What Is a 4-H Project?

4-H members participate in projects where they are asked to
accomplish a task, i.e., make something, develop a skill, raise and/or
train an animal, etc. There are numerous projects available to 4-H
members, including; foods, clothing, public speaking, models,
aerospace, wood science, livestock, health, gardening, and photography.

4-H members begin by exploring their interests. They may select one
or more projects, and receive a project manual which guides them
through the activities. 4-H projects are age appropriate. The 16 year
old 4-H member will be expected to do a more advanced project within
their area of interest, whereas the 10 year old might be working with
an introductory activity.

4-H’ers can complete a record that demonstrates their project
achievements and enter competition on a county, district and state
level.

One of the most important aspects of 4-H project work is that the 4-H member
decides what they want to learn and do as they explore their project.
This allows the project to be self-paced, and gives children important
skills in setting and working toward their goals.

If you would like to learn more about 4-H, contact your local County 4-H Agent.

Written By

Photo of Glenda BurgessGlenda BurgessCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (828) 764-9480 glenda_burgess@ncsu.eduBurke County, North Carolina
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