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.

Awards - County

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
  • Holstein-Friesian Association Award
  • Illinois 4-H Electricity Achievement Award
  • Illinois Sustaining the Future 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 - County

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 training 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.

Volunteer Resources