4-H updates the pledge

The iconic pledge will now include a reference to “the world”

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The 4-H pledge, recited by generations of 4-H members across Canada has been updated to include reference to the world.

The change reflects the responsibility youth have to the global community and also the international opportunities available from the organization.

Why it matters: The 4-H pledge has espoused the guiding principles of the organization, so any change is significant.

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The amended pledge reads:

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.

The change was made during 4-H Canada’s annual meeting this week. The organization says the change came from members who attended the 2017 Global 4-H Network Summit held in Ottawa.

The summit allowed those members to understand that they are part of a global 4-H community.

4-H Manitoba presented a motion at the 2018 4-H Canada annual meeting to amend the pledge and it was adopted.

The final decision on the change was approved at the 2019 annual meeting on July 11.

Cassidy Barnert a 4-H Canada Youth Advisory Committee member from Alberta said “4-H has taken me to local fairs, provincial camps, national conferences and the Going Global Exchanges program. I’m excited about the addition of ‘…and my world’ to the 4-H pledge, because it highlights the global 4-H movement and the international opportunities available.”

Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada’s CEO says that the change shows the organization listens to its members.

“This update to the 4-H pledge is a testament that 4-H in Canada listens to youth and engages them in having a voice at the table to ensure we have thriving communities in partnership with youth leaders,” she said.

The change takes place immediately, so 4-H clubs across the country can start using it in their meetings this week.

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