A uniform is not required for participation in any 4-H sponsored activity, event, meeting or occasion. Although there is no uniform requirement in the 4-H program, many clubs encourage their members to continue the traditions of 4-H attire.
Fairs do not fall under the jurisdiction of the 4-H program and may require their own clothing for showing. Check with your local fair for specific details. The CDFA Fairs and Exposition Rule Book and the 4-H Youth Development Organization do not mandate a uniform or attire for judging.
4-H Uniform Traditions
The following conventions are commonly accepted regarding the use of the 4-H uniform:
Boys- Uniform Guidelines
- Short or long sleeve white shirt with collar (minimum of five buttons in front).
- White or off white tailored pants or jeans (full-length).
- Green 4-H emblem tie.
Girls- Uniform Guidelines
- Short or long sleeve white shirt with collar or blouse (minimum of five buttons in front).
- White skirt or culottes, or a white dress of similar style.
- Green 4-H scarf fastened with a simple white plastic or metal ring.
- Hats must be worn on the 4-H member’s head.
- Shirts must be tucked into pants, and belts must be worn if pants have loops.
- 4-H collar must be over shirt collar.
- Baggy pants and spandex are not acceptable.
- English or western boots are required for exhibiting in the horse project, and pants must be outside if boots are worn.
The 4-H 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 Program or for participation in any 4-H activity, event, or meeting.
4-H Hat Guidlines
Junior 4-H members, defined as a 4-H member in the eighth grade and below (or 13 years old and younger)
Senior 4-H members, defined as a 4-H member who has graduated from the eighth grade (or 14 years old and older)
Note: Each county may have modified these guidelines.
Stars, stripes, and medals:
- Left side of hat – All-star, platinum, gold, silver, or bronze stars in front. Members may “cascade” the stars, although some counties request that members only wear their current star. Behind the stars are placed the junior/teen leader emblems and the Hi 4-H patch (in that order).
- Right side of hat – A year stripe and year pin is earned for each year completed in 4-H.
- Junior and primary members (8th grade and below) wear a white stripe on green background for that year.
- Junior leaders (6th, 7th, 8th grades) wear a gold stripe on green background for that year.
- Senior members (9th grade and up) wear a green stripe with a white background for that year.
- Teen leaders (9th grade and up) wear a gold stripe on white background for that year.
- All-stars wear a purple stripe on white background (in many counties) for that year
Year pins are fastened to the hat above the stripe, starting with the first year 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, but 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.
Purchasing 4-H Attire
4-H supplies may be purchased from:
|National 4-H Supply Service
|Leslie Carman 4-H Club Supplies
(888) 466-9433 or (805) 462-9433
These companies are listed as a resource only and does not imply endorsement by the 4-H Youth Development Program.