University of Illinois Extension
University of Illinois Extension
4-H Ceremonies

Achievement Ceremony

People Needed One Narrator
Four Persons to depict H's
Equipment Needed 4-H Flag
Four sashes for H's (Head, Heart, Hands, Health)

Dim lights (not complete darkness) help set atmosphere for audience to be quiet. Spotlight 4-H flag in center. If you have a fan strong enough to make a flag blow, this can be effective but is not necessary. Sashes for H's should be pinned from right shoulder to left side of waist. Sashes can be easily made of white oilcloth (using green felt marker to make letters) or white felt (cutting letters of green felt and gluing them on). A good size seems to be 36 inches long by 4 inches wide.

Provide flashlight for narrator if room is darkened. H's may be boys or girls - it helps if they dress similarly - 4-H uniforms or white blouses or shirts and dark skirts or trousers.



"Isn't it strange
That princes and kings,
And clowns that caper
In sawdust rings,
And common people
Like you and me
Are builders for eternity?

Each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass,
A book of rules;
And each must make
Ere life is flown,
A stumbling block
Or a stepping-stone."

— R. L. Sharpe


or a stepping stone. As we look back on our 4-H experiences this year, we find many stepping stones and we're proud of the progress we've made. Let's join our four H's in remembering.

There needs to be enough light to see H's. You may wish to use a second spotlight and focus on each one in turn.

As club members we've learned to plan and work together. Our projects taught us new skills and we made decisions based on new knowledge. We've asked why and searched for answers. We believe in our ability to think, to plan, to reason.

Head "H"

Pause, take one step forward, raise hand to 4-H pledge position for Head.

I pledge my Head to clearer thinking.

Narrator 4-H has brought us many new friends - in our club, at camp, in our county. May we always be true of heart, as we live and work together. We've just begun to understand our community, our country, and our world. We'll continue to explore, with concern always, the thoughts and feelings of others.
Heart "H"

Pause, take one step forward, raise hand to 4-H pledge position for Heart.

I pledge my Heart to greater loyalty.

Narrator We're not afraid of work - we know the satisfaction of accomplishing what we start. Our hands have learned new skills and to help when another is in need. We know the joy of achievement and we're eager for further action.
Hand "H"

Pause, take one step forward, raise hands to 4-H pledge position for Hand.

I pledge my Hands to larger service.

Narrator We prize health as we prize life itself. We've learned to value our energy and to give our body the care it needs. We enjoy the vitality of youth and we're learning to preserve it for life.
Health "H"

Pause, take one step forward.

I pledge my Health to better living.

All Four "H"

(In unison)

... for my club, my community, my country and my world.


We're proud of our accomplishments. Each person present tonight has a personal pride in remembering

  • A difficult task well done
  • A project successfully completed
  • A son or daughter who learned new skills
  • A 4-H club that grew under our leadership

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