California State 4-H Policies
Visit the 4-H Youth Development Program website to view the 4-H Policy Handbook online.
4-H Policy Handbook - Chapter 11: Health and Safety (PDF)
1) Leadership: A Minimum of Two  Adults
There must always be a minimum of 2 adults with youth members at all program, events, and activities.
The two adults may be:
- Two appointed volunteers (best practice)
- One appointed volunteer and another adult who is at least 21 years of age
Additionally, the adult in charge must be an appointed 4-H volunteer, as established by the County Director.
Parents drop off their children who walk in to a project meeting. The adult leader arrives but there is no sign of the extra parent who had signed up to attend. Can the meeting start? Double click the correct answer below.
2) Transporting Youth(s)
If two adults cannot be present in the vehicle, the alternative minimum is one adult and two or more youth members per vehicle.
An adult should not be alone with a youth (other than his or her own child).
A leader asks you to transport a 4-H member on a field trip because her car is full. This is not a problem because:
The event has ended and parents have not yet arrived. Over one hour has passed. What should you do? Double click the correct answer below.
3) Sleeping Facilities
- Two or more appointed volunteers may sleep in a room with multiple youths
- Unrelated adults and youths should not share beds together
- Youths may share rooms without adult supervision; adults may share adjoining rooms
- Use a helpful Flash tool to solve the scenario below (will open in a separate window).
A county delegation of ten 4-H members and three adults plan to travel to a state leadership conference. There are two teen boys and one male volunteer. There are eight girls and two women who are volunteers. How many hotel rooms do you need? Double click the correct answer below.
4) Restroom Use
- It is strongly suggested that separate shower and bathroom facilities be provided for mixed-gender groups.
- When separate facilities are not available, separate times for male and female use should be scheduled and posted.
You are at a camp that does not have gender-separated showers. What should you do? Double click the correct answer below.
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