horticulture exhibits on a bed of hay at the county fair with a mix of blue and red ribbons

4-H Projects & Programming

4‑H programs are grounded in the belief that kids learn best by doing. Kids complete hands-on projects in many areas where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Kids can concentrate on one focus area or they can try a variety of programs throughout their 4‑H experience.

Regardless of the project area, all 4‑H programs include mentoring and career readiness as core elements.  Project Record forms can be found on the Forms & Links page. Below are some popular project/program areas in Delaware County 4-H and a few frequently asked questions.



What are 4-H projects?

A 4-H project is a planned series of learning experiences through which youth develop knowledge, skills and/or positive attitudes. For instance, if a member wants to build a Bluebird nestbox, the actual construction represents one activity of the overall project. The Bluebird project would consist of learning about the Bluebird in New York State, their habitat, what they feed on, where they nest, as well as building the nestbox and placing it in an appropriate location, then monitoring the Bluebird nest box.

Highly Successful 4-H Projects for Getting Started

Woodworking, Electricity, Rocketry, Food & Nutrition, Clothing & Textiles, Natural Resources, Home Environment, Arts & Crafts, Community Service, Public Speaking, Record Keeping, First Aid/CPR, Plant Science, Multicultural Instruments, Animal Science, Money Management, Teen Leadership.

What does a 4-H Project Cost?

It varies. A member enrolled in crafts might use supplies from around the house to practice the skills he/she is learning with no additional expense. A member who buys and keeps a horse might invest hundreds of dollars. Discuss cost with member as they select a project. It should be realistic to the club/family situation.

Are Projects Done Individually or as a Group?

Both. Some projects like community service or crafts are more fun when done in a group. Other projects like art or baking are often done individually by each member of the group, with the help of a parent or guardian. Younger members especially appreciate group projects.

How do you Know What Kind of Projects to do With Your Club?

During the year, the 4-H staff provides leader trainings and 4-H STEM courses in numerous subjects to provide support for the 4-H leader. These trainings/courses can give subject knowledge, as well as how to teach the subject to youth. These trainings/courses are usually held at either the Cornell Cooperative Extension office in Hamden or at 4-H Camp Shankitunk in Delhi at night or during the day on a Saturday. If you have a special talent and want to teach your club, please do so. Although, you may want to check our files for project material we have and any special requirements or standards on that specific project.