Recognition Options for Clay County 4-H

4-H Clover

**All awards are due to the Clay County Extension office by December 1. When completing the forms for any of these awards, please keep in mind that you are applying for work done last 4-H year according to your grade as of January 2018.  Participation members (completed grade 3) are only eligible to receive recognition at the club level for completing a project area award or recordbook.
 
Option 1:  Diamond Clover Program –
The 4-H Diamond Clover Awards Program is designed to encourage 4-H youth to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring, and contributing citizens.  The program’s overall goal is to provide 4-H members a rich and diverse learning experience. The program offers different age appropriate goals and youth are able to advance through the different levels.  If interested in this program, youth must print the ‘Levels 1-5’ sheets, complete the last page which is the goals worksheet, and turn in to the Clay County Extension Office by December 1. The following fall the office will notify the youth, as a reminder, to turn in a reflection if the goals were accomplished. Youth are able to be recognized for each level completed. This program is designed to enable every 4-H member willing to put forth effort an opportunity to be recognized. Don’t miss out on this exciting new program. For more information please visit – https://www.extension.iastate.edu/clay/news/clay-county-4-h-diamond-clover-awards-program
 
 
Option 2:  Project Area Awards-
4-H members are encouraged to apply for project area awards to reflect upon their learning throughout the year. Awards in this division will be judged on goal writing, learning experiences, and participation in citizenship, leadership and communication within the project area.
A project area is the topic (i.e. sewing) and project area learning can include work on exhibits (i.e. a quilt or a purse).
 
All Project Area forms can be found below:
 
1.  Grades 4-6 - 'Junior Project Area Form'  (this is the only form needed for this age).

2.  Grades 7-8 - 'Intermediate Project Area Form' -except the Horse Project Area (see form below).

3.  Grades 9-12 - 'Senior Project Area Form'

 
 
Beef, Meat Goat, Sheep, and Swine - You must also complete the below form in addition to the above Project Area Forms for Intermediate and Seniors ONLY.
 
4.  Grades 7-8 - Beef, Meat Goat, Sheep, and Swine Financial Form

5.  Grades 9-12 - Beef, Meat Goat, Sheep, and Swine Financial Form

 
Horse - Please complete the below form Only:
 
6.  Grades 7-12 - Intermediate and Senior Horse Worksheet

 
·  An alternate format would be to address each topic included on the score sheet in a write-up (approx. 1-2 pages) with supporting materials (photos, clippings, etc).  Other alternate formats could include, but are not limited to, a PowerPoint presentation, a video, poster, blog or journal. 

  • Here is a great example of a project area award
  • There is no limit to the number of project area awards a youth may apply for.

 
3.      Record Keeping Awards-  
4-Hers can receive this award for excellence in the art of record keeping.  Record keeping awards are only for excellence in the art of record keeping.  These awards are not for project area learning. Record books in this division will be judged on appearance, grammar, neatness, organization and creativity. The entire record book will be considered, the progression of record keeping skills through the years (if applicable) in all project areas recorded. It is recommended if the 4-Her who is interested in this award please complete the ‘Yearly Summary’.
o   Grades 4-6 - Junior Record Keeping Score Sheet
o   Grades 7-12 - Intermediate & Senior Record Keeping Score Sheet
o   4-H Youth Development Yearly Summary
 
 
4.       Special Recognition Essay-
High School 4-Hers (9-12grade) may apply for a Special Award. Write a 500 word essay on the topic you are applying for. There are guidelines to follow under each award description.
 

  • Citizenship Award Description

Recognition of 4-H’ers who have learned the meaning of citizenship and demonstrated their understanding through good citizenship practices. Share your awareness of relationships to others, what it means to have life skills that will help you in becoming a responsible citizen. Share your knowledge of the needs, rights and responsibilities of others and how you have grown in the Citizenship area.
 

  • Communication Award Description
     

Recognition of 4-Hers who have developed strong communication skills because of being part of 4-H Youth Development Program.Share the 4-H activities you have participated in and how you have gained better communication throughout your participation. How has the communication skill prepared you to become an effective citizen?
 

  • Leadership Award Description

Recognition of 4-Hers who have acquired and demonstrated leadership skills; the local leadership awards do not require enrollment in leadership project area. Share your understanding of being an effective leader including attitude, tasks and functions. Share how you have strengthened your local 4-H in leadership responsibilities and encouraging other youth. Share your citizenship and leadership abilities.
 
o   Score Sheet for Essays 

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