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General Volunteer Resources - 4-H SPIN Club

The 4-H SPIN Club is a special interest club where four or more young people ages 9-18 gather with a volunteer and, for at least six sessions, learn about a selected topic of interest. Topics vary according to the volunteer’s expertise, and can include the natural world, heritage arts, science and technology, photography, music, gardening, shooting sports, and more.

Who can Volunteer?

4-H SPIN clubs are led by volunteers who have a passion for learning and want to share their knowledge with young people. We are looking for adults who are willing and able to teach what they know and love to young people in local communities. We are planning now for SPIN clubs that will meet in the next three to six months.


SPIN Club Volunteer Role

What to Expect

A SPIN club meets for at least one hour, six or more times per year, and are planned around the volunteer’s availability. Meeting dates are chosen by the volunteer based on participants’ availability. The type of activity and number of participants help determine the meeting location.

Why Participate?

4-H SPIN club volunteers can make a positive difference in the lives of the next generation of young people by sharing life experiences, practical knowledge, and a love of learning in subject areas they’re passionate about. 4-H is looking for volunteers who can encourage and empower youth in giving back to their communities through demonstrating their newly acquired skills.

How to Begin

We are here to guide and support interested adults through the process of applying to volunteer, training, planning activities, and getting educational materials for your 4-H SPIN club. Join us in making the best better for youth and communities across Maine.

2016 4-H SPIN Club Equipment Grants


Resources

(Adobe Reader is required to fill out “fillable PDF” forms.)

Easy-to-Use SPIN Club Curriculum: From crafts and animal science projects to shooting sports and technology, Utah 4-H has a great collection of curriculum specifically designed for the short-term 4-H experience. Simply fill out the survey and you can download the curriculum for free!

Training Videos and Guides

(Video links point to University of Illinois 4-H SPIN Club Volunteer YouTube Trainings, except where noted.)

Essential Elements (BIG-M)

Positive Youth Development (PYD)

Ages & Stages

Keeping Youth Safe

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Image Description: 4-H leader Penny Kern leads Geocache hunt with 4-Hers; photo by Edwin Remsberg, USDA

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Contact Information

Cooperative Extension: 4-H
103 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 1.800.287.0274
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
A Member of the University of Maine System