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4-H Ceremonies


Common Types of Cermonies

Recognition Ceremonies honor work done by individuals.

Initiation Ceremonies place importance on being a member of a group.

Special Observance Ceremonies focus on holidays, special weeks, or events.

Candlelight Ceremonies are usually inspirational.

Vespers or Matins


Flag raising and lowering

Citizenship Ceremonies

Themes or Ideas
  • 4-H Sunday/4-H Day
  • Arbor Day Recognition of Who's Who
  • Recognition of Parents
  • Recognition of Advisory Group
  • Recognition of long tenure members or leaders
  • Recognition of 4-H alumni
  • Recognition of donors
  • Initiation of new members
  • National 4-H Week
  • Community Service Project
  • Presentation of awards
  • Presentation of completed Secretary's book
  • National Safety Week
  • Holiday
  • IFYE
  • People to People Activity
  • Place club seal on Charter
  • 4-H Parade Summary of fair
  • Completion of 4-H motto
  • Objectives of 4-H work
  • Honoring U.S. Flag or Flag of another Country
  • Opening 4-H Camp
  • Closing 4-H Camp
  • Club anniversary
  • Graduation of members from grade school or 4-H

These are just some ideas to get you started in thinking about ceremonies for your club. There may be other things that you want to celebrate.

Objects to Use for Ceremonies
  • 4-H and U.S. flags
  • 4-H Records
  • Pictures
  • Models of church, school, home
  • Dolls
  • String of colored lights
  • Figurines
  • Leaves, twigs, branches
  • Piece of wood
  • Ladder
  • Flowers or vegetables
  • Posters
  • Banners
  • Blackboard
  • Picket Fence
  • Pipe holder
  • Model Animals
  • Aluminum foil
  • Maypole
  • Keys
  • Map of U.S. or World
  • Cutouts
  • Links in a chain
  • Flashlights
  • Candles
  • Tapes and tape player
  • Fan (blowing on flag)
  • Songbook
  • Globe
  • Steps
  • Wheel
  • Colored Slides
  • Magnet Board
  • Spot light
  • Puzzle
  • Model ship or airplane
  • Styrofoam for bases
  • A child
  • Spools of thread
  • Tools

These are just few suggestions of items that can be used for ceremonies.


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