Youth Guide

This  activity guide provides a “treasure hunt” for youth to explore the joys of 4‑H on their own, by discovering their interests, potential 4‑H projects, and finding 4‑H where they live with the guidance of parents or other adult helpers. The “exploration” theme is meant to actively engage a child as he or she embarks on a personal journey to discover the exciting opportunities (treasures) available in 4‑H.

The Youth Guide is in a workbook format and includes activities for a child to complete with a project helper, such as a teacher, parent or club leader. A “map” accompanies each activity to guide the exploration. Each step is clearly identified with headings such as Start Here, Travel Log, Map it Out and X Marks the Spot. New terms are introduced and defined in the section labeled Compass Points.

Helper's Guide

This activity-packed group guide is designed for teachers, volunteer leaders and other educators.  The activities help groups of youth explore the many treasures of 4‑H.  Eight categories linked to national education standards.

Group Activities

A 120-page Group Activity Guide designed for teachers, volunteer leaders, and other educators, contains dozens of activities to help groups of youth, grades 2-4, explore the many treasures of 4‑H.  Activities are grouped by eight curriculum categories linked to national education standards, with suggestions provided for continued study in related 4‑H projects.

Academic Standards

Each activity is cross-referenced to a National Education Standard but may meet several others as well. Get more information about National Education Standards. This web site can also link you to academic standards specific to your state.

Chapter 1: Citizenship and Civic Education

Know Your Community

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USA Flag Site

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Chapter 2: Communications and Expressive Arts

Cooperative Musical Chairs

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Story Arts

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Chapter 3: Consumer and Family Sciences

Your Turn to Speak

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Quilting

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Chapter 4: Environmental Education and Earth Sciences

Where Will the Wind Take Me Today?

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Endangered Species Poster Session

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Indoor Air Pollution

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4‑H Science Discovery Series

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EPA Teaching Center

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EPA Drinking Water and Ground Water Kids' Stuff

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EPA Polluted Runoff For Kids

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USGS and Science Education

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U.S. Agricultural Research Service Sci4Kids

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Science Discovery Series

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History of the Bald Eagle

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The DuPage Conservationist. Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Wheaton, IL

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University of Wisconsin, Madison Department of Botany

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Plant Biology

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Chapter 5: Healthy Lifestyle Education

Home Alone

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KidsHealth When It's Just You After School

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Choose My Plate

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National Double Dutch League

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Jump Rope Federation

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Ounce of Prevention

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Microbe World Clean Hands Campaign

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Food Safety: Washing Food

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Handwashing

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Handwashing

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Kids-A-Cookin

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Chapter 6: Personal Development and Leadership

Volunteer Leader Handbook

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Parliamentary Procedure Online

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Parliamentary Procedure Made Easier

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Chapter 7: Plants and Animals

Science Discovery Series

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Chapter 8: Science and Technology

Fun with Atoms and Molecules

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Be A Rock Star

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Pushy Air

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Web Resources

Children, Youth and Families Research and Education Network

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a list of notable people who have been 4‑H members

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International 4‑H Youth Exchange USA

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the professional online journal of Cooperative Extension

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Volunteers, supporters, staff, pioneers who made major contributions to 4‑H at local, state and national levels. New members are inducted annually at National 4‑H Conference.

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held each spring at the National 4‑H Center

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4‑H educational and cross-cultural experience held in November

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develops national 4‑H curriculum materials

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training and support to 4‑H shooting sports safety program

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premier source for 4‑H clothing and merchandise

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partnership between 4‑H and Army

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