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Connecticut 4-H Military Partnerships

The CT 4-H Military Partnership programs provide opportunities for military youth ages 5 to 19 to engage in 4-H through their community, schools, and local Military Installation. These youth engage in club activities, all of the New London County 4-H events (such as Public Speaking, 4-H Fair & Expo , and Food Show), and state and national opportunities.

Youth may participate through the Dolphins 4-H Club, a community-based club that meets at Anchors Landing Community Center on Gungywamp Road, Groton. These youth, age 5 to 19, participate in a variety of activities, including cooking, photography, citizenship, and crafts.



Other opportunities for military youth include:


  • Lego City 4-H Club robotics club, Subase Youth Center, Groton.
  • Epics 4-H Club, evening meetings during Teen Center hours.
  • The Seals 4-H Club, SYC School-age Child Care program.


4-H STEMtastic!

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Activities for Military Families

The 4-H Military Partnership is happy to announce 4-H STEMtastic! – our FREE science program that explores science, technology, engineering and math with fun hands-on activities for military youth ages 5-13.

4-H STEMtastic is offered at the Dolphin Gardens Community Center in Groton, and the Armory in Hartford during the summer.

4-H STEMtastic is also offered during the school year daytime for homeschooling families.

Contact Heidi Rechlin, Heidi.Rechlin  for information on the next session or check our calendar.



In partnership with Operation Military Kids, the Navy SYC and 4-H offer a Babysitter’s Class twice a year. Watch our calendar for the next date.


Military Youth living outside of New London County, may still participate in 4-H through their local 4-H programs, and engage in any special 4-H Military event or program. Click here to find the 4-H contact for your county, or contact Michelle McCarty, CT National Guard Child & Youth Program

About National 4-H Military Partnership Programs:

4-H National Headquarters, Army Child, Youth and School Services, Air Force Airman and Family Services, and Navy Child and Youth Programs are committed to a partnership to make  4-H clubs available to military youth on installations and in communities. 4-H Military Liaisons in each state serve as a point of contact for both support and resources for staff and youth in 42 states and territories. This partnership developed Navy educational opportunities for 2,627  4-H’ers on-base, 1,076 4-H’ers off-base, and 3,703 4-H’ers in additional activities such as camping. The 4-H Mission Mandates—Sciences, Healthy Living, and Citizenship support and provide consistency within program efforts for both on- and off-base youth and their families. Click here to visit the 4-H Military Partnership website.


Blue Slope FarmWorking Together

Through partnerships with two national youth development organizations, the 4-H National Headquarters/NIFA/USDA and Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), Navy Child and Youth Programs strengthens programming efforts by utilizing two of the best positive youth development programs. Training opportunities were designed in collaboration with CNIC, CYP, BGCA, and 4-H, to deliver quality training opportunities for staff around the world. The 4-H/Navy Youth Development Project is a collaboration of Commander, Navy Installations Command, Navy Child and Youth Programs, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U. S. Department of Agriculture through Kansas State University under special project number 2009-48703-06092. Click here for more information.



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