4-H is available through several different delivery methods including clubs, special interest groups, day camps, overnight camping, school and afterschool enrichment programs, school-age child care programs, and individual study.
A 4-H club is an organized group of at least five youth from three different families with two 4-H appointed adult volunteers. Members and leaders meet regularly and have a planned program that is carried out through all or most of the year. The purpose of a 4-H club is to provide positive youth development opportunities that enable youth to reach their full potential as competent, confident, leaders of character who contribute and are connected to their communities.
4-H clubs usually meet in the evenings or on weekends and offer self-chosen multiple learning experiences and activities. The youth officers run the meetings, typically using parliamentary procedure.
All 4-H clubs must be chartered, which includes having an approved constitution and bylaws. The 4-H charter allows clubs to use the 4-H name and emblem, raise funds in the name of 4-H, and carry out the 4-H educational program.
Individual youth and adult volunteers must complete the required 4-H enrollment process and pay the annual 4-H program fee which includes accident and sickness insurance coverage.
The 4-H members in clubs operate under an established constitution and by-laws and elect officers. They plan, implement, and evaluate an annual Plan of Work. A volunteer leader coaches the officers and members in these activities and guides them as they acquire leadership skills. Any parent or adult volunteer leader may join the discussion during a 4-H meeting, but only 4-H members vote on matters that are brought before
The meetings also enable members and parents/guardians to share experiences
and interests. 4-H offers an opportunity to enjoy learning with family and friends.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF 4-H CLUB MEMBERS
4-H members work as individuals and as a team. They:
- Select projects with guidance from a 4-H leader and parent or guardians, or join a special interest group.
- Create and complete a plan for project work.
- Keep a record of project work.
- Attend 4-H meetings.
- Participate in local and county 4-H activities and events.
- Learn the 4-H Pledge and Motto.
- Exhibit project work.
- Participate in committee assignments.
- Participate in community service activities.
- Abide by the 4-H Code of Conduct.