4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
4-H Youth Development Program

California 4-H Hat

4-H Uniform Hat

The 4-H hat is a source of pride for the California 4-H Youth Development Program, as we are the only state to have such a 4-H club hat.  Many members use the hat to display their achievement pins and to wear during fairs.  A 4-H hat is NOT required for membership in the California 4-H Youth Development Program or for participation in any 4-H activity, event, or occasion.

4-H Hat

Effective July 1, 2015

Official green 4-H hat branded with the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) and the 4-H clover logo mark. These can be purchased through Leslie Carman 4-H Supplies as of January 1, 2016.

Youth who are currently senior level members may continue to use their white hat for the remainder of their 4-H career. New senior members as of July 1, 2015 will be able to purchase a white hat from Leslie Carman until December 31, 2015 and may continue to use their white hat for the remainder of their 4-H career. Senior members may also convert to the green hat as they choose. 

It is expected that by July 1, 2020, all members will be wearing the UC ANR 4-H branded green hats. 

Where do I put my recognition and achievement items?

Stars, stripes, and medals:

Left side of hat - All-star, platinum, gold, silver, or bronze stars in front. Members may "cascade" the stars. Behind the stars are placed the junior/teen leader emblems and the Hi 4-H patch (in that order). Right side of hat - year completion pin and stripe is earned for each year completed in 4-H. Officer title pins and 100% Attendance pins should align with the year the pin was earned.
Left Side of Hat
Right Side of Hat

Note: If a member earns more year stripes than can fit on the right side of the hat, they may "wrap around" their stripes and continue onto the left side of the hat.

In order to align the year completion pin and stripe recognition items to the
Steps to Success in 4-H, the following protocols will be effective July 1, 2015:

For meeting project completion requirements members will receive:

1) A “Year Completion Pin” that is specific to their age level.  Four pins will be available:

a) Primary
b) Junior
c) Intermediate
d) Senior

2) A year stripe

White stripes for all members or gold stripes in years where they serve as a junior or teen leader. (Members do not need to complete the whole Record Book for this criteria to be met.)

Year pins are fastened to the hat above the stripe, starting with the primary pins next to the 4-H clover. The 100% attendance pin, if earned, should be fastened to the hat below the stripe of the year that the pin was earned.

  • Either side - Medals may be worn on either side of the hat, and placing them on the left is recommended.
  • Note: No other pin or ribbon should be worn on the hat other than 4-H related items. The hat should reflect the dignity of the 4-H Youth Development Program.  Some items that should not be worn on the hat include buttons, fair medals, convention badges or other regalia.


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