4-H Ontario

The 4-H Club

The Root of it All

4-H Clubs are comprised of a minimum of six 4-H Members and two trained, screened Volunteers who act as Club Leaders. The Club decides on a topic and through Leader instruction, and hands-on learning, Members spend 12 hours exploring a topic during 4-H meetings. 4-H Members and Volunteers can belong to as many Clubs as they wish. Topics include cooking, woodworking, camping, building a healthy body image, drama, agricultural business management, photography and much more.

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4-H Club Meetings

4-H Ontario defines a “club” as a group of at least two (2) screened volunteers in good standing and six (6) participants. Under the guidance of club leaders, 4-H participants run the club, make the decisions and set and carry out the direction for the project. The club decides on a topic (project) and through leader instruction and hands-on learning, participants spend 12 hours or more exploring the topic during meetings. New this year – there is no restriction on how many meetings need occur to make up those minimum 12 hours. 4-H Ontario policy does not restrict the number of clubs a member can belong to, however some 4-H Associations do have limits. 
 
In order to successfully complete a project and receive credit, 4-H participants will:
• Attend and participate in at least 2/3 of all club meeting time,
• Complete ALL club requirements to the satisfaction of the club leaders and
• Participate in the club achievement program as developed by their leaders
 

The Club Executive

Each club has a variety of youth executive positions that help to further develop their leadership skills. These positions work together with their club members to accomplish goals set and to guide meetings. Roles are:
 
• President
• Vice President
• Treasurer
• Secretary
• Club Reporter 

 

Club Achievement Programs

In addition to learning during meetings, participants also decide on, and participate in, a club Achievement Program. They plan and execute their achievement to “complete” the project. The goal of hosting an Achievement Program is to publicly celebrate the club’s accomplishments, while also showcasing 4-H to family, friends, and the public. Some achievement examples include: a community bake sale, showing a project animal at a fair, a camping trip, or hosting an art-a-thon.

 

Mentorship

4-H volunteers encourage peer-to-peer collaboration. The mutual learning, growth and development that occurs for both the participant and volunteer is an amazing benefit of 4-H. Volunteer leaders can give back to youth in their area by helping them develop leadership and life skills.