Awards and Incentives
Awards and Incentives Committee
The Awards and Incentives Committee reviews, formulates, and evaluates 4-H Youth Development Incentives and Recognition, including:
- Youth, volunteer, and staff Countywide recognition
- 4-H County Stars Program including All Stars and Emerald
- 4-H record book
- Pins, medals, and certificates
The committee also takes into account the following priorities:
- Identify and formulate non-competitive recognition
- Create and coordinate new opportunities for members, staff, and volunteers
- Educate and promote incentives and recognition countywide
- Utilize research on youth development regarding competition
- Create an open process - receive input from county staff, volunteers, and youth on proposed changes
Awards and Incentives Committee
The Service Stars of Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum are earned within the 4-H Club. They are earned on the total amount of club activity. Keep track of the 4-H activities you attend, and committees or chairmanship positions served on. Presentations and Demonstrations play a huge role. They are required for you to earn any awards or ranks. You must attend your 4-H project meetings as well as the general meetings. Turn in your Record Book for your leader to know what you have done. Record books are judged yearly and record keeping is a very important part of 4-H.
The 4-H Hat
The 4-H Hat is a source of pride in the California 4-H Youth Development Program. We are the only state to have a 4-H Club Hat. Many members use a hat to place their achievement pins, and to wear during animal showing at fairs. A 4-H Hat is NOT required for membership in 4-H, or for participating in any 4-H activity, event, or meeting.
Stanislaus County Fair uniform requirements: Fairs do not fall under the jurisdiction of the 4-H Program, and can have their own clothing requirements for showing:
4-H Uniform Guidelines
BOYS - Cap, green through 8th grade, white 9th and above; white shirt with collar, short or long sleeve (long required for rabbit and when showing horses), with minimum of five buttons in front; white or off white tailored or jeans style full-length pants, green 4-H emblem tie, shoes or boots.
GIRLS - May wear same as listed for boys, or may wear white blouse with same requirements as shirt, white skirt or culottes, or a white dress of similar style, green 4-H collar fastened with a simple white plastic or metal ring.
APPEARANCE - Cap must be worn on head, shirt must be tucked into pants, belts must be worn if pant have loops, pants must be outside if boots are worn and 4-H collar must be over shirt collar. Baggy pants and spandex not acceptable. English or western boots are required for horse.
4-H Hat Guidelines
Hat to Wear:
Green Hat - Junior 4-H members, defined as a 4-H member in the eighth grade and below (or 13 years old and younger)
White Hat - Senior 4-H members, defined as a 4-H member who has graduated from the eighth grade (or 14 years old and older)
Stars, stripes, and medals:
Left Side of Hat - All Star, gold, silver, or bronze stars in front. San Diego County requests that members only wear their current star though some counties "cascade the stars as in the picture below. Behind the stars are placed the Jr./Teen Leader emblems. These patches are only worn while the member is serving as a junior or teen leader.
Catalogs and order forms can be obtained from:
Leslie Carman 4-H Club Supplies
P.O. Box 2351
Atascadero, CA 93423
These companies are listed as a resource only and does not imply endorsement by the 4-H Youth Development Program.
Policy on Replacement of Lost 4-H Pins:
Pins awarded by Club -- members are to contact their local club leader about lost pins that were awarded by the club. The club leader will order a replacement pin at the member's expense.
Pins awarded by County -- members are to contact the 4-H office about any lost pins awarded by the county, including level testing pins. The county will order a replacement pin at the member's expense. The only exception will be year completion pins where a replacement can be obtained from the 4-H office.
Order all Member Awards as follows:
Junior/Teen Leader emblems -- club leader obtains from the 4-H office. These are to be worn on the member's hats only during the time they are serving as a Junior/Teen Leader.
(Junior Leader = member in leadership project and 7th, 8th & 9th grade)
(Teen Leader = member in leadership project and 10th grade and up)
Star Rank Emblems -- to be ordered from the 4-H office on the awards order form.
Member Completion Pins -- at the end of the club year, the club leader will submit awards request form to the 4-H office. A pin packet will be put together and will be sent to the Club Leader. If a member's pin is lost or broken, contact the 4-H office for a replacement.
Cap Stripes -- Ordered from the County Office. When the completion pins are presented to the members they should be accompanied by the appropriate "stripe."
White stripe on green background for green cap
Green stripe on white background for white cap
Gold stripe on white background for member completing a year of junior/teen leadership with a white cap
Gold stripe on green background for member completing a year of junior/teen leadership with a green cap
4-H Caps (green & white), 4-H ties, collar chevrons, redi-made collars, collar kits -- order from Leslie Carman catalog or National Supply (See link above.) Collar patterns are available at the 4-H Office.
100% attendance pins -- club leader orders from National Supply catalog
4-H Record Books serve a variety of purposes in the California 4-H Youth Development Program. While society has changed, so have the goals of 4-H record-keeping. 4-H Record Books allow 4-H members to reflect on their yearly work completed as well as maintain records of project and club work. 4-H members demonstrate growth and measure achievements across their years in 4-H.
In record-keeping, 4-H members develop the following life skills:
- Maintaining records of 4-H project and club work and school and community activities
- Keeping personal and business records
- Improving communication with other people
- Learning time management and organizational skills
- Learning responsibility and developing goal setting skills
4-H Record Books are an educational component of the 4-H Youth Development Program. They may not be required for 4-H membership nor for participation in 4-H activities such as club events and activities, earning a participation pin, or attending 4-H camps or conferences.
The 4-H Record Book is designed to reflect your thoughts, experiences and accomplishments achieved during your 4-H year. Your work can be handwritten (in ink - except first year members and written requests to the 4-H Office two weeks prior to submission date), typed, or printed from a computer. It is your choice, as your book will be judged on content (completeness, learning experiences, personal growth, accomplishments and creativity) not appearance. What is important is that you, the member, complete your 4-H Record Book to the best of your ability. If, however, someone else must help write or type your record book the reason and type of help should be explained in a cover letter. Otherwise, it will be assumed you did the entire record book yourself.
Your record book not only represents the completion of a 4-H year, but also represents a major part of your life and achievements. Your 4-H Record Book is your responsibility and will prove to be a very valuable experience that will benefit you, the member, throughout your 4-H years and your life.