4-H programs operate under the three mission mandate areas of science, engineering and technology and healthy living and citizenship.
They differ from 4-H projects because they include a variety of knowledge areas and include many projects and events.
Programs can target specific audiences, seek out community partnerships and have funding sources that provide resources.
The identified 4-H program areas in Idaho are:
- 4-H Afterschool
- Collegiate 4-H
- Healthy Living
- Operation Military Kids
- Shooting Sports
- Science and Engineering/Technology
A project is a topic that you can explore. You’ll learn life skills like understanding yourself, communicating and working with others and problem solving and decision making skills that you will use for the rest of your life.
Think about what you like to do or what you are interested in, then look at the list of projects.
Some of the project manuals are available in your local UI Extension county office and some are online. Choose one that looks interesting and find out more about it.
Your 4-H leader and your parent can also help you decide. Check with your 4-H leader to find out if there are requirements for the project.
Please visit the UI Extension 4-H Youth Development website for a list of 4-H projects, then check with the UI Extension, Bonner County office to see if they are available locally.
4-H project manuals and guides can also give you ideas for activities to do and ways to learn more.
Not all of these projects may be offered by your club or county 4-H program, but this is a great place to explore.
If there is something that you are interested in and it’s not on the list, talk with your county 4-H staff member.
Your 4-H leader or county 4-H staff member will have a list of project manuals or guides.
Some project activities are online while others can be ordered.
Your 4-H leader or 4-H staff member can help you, so just ask.
You do not have to complete all of the activities in the project manual or guide.
The member, parents and leader choose the activities.
Members may plan to do a little or a lot based on their interests and abilities. Project plans and goals change as a member’s interests change.
It depends on the size and scope of a member’s plan and goals. Some projects take a few days, weeks or even months. Some projects are repeated or undertaken again the following year to learn more and accomplish additional goals.
There are several ways to receive awards and recognition for completing projects.
Check with your county 4-H staff member or 4-H leader to find out if there are special requirements.