Welcome

Project Award Congratulations!

Congratulations Kankakee 4-H'ers on your 2021 projects!  We're proud of all you have accomplished!  **See the awards tab below for listings**

Welcome!

From learning and having in person experiences with wildlife (think snakes and turtles), creating a solar-powered wind turbine and learning how to “survive” in the wild to baking cakes, creating stories with photographs and becoming a Teen Teacher, Kankakee 4-H has activities to keep you busy year round.  Interested in becoming a leader in a club, your school or community?  We can help!  Want to be a part of a 4-H club in which you can meet monthly or whenever your schedule allows?  We have that.  Don’t have time to meet regularly but still want to participate in leadership and learning opportunities and outdoor adventures?  Check!  We can help with that too!  Are you a homeschooler that wants to add variety to your learning opportunities?  Our educator has a science background and can help with school programs. In Kankakee 4-H, you decide your level of involvement with programs, clubs, and a wide variety of topics and projects that interest you. You make 4-H what you want it to be.   Don’t forget, in 4-H, you also have an important role in making your community a better place, 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 our 4-H family that works together to accomplish amazing things!  At club meetings, you’ll learn how to get along with others as you build your communication and teamwork skills as well as participate in community service projects. You’ll meet adult leaders and other youth who care about you and want to help you succeed. We will match you with mentors who will coach you in areas like problem solving, communicating, and teamwork. We’ll introduce you to potential careers and help you develop a plan to success.  We hope you will join us on new and challenging adventures in Kankakee 4-H!

Educator Updates? 

If you are not currently a Kankakee 4-H youth/family member but would like to receive occasional updates via email from our educator Shannon Range, please subscribe to our Kankakee County Educator email list.  All currently registered Kankakee 4-H youth/family members will receive these emails automatically.

What's New in Kankakee County?

Save-the-Dates

  • Around the World in 30 Days - Open Enrollment.  Join us as we go Around the World in 30 days!  Families will be provided with a 30-day calendar full of activities to do as family or an individual. Activities may include the arts, cooking, geography, games, nature & wildlife, music, and a deep dive into the country’s culture.  Some activities may require commonly found household supplies and others only a computer.  More information and register online. View FLYER online.

  • Family Fun: Hiking Scavenger Hunt / Nature Bingo - Open Enrollment - Challenge your friends, families and 4-H clubs for a month-long 4-H Family Fun Hiking Scavenger Hunt (“Nature Bingo”) where youth and their families will be challenged to get out and explore their local natural areas through hiking and completing a scavenger hunt (aka “Nature Bingo”). Not only will this be a great way to spend time in nature with your families but also get some exercise - you won’t even realize you’re exercising since you’ll be looking for nature bingo items!  More information and register onlineView FLYER online.

  • Intro to Shotgun Trap and Skeet Shooting - Feb 28, 2022 -  During this workshop, youth will learn about shotgun safety and how to shoot trap and skeet.  Since this is inside, we will NOT have live shooting during this event.  More information and register online.  View FLYER online.

Calendars

Newsletters for Grundy, Kankakee & Will (GKW)

 

2021 State Fair Results - Kankakee County

Congratulations to all of our state fair representatives from Kankakee County!  Great job everyone!!!

State Fair Results for Kankakee County

2021 Kankakee County Fair

2021 Show book

2021 Exhibit Results - See the awards tab

2021 Kankakee County 4-H Clubs

We are proud to have so many diverse 4-H clubs here in Kankakee County - from cooking to livestock to shooting sports - there's something for everyone!  Below is a list of our clubs that meet on a regular basis.  Take a look and let us know if you have any questions.  If you can't find a club that's right for you, there are plenty of other options for you to participate in 4-H!  We have school and after school programs, events, one-time programs and so much more.  Please reach out to our staff and let us know if you have any questions.  We're here to help!   Educator Shannon Range, slrange@illinois.edu or EPC (Extension Program Coordinator Brittney Muschetto, blm3@illinois.edu.

4-H Clubs in Kankakee County

Want more information on clubs or would you like the club leader to contact you?  Fill out this short form to get in touch with 4-H clubs! After you submit this form, your information will be passed onto our background-checked club leader(s) for the club(s) you indicate interest in.

 

Project Award Congratulations!

Congratulations Kankakee 4-H'ers on your 2021 projects!  We're proud of all you have accomplished!  

Awards General Information

Kankakee County Awards

Awards specific to Kankakee County.

For individuals:

  • Outstanding Completed Records - For individuals who display excellence in completing their 4-H records.  
    • Application coming soon.
    • Awards will be listed here once they are available.
    • Deadline coming soon.
  • I Dare You Award - This award is given to youth who display excellence in leadership, scholarship/learning and community service in 4-H, school, and their communities.
    • Application coming soon.
    • Awards will be listed here once they are available.
    • Deadline coming soon.
  • Kankakee County Key Award - The Kankakee County 4-H Key Award is awarded to 4-H youth who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, scholarship/learning, mentoring, and community service in 4-H
    • Application coming soon.
    • Awards will be listed here once they are available.
    • Deadline coming soon.

For clubs:

  • Club Window Displays for National 4-H Week - Clubs who participate in the window displays will receive a monetary award from the Kankakee County 4-H Federation Club. 
    • Application coming soon.
    • Awards will be listed here once they are available.
    • Deadline coming soon.
  • Outstanding Treasurer Books - Clubs who display excellence in completing their club treasurer books.  
    • Application coming soon.
    • Awards will be listed here once they are available.
    • Deadline coming soon.
  • Outstanding Secretary Books - Clubs who display excellence in completing their club secretary books.  
    • Application coming soon.
    • Awards will be listed here once they are available.
    • Deadline coming soon.
  • Outstanding Reporter Books/Scrapbooking Documents- Clubs who display excellence in completing their reporter books and/or scrapbooking documents.  
    • Application coming soon.
    • Awards will be listed here once they are available.
    • Deadline coming soon.

For community members:

  • Kankakee County Hall of Fame Award - more information coming soon
    • Application coming soon.
    • Awards will be listed here once they are available.
    • Deadline coming soon.
  • Kankakee County 4-H Alumni Award - more information coming soon
    • Application coming soon.
    • Awards will be listed here once they are available.
    • Deadline coming soon.
  • Kankakee County Friend of 4-H - The Friend of 4-H Award is given to a person who has significantly supported and/or contributed to the growth of the 4-H program
    • Application coming soon.
    • Awards will be listed here once they are available.
    • Deadline coming soon.

Awards for Individual Members

Illinois 4-H Scholarship - Recognition via a $1,000 scholarship to individuals who have demonstrated a high standard of excellence and mastery as a 4-H member.  Open to current 4-H members15-18 years old as of September 1, 2021 who have been in the program for at least 2 years.  See state site for details and rules. Sponsored by Illinois 4-H Foundation.

  • Application
  • Deadline to state office November 1
  • More information and links to reference forms from state office
  • Award winners will be listed here once they are available.

4-H EXPERIENCE Level Recognition for Individuals - Recognition for individuals who participate in a variety of experiences in programs and activities, community service, leadership and project learning.  Bronze, silver & gold winners receive local recognition.  Diamond & emerald award winners are honored at a state awards ceremony in the fall.  Unlimited awards.

  • 4-H Experience Award application 
  • Due to Extension office on TBD
  • Due to state 4-H office 5pm November 1 (submitted by Extension office staff to state)
  • Award winners will be listed here once they are available.

Holstein-Friesian Association Award - Recognition for members enrolled in the Dairy project and exhibit Holstein dairy animals at the county 4-H show.  Sponsored by the Illinois Holstein-Friesian Association.

  • Application coming soon
  • Due to Extension office on TBD
  • Due to state 4-H office September 15 (submitted by Extension office staff to state)
  • Award winners will be listed here once they are available.

Illinois 4-H Electricity Achievement Award - Recognition for members who excel in the electricity project.  Sponsored by the Energy Education Council.

  • Application
  • Due to Extension office September 15
  • Due to state 4-H office September 15 (notification by Extension office staff to state)
  • Award winners will be listed here once they are available.

Awards for Clubs

4-H EXCEL Level Recognition for Clubs - Recognition for clubs displaying excellence in community service, leadership, and project learning. 

  • Application 
  • Due to Extension office on September 10
  • Due to state 4-H office 5pm October 1 (submitted by Extension office staff to state)
  • Award winners will be listed here once they are available.

 

For more information, please feel free to reach out to our 4-H staff in Kankakee County!  

We're looking forward to hearing from you.