Every 4-H member selects at least one project. A project is what the member decides to study, make, or raise. Members choose projects that fit into their families, communities, and their way of life.
Basically, 4-H members "learn by doing." Young people, with guidance from volunteer leaders, learn essential life and technical skills and how to live with people and serve their community and country by practicing these skills in real-life situations. 4-H members learn by taking part in:
- Project Work: Project work helps members gain knowledge and skills, and learn to accept responsibility. By doing project work at home, members can develop a feeling of partnership with their parents.
- Record Keeping: 4-H members write a record and story of what they have done in each project. Keeping records helps members evaluate their 4-H learning and develop business sense.
- Exhibits: Members may exhibit their project results at club meetings, local fairs, or the county and state fair. Exhibiting 4-H projects shows others what 4-H'ers are doing, helps members improve their work, and gives members a sense of pride and accomplishment.
- Presentations: 4-H members show and tell others how to do things they learn. This is called giving a presentation, and it is a member's first step to developing leadership, and communication skills.
- County Contests: 4-H members are evaluated on a standard set of criteria and receive ribbons for their efforts.
- Idea Fair: 4H-sponsored day of 50 minute seminars and classes on subjects as diverse as Dog Training, First Aid, Robotics, Pasta Making, Shooting Sports and Self Image.
- High Desert Leadership Retreat ~ An annual youth conference for 7th- 12th graders held at Eagle Crest Resort. It is a four-day weekend filled with hands-on activities, workshops, and seminars designed to enhance their capabilities in school, at home, on the job, and in life.
The 4-H Motto
To Make the Best Better
The 4-H Slogan
Learn by Doing
The 4-H 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 4-H Creed
I believe in 4-H for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen. I believe in the training of my head for the power it will give me to think, plan, and reason. I believe in the training of my heart for the nobleness it will give me to become kind, sympathetic, and true. I believe in the training of my hands for the ability it will give me to become helpful, useful, and skillful. I believe in the training of my health for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, to resist disease, and to work efficiently. I believe in my country, my state, my community, and in my responsibility for their development. In all these things I believe, and I am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment.
We are turning kids away for want of leaders!
We are looking for 4-H Club Leaders in many project areas, most especially Home Economics, Cloverbuds and Science & Technology. We also looking for Expressive Arts, Dog, and Shooting Sports.
If you have skills or knowledge that you would like to share, please contact us at 541-548-6088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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