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4-H Club Program - Independent 4-H’ers

To remain in good standing, Independent 4-H members are required to:

  • Have one or more adults as advisers for their 4-H activities.  Advisers must enroll as volunteers and they must complete the Volunteer Orientation and Leadership Training (VOLT), and fill out 4-H Volunteer application forms.
  • Enroll with the Extension Office as a new independent member each year in October.
  • Send a Plan of Work to the Extension Office with your enrollment, with specific goals and objectives for the year.
  • Send at least three (3) Reports of Activities to the Extension Office each year on the form provided. (Word) (PDF)


  • Participate in a community service activity and do a public display or 4-H demonstration during the year and describe these in the progress reports.
  • Participation in June Jamboree is encouraged.
  • Complete a Project Record Sheet for each project (provided by the Extension Office).  The purpose is to encourage members to do their own work, develop responsibility, learn record-keeping skills, and state on paper what they have learned.  The record should be in the member’s own words, though leaders and parents may give advice and help younger members complete it.  Send in a copy of completed project record by the due date in late October. The exact date is announced in the newsletter each September.
  • The number of projects each 4-H member works on during the year depends on the type of project and the maturity of the 4-H member. Advisers should use good judgment in encouraging members to broaden their horizons while helping them to succeed.  Each member must complete at least one project.  If it is a large animal project, one may be enough.  But members are expected to do more than one shorter project.  A rough guide follows:

Ages 5 – 8. . . . . . . . . . . . .  2 projects

Ages 9 – 11. . . . . . . . . . . .  4 projects

Ages 12 – 13. . . . . . . . . . .  6 projects

Ages14 – 18. . . . . . . . . . .  8 projects

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