Union County 4-H & Youth

Local Highlights

July 2, 2019

Iowa 4-H members in a club show more gains in knowledge the longer they are members of a club, based on results of a survey of Iowa 4-H club members

Science of Parenting
May 13, 2019

Being kind, thoughtful and considerate can help someone else feel better. Research shows that thinking kind thoughts about others can also improve your own mood.

February 5, 2019

Children’s temperament develops early in life and is influenced by genetics and experiences. When parents have an understanding of their child’s unique temperament, they can tailor their approach to best meet their child’s needs.

“Think about different babies you have held. Some snuggle right in while others are more active in your arms. That’s temperament,” explained Brantner, who specializes in family life issues. The more parents accept their child’s temperament and learn to adapt, the more they create family harmony.

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Union County 4-H Event & SPIN Information


Camp Wild Counselor Application - Due to Union County Extension Office Feb. 14th 2020

Are you interested in working with kids? Are you 16 or older? Apply HERE to be a camp wild counselor! Camp Wild will take place in Guthrie Center June 4th-6th.

2019 - 2020 SPIN Events: 

  • STRING ART October 3rd, 4-6 PM @ Extension Office
  • WOOD WORKING/CABINETRY November 12th, 4-6 PM @ Bolton Cabinetry
  • HAND STITCHING December 5th, 4-6 PM @ Extension Office
National 4-H Week Activities Oct. 6-12  
All Week : Recieve a free 4-H bookmark at the Gibson Memorial Library!
Monday : Wear your 4-H shirt to school day

Wednesday: 4-H gives back. Help us deliver thank you gifts around the community to our supporters! Meet at the Extension Office at 4PM to help deliver!

Thursday: Thankful Thursday- make a social media post about why you are thankful for 4-H and tag Iowa State University Extension and Outreach- Union County and use the hashtag #Thankful Thursday


2020 Summer Camps:

Please register by June 3rd OR 2 weeks prior to the camp date! Look for information closer to May!
Registration Form (click HERE)



 County Fair Information


Animal Identifcation/Verification
Animal ID on-line   .pdf
Market Beef verification process  .pdf
Meat Goat verification process  .pdf


Sheep verification process  .pdf

Swine verification process   .pdf


Clothing and Communications Day

Communications and Clothing Day is June 22, 2019.  Click each flyer below for location and event time information.

 Communications Day Categories    Clothing Day Entry Form 

                                                                                                                                     Clothing Category Rules

4-H Poster Communication Exhibit Entry Form


Queen/Princess Contest
County Fair Queen/ Princess Information (Info will be availiable again in May 2020)


YQCA - Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

Click here for a YQCA help sheet which will guide you through the process of registering for a YQCA training


Fair Entry


You can find the fair Entry Help Sheet HERE
Clothing and Communications Entries are due TBD 2020
All livestock Entries are due July 1
All Static (exhibit building) Entries are due July 9th. 
Broiler Pen Project
  • Broiler Pen Project Entry form


Write Up Forms
Static Exhibit Write Up Form (editable)

Static Exhibit Write Up Form (.pdf)

Photography Exhibit Write Up Form 


Canning Guide for Fair 2020

Be sure to check out the fall canning guide to make sure your project is safe and eligible for the county fair. 


4-H Record Keeping & Awards


          See Record Book information below...


Record books are an important piece of your 4-H career!  This 4-H Record Keeping Guide will help you as you plan to document your 4-H years.

4-H members may keep records in a variety of ways.  Recordkeeping is only limited by your imagination, so have fun and share what you have learned this year in 4-H.  We have listed the forms below to use as a guide in your recordkeeping system or as pages in your recordbook.  Some ideas for recordkeeping:

  • Traditional three ring binder, using the forms below
  • Scrapbook, with stories and pictures
  • Powerpoint
  • Blog or website
  • Picture board
  • Audio or Video (link)
  • Additionally Clover Kids can use a memory book instead of the forms below (link)

Title PagePDF -  this usually will include a photo, name, age, grade and club information

Yearly Summary  PDF: This is the summary of your 4-H year.  There is a place to write about what activities and events you done and recognition(not just in 4-H). 

Personal Goal Sheet Word: This is a place to record Personal Goals you want to accomplish, that are not related to projects.

Project Records: One form is used per project, not per Exhibit.  Project Records should tell what you have learned in your project area and not just what you exhibited at fair.  Include pictures and newspaper clippings to show your accomplishments if you would like.

Basic Project Record    PDF : Juniors and those new to the project area use this

Experienced Project Record    PDF : Intermediates or those who have been in the project area a few years use this

Advanced Project Record    PDF : Seniors or those enrolled in the project area for six years or more

Self-Evaluation Record    PDF: Rate yourself on your recordkeeping this year

Market Animal Project Worksheets: Market Beef, Sheep, Swine and Meat Goat members may use one worksheet per year for each project area.



Breeding Animal Project Worksheets: Breeding Beef, Sheep, Swine and Meat Goat projects use this worksheet for each project year.



Other Project Areas: Use these worksheets for other project areas as needed.

Rabbit Worksheet PDF

Poultry Worksheet PDF

Horse and Pony PDF

Photography Worksheet PDF

Dog Worksheet PDF

Crops Worksheet PDF

Vegetable Garden Worksheet PDF

Helpful Hints:

-Three ring binders work best for a record book.

-Each project area should have a divider with a tab for easy finding.

-Project areas can be kept in any order by are more easily located if alphabetized.

-Record books can be divided in years or project areas, however always have the most current year in the front of the book or section.

-Be sure to share what you learned in each project throughout the year.

-Fair write ups and bucket/bottle worksheets may be included but additional explanations of project area learning may be needed.

-Remember to include all things you have done in project area, not just what you exhibited at fair.

*** Be sure to check out the record book and project awards area below! ***



Record Book Award Catagories

Click HERE for the Award Nomination formThis form is required to be filled out by the 4-H member and turned in with your record book.

Click HERE for a description of what the various awards are and eligibility.

The following is a list of Non-Project awards that 4-Hers who have completed a record book can also apply for. Due November 1st wtih record books.

Clover Achievement Award

Bronze Achievement Award

Silver Achievement Award

Gold Achievement Award

Platinum Achievement Award

Chris Pokorny Memorial Achievement Award (15 years and older)

Marie Winkler Memorial Leadership Award (highschool juniors and seniors)

LeRoy Winkler Creativity Award Application (Must be nominated at the county fair)

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Local Friends of 4-H Scholarships - Due February 1st, 2020

Iowa 4-H Financial Assistance

Iowa 4-H Foundation College Scholarship

Ronald A Simpson Memorial Scholarship - Due March 15, 2020

Union County Cattlemen's Senior Scholarship - Due July 14, 2019

Union County Cattlemen's Heifer Award - Due July 14, 2019


4-H Member Resources

Thank You Card template

4-H Treasurer's Record   (No Longer available)

4-H Secretary's Record


4-H Club Officers

Soo... You're the Club Vice President
Soo... You're the Club President
Soo... You're the Club Secretary
Soo...You're the Club Treasurer


County Youth Coucil Application (Click Here)

Are you interested in getting more involved in 4-H? Making new friends? Becoming a better leader? Consider applying for the County Youth Council. The council sponsors and helps with county wide activities throughout the year. Applications are due Sept. 27th


4-H Club Resources

Friends of 4-H Community Betterment Grant .doc   .pdf

4-H Club Charter Request 

4-H Club Compliance Report

4-H Club Calendar and Roster Template 1 (.doc)

4-H Club Calendar Template 2 (.doc)

4-H Club Calendar Template 3 (.pdf)

Club Yearly Financial Audit Checklist (resource)

Yearly Club Financial Report Template (.doc)


4-H Club Account Paperwork

4H Club Account Deposit Slip

4H Club Account Voucher Request form (for reimbursement)

4H Voucher Request Form (with practice checks)

4H Club Account Transaction Register




Statewide Resources

  • 4-H Equation

    Addresses youths’ basic needs through the eight essential elements: caring adults, safe environments, inclusive settings, and opportunities for mastery, service, self-determination, planning for the future and engaged learning.

  • Provides financial resources to develop and deliver quality 4-H youth programs and opportunities throughout the state of Iowa.

  • Join a 4-H club where you can learn about your interests while having fun, improving your communication skills, and serving your community. These are resources to make your club experience even better.

  • Your adventure in 4-H starts here. Choose from nearly 50 project areas and discover your skills, talents and interests.

  • Discover the world of animal science from breeding, nutrition and general care to food safety and management. Find statewide forms, trainings and activity sheets here.

  • Iowa 4-H Volunteers are motivated by positive purposes in helping youth become caring, competent, and contributing members of their family and communities. Discover the resources you need to be most effective.

  • Conference Logo

    Every June, almost 900 teenagers converge on the campus of Iowa State University for 3 days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet, and community service activities. 

  • Provides opportunities for youth to demonstrate, learn and apply project and communication skills. Every year the 4-H Exhibits Building features well over 3,000 exhibits and Livestock shows engage more than ## youth.

  • Youth and teens can discover opportunities to be recognized for personal growth, project learning, leadership and citizenship. 

  • A partner and leader in providing positive youth development through out-of-school programming. Outreach priorities include curriculum development, staff training, and partnership development.

  • Clover Kids is a FUN 4-H program for children in kindergarten through third grade. Children participate in hands-on activities designed to build many life skills!

  • A unique partnership between AmeriCorps and Iowa's Promise. The vision is that all Iowa youth have safe and supportive families, schools and communities and that they are healthy, socially competent, successful in school and prepared for a productive adulthood.

  • When you just don't know who to talk to, Teenline can help.

    • 1-800-443-8336
    • 1-800-735-2942
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