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In 4-H, members learn about topics that interest them. These are referred to as members “projects.” That could be anything from learning how to cook, build a robot, or care for the environment. One of the most important aspects of 4-H project work is that the 4-H member decides what they want to learn and do as they explore their project. This allows the project to be self-paced, and gives children important skills in setting and working toward their goals.

4-H makes learning fun! A variety of projects are offered through 4-H so members can pick the ones that most interest them. Or they can find other young people with the same interest and study that topic with the help of a volunteer that shares the same interests. 4-H projects help members to learn by doing. Projects offer hands-on ways to learn about a topic of interest.

Some projects have several levels. As members master the work at a beginning level, they are encouraged to advance to higher levels. 4-H members who are 15 to 18 years of age can select the Clover Challenge Project Level. This level is only open to members who have completed all the previous levels of a project. Members must complete the Clover Challenge Agreement available from the county office. An adult volunteer must mentor the 4-H member in their project. Clover Challenge project exhibits are to be “above and beyond” the activities listed in the project manual and can be presented in any format that best shows your knowledge and skill. It’s an accumulation of all the things you’ve learned through your years of 4-H.