4-H Project

Who are 4-H Projects for?

Seven million 4-H youth are involved in over 125 different project areas ranging from biotechnology to the arts. 4-H members choose project areas to focus on while they are involved in 4-H. Each youth chooses projects that interest them most.

What types of projects are offered in Milwaukee County?

Download the Milwaukee County 4-H Project Guide for a complete list of the projects offered in Milwaukee County.

What does a 4-H project cost?

It varies. A member enrolled in visual arts might use supplies from around the home to practice the skills he or she is learning and have no additional expense. A member who buys and keeps a saddle horse might invest hundreds of dollars. Members should consider cost as they select a project. It should be realistic to the family situation.

Are 4-H members expected to do their own project work?

Yes – with help. 4-H is a “learn by doing” program. Leaders, youth leaders, and parents may tell or show a member how, but members are expected to learn how to do things themselves. One of the principles of 4-H is that allowing a youth to learn by doing builds self-worth.

Are projects done individually or as a group?

Both. Some projects like fishing or biking are more fun when done as a group. Others like making a dress or finishing a drawing may be done individually by each member of the group.

How do you select 4-H Projects?

First make a list of the things you like to do or would like to learn more about. Talk over your list with your parents, leaders, and friends. They may recognize some special things you’re good at that you don’t even realize you do well.

Then compare your list with the projects described in this guide and on any supplemental project list you may receive from your county. Ask yourself if you have the equipment, money, and time to do the projects that sound interesting.

Your club organizational leader or enrollment coordinator will give you a form when you’re ready to sign up for projects. You’ll notice that each project has a computer code number assigned to it. Mark that code number on the form. (Members should not use leader project code numbers unless signing up as a youth leader for that project.)

Some projects have more than one level, such as, beginning, intermediate, and advanced. If you’ve had a lot of experience in an area, you may want to skip the first or beginning level of a project. Some projects also have age recommendations.

If this is your first year in 4-H, choose one or two projects to concentrate on. Usually you can spend more than one year in a project unit because there are enough ideas there to span two or three years. Most 4-H’ers take the levels in order, but what you decide to take as part of your project work is up to you.

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