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Extension: Gearing up for the next 4-H year
4-H archer in action
4-H archer in action

By Jack Lowery, For the Forsyth County News

In Forsyth County, the 4-H program year runs just like a school year from August through June. With summer programs underway, the 4-H staff is preparing for the next year. 

This summer there are two activities for youth to get involved in.

The first is with the 4-H Archery Team. Archery is part of project S.A.F.E., or Shooting Awareness Fun and Education. Project S.A.F.E. teams spend their seasons focusing on the safe handling of rifles, pistols, or bows and arrows. The teams begin practicing in the fall and compete throughout the spring at local, state and sometimes national competitions.

New 4-H’ers can sign up for the Archery Team in late July on a first come, first served basis.

Spaces are limited, and the best way to keep up with when sign-ups open is to subscribe to our monthly electronic newsletter called the 4-H FLASH. You can sign up to receive the 4-H FLASH by visiting the  website at and navigating to the 4-H Youth Development page. 

Our website also has information on other UGA Extension program areas including Family and Consumer Sciences, or FACS, and Agriculture and Natural Resources, ANR, as well as other 4-H activities including Forestry Judging.

Forestry Judging is the other activity that begins in the late summer. This is a team event where 4-H’ers learn tree, disease, and insect identification, compassing, pacing and saw timber estimation. Teams practice weekly until they test their skills at the area competition held in September. Again, spaces for this team are limited, and registration information will be posted on our website later this summer and it will come out through the 4-H FLASH.

Also, be on the lookout for information about a kick off event for the 4-H year to be held in August. This will be a chance for current, new, and potential club members to meet and learn about all of the 4-H activities that they can get involved with. 

For more information about the Forsyth County 4-H program, please contact the Forsyth County Extension Office at (770) 887-2418 or You can also like us on Facebook at to see pictures, videos, and announcements about everything happening in Forsyth County 4-H.

In Forsyth County, 4-H is supported by The University of Georgia, Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, Forsyth County Board of Education, and United Way of Forsyth County.

Jack Lowery  is the 4-H Extension agent  for the UGA Extension Forsyth County.