Most 4-H Clubs are general type clubs and allow members to explore a broad range of interesting topics. 4‑H clubs follow a planned program and offer multiple learning opportunities for youth that are self-directed. Clubs can meet in a variety of locations and typically meet in the evenings and on the weekends.
STARTING A 4-H CLUB (FAQ)
How do you get a 4-H group started?
You need at least five young people 8 to 19 years old and adult leaders who are willing to help. We are available to assist you with everything you need to get started.
How big should a club be?
This depends on the age of the members, where they meet, and the leadership available. The average club in Delaware County usually has five to ten members and two or three leaders. All new clubs are encouraged to start small and increase in size when the club leaders feel comfortable.
What about officers?
4-H clubs may have officers. The Extension Office provides helpful materials for presidents, vice-presidents, secretaries, treasurers, news reporters, recreation leaders, and historians. It is a good idea to wait until the second or third meeting to elect officers, when members have gotten to know one another. The club format is an excellent vehicle for leadership development!
Is there more to the club experience?
Yes! Opportunities abound for 4-Hers to expand their experiences through countywide programs. These programs provide higher levels of learning and achievement along with forums for youth to share what has been learned. The programs also offer opportunities to meet youth throughout the county, the region and the state and gain new friendships!
Please have your club make a banner so that you can display it or use it in local parades. We will provide your club with the background felt pre-cut to the correct size and shape. You can select the color felt for your club design (green or yellow available).
Banners, once completed, will be kept at the Extension office, but you are welcome to borrow them at any time.
If you’d like your banner displayed at the Delaware County Fair, we would appreciate having them in the Extension office by June 30.
BENEFITS OF BEING IN A 4-H CLUB
A statewide study was conducted during the fall of 1998 of all 4-H clubs in NYS. In addition, several focus groups were held around the state. The following is a sample of what was learned.
- Like being involved in 4-H over a period of several years (2 to 5)
- Belong to general type clubs, (not limiting your experiences)
- Like exploring a broad range of interesting topics
- Like 4-H a lot (as opposed to finding it to be just o.k.)
- Were somewhat interested in doing things for other people
- Were very interested in the values learned in 4-H that help guide their lives
- Have been able to practice what they learned in their daily lives
- Were interested in having a career related to what they learned in 4-H
When asked what was most important in their club experience, their highest rated responses were:
- Having fun
- Having interesting things to do under good adult leadership
- Making new friends
- Being active
Finally, the majority of respondents in each category said that 4-H helped them to learn the following skills:
- Setting goals
- Keeping records
- Resolving conflicts
- Making decisions
- Planning and organizing
- Accepting people who are different
- Nutrition and food safety
- Feeling confident about themselves
- Solving problems
- Communicating ideas
- Working as a team
- Making healthy choices