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4-H Family Guide 

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your interest in Perry County 4-H! This booklet is designed with YOU in mind to help you learn more about 4-H, what we do and who we are. Regardless of whether you live on a farm or in a town, have one hobby or many, 4-H has something to offer.

The Perry County Extension Office is located on the second floor of the Courthouse Annex in Cannelton, behind the old courthouse.

The Extension office offers informal, educational opportunities in youth development, agriculture, community development and consumer and family sciences. 4-H is one aspect of youth development that our office oversees. As an Extension Educator, U work to provide you with the latest scientific information in production of animals, management of resources, helping families make life more livable, and developing individual talents through leadership training.

We are closed on county holidays.

Should you need additional information, please feel free to contact me at our office. Our office is open from 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you ever need to reach us after normal business hours, we have an answering machine and are also available via email. Our telephone number is (812) 547-7084. You may also contact our office via email at perryces@purdue.edu.

We welcome the opportunity to make your participation in our programs an enjoyable one!


Renate Warner, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development



I’m enrolled in 4-H. What do I need to do now?

Here is a quick guide to what you can do now that you are in Perry County 4-H!


  1. Attend as many 4-H Club meetings as possible.
    1. Contact your club leader to find out when and where your club will meet.
    2. Provide the club leader and the Extension office your contact information. If you change phone numbers, email addresses, home address, etc., contact both the club leader and the Extension office to update information.
    3. If you can’t attend a meeting, contact the club leader immediately after the meeting to see what you missed.

  2. Select 4-H project(s).
    1. After you have selected your project(s) you should receive project manuals from your club leader. (Not all projects have manuals).
    2. It takes some time for the Extension office to process your enrollment. Then they need to schedule a time to get the manuals to your leader so please keep in mind several weeks may pass for this to happen.
    3. When receiving your manuals, make sure you have received all manuals you should. Some projects don’t have manuals. If you aren’t sure, you can check with your leader or the Extension office. This information is also available on the county 4-H website.

  3. Work to complete project(s).
    1. Your 4-H Handbook has the requirements for you to complete your project(s).
    2. Many people complete projects at the fair, but you can complete a project at any time.
    3. You need to review the handbook if you are exhibiting at fair. The handbook comes out February/March.

  4. Read your 4-H newsletter that comes in the mail every other month.

  5. Attend as many county events and workshops as you can!

These activities may include:

                                          i.    community service projects (these can be either in your club or on your own.)

                                         ii.    teaching a workshop

                                        iii.    leading others

  1. Be involved in your club. Ways to be involved in your club include:

                                          i.    Asking your club leader if you can lead activities

                                         ii.    Run for a club office

                                        iii.    Be on a committee (even offer to cleanup or setup for club meetings), offer to call members to remind them of club meetings, etc.

  1. Make 4-H fun! You get to choose your 4-H projects and 4-H works around your schedule!


4-H Parent

Are you a parent/care giver of a 4-H member? What are you to do? Here are a few pointers to get you started.



1.     Help your child enroll in the 4-H Club and meet the 4-H requirements.

2.     Help your child select one or more suitable 4-H Projects to complete.

3.     Make sure your child attends the 4-H Club meetings.

4.     Follow up with your 4-H Club Leaders as needed. If your child misses a meeting, contact the leader right away.

5.     Make an effort to attend the meetings with your child.

6.     Provide or arrange for transportation.

7.     Help your child to complete any 4-H responsibilities he or she may have volunteered for, been elected to, or selected for.

8.     Help with at least one 4-H club activity during the 4-H year. Volunteer! Don’t wait to be asked.

9.     Support your child’s 4-H project work.

A.    Make sure your child attends any project workshops.  Provide or arrange for transportation.

B.    Help your child gather any materials needed.

C.    Help your child complete one or more articles for exhibit. They can exhibit at any time, but many children like to exhibit their projects at the Perry County 4-H Fair. Provide transportation and encouragement.

10.  Read the 4-H newsletter (we publish it bi-monthly) and the Perry County 4-H Handbook for information on projects, dates, etc.


      Help your child learn and grow, share experiences with your child, improve relationships with your child, make a contribution to youth in your community, and develop a sense of accomplishment.


•Interest in child’s activities.

•Commitment of time and energy to 4-H members.

•Ability to assist, but still allow the member to do his/her own work.


Other Ways Parents Can Help:

  1. Learn about 4-H: what it stands for, how it operates, how it is funded.
  2. Advise your child in selecting 4-H projects.
  3. Show your interest and enthusiasm for the projects selected.  Find out what is suggested for the members to do and learn.
  4. See that when a project is started, it is also completed.
  5. Encourage your 4-Her when he/she succeeds and provide even more encouragement when he/she fails.
  6. Be an example!  Help your 4-Her to be a good sport, and appreciate the successes of others.
  7. Keep informed about 4-H through information that comes to members of your family.  Be a 4-H booster in your community.
  8. Make 4-H Club work FAMILY work, but, let the boys and girls do their work and carry their own jobs to completion.  Be their guide only.
  9. Provide transportation to local meetings and county events in which your child and others of the club are interested.  Or, provide refreshments for meetings or special functions.  Don’t wait to be asked; just volunteer this help!
  10. Attend 4-H meetings and other special events.
  11. Help your 4-Her find a way to participate in special events that interest him/her such as county contests, camps, Fairs, displays, or shows.
  12. Support your local 4-H leaders. Get acquainted with them. Let them know you appreciate their efforts.
  13. Offer your services to assist the local leaders. You have knowledge and skills that are needed in 4-H.
  14. If the need arises, help find local leaders for your 4-H Club. Several kinds of leaders are needed:  organization, project, and activity leaders. Consider helping in one of these ways yourself.  Volunteer applications are available in the Extension Office.
  15. Remember that the real object of 4-H is to develop your sons and daughters into finer citizens.  The way they work on projects, participate in meetings, and conduct themselves at competitive events, etc., will help set work and character standards for the rest of their lives.



4-H member                       Any child currently in grade 3 through grade 12 who fills out an enrollment form and meets the club requirements.


Explorer                              Any child currently in kindergarten through 2nd grade who fills out an enrollment form. Explorers is a non competitive 4-H experience.


Club Leader                        An adult volunteer who is responsible for the organizational aspects of the club.


Project Superintendent       A volunteer who answers questions a 4-Her may have about a project.  This person is often a 4-H parent or leader with special expertise in a particular subject area.  The Project Superintendent's name and telephone numbers are found in the 4-H Handbook under each project area.


Junior Leader                      Any 4-H member who is grade 7 through 12 is eligible to join the Jr. Leader Club. The Junior Leader year runs from September through August. The group has monthly meetings, performs community service projects, and sponsors various events.


Parents                                Important to the success of the child in 4-H.  Parents are ENCOURAGED to attend club meetings as well as county-wide events with their child.



All 4-H volunteers go through a stringent screening process which includes a

background check before being allowed to work with 4-H members.


4-H Council                         This is the short name for the Perry County 4-H Club Council, Inc.  The
4-H Council is the policy-making organization for Perry County 4-H.  There are twenty volunteers on this board. There is a representative for each township in Perry County, elected to three-year terms by Extension volunteers. In addition, there are Jr. Leader representatives. The 4-H Council and 4-H Fairgrounds support and help each other throughout the year.

4-H Fairgrounds Committee  
This is a group of 4-H volunteers who oversee the 4-H Fairgrounds. They oversee the facilities, but also support and help 4-H in other ways. The 4-H Council and 4-H Fairgrounds support and help each other throughout the year.

4-H Livestock Committee
This is a subcommittee of the 4-H Council. This group of volunteers recommend livestock related policies to 4-H Council.

 Extension Educators          
They are professionals who help to carry out the Extension programs and serve as a source of research-based information. 4-H is just ONE program Extension in Perry County oversees. Our county has 3 educators – a Consumer & Family Science educator, a 4-H Youth Development Educator, and an Agriculture & Natural Resources. All professionals working in the Extension office are considered your link to Purdue, as they are Purdue University! In each county there is at least one educator who is in charge of overseeing the 4-H program. In Perry County, that educator is Renate Warner.


Purdue University               Purdue is a land grant college that has the responsibility for taking education to the people of the state. The 4-H program is part of that directive in the Youth Development & Agricultural Education Department.


State 4-H Program             The State 4-H Program Leader has the responsibility for 4-H Leader    programming at the State Level. The 4-H Program Leader is

based at Purdue University, Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education.


State Specialist                   State Specialists have responsibility for the 4-H program on a statewide basis.  Each one has a specific part of the total 4-H program.  They are based at Purdue University and are under the direction of the State 4-H Program Leader.


Indiana 4-H Foundation      This nonprofit organization works to provide additional resources for the 4-H program.  They sponsor scholarships, funding for county and state programs, finance the State 4-H Leaders recognition, trips for outstanding youth to National 4-H Congress, as well as underwrite the cost of many 4-H trips offered on the state level.  Forms for donation are available at the County Extension Office.  They also sponsor the 4-H license plate program.  Contact the Extension Office for information about license plates for your vehicles.


Below are definitions of different items used in Perry County 4-H.


4-H Clubs


There are various 4-H Clubs in Perry County. A club consists of at least five youth (grades kindergarten through 12th) from at least three different families. A complete list is available in the Perry County 4-H Handbook (see information below about the handbook.) Each club has at least one leader who has been trained by Purdue Extension educators. The names of the clubs and the leaders are listed in the Perry County 4-H Handbook. 4-Hers may belong to any 4-H Club in the county.  Residence does not restrict club membership. However, most 4-Hers belong to the club closest to where they live or attend school. For additional regulations on membership, please ask the Extension Educator.


Clubs may request dues to help support the club. If a situation warrants a scholarship waiver, contact the Extension office.


4-H Enrollment

Members must enroll each year.

*In order to exhibit at the Perry County 4-H Fair, enrollment must be completed by February 1, 2012. This includes payment of fees. Members in grades 3-12 pay $15 State 4-H program fee with a maximum of $45 per family household address. Perry County 4-H Council also charges $5 per member with a cap of $15. No family will pay more than $60 total per household address.*

*K-2nd grade members pay $5 each. If a family has already paid $60 fee, the Explorer fee will be waived. Again, no family will pay more than $60 total per household address.*

*All youth must complete an enrollment form (online or paper) with permissions indicated and pay the State 4-H program fee and county resource fee to be officially enrolled in 4-H. *

Enrollments will be accepted after February 1 but members won’t be allowed to exhibit at the fair.

Projects may be added *until May 1 2012 or dropped until June 1, 2012.*

*Enrollment forms can be obtained from local 4-H leaders, the Extension office or they may be obtained by going to the Perry County 4-H website.  Members may also enroll using the online system.*

4-Hers may change membership to another club if they wish.  It is important to notify the Extension Office (812-547-7084) and the leaders of both clubs (the one you are leaving and the one you are joining).

Each club elects officers from the club membership.  The officers conduct the business portion of the club meeting. Members should be the ones electing the officers. Leaders should work with the officers to develop an agenda and the officers should conduct the meeting. 

4-H Handbook

Each 4-H family will receive a 4-H Handbook from their Club Leader.  The Handbook has the information members need to know about what their project exhibit should include. Read it thoroughly.

Members may also ask the project superintendent about the project and exhibit requirements for that project. 4-H Project Superintendent names and telephone numbers are included in the 4-H Handbook. If there is not a superintendent listed, call the Extension office for questions.

Perry County 4-H Forecast

This bi-monthly newsletter is sent to every 4-H family in Perry County.  It is called Perry County 4-H Forecast. Read this to find out about timely 4-H news! Also if you have access to internet, make sure the Extension Educator sends you email notifications (there is no given time frame when these are sent out, just when an email is warranted.) Perry County 4-H is also on Facebook and the Extension office has a website: www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/perry.

Perry County Extension Website 

Purdue Extension-Perry County has a website: www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/perry. Visit this website to access 4-H resources. The Perry County 4-H Handbook is available at this website along with other helpful 4-H resources.

 4-H Projects 

4-H projects are learning experiences for the 4-H members.  4-H members must sign up for at least one project each year. A member is encouraged to exhibit as part of their project completion, but they may complete without showing at the fair (see handbook for more information on this). Livestock has deadlines and some projects are turned in prior to fair. See the Perry County 4-H Handbook for more information on completing projects.

Some projects are divided by grade, while others are divided by the number of years of participation in that project. Grade is determined by the grade the member was in at the time of enrollment, or the school year preceding the Fair. If there are any questions or concerns about these divisions, contact the 4-H Extension Educator.

4-H members need consult the 4-H handbook to find out about deadlines to add or drop projects. To add or drop a project, call the Extension Office at 812-547-7084. 

4-H Project Manuals

Most 4-H projects have manuals that give in-depth information for that project. Shortly after you enroll, your leader will receive your manual(s). Some projects have manuals and some don’t. If you aren’t sure, ask your leader or the Extension office. Members are responsible for making sure they receive all the manuals they should. Be sure to keep your manual from year to year. If you have received a manual from us and the following year you need the same one, you will be charged for a new one. The Perry County 4-H Council purchases manuals and it is a great expense. Also read the 4-H handbook for requirements for completing activities in your manual. If you need to complete activities in your manual, you might also need your leader to sign the label on the back of the manual.

For project completion, read the 4-H Handbook to find out if there is a specific project record sheet to complete or if you need to do the general project record sheet. The General Record Sheet replaces many of the project record sheets. There are exceptions. Read the 4-H Handbook for more information. Keep one General Record Sheet for your records and turn one in without your name on it at the fair time. This General Record Sheet is used for reporting purposes.


My Record of 4-H Achievement

Cards labeled “My Record of 4-H Achievement” should be filled out completely each year by 4-H members in grades 3rd – 12th.  It is important that these be filled out accurately in order to remember what you have done in 4-H and to apply for trips, awards and scholarships throughout your 4-H career. The “My Record of 4-H Achievement” is to be kept with your project record sheets. These are available from 4-H Club Leaders and the County Extension Office. They are also available online at Extension’s website at www.extension.purdue.edu/perry. Be sure to update your information every year.

4-H records should be filled out as completely and accurately as possible.  Parents may oversee the child’s work, but we expect the child to do his or her own writing (typing is OK too).

Project Selection

In choosing a project, a member will consult with his or her parents and 4-H leader(s).  After considering all the projects available and the requirements of each, he or she should select one based on: 

  1. Interest, needs, and capabilities
  2. Family situation
  3. Suitability of the area in which he or she lives

Members enrolling for the first time will take a minimum of one project.  As a member gains knowledge and experience, the scope of the project may be increased and additional projects selected.  An explanation of each project is included in the Perry County 4-H Handbook.  Members may also ask the project superintendent about the project and the requirements for that project.

Early in the 4-H career, a member needs to consider developing a tentative project plan to guide him or her until he/she is past 4-H age.  Some projects should be continued each year, with increases in the size of the project when possible.  Members should also try to enroll in additional projects which are related to his or her other project work.  For example, an electric project member may want to enroll in home improvement, woodworking, safety, or automotive projects. 

The project work is the core of the 4-H member’s experience.  Successful project completion results in member satisfaction and expansion of future project work.  The learning experiences one obtains through his or her project could even lead to career/vocation possibilities.

Fair Judging

Projects exhibited at the 4-H Fair will be judged (except Explorers. Explorer projects receive comment cards and projects are not judged). Please see the Perry County 4-H Handbook for dates and times to turn in projects. Some projects are turned in and a judge looks over the project and makes comments on a score card that will be returned to you. Other projects are “community judged.” “Community Judging” means that your fair exhibits will be judged in your presence, as you check in.  Here are some questions that you may be asked in a community judging setting.

P  What new things did you learn?

P  Have you taken this project before?

P  How much time did you spend on this project?

P  What were your goals for this project?

P  What would you like to change about your exhibit?

P  Tell me something about this exhibit that you want me to know.

P  What did you like best (or least) about this project?

P  Did you do this exhibit at school or was it in a workshop setting?

P  Did you have any difficulty with this exhibit or do you have any questions that I may be able to answer?


Ribbons are provided to members exhibiting at the fair. See the Perry County 4-H Handbook for information on what ribbons mean.

Premium Money

4-H members receive cash based on the ribbons they are awarded at the Fair.  Specific details of amounts awarded are found in the 4-H Handbook. Check the handbook for the time premium money is available to be picked up. Both 4-H members and Explorers receive premium money. (Explorers are members in grades kindergarten through 2nd). This money is provided by the Perry County 4-H Council.

                                Awards and Trips

Awards are given to 4-H members at the Annual 4-H Celebration held in the fall.  The deadline to apply for these awards are September 30 each year.  Any 4-H member may apply.  Only 4-H members who apply are considered for these awards. 

Some 4-H members are eligible to apply for trips taken the following summer. Most of the trips take place between June and July. The deadline to apply for a trip scholarship is announced in the newsletters. If a member is not chosen to receive a trip paid for through the 4-H Council, a member may contact the Extension office to apply for the trip and pay for it themselves.

Activities and Events

Each club will have special activities for their club members throughout the year.  In addition, there are county-wide events in which a 4-Her may participate.

Project Workshops- A variety of workshops in different project areas are offered each year. Be sure to read your bi-monthly newsletter The Perry County 4-H Forecast to know what workshops are offered.

4-H Celebration-The 4-H Celebration is held on a Sunday traditionally in November and is a time to recognize the accomplishments of 4-H members and volunteers.

Share-the-Fun- This annual talent show is an event of fun and learning for 4-H Clubs as well as individual 4-H members.

4-H Camp- This three day, two night camp takes place each summer and is open to 4-H members in grades 3-6.  The 4-H members participate in many outdoor activities as they learn by doing. 


The 4-H emblem is the four-leaf clover with the letter “H” on each leaf.  The Hs stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.


          I pledge

My head to clearer thinking

My heart to greater loyalty

My hands to larger service, and

My health to better living

For My club, my community,

my country, and my world.




“To make the best better.”




More than 7 million boys and girls are 4-H members throughout the United States.  In Indiana, there are over 284,000 boys and girls who are 4-H members.  Perry County currently has a 4-H enrollment of about 400.

4-H membership is open to all boys and girls who will be in grades 3 through 12.  Youth may participate a maximum of ten years in traditional 4-H.

All young persons in kindergarten, first and second grades may participate in the Exploring 4-H program. This is a non competitive 4-H experience.

Please consult the handbook for more information.

Welcome to Perry County 4-H! We hope you enjoy your 4-H experience.