4-H members "Learn by Doing." Young people, with guidance from adults, learn useful life skills to communicate with others and serve their community by practicing these skills in real-life situations. Participation in the activities of a 4-H club is educational and fun. The activities teach social and vocational skills, cooperation, parliamentary procedure and other valuable interactive relationships.
1. Club Opportunities
- Project Work: Projects help members gain knowledge and a variety of skills useful throughout their lives.
- Public Presentations: 4-H members give demonstrations, speeches or illustrated talks, increasing public speaking skills and self confidence.
- Record Keeping: 4-H members write a story and record what they have done in each project. This helps them evaluate their 4-H learning and develops record keeping and organizational skills important throughout life.
- Recreation: 4-H members learn to enhance enjoyment of life through recreational activities such as singing, games and other social activities.
- Community Service: 4-H clubs participate in their community and take on a community service activity. Clubs are encouraged to undertake projects which improve their community
- Contests: 4-H members may participate in club, district, state and national contests, which expand their perspectives.
- Exhibits: Members exhibit their 4-H project results at club meetings, local and state fairs, or other community events. Exhibiting 4-H projects shows others what 4-H'ers are doing, and gives members a sense of pride and accomplishment.
2. School Enrichment Opportunities
- Numerous 4-H programs are delivered in conjunction with schools as part of special or regular educational projects within the schools.
- These may be short term projects or long term projects that last throughout the school year.
- Participants in these 4-H school enrichment opportunities are regarded as 4-H school members.
3. Alaska Opportunities
- 4-H Camp: 4-H members may attend a variety of camps and take part in educational and recreational experiences as they learn more about nature and living with others (some camps may be held as part of a school enrichment program).
- 4-H Exchanges: Exchanges can be arranged with clubs from different districts, other states and youth from other countries.
- Guide Dog Raising Program: 4-H'ers have an opportunity to raise and socially train a guide dog puppy for the blind. It takes approximately one year.
4. National and Regional Opportunities
- National 4-H Congress: Members over 14 years of age may attend National 4-H Congress. Participants are chosen at the state and district levels. Some scholarships are available at the national, state, and district levels.
- National 4-H Conference: A one-week conference held in Washington D.C. for 4-H youth (ages 15-18 years), volunteers and Extension staff. Emphasis is on 4-H program development and public relations.
- Citizenship Washington Focus: A six-day program that helps young people (ages 15-19) gain a greater understanding of citizenship opportunities and learn more about government. This program is held in Washington D.C.
- National 4-H Center Program Assistants: College age 4-H alumni work at National 4-H Center as field trip interpreters and program facilitators. Applications for the three-month experience are available from the State 4-H office.
5. International Opportunities
- Other International Exchange Programs: 4-H members can access a number of youth exchange programs through the National 4- H Council and the Alaska State 4-H Office.