4-H emphasizes learning-by-doing to develop life skills and practical skills, while having fun! Clubs serve as a cornerstone of the 4-H youth development experience. Clubs are organized groups that meet regularly, focusing on a series of educational experiences. Club meetings are a great way for youth to learn basic meeting structure and parliamentary procedure. Families are encouraged to help organize a new 4-H club — which is easier than you may think! Extension 4-H staff provides guidance and resource materials. Adult volunteers must be at least age 19 and pass a background check. 4-H volunteers and members are required to officially enroll in 4-H. Youth and clubs choose from over 50 projects to explore!
Clubs must have at least 5 youth members from at least 3 families. If you know other families you'd like to start a club with, that is great! If not, Extension staff can set you up with other families wanting to start a club.
- Club leaders — also known as organizational leaders — club leaders coordinate meeting times and agendas. They also are responsible for club enrollment information.
- Project leaders — clubs may or may not have project leaders who provide leadership for specific projects.
- Parent volunteers — also known as assistant leaders — provide valuable guidance to youth.
- Club officers — youth members often choose officers to run their meetings. Officers may include president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, pledge leader, recreation leader, caller and/or historian.
Clubs decide how often and when to meet based on members’ schedules and goals. On average, clubs meet once a month, though each club is different. For example, some clubs meet year-round, other clubs meet spring through the fair and some clubs only in the summer.
Meetings can be held at members’ homes or at community places, such as a community center, library or school.
Leaders and members decide how to run their own meetings, but a suggested format is:
- Business meeting (10–20 minutes)
- Project activity (40–80 minutes)
- Recreation (10–20 minutes)
Clubs usually participate in one or more projects together. In traditional 4-H clubs, members complete several projects a year. There are also 4-H clubs which focus on one particular area, such as robots, sewing, rabbits or horses. Youth often showcase their projects at the Lancaster County Super Fair!
Many clubs give back to their community through community service.
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