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4-H Pledge

4hpledge

The 4-H pledge is commonly said at the beginning of 4-H club meetings, conferences, and events.

As a true 4-H member, I pledge...

My head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service,
My health to better living
for my club, my community,
my country and my world.

History of the 4-H Pledge

The 4-H pledge, written by Otis Hall of the Kansas State College of Agriculture, was officially adopted by the 4-H program at the first National 4-H Camp in June 1927. At the request of several states and on the recommendation of 4-H members attending the National 4-H Conference, the pledge was changed in 1973 to include "my world." Their addition is the only change ever made to the 4-H pledge.

Here is the 4-H Pledge in other languages.

Juramento 4-H (Spanish)

Prometo:
Mi cabeza para pensar claramente,
Mi corazon para mayor lealtad,
Mis manos para mejor servicio, y
Mi salud para mayor bienestar,
para mi club, mi comunidad, mi patria, mi mundo.

- Translated by Jennifer McClean, Fresno County 4-H Member (2002)

Ich verspreche (German)

Ich verspreche
Den Kopf zu klarem Denken,
Das Herz zu größerer Treue,
Die Hände zu größerem Dienst, und
Die Gesundheit zu besserem Leben,
Für meinen Klub, meine Gemeinschaft, mein Land, und meine Welt.

- Translated by Henrik Nielsen (2004)

4-H Cog Lus (Hmong)

Kuv cog lus kuv:
Kuv lub taub hau rau meej meej xav kev,
Kuv lub plawv rau loj dua kev ncaj ncess,
Kuv txhais tes rau pab cov neeg,
Thiab kuv cov kev mob rau kov zoo dua ciaj,
Muab rau kuv lub koom haum,
Kub vlub zos, kub lub tebchaws, thiab kuv tub ntiaj teb.

- Translated by Roberta Xiong, Merced County 4-H Member (2002)

4-H no Seiyaku (Japanese)

4-H no chikai:
Meikaku ni kangaeru kotono dekiru atama,
Seijitsu to Yujo ni tomu kokoro,
Shakai ni yakudatsu ude,
Yori kenkona seikatsu o shite,
Kazoku, chiiki, sekai ni hoshi o shiyou.

- Translated by 4-H Japanese Exchange Summer Hosting Program (2002)

Les membres engagent (French)

Les membres engagent
Ma tête à penser plus clair
Mon coeur à la plus grande loyauté
Mes mains au plus grand service, et
Ma santé le meilleur habiter,
Pour mon club, ma communauté, mon pays et mon monde.

- Translated by Florida 4-H Program

Norwegian Bokmål (Norwegian)

Vi lover å arbeide,
Mot det mål,
Å bli en ungdom,
Med klart hode,
Varmt hjerte,
Flinke hender, og
God helse.

- Translated by Inger Marie Angeltveit, Norway (2006)
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