable garden. 
  • Month of the Military Child - facilitated with information about new growth, growing strong roots and family foundations, 'bloom where you are planted'.
  • Family Days - information on the important role that Victory Gardens played in support of our troops in World War II.

Burpee Seed Bomb Activity - Virginia 4-H Military Partnership