2019 Howard County 4-H general rules and regulations

  1. Youth may become 4-H members when they enter the third grade and may continue their membership through the completion of grade 12. Each individual may continue membership for a maximum of 10 consecutive years. Exceptions include:
  • Youth who enroll in grade three and are advanced academically (thus graduating early) may continue for a total of 10 years ONLY if the enrollment occurs in consecutive years.
  • Those youth who are academically advanced and “skip” third grade, may begin the program as a fourth grader and may continue for a total of 10 years ONLY if the enrollment occurs in consecutive years.
  • Those youth who enroll in grade three and are retained a grade in public school may continue to progress through the 4-H Program by adding subsequent years of participation, but MAY NOT exceed 10 years of participation. For example, if a member is retained one year in public school, their final year of 4-H membership would conclude the summer following their junior year of high school.
  • Those youth who entered the program in third grade and for one reason or another leave formal education prior to the completion of 12th grade may continue for a total of 10 years ONLY if the enrollment occurs in consecutive years.
  • NOTE: 10 years of membership in the 4-H Youth Development is an opportunity, not an entitlement. Those youth who do not enroll as third-grade students or meet the exceptions above, conclude their involvement with the program during the summer immediately following the completion of their senior year in high school.
  1. An individual’s 4-H grade is determined by the school grade in which he or she is classified regardless of the time of year he or she enrolls in 4-H. A member does not advance in 4-H grade until he or she enrolls in 4-H for the subsequent school year. Each member should enroll in the division of a project that would best suit his/her interest and potential for personal growth and would enhance their family involvement.
  2. Opportunities in the 4-H program are available to all Indiana youth as defined regardless of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation or disability. Married young men and women of 4-H age may participate in any of the 4-H projects and activities. However, married persons must participate by the same terms and conditions and/or guidelines as unmarried participants. Membership in 4-H is gained by annually enrolling through a Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Office located in each of Indiana's 92 counties.
  3. The 4‑H club year is continuous and extends from one annual 4‑H exhibit to the next. Enrollment is an annual process attained by completing the appropriate county 4-H enrollment form. An exhibitor must advance to the next year in a divisional project unless they did not complete the previous year or stated otherwise in specific project requirements.
  4. The enrollment deadline for 4‑H club work in Indiana is established by the State 4-H Program. This deadline is Jan. 15.  
  5. Each member should enroll in that project or division of the project for which they are best fitted and in which they will give the most assistance to the family.
  6. A beginning member generally should enroll in only one project. They must do their own work as specified in the project outlines.
  7. The grade requirements for Junior Leadership are 7‑12 grades. To be an officer in Junior Leaders, a member must have completed one year of 4‑H club work.
  8. The grade requirements for Judging, Demonstrations, Fashion Revue, 4‑H Roundup, State 4‑H Junior Leaders Conference, and any other contest or event conducted by the State 4‑H or Extension Staff shall be the same as set up at the State level.
  9. County 4‑H policy is determined by the Howard County 4‑H Exhibit Association, Inc. with the advice of the local Adult 4‑H Leaders, County Extension Educators, State 4‑H Staff, and others interested in the program.
  10. Award winners for the various trips and awards, such as Roundup, State Junior Leaders Conference, State Fair Youth School, etc. should be selected by the Awards committee of the Howard County 4‑H Exhibit Association, Inc.
  11. No project may be altered in any way after it has been entered at the fair, i.e., adding labels or names or numbers, changing the conformation of an exhibit, changing of any colors, castration of animals, etc.
  12. To exhibit at the fair, a member is encouraged to attend three local meetings of each club of which they are member, or participate in authorized 4‑H activities such as county tours, demonstrations, workshops, judging, etc., subject to the approval of the adult leader and the Extension Office. You should exhibit at the 4‑H Fair to complete a project. If you choose not to exhibit a project, a completed record sheet will be accepted for completion of that project.  (Exception: Strawberry is judged before the 4‑H Fair.)
  13. It is the policy of the Cooperative Extension Service of Purdue University that all persons shall have equal opportunity and access to its programs and facilities without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability.

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