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How to Become a 4-H Leader

Adult volunteer leaders play an important role in the 4-H program. Volunteers coordinate local community clubs and help to plan and conduct local, regional, state and national 4-H events.

Step One

The first step in becoming a 4-H leader is to choose a the level of volunteer commitment that is right for you. In Adams County we have Organizational Leaders, Project Leaders, Activity Leaders, and Resource Leaders. Organizational Leaders manage each 4-H club, and are the direct link to the county 4-H office for their club. Project Leaders assist the organizational leaders and typically have (or acquire) knowledge to assist members working in certain project areas. Sometimes big clubs will divide the jobs and have several project leaders to meet all the interests of the 4-H members. Activity Leaders also assist clubs and the county 4-H office by helping with specific activities or events. Resource leaders are similar to Project Leaders, but instead of working with a specific club, they work with youth from many different clubs to enhance learning in specific areas. For more details on types of 4-H Leaders and requirements feel free to view the 4-H Handbook.

Extension has several support services for new leaders. They would put you on the mailing list, invite you to special training meetings and workshops planned for leaders and give you materials you need to organize a 4-H club. You may wish to ask for the name of an experienced leader to call if you have questions. Contact a local 4-H Club Leader to see if there is room in an existing club near you. If not, several young people with an adult or two to help them may start a new club.

  • For a list of clubs organized in Adams County please see our current Club Listing Guide.

Step Two

Find out what projects 4-H offers to young people, and where your resources can used the most. There are over 60 different projects divided into more than 225 divisions. These divisions range from arts and crafts, photography, model rocketry, foods, clothing, gardening, wildlife, woodworking, to dog obedience, small animals, horses and livestock.


Step Three

Applying for a volunteer position with the 4-H Office in Adams County starts the process of becoming a leader. Volunteers are not required to pay an enrollment fee in Adams County, and there is no cost for the training. Any additional Leader materials can be purchased through the Extension Office. Enrollments for new volunteers are due by May 1st . Existing Leaders should turn in enrollments by February 1st.


Step Four

Have Fun! The mission of 4-H is to help children grow into healthy, productive, successful adults. This mission is accomplished through involvement of parents, volunteer leaders, and other adults who organize and conduct fun educational experiences in community and family settings.


Questions Anyone?

Adams County 4-H has a wide variety of clubs and projects to choose from, and with so much to offer you may need help getting started. Our 4-H Extension Agents are here to help you with any questions you may have from the enrollment process to project information.



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