Without volunteers like yourselves, the 4-H program would not be complete. This Page has tools which may prove helpful in your role in the 4-H Youth Development Program.
The curriculum listed below represents some of the materials available locally, contact the 4-H Office for additional project resources.
Looking for video resources to use in your project group? Click on the following list: Video Resource List to see what we have available. To use any of our DVDs listed, contact Melanie Curtis.
A number of project resource guides and handbooks are available at the County 4-H Office. For a list of project resources available, click here: Project Guides Resource List
These are available for leaders to check-out at the Fresno Co. 4-H Office. To use any of the resources listed, please contact Melanie Curtis.
Aerospace and Rocketry
4H Aerospace Program: Introduces the objectives and role of the 4-H aerospace leader, gives an outline for where to get started, and provides project activities perfect for each of your monthly meetings.
4H Rocketry Leaders Guide:Resource guide that gives information about the basics of rocketry including:safety, parts of the rocket, construction, launching, and more
4H Rocketry Members Guide:For use with 4H Rocketry Leaders Guide
Camping Handbook:Provides useful information on everything you want to know about camping
Clothing and Textiles
Patchwork and Quilting: Information on working with a project group, quilting techniques, patterns and templates.
4-H Clothing Leaders Guide-Beginning: Project manual for beginning clothing and textiles groups.
4H Clothing Leaders Guide-Advanced:Project manual for advanced clothing and textile groups
4H Members Clothing Activites-Advanced:Teaches about the care and cost of clothing as well as provides templates and instructions for making and altering garments
4H Members Clothing Actvities-Intermediate:Teaches members how to construct garments using fabric and patterns best suited to them
4H Clothing Leaders Guide-Intermediate:Leader's guide to intermediate clothing and textile groups
Fashion and Color Packet:Teaches members how to choose colors and patterns best suited for them
Creative Arts and Crafts
Ceramics as a 4-H Project: Enter the world of ceramics - lists standards, how-to, and fun activities included.
Oragami 4H Clover: Cute, fun arts and craft project.
Craft Dough Recipes : Every kid's dream - learn to make play dough!
Foods and Nutrition
Safe steps in food handling, cooking, and storage are essential to prevent foodborne illness. Following four basic steps - clean, separate, cook, and chill will keep your food safe.
USDA has some great resources to help the public learn about food safety. Click here for more information. You will find educational materials for young children, teens and adults. Check out their entertaining and educational Food Safety Game for Youth.
Safety Guidelines for all 4-H projects.
Fast and Fancy Frosting: A beginner's guide to cake decorating including supplies needed, types of icings, baking and icing the cake, icing bags, basic tips, themes for cakes, writing and borders. Includes special patterns to use on your own cakes!
Quick Easy Jam and Jelly: Step-by-step guide to canning beginning with washing jars, preparing fruit, and measuring ingredients, all the way to making the jelly and sealing the jars.
Breadmaking in a Bag: Fun activity for first-year Foods and Nutrition members! Make Honey Whole Wheat in a bag in a few, simple steps.
Quick Meals:Packet filled with recipes as well as nutritional information
Home Economics Standards: The complete guide to clothing, foods, food preservation, home furnishing, and place settings. Special section for beginning girls!
Off to A Good Start in Home Economics:Filled with a variety of fun activities and projects
Horse and Pony Project
Fresno Co 4-H Horse Policies
Statewide 4-H Horse Website
Care and Handling of Your Horse: Parts of the horse, feeding your horse, health and care, caring for tack and equipment, body colors, patterns, and marking, and knot-tying.
So You Want to be a Horse Judge:Informative packet that explains how to judge a horse based on conformation and soundness
Wheat Project Manual: Gain knowledge on preparing soil, fertilizing, planting, irrigation, pest management, harvesting, and milling and baking.
Sugar Beet Project: Capture information on how sugar beets grow and how to market and process them.
Judging Made Easy Packet:Tips on Reasons Presentations and Judging Procedures
Judging Guidelines: Teaches the basic priniciples of judging
Leadership and Public Speaking
Guide to Good Speaking: Guide to preparing for a speech, organizing your thoughts, delivering, and rehearsing.
Leadership Project Members Guide:Guide filled with useful suggestions for members in a leadership development project. Also useful for adult leaders
Get Your Act Together:Guide to planning and organizing 4-H activities and events
The Real Purpose of 4H Livestock Projects
Fresno Fair Market Chicken and Turkey Projects Order Form
Fitting and Showing Cattle: Learn to fit and show your beef cattle - grooming, clipping, and show day preparation all included.
Easy Halter for Sheep: A "how-to" guide to making a simple rope halter for your lamb.
4-H Pygmy Goat Project:Provides a variety of information about pygmy goats, including: anatomy, basic care, grooming, showing, and judging
Showing Pigs:Leads members through the process of training, grooming, and showing swine
Poultry and Avian Sciences
Avian Science Leaders Manual: Informative organizational guide to the avian science project.
4-H Poultry Showmanship: Leads members through selecting, training, and maintaining a bird. Gives scenarios and step-by-step procedures for poultry showmanship.
Effective April 1, 2001 all 4-H Shooting Sports leaders must have certification approved by the State 4-H Office. Certification can come from National or State 4-H certification courses and certain outside agencies approved by the State. There are three types of certification for California shooting sports leaders:
1) State 4-H Instructor: This level of instructor teaches classes for the State and can only be acquired by attending a National 4-H Shooting Sports Conference.
2) State 4-H Leader Trainer: This level of instructor teaches classes for the County and can only be acquired by attending a State 4-H Shooting Sports Workshop. This is the type of training session, which this course will cover.
3) Certified 4-H Project Leader: This level of certification allows a 4-H leader to be a shooting sports project leader.
If you hold any of the three titles listed above, you may be a project leader in the discipline for which you are certified.
There are six disciplines in the California 4-H Shooting Sports program: archery, black powder firearms, hunting, pistol, rifle, and shotgun.
Choosing the Right Wood: Gain an understanding of the characteristics of wood to better your woodworking projects.