4-H: Grow With Us
This year’s Special Emphasis theme is designed to offer youth and volunteers an opportunity to reflect on how the opportunities in 4-H help us grow. We will also look at how 4-H can help the communities in our county grow. The activities in the 2016-2017 Special Emphasis curriculum will allow youth and adults a chance to practice and apply valuable skills that help them grow as leaders, as citizens, and as friends.
Special Emphasis Activities
Listed below is a series of activities that clubs can use at their meetings to explore the “4-H Grow With Us” theme.
Resources are in pdf unless identified otherwise.
4-H Grows Communication
Youth and adults involved in 4-H have many opportunities to practice verbal and nonverbal communication. These fun activities will give you a chance to practice your communication skills with hands-on games.
• Growing Colorful Words
• Balancing Act
• Balloon Trolleys
• Club Poem
• Communication Collages
• Einstein’s Riddle
• Frozen T’s
• In a 4-H Community Everyone Pulls Together
• Stack the Deck
4-H Grows Communities
4-H clubs contribute to their communities by promoting good citizenship and contributing many hours of service. The activities in this category offer service project options and ways to build awareness of good citizenship.
• 4-H YOUth Trees
• Citizenship BINGO
• Making Choices
• Mapping Your 4-H Club
• Being a Good Citizen
• Stenciling for Clean Drains in Your Community
4-H Grows Friends
Many friendships have been formed because of connections made in 4-H. These activities will help your club build in environment in which friendships can grow and thrive.
• Creating Guidelines for Our Group
• Creating Personal Respect Posters
• Exploring Separate Realities
4-H Grows Future Opportunities
As youth grow older, they will start to think about opportunities to pursue as teens and as adults. These activities connect 4-H experiences to educational travel opportunities and future career options.
• 4-H Futures: Project Pathways
• 4-H Looking Glass
• Where in the World Can 4-H Take You?
4-H Grows Leaders
4-H relies on the leadership of young people to guide the focus of activities and programs. These activities allow youth to explore and stretch their leadership skills.
• Leadership Quadrants
• Sell Me a Pen
• The Story of 4-H
• The Machine
Program Developed By:
4-H Youth Leaders:
UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development Staff:
Brianna Stapleton Welch
University of Wisconsin Extension Washington County
4-H Youth Development Educator