What's it like in 4-H?
In 4-H, you get to decide what topics and projects interest you most. You make 4-H what you want it to be. Work on many projects or focus on one or two. Choose what events sound fun to you, and do them. In 4-H, you have an important role in making your community a better place to live, but you don’t have to do it alone. As a club, you’ll figure out what’s needed most in your neighborhood and find ways to help.
In 4-H, you’re part of a family working together. At club meetings, you’ll learn how to get along with others as you build your skills and help your community. In 4-H, you’ll meet adults who care about you and want to help you succeed. 4-H matches you with mentors who will coach you in areas like problem solving, communicating, and teamwork. 4-H introduces you to potential careers and then gives you the training to get the career you want.
Check out these 4-H Clubs in DeKalb County.
5 Minute New 4-H Family Flash
Nicole Groezinger, 4-H Program Coordinator, talks to families new to 4-H about:
Local Events, Workshops, and Deadlines
DeKalb County 4-H Foundation Scholarship Due 4/30
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals
Northern Illinois 4-H Camp
4-H Project Manuals
Join 4-H Today
2020-21 Illinois 4-H Project Guide
All of the following award applications are in a fillable PDF format. Before filling out the application, open the document in Adobe Acrobat and save it to your computer. Once the application is complete either mail it to: University of Illinois Extension 1350 West Prairie Drive Sycamore, IL 60178 or upload it to our Box File. All award applications are due no later than Friday, September 11, 2020.
- Brown Award for Leadership Application The purpose of this award is to recognize DeKalb County 4-H members who have developed the basic life skills needed to be good citizens and community leaders. The organizational leader of any DeKalb County 4-H Club may nominate one 4-H member from his/her club for this leadership award.
- I Dare You Award Application This award is for 4-H members, who are 14 – 16 as of September 1, 2019. 4-H members are selected for this award only once. 4-H Leaders can nominate a 4-H’er from their club to receive this award. The I Dare You Leadership Award recognizes those who, with a little encouragement, are ready to see themselves as leaders – young adults who are ready to take the dare. Leaders are encouraged to complete a brief award form addressing the nomination’s personal qualities that would make them an effective leader.
- Alumni Award
- Outstanding 4-H Supporter Application This award offers 4-H clubs the opportunity to recognize individuals, families, businesses, or organizations for their dedication, support and involvement with the DeKalb County 4-H program. 4-H clubs are encouraged to be creative and take this opportunity to recognize individuals that have assisted their 4-H club or the county 4-H program.
- Outstanding 4-H Volunteer Application This award gives 4-H clubs the opportunity to recognize any 4-H volunteer for their dedication and support of their club’s programming efforts, or at the county level. Individuals nominated need not be a 4-H alumni…they only have to have been a volunteer for the 4-H program.
- Use the record book for all the things you do in 4-H this year.
- Write 2-3 “Project Goals” for each project at the beginning of the 4-H year.
- Record participation in club offices, committees, projects, 4-H events, community service, promotions, leadership, school and community activities & 4-H ribbons/awards.
- This record book is your personal work. Handwriting or typing should be your own.
- You may add additional lines and spaces if needed.
- Your signature and that of your parent/guardian & leader are required. Electronic signatures are acceptable.
- Download your preferred format and save it to your computer. Then type in the requested information and save. Then Upload the completed record book.
- Directions on how to upload your record book: computer, iOS, android
- Illinois 4-H Scholarship: These merit-based scholarships are awarded to five Illinois 4-H members in each category listed below. Scholarships are $1,000 and can be used to pay for any college-related costs. Scholarships are paid directly to the educational institution of the member’s choice. Members must be 15-18 years old, be currently enrolled in the Illinois 4-H program and must have been a 4-H member for a minimum of 2 years. Online applications must be submitted to the State 4-H Office by November 1. Applicants will also need to request reference forms from two references. Categories include: Animal Science, Civic Engagement/Global Living, Food Systems, Healthy Living/Nutrition, Leadership, Natural Resources & Environmental Science, Personal Growth, and STEM/Robotics
- Foundation Educational Scholarship: Applicants must be current or past DeKalb County 4-H members, who are high school seniors or in an approved post-high school educational program (junior college, 4-year university, trade school, etc.). Applicants should also be a full time student. Word Format and PDF Format
- 2021 DeKalb County Entire Fairbook - COMING SOON!
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- 2019 DeKalb County 4-H Award Sponsors