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What is a 4-H Project?

Projects are a cornerstone of the 4-H experience. They are self-paced and help youth develop life skills and learn how to set and achieve goals. Participants should choose at least one project in an area of interest per year. Youth should choose their project in January and plan to work on it throughout the year. There are project-related activities throughout the year that can help youth in their project journey including participating at county, district, or state-level events or attending competitions or workshops. At the end of the year, 4-Hers are required to submit a project record book to demonstrate what they learned.

Anyone can do a project and ALL 4-H club members should complete one. At-large members are strongly encouraged to complete a project.

Project Manuals

Most projects have an activity guide or project manual to guide 4-Hers in the learning process. In many projects there are beginner, intermediate and advanced levels so youth can build upon their knowledge each year if they repeat a project. Project manuals/guides can be purchased at National 4-H curriculum or reach out to your 4-H extension agent to see if there are manuals/guides available on loan.

Additional Resources

Project list and descriptions

Sample project record book

Project record age 8-10 and 11-12

Project record age 13-15 and 16-18

Written By

Sarah Holden, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionSarah HoldenExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development Call Sarah Email Sarah N.C. Cooperative Extension, Transylvania County Center
Page Last Updated: 2 months ago
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