4-H projects are a large part of 4-H. Many projects have a project leader who may hold workshops or serve as a reference. Projects are typically worked on year round and members choose from a wide variety.
4-H also has many activities that range from summer and winter camping to community service to interstate exchange trips. 4-H offers opportunities to travel across the country, participate in the County and State Fairs, as well as have a variety of new and exciting experiences.
How to Select 4-H Projects
4-H members… First, make a list of the things you like to do or want to learn more about. Talk over your list with your parents, leaders, and friends. They may recognize some special things you are good at that you don’t even realize you do well.
Then compare your list with the projects described in this guide and any other project list you may receive from your county. Ask yourself if you have the equipment, money, and time to do the projects that sound interesting.
Your club organizational leader or enrollment coordinator will give you a form when you’re ready to sign up for projects. You will notice that each project has a computer code number assigned to it. Mark that code number on the form. (Members should not use leader project codes unless signing up as a youth leader for that project.)
If this is your first year in 4-H, Concentrate on one or two projects. Usually you can spend more than one year in a project unit because there are enough ideas there to span two or three years. Most 4-H’ers take the levels in order, but what you decide to take as part of your project work is up to you.
4-H leaders… If you are a 4-H adult or youth leader, notice that some project code numbers are just for you. For example, if you are a leader for all of the Shooting Sports you will use code 630.
Project Information from Wisconsin 4-H
Don’t forget to check out the project pages on the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Project Resource Pages.
On these pages, you’ll find descriptions for a number of projects, internet resources and links of interest, fair project suggestions, state specialist contacts, and other suggested 4-H resources.
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