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4-H Project Selection
It's time to select your 4-H projects for this year's club work and county fair participation! To help you select the project(s) you may be interested in, think about the below questions:
What things do you like to do for fun?
What hobbies do you have?
What would you like to learn to do?
What knowledge and/or skills do you already have in a project area?
Are there any special needs/items that are required to be able to complete the project?
Space: Including considerations for livestock, animal, and plant projects
Equipment: Including special equipment, what you currently have, what you may need to purchase, etc.
Time Frame: Some projects are multiple-year projects, others have activities spread over several months, and some can be completed in a few short weeks or days.
Materials/Supplies: Including quantities, costs, etc.
Other People Involved: Some projects require group activities, presentations, mentors, etc.
How much time do you have to spend on a 4-H project each week/month?
What adult/teen do you know that can help you with your project?
How many 4-H projects can you realistically complete in a year? (A good rule of thumb is approximately one project for each year that you’ve been in 4-H
THE 4-H EMBLEM
In 1907 or 1908, the first emblem used nationally was designed by O. H. Benson, superintendent of Wright County (Iowa) schools, as a three-leaf clover with three "H's" signifying head, heart, and hands. A four-leaf clover design with H's appeared informally around 1908.
As the story goes, one sunny June morning in 1906 at a one-room country school near Clarion, Iowa, 11 pupils were spending their recess outside searching for four-leaf clovers. They had plucked seven clovers when a visitor drove up, the Superintendent of schools. At the teacher's suggestion, the children surrendered their good luck charms and placed the seven clovers into the hands of the superintendent. He said, "I've been looking for an emblem for the agricultural clubs and the schools of the county, and you have just given me that emblem, the four-leaf clover; it will help explain to young and old the message of a four square education." (In those early days, 4-H was known as "four-square education," which was based upon education, physical, moral, and fellowship development.)The 4-H emblem is a highly valued mark within our country's history. As such it was granted a very unique status; it is in a category similar to the Presidential Seal and the Olympic emblem. It is protected by the federal government and is under the responsibility and stewardship of the Secretary of Agriculture. The "18 USC 707" marking that appears along the right lower leaf is coding that protects the use of the clover.
The 4-H Colors: Green is nature's most common color and represents youth, life, and growth. White symbolizes purity and high ideals.
THE 4-H MOTTO: "TO MAKE THE BEST BETTER"
The 4-H Motto refers to each member. It means that each member will do the "best" that he/she possible can in whatever is attempted. The member will then strive to improve the next time so his or her initial "Best" becomes "Better". The 4-H motto encourages members to stretch their abilities and capacities to reach greater achievement within their own potential.
THE 4-H PLEDGE
The 4-H Pledge states how 4-H goes about helping youth develop and grow in positive ways. As the pledge is recited, hand motions add extra emphasis to the head, heart and hands, as seen here.
THE 4-H CREED
I believe in 4-H Club work for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen.
I believe in the training of my HEAD for the power it will give me to think, plan and to reason.
I believe in the training of my HEART for the nobleness it will give me to be kind, sympathetic and true.
I believe in the training of my HANDS for the ability it will give me to be helpful, skillful, and useful.
I believe in the training of my HEALTH for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, to resist disease, and to work efficiently.
I believe in my county, my state, and my community and in my responsibility for their development.
In all these things I believe, and am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment.
4-H Career Record Book- This is a great tool to start when your kids first join 4-H, and update as you go!
Here is the <link> to print off your copy!
4-H Officer Page link for Resources https://ohio4h.org/officerresources