An important component of a member’s 4-H experience is project work. For complete descriptions of Ohio 4-H projects and the publications that support them, please refer to the Ohio 4-H Family Guide or to Ohio 4-H Project Central (an interactive web site that includes sample pages, ratings, and comments).
A 4-H project is made up of three types of activities:
- Hand-on Activities: making, producing, selling, practicing, observing, testing, interviewing, etc.
- Organized Activities: demonstrations, speeches, workshops, camps, county judging, project activities, exhibits, etc.
- Leadership/Citizenship Activities: conducting, planning, teaching, assisting, informing, organizing, etc.
There are two ways to take a project – either as an individual project or as a group project. Members who complete their projects as planned can receive on of Ohio’s 4-H Project Achievement Certificates. These are awarded based on the level of difficulty of the projects as listed in the Family Guide: beginning, intermediate and advanced. There is also a special certificate available if members plan and complete a self-determined project.
When choosing a project, consider your interests, background, what is necessary to start your project, and what is available to help you complete it. It is best to select no more than two projects as a first-year member.