What is 4-H

4-H is an international youth and volunteer organization. It’s a program that provides members with the resources and activities to build self-confidence, communication, and leadership skills while learning about a topic of their choice.

Each member picks a project and works with a volunteer leader to develop their skills related to the project of choice. In Manitoba there are over 60 interesting hands-on projects like beef, photography, outdoor living, machines, crafts and more!

Beyond projects there are also club activities, provincial events and travel opportunities where members can meet new people, build friendships and have fun!

Today, 4-H clubs in Manitoba are driven by thousands of 4-H members and volunteers, plus a strong partnership with Manitoba Agriculture.

FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IN 4-H!

HELP YOUR KIDS BE GREAT

4-H provides a strong foundation of leadership and skill development to help your kids succeed in everything that they do. Nudging kids out of their comfort zones by encouraging them to try and practice new things in a safe, low-pressure environment, builds confidence.

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Kids who have a chance to polish their communications’ skills make confident and passionate leaders. Your children will thank you when they excel in school and workplace presentations or at a future job interview.

BELONG TO A GROUP

A sense of belonging builds self-worth within a child. 4-H is an organization to which kids can belong without tryouts or auditions, and feel valued by their fellow members and leaders of all ages.

TECHNICAL SKILLS

4-H’ers learn a variety of skills in a self-directed learning environment. Projects such as cooking, photography, sewing, woodworking, outdoor living and animals lead to hobbies, unique life experiences and a varied skill set.

RESPONSIBILITY AND SELF-GOVERNANCE

Parents are welcome in all aspects of 4-H but it’s the kids who make decisions for the club. They run meetings, vote on motions, plan events and lead the group. 4-H’ers learn the importance of completing a task, taking responsibility for their decisions and dealing with problems head-on. It sets them up to run the farm, a business, or even the country!

COMMUNITY SERVICE

4-H’ers make the world a better place. Kids who learn about community service at a young age are more likely to continue to contribute as adults.

FAMILY TIME

Life is busy. 4-H gives your family the opportunity to interact in a positive way to achieve a common goal. While your kids are having fun at club activities, you can spend time with them by providing guidance or leading a project.

BE PART OF A TEAM

Do projects with your friends and work together to make a difference in your community!

BE THE BOSS

In 4-H, you’re in charge of your own destiny and help shape your club. You can run meetings, vote to decide club activities, keep track of the club’s money, or plan club parties. Maybe you’ll even become Club President!

FUN STUFF

4-H’ers like to make things fun! When you’re surrounded by cool people working together, whatever you’re doing will be a good time!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can be a member?

4-H members are youth and young adults between the ages of 6 and 25. Potential members must meet these age requirements by January 1 of the current 4-H club year.

What do 4-Her’s Do?

The 4-H motto is “Learn To Do By Doing.”

Members can choose from more than 60 interesting hands-on projects like beef, photography, outdoor living, machines, crafts and more! (Click here for a full list of projects). Members will work with a volunteer leader to complete their project activities and develop the essential skills related to the topic.

Each member may enter a speech competition during his/her 4-H year and some will advance to the Provincial Communications Extravaganza. This opportunity to write and read a speech helps develop communication skills and confidence.

Members may also sit on the club executive. This provides them the opportunity to develop interpersonal and meeting management skills.

Other 4-H activities include attending club or provincial events where members can make friends and have fun!

In addition, some members will have the chance to attend 4-H meetings across the province, the country & the world, or to apply for travel opportunities and scholarships.

In 4-H you Learn To Do By Doing and you learn skills that will help you achieve success throughout your life!

What is a 4-H Club?

A 4-H club is a group of 4-H members and leaders that gather for common purposes such as registration, club meetings, special events and end of the year celebrations.

A 4-H club holds meetings that are run by members (who make up the club executive) and include all of the members, leaders and parents in the club. Here, members learn meeting management skills by participating in decision-making and directing the club’s activities for the year.

Each 4-H club decides on a meeting location that best suits them. Small clubs may choose to meet in a member’s home, while larger clubs may use a school classroom or community hall. Project groups may choose to hold their meetings in locations best suited to the project work, such as a carpentry shop, a kitchen, or a greenhouse.

4-H clubs can operate at any time throughout the year. It is common for clubs to start meetings in the fall and finish in the spring. However, clubs may choose to operate as a short summer camp or weekend program. Therefore, meetings can be held whenever and however often the club determines. It is common for clubs to have a monthly meeting, while project groups may meet more frequently.

What are 4-H Leaders?

4-H leaders are adult volunteers who have been screened through our Youth Protection Program (YPP). There are two types of 4-H leaders–Head Leaders and Project Leaders.

Head Leaders serve as the primary contact for the 4-H club. They support club members, project leaders and parents, complete registration and administrative tasks for the club, and may also be Project Leaders.

Project Leaders arrange project meeting dates and locations, provide information to members, help members learn project skills, and encourage members to take part in 4-H club activities.

How do I find a club to join?

To find a 4-H club near you, take a look at our club map.

How much does it cost to join?

The registration fee is $70 per member per year to Manitoba 4-H Council (Some clubs and areas may have additional fees.) There may also be costs for project supplies, field trips, etc.

What are the 4 H’s?

The four H’s are described in the 4-H Pledge:

I pledge:

My HEAD to clearer thinking,

My HEART to greater loyalty,

My HANDS to larger service,

My HEALTH to better living,

For my club, my community and my country.

Organizational Structure

4-H members and volunteers have the opportunity to take part in activities at the local, area, provincial and national level.

Participant Definitions (PDF)

LOCAL 4-H CLUBS

4-H clubs organize local activities, including social, fundraising and community events. They select officers and hold regular meetings throughout the year.

To start a new club, all you need is at least two families and one adult volunteer. For more information, contact a 4-H leader in your community, or Manitoba 4-H Council at 204-726-6136 or lmcrae-walker@4h.mb.ca

AREA COUNCILS

There are ten Area Councils in Manitoba. Clubs send representatives who hold elections to form a governance body for the Area. They organize and host area-wide events, provide gold watch and scholarship awards, and member and leader development opportunities.

MANITOBA 4-H COUNCIL INC.

The Manitoba 4-H Council co-ordinates province-wide programming and invites participation in policy development and decision-making.

The Council administers specific programs and manages the funds collected through 4-H club fees and sponsorship. Operating procedures are based on the Manitoba 4-H Council Bi-Laws.

The Council was formed in 1951 and has a strong partnership with Manitoba Agriculture.

CANADIAN 4-H COUNCIL

The Canadian 4-H Council oversees 4-H in Canada. Youth have the opportunity to expand their 4-H experience through national and international conferences, exchanges, scholarships and grants.

The Council is a not-for-profit, non-governmental agency governed by a group of individuals representing sponsoring organizations. An elected board of directors governs the Council.