4-H In Livingston 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.

 

 

Information At-A-Glance

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How to enroll in Livingston County 4-H?

Exciting news! We're waiving 4-H Enrollment Fees for 2023-2024!

 

Reminder: 4-H is always open to join all year and anytime with waiver opportunities available upon request.
Fee Waiver Form - Cost should never be a barrier to participation in 4-H. If you need a fee waiver for a program or event, please complete this form and submit to the Livingston County Extension Office at 1412 S. Locust St., Pontiac

Questions about enrolling in 4-H, selecting projects, ordering project books, and volunteering?
Contact the Livingston County Extension Office at 815-842-1776.

Records and Awards

 

Livingston County 4-H is pleased to announce the Awards and Recognition Program for 2023. A variety of awards are available for members and clubs to apply for this year. Below is a listing of the county and state level awards. Please make note of the different application deadlines.

Member Awards

Experience Awards - Deadline October 2, 2023

Record Book Award - Deadline October 2, 2023

Applying for the Record Book Award requires both of the following two items:

  1. My Activities Record Sheet
  2. At least one 4-H Project Record Sheet (see options below) or Livestock Record Book

 

Other Awards - Deadline October 2, 2023

 

    • Outstanding 1st Year Member
    • County Blue Award - This designation is awarded on the basis of outstanding effort toward accomplishing the objectives of the individual project areas. Members can receive a medal for an award area only once. After receiving a medal, members receive a Blue Award each year they continue to show outstanding effort in that award area. Medal winners are determined on the basis of a cumulative project record in the award area.  
    • I Dare You Award - The award recognizes youth ages 15-18 years old who strive to be their personal best and make a positive difference in their schools, youth groups, 4-H clubs, and communities.

     

    State 4-H Awards

    Illinois 4-H Scholarship - Deadline  November 1, 2023
    Electronic Submission by 4-H Member
     


    Sustaining the Future Award - Deadline January 31, 2024
    Electronic Submission by 4-H Member 
    The purpose of this award is to recognize 4-H members who have exemplified outstanding leadership within the agricultural industry and a desire to remain engaged.

     

    Officer Awards

    Deadline October 2, 2023

    • Secretary - Submit Secretary Book
    • Treasurer - Submit Treasurer Book
    • Reporter - Submit the reporter forms for the club's meetings and news articles submitted to the local paper (if applicable)
    • Historian - Submit club scrapbook of the activities from the year

     

    Club and Community Awards

    Livingston County 4-H Club Awards - County Level - Deadline October 2

    Livingston County Club of the Year

    Club Community Service Award

    4-H Alumni Award
     

     

    State 4-H site for additional state awards can be found on the Illinois 4-H Website

     

    4-H Clubs in Livingston County

    Club Directory

    Map of Clubs

    Newsletters and Updates

    2023-2024 Newsletters

    Leader Resources

    Officer Training Resources

    Treasurer Book

    Secretary Book

    Reporter Form

    Fundraising Approval Form

    Long Term Spending Plan

    Club Organization Sheet

     

    Fairs and Shows

    2023

    Signup for General Project judging times

    2023 Livingston County 4-H Show Book 

    Livingston County 4-H Exhibit Report - If unable to attend conference judging, youth may complete this Exhibit Report and have their exhibits judged.

    FairEntry

    Exhibits need to be entered in FairEntry by June 10. The FairEntry system will open in May 2024.

    Livestock:

    • 2024 Livestock Ownership Deadlines
    • Access the virtual YQCA training. This training is required for those with beef, dairy, goat, sheep, and swine. YQCA certification needs to be completed annually.
    • Earn your QAEC Certification here. This training is for members in cat, dog, horse, poultry, rabbit, and small pets project areas and must be completed only once during a 4-H members time in 4-H. The training site page asks for a token, however, you can simply hit 'next' to continue.   

    Beef

    • State Fair Beef Nomination Form

    Horse

    Lamb and Goat

    • State Fair Lamb and Goat Nomination Form (live show only)
    • State Fair Premiere Lamb (carcass) Nomination Form

    Swine

    • State Fair Swine Nomination Form

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    Opportunity For All
    Livingston County 4-H is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and accessible environment for all members, past, present, and future.