4-H Resources & Forms
4-H Officer Resources
4-H Officer's Manual (2013)
Each office has specific tasks and obligations, and the 4-H Officer's Manual is a tool for navigating the terminology and requirements of holding a 4-H office.
See also 4-H Club Program Planning Guide.
4-H Choose Health Officers Guide
The Healthy Living officer will serve as the club’s ambassador for health! This guide provides information on how to incorporate physical activities and healthy eating into each club meeting.
Treasurer's Manual (2014)
Keeping the club/unit finances in order is an important job that falls to the office of the Treasurer. Everything the Treasurer needs to know is in this resource.
Find an individual list of the Treasurer's Manual forms on the CA4-H Youth Officers page.
The Cloverpedia is a resource designed to be a living document for individuals to learn more about common California State 4-H terms, events and programs. Along with an explanation of which each item is, there are also hyperlinks to online resources that will provide more detail.
Shooting Sports Leader Resources
Leader Policy Resources
These are the program policies and procedures that govern the Shooting Sports projects in the California 4-H YDP.
Policy and Procedures Appendices:
1. Training Request and Registration Form
2. Application for Certification as a Shooting Sports Adult Volunteer
3. Shooting Sports Training Report
4. Course Evaluation Form
5. Firearms & Ammunition Storage and Transportation
6. Equipment Maintenance Log
7. Equipment Check-out Log
8. Code of Ethics
Additional Leader Resources
This is a tool to help shooting sports leaders plan and facilitate a local match event.
The California 4-H Shooting Sports Program has five (5) levels of proficiency for the Archery, Rifle, and Shotgun disciplines.
California & National 4-H Shooting Sports Websites
Leader Resource Links
Project leaders are an integral part of 4-H's mission to educate and inspire the next generation. The Project Leader's Digest contains useful information about effective youth development strategies, youth-adult partnerships, and safety procedures.
Disabled youth often have special needs, and this handbook provides the necessary tools and information to accommodate those needs. 4-H volunteers and leaders should become familiar with this resource when working with youth with disabilities.
A skill is a learned ability. Life Skills are those competencies that assist people in functioning well in the environments in which they live. 4-H focuses on developing skills within the five targeted competency areas that are healthy and productive for both youth and their communities. Because skills are best learned through practice, many experiences that teach or reinforce skills must be provided. Mastery of any skill requires opportunities to try, make mistakes, and try again.
Why are primary 4-H members so important to the 4-H Youth Development Program, and what special activities should be provided for them? The Adult Volunteer Guide answers these questions and more; it provides information on the 4-H Primary Member Program and how it should be used to encourage a child's educational development.
4-H project sheets are designed to help 4-H volunteers determine meaningful content and lead youth in hands-on activities. 4-H youth and their families may use these sheets to decide which project they might be interested in.
eXtension is a tool for leaders that provides a gateway to a variety of educational webinars presented by Cooperative Extension Service educators. A variety of leader training are available. eXtension also offers an extensive collection of educational articles created by experts at the country's top Land Grant Universities. View that collection at eXtension Articles.
The 4-H Club Program Planning Guide has been designed to assist clubs in completing University of California (UC) 4-H YDP expectations, including requirements to be a Club in Good Standing, maintain the 4-H Club Charter and use the 4-H Name and Emblem.
The 4-H Club Annual Report helps keep the 4-H Office aware and up-to-date with your club. This form must be completed online. Please have this completed by June 20th of the current program year for the next program year.
Health and Safety
Many 4-H programs, projects, and events incorporate activities that inherently have various risks for injuries or disease exposures to both 4-H YDP volunteers and members. Information given in this manual has been developed for use by 4-H volunteers and members and is intended to provide initial guidance for implementing practices and procedures to reduce the risk of sustaining injuries or illnesses while participating in 4-H sponsored programs, projects, and events.
Clover Safe Notes have been developed to assist 4-H YDP staff and adult volunteers in ensuring that safety information is included in project meetings and planning for events and activities. In addition to these safety training resources, the ANR Environmental Health & Safety Office can provide assistance to assess 4-H YDP activities to identify safety hazards and develop specific safety training information. All curricula should be reviewed to ensure that safety information and guidelines are included.
Make It Safe, Keep It Safe
Food safety is a priority for all events to maintain a healthy environment and to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. It is important that 4-H groups prepare and serve food in compliance with state laws and local health department rules, including securing appropriate permits. Where the risk is higher, such as events where food is served to large number of people in the public, food safety training is essential. The goal of food safety education is to minimize the risk of foodborne illness at 4-H events where food is prepared or served. This information is available as brochures.
Food Safety Brochure (English) (updated version forthcoming)
Food Safety Brochure (Spanish) (updated version forthcoming)
General food safety information provided is available by clicking: UCANR Food Safety Education
Incident Report Forms must be filled out and returned to the County 4-H Office within twenty-four (24) hours of the incident.
Hartford Accident Insurance
Covers our members and leaders for accidents and sickness during 4-H activites. All claims are reviewed and approved by the 4-H Office before sending them in to The Hartford.
All aspects of every 4-H YDP must be designed to meet the needs of and to be accessible to all participants without discrimination. Reasonable accommodations must be made to allow members and adult volunteers with disabilities to participate.