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

California 4-H Hat

The 4-H uniform hat is a source of pride for the California 4-H Youth Development Program. 

California is the only state to have a 4-H uniform hat!

Many members use the hat to display their achievement pins. A 4-H uniform 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.


White and green hats of State Ambassadors

Guidelines effective July 1, 2015

Official green California 4-H uniform hat is branded with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) and the 4-H clover logo mark. Hats can be purchased through Leslie Carman 4-H Supplies.

Transition from white hat

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. 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 California 4-H uniform green hats. 

Placement of recognition and achievement pins and badges

Left side of 4-H hat

Left side of hat

  • All-star, platinum, gold, silver, or bronze stars in front. You may "cascade" the stars.
  • Place the the junior/teen leader emblems and the Hi 4-H patch (in that order) behind the stars.





Right side of 4-H hat

Right side of hat

  • Stripes earned for each year completed in 4-H.
  • Year completion pin (primary, junior, intermediate and senior) - place above the stripe of the year the pin was earned, starting with the primary pins next to the 4-H clover
  • Officer pins - align with year earned.
  • 100% Attendance pins - place below the stripe of the year the pin was earned.

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.

  • Medals may be worn on either side of the hat. 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.


For more information about achievement pins and badges, please see the list of Achievement Pins.

The 4-H name and emblem service marks are protected under 18 U.S.C. 707.
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