Types of projects
4-H projects capture more than agriculture and offer a variety of categories such as civic engagement, communications/expressive arts, environmental education, family and consumer sciences, healthy living, leadership, shooting sports, and horticulture. If a child has a desired project that does not fall under those categories, they are able to complete a “do it yourself” project where the child creates their own project.
Selecting a new 4-H project and seeing it through to completion can be challenging, but with support from parents, volunteers, and 4-H staff, youth can finish their project and gain valuable life lessons. When selecting a project area, there are some things you should consider. What are your interests? How much will this cost? How much time will this take? Does the project sound fun and worth the effort?
Parts of a record book
A 4-H project is comprised of many components. 4-H members must attend club meetings to gain the knowledge, skills, and practices needed to navigate through their project. As youth complete their project, they will learn how to set achievable goals, complete a minimum of six hours on their project, keep records, and summarize their project. During their 4-H project, youth are encouraged to participate in at least two community service activities and give a project-specific demonstration to their club.
Why complete a record book?
Completing a project book opens opportunities for 4-H members to participate in events as well as earn scholarships. 4-H events lead to camaraderie, memories, and life-long friendships with other members. Some of these events include 4-H Day at the Capitol, summer camp, Share-The-Fun (talent show), and the county/state fair.
Youth who complete a project book are recognized for their accomplishments. These youth can receive project pins for submitted project books during the county awards ceremony and win individualized awards. The awards ceremony is a celebration of the accomplishments of 4-H youth who have completed a record book.