State 4-H Programs
Arizona 4-H State Communication & Knowledge Contests
The Arizona 4-H Communication & Knowledge Contests are an opportunity for 4-H youth to demonstrate their public speaking and knowledge in a wide array of projects. They allow 4-H'ers to gather with other youth, compete, and grow in their mastery.
In addition, the Arizona 4-H Communication & Knowledge Contests are where eligibility is determined for who will represent Arizona 4-H in Communication & Knowledge Contests at the Western National Roundup. All 4-H'ers are welcome to compete, but only seniors may qualify for Western National Roundup.
For questions, contact Caroline Werkhoven.
AZ 4-H Summit
AZ 4-H Summit is a youth conference focused on campus experience, career exploration, and community engagement. At AZ 4-H Summit our goal is to help provide teens with an environment in which they can explore what they are passionate about and how to take the next steps to creating a future around that passion.
When: June 3 - 7, 2023 (register by 11:55 PM on Sunday, May 14)
Where: University of Arizona Campus
JOLT is an Arizona Teen Leadership Camp, designed by teens for teens. At JOLT our mission is to create an environment where Arizona teens can learn how to empower personal leadership, hone in on creativity, and encourage positive social change in their own community by upholding the tradition of making the best better.
When: July 10-14, 2023 (Register by 11:55 PM on Sunday, June 25)
State Ambassador Program
The State 4-H Ambassador program provides a select group of 4-H teen leaders with the opportunity to advocate for 4-H youth, represent Arizona 4-H, and develop as generational leaders. The team will consist of seven elected 4-H state ambassadors. Every ambassador, regardless of their specific position, needs to be able to articulate what 4-H is, how it came about, and where it aspires to take the next generation of leaders in Arizona.
Reach out to Caroline Werkhoven for questions about how to be an Ambassador.
Arizona 4-H Stock Show & Roundup
The Arizona 4-H program is excited to announce the inaugural Arizona 4-H Stock Show and Roundup. The event will be a convening of Arizona 4-H youth who participate in large- and small-livestock projects. Youth from across the state will have a chance to grow, learn, practice, and showcase their knowledge at the Arizona 4-H Stock Show and Roundup through exhibition and knowledge contests. Clinics will also be provided to help youth to grow in their Mastery.
When: March 3-5, 2023
Where: Pima County Fairgrounds, Tucson
Arizona 4-H Shooting Sports Education Program
Arizona 4-H State Horse Contests
This event is held once a year. You must qualify at the county level in order to participate in the State 4-H Horse Show. We hope this will be an exciting, positive and memorable opportunity for you. If you qualify, your local county agent will send you information about registration and deadlines.
For questions about Arizona 4-H State Horse Contests, contact Dr. Betsy Greene, Equine Specialist
Arizona 4-H STEM YOUniversity
The STEM Leadership Team strives to provide hands-on problem-based learning activities that foster a collaborative, inclusive, and nurturing environment for youth to thrive and explore STEM by offering camps over the course of the year and summer camps.
For additional information about how to get involved in Arizona 4-H STEM YOUniversity activities throughout the year, contact Dr. Jerry Lopez, 4-H STEM Specialist.
Military Teen Adventure Camp (MTAC)
Come and join Arizona 4-H on Mingus Mountain July 17th- 22nd where we will enjoy mountain air and stay in rustic cabins. Activities at camp will include blacksmithing, shooting sports, mountain survival skills, hiking, and more!
When: July 17 - 22, 2022
Engaged Citizens Event
The Engaged Citizens Event is an opportunity for Arizona 4-H teens to engage with local and state leaders. Each county and tribal community has the opportunity to send two delegates to represent them and engage with their local legislators. Whether you're interested in a career in politics someday or in how you can improve your community, this event will help you see where a path in public service could take you.
When: ECE will return in 2023!
Where: Arizona State Capitol | Phoenix, AZ
Arizona 4-H State Dog Show
Returning in 2022
The Arizona 4-H State Dog Show is an opportunity for 4-H youth who have completed the 4-H dog project in the year prior, and earned eligibility at the county level contest to gather with other youth, compete, and grow in their mastery.
Arizona National Livestock Show (ANLS) & Horse Show (ANHS)
Arizona 4-H is proud of our long term partnership with the Arizona National Livestock Show (ANLS) and Horse Show (ANHS). The Arizona National provides us high quality contests for several educational events. These events serve as the qualifying contest to form teams that represent Arizona 4-H at National Contests. 4-H members who want to be eligible to represent Arizona at National level contests need to be members in good standing at the time of these competitions.
Arizona National Horse Show (ANHS), December 30- January 2 (tentative), 2022 hosts the Horse Judging contest.
Arizona National Livestock Show (ANLS), December 27-31, 2021 hosts the following contests: 4-H Creed Speaking, Livestock Judging, and Livestock Skill-A-Thon.
- To learn more about the specifics of each contest and how to register visit Arizona National.
For specific 4-H Contest and eligibility questions reach out to: Mike Hauser, Area 4-H Agent, Apache and Navajo Counties.
Copper State Livestock Judging Series
Arizona 4-H is excited to bring you the Copper State Livestock Judging Series through the leadership of the University of Arizona Livestock Judging Collegiate Team. The Copper State Livestock Judging Series is a multiple event livestock judging contest organized and coordinated in partnership livestock exhibitions across Arizona for 4-H and FFA youth. Youth (teams) will need to participate in a minimum of three different contests to be eligible for award prizes.
When: Fall 2021 and Spring 2022
Where: Numerous locations across Arizona