University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

4-H & Youth


What are 4-H projects? Learning by doing is not only a philosophy of UVM, but also of 4-H. Take part in a short-term opportunity to learn a particular subject while also learning life skills. Short-term programs and projects are less formal than a 4-H club and participants apply for awards/recognition along the way. Our programs and projects create hands-on, fun learning opportunities. Within a particular project, members find things to learn, to do, to make, and to explore.

How do the projects proceed? Each year, a 4-H member enrolls in at least one project. Your project group may meet once a week or as little as once or twice a month. The purpose of these meetings is to guide participants in gaining the knowledge and habits needed to complete their work successfully. 

What do you do with project area record books? Completing a 4-H record book is a process where 4-H members record project and club work. They give members an opportunity to reflect on their yearly work and encourage members to set goals and develop plans to meet those goals.

How is project achievement monitored? The purpose of 4-H awards is to recognize achievement in a 4-H project area. A project contains various sequential learning experiences meeting a minimum of 6-8 hours over a period of at least a few weeks to as along as a full 4-H year.

Main project areas, packets (where applicable) and record books -- Updated for 4-H project year beginning Oct. 1, 2012

Need to know the project categories/reporting codes for 4-H projects? Reference the ES 237 Project Codes list (Word)

  • Official 4-H Cloverbud record booklet - PDF | Word
  • Official 4-H member record booklet - Fillable PDF (October 2010). How to use: Save the PDF file to your computer "desktop" area. Rename the file (example: jane_doe_member_record_2010.pdf). Open Adobe Reader then open the saved file. Type information into the PDF, saving frequently. (Download Adobe Reader.)
  • 4-H Member Alternative Records - PDF (revised September 2016)
  • Beginner Animal Record - PDF | Word (revised Nov. 2012)
  • Dog Project Record - PDF
  • (Fillable) Dog Project Record - PDF
  • Responsibilities as a 4-H Animal Exhibitor - PDF
  • Dog Project Guidelines - PDF
  • Canine Lease - PDF
  • Dog Identification Form - PDF
  • Gardening Project Record - PDF
  • (Fillable) Gardening Project Record - PDF
  • Goat Project Record - PDF
  • (Fillable) Goat Project Record - PDF
  • Responsibilities as a 4-H Animal Exhibitor - PDF
  • Goat & Sheep Approval Form - PDF
  • Goat & Sheep Health Form - PDF
  • Goat Health Requirements - PDF
  • Lease / Loan Agreement - PDF
  • Livestock Insurance FAQ (PDF)
  • Pumpkin Project Record Book - PDF
  • Sewing Project Record (June 2011) -- PDF
  • Suggestions for Writing 4-H Fashion Revue Commentary PDF
  • Year-by-Year Guide (recommended skills for each year of project) - PDF

Visit the State Day and the Big-E at Eastern States Exposition Page for more information on clothing projects.

  • Sheep Project
    • Project Record Levels 1 and 2 - PDF
    • Fillable Project Record Levels 1 and 2 - PDF
    • Project Record Levels 3 and 4 - PDF
  • Responsibilities as a 4-H Animal Exhibitor - PDF
  • Intent to Purchase Form - PDF - for intent to purchase after July 1 (refer to form for details)
  • Lease / Loan Agreement - PDF
  • Livestock Insurance FAQ (PDF)
  • Sheep & Goat Approval Form - PDF
  • Sheep & Goat Sheep Health Form - PDF
  • Sheep Health News - Premises Tag - PDF
  • Sheep Project Overview - PDF
  • Sheep Tack Box Supplies - PDF

    Local 4-H Shooting Sports clubs are open to all youth ages 8 to 18 years as of January 1st; and at least 14 years old o participate in the .22 Pistol discipline. Each year, 4-H teaches a shooting sport to more than 300,000 boys and girls. Shooting sports can be gratifying for youngsters, especially those who aren't athletes. The program provides a supportive environment in which young people can experience hands-on, fun learning experiences.

  • Shooting Sports Record - PDF
  • Shooting Sports Parental Permission Form (PDF)
  • Shooting Sports Health History and Emergency Medical Form (PDF)
  • Shooting Sports Program Brochure (PDF)
  • Teen Leadership Leaders Manual - PDF
  • Teen Leadership Members Manual - PDF
  • Working Steer Record - PDF
  • (Fillable) Working Steer Record - PDF
  • Responsibilities as a 4-H Animal Exhibitor - PDF
  • Working Steer Project Glance Sheet (for leaders & parents)
  • Cattle Health Form - PDF
  • Lease / Loan Agreement - PDF
  • Livestock Approval Form - PDF
  • Livestock Insurance FAQ (PDF)
  • General Information Sheet - PDF
  • Qualifications for Eastern States - PDF
  • Standards for Judging Eastern States- PDF
  • Working Steer Health Requirements - PDF

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