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The Hutchinson County Extension Office works in partnership with South Dakota State University Extension to provide 4-H programming to area youth.

4-H Mission
South Dakota 4-H enables youth to be engaged in the following:

  • Partnerships with caring adults
  • Positive learning environments
  • Developing their fullest potential
  • Learning life skills

4-H Values
Throughout the SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development program, we value:

  • Youth, families, and communities.
  • Partnerships and coalitions that work for the betterment of youth in our state, and combined strength of local programming in cooperation with the land-grant university, South Dakota State University.
  • Every child’s individuality and uniqueness.
  • Diversity and an inclusive environment that assures all youth access to programming.
  • Caring adults who volunteer to work with, mentor, and teach youth.
  • The Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

4-H Motto
To Make the Best Better.

4-H Pledge
I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service,
and my health to better living,
for my club, my community, my country, and my world.

Get Involved!

Youth ages 5-18 as of January 1st can join 4-H. For more information about opportunities in Hutchinson County 4-H, please contact the Extension Office by calling 605-387-4205 or by emailing