4-H in McLean 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.

What is 4-H?

The 4-H program is organized into clubs throughout the county, based on where members live or specific interests. SPIN (SPecial INterest) Clubs such as Shooting Sports and Robotics offer youth the opportunity to focus on a specific theme. Volunteer adult leaders help to lead the clubs and provide organization and adult supervision for the various club activities. They also help to advise the youth about educational opportunities, leadership, and citizenship development.

All youth ages 8 through 18 may enroll in a 4-H club. This age is determined by how old youth are on or before September 1 of the current year. Youth 5 through 7 years of age on or before September 1 of the current year may enroll in 4-H Cloverbud groups.


Current Events

2023 McLean County Recognition of Excellence

The 2023 McLean County Recognition of Excellence registration is now open! The event will take place on November 9th at 6:00p.m.

Please make sure to register everyone who will be attending. We will recognize milestone leaders, Leader of the Year, Cloverbuds, first-year, fifth-year and ten-year members, County Record Award winners, Illinois State Experience Award winners, Scholarship recipients, and the Hall of Fame Award recipient. 

Register here => 2023 McLean County Recognition of Excellence


Project Books PDFs

Click the accordion to view the project books that are available online for free.

McLean 4-H Resources

Enrollments & Clubs

How Do I enroll in McLean County 4-H?

New Family Resources:

Forms for Clubs

Records, Scholarships and Awards

Click here to view timelines, application links, and responsibilities for leaders and youth for records and award applications!

McLean County Project Records: Due to the office after being reviewed from the club leader on September 15.

  • Need help filling out records? Check out our project guidance info document.

Illinois State 4-H Awards

McLean County Livestock Records


  • HCE Scholarship: Applications OPEN, deadline to submit is Monday, April 3, 2023
  • Mosbacher 4-H Educational Scholarship: Applications CLOSE August 8th, 2023.
  • George E. Holder 4-H Scholarship: Applications CLOSE August 8th, 2023.
  • H.O.R.S.E. Education Committee Scholarship: Applications CLOSED, check back summer 2023.
    • H.O.R.S.E. Education Committee Scholarship Application

Leader of the Year Nomination: Applications OPEN, deadline to submit is October 6th, 2023.

Recognition of Excellence

View our annual Recognition of Excellence tabloid, where we get to show appreciation to our members and volunteers for all of their hard work and dedication to McLean 4-H throughout the year!

Member and Leader Resources

Additional Member and Leader Resources

Cloverbud Leader Resources

Wisconsin 4-H has created a series of Cloverbud learning activities that can be used in a variety of settings, including 4-H club meetings, Cloverbud project meetings, day camps and afterschool programs!

You can access the Cloverbud Leader Resources and Activities here.

Each activity features a different 4-H project area and targets the development of age-appropriate life skills. While each of the activities could be used as stand-alone, they are grouped together for a year-long sequence of Cloverbud activities.

Fairs & Shows

Need Project Books?

Project books can be ordered on the Illinois Virtual Pop Up Shop on shop4-H.org. The Pop Up Shop is linked here!
Want to review the Spark Sheets instead? View them here!

2023 McLean County 4-H Show

View the 2023 McLean County Fair & 4-H Show Book
View the 2023 McLean County 4-H Show Schedule


Projects need to be entered in FairEntry by June 30
Families must create a new FairEntry account this year due to the switch to ZSuite. Instructions on how to create a new account can be found in the Family Login for FairEntry Document.
Need Help selecting your projects? Click here!


If you are interested in sponsoring awards at the McLean County 4-H Show, you can fill out the Sponsorship form here and return it to the McLean County Extension Office at 1615 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington, IL 61704.

Interested in volunteering at the McLean County 4-H Show?

Contact Sky Holland





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