4-H in Bureau County

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.

Find a club near you in Bureau County.

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Upcoming Programs:

Summer Programs for Youth -We will offer programs in Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall & Putnam Counties this summer, free of charge, and full of fun! Registration is encouraged, but not required unless otherwise noted.  Please contact Beth Dellatori at beth5@illinois.edu or the facility hosting the program to register.  The four one hour programs being offered are:

  • DIY Birdfeeder -  This session will teach youth how to build their own birdfeeder out of popsicle sticks, glue, and string. Bird seed is included!
  • Binary Jewelry - During this session youth will learn about binary code that is used in computer programming. They will learn to write their name and use beads to make a necklace or bracelet in binary code.
  • Seed Bombs - During this session youth will learn about the importance of wildflowers and pollinators and then make their own seed bombs to grow beautiful, native wildflowers.
  • Blow and Bubble Painting - During this time, youth will paint unique art projects with bubbles and straws.
Fairs and Shows

2023 Bureau County Fairbook 

Dog Obedience Training Sessions

Do Your Own Thing Project Sheet

Fashion Revue Form

Master Showmanship Forms



Awards - State: Visit the Illinois 4-H website for 4-H member and club awards available at the state level

  • 4-H Club Recognition
  • Illinois 4-H Experience Award for Individuals
  • Illinois 4-H Veterinary Science Award
  • Holstein-Friesian Association Award
  • Illinois 4-H Electricity Achievement Award
  • Illinois 4-H Leadership, Citizenship, Professionalism (LCP) Award
  • Illinois 4-H Key Award
  • Illinois 4-H State Award

Club Resources - State: Visit the Illinois Extension, Youth Development page, scroll down to the Meetings tab

  • Checklist for Club Officers
  • Club Meeting Agenda Template
  • Club Treasurer Book
  • Club Secretary Book
  • Tips for Good Meetings
  • Club Fundraising Request Form (click on Fiscal tab)
  • and more

Enrollment Resources - State:  Visit the Illinois Extension, Youth Development page, scroll down to the Enrollment tab

  • Agreement to Assume Risk form (also in Spanish)
  • Annual Code of Conduct Form (also in Spanish)
  • Member Emergency Medical Form (also in Spanish)
  • Member & Volunteer Photo, Audio, & Video Permission Form (also in Spanish)

Project Resources: Visit the Illinois Extension, Youth Development page, scroll down to the Project Record Sheets

  • Livestock Records
  • Crops Records
  • Activities Planning Record
  • Project Plans for various age groups
  • and more

Project Resources: Livestock Projects

  • Quality Assurance & Ethics training - to be completed, online, one time for 4-H members exhibiting dogs, cats, rabbits, poultry and horse projects


  • Youth for Quality Care for Animals training - to be completed, online or in-person, annually for 4-H members exhibiting beef, sheep, swine, goats and dairy projects

in-person trainings are available during the late spring and early summer months and include a $3 fee

online training is available year-round and includes a $12 fee  yqcaprogram.org/

Volunteer Resources





Newsletters & Upcoming Events

Enchanting Experiences of 4-H Camp - June 23, 2023  9 AM - Noon

Dog Obedience Training Sessions - multiple dates 

May 2022 Newsletter

March 2022 Newsletter

January 2022 Newsletter

November 2021 Newsletter

May 2021 Newsletter

February 2021 Newsletter