A “project” is simply a topic that youth can explore. In the Waukesha County Project Enrollment Guide, you’ll find project names and descriptions of what you can do on a wide variety of topics... from art to woodworking, from computers to rabbits, from clothing to small engines. You can choose to take any project listed in the Project Enrollment Guide, however, the amount of leadership provided by 4-H varies by project. There are three different types of projects:
- Countywide projects are organized by 4-H leaders for the benefit of all 4-H youth in Waukesha County. Their meetings are open to everyone! There is a list of Waukesha's County-wide projects with attached flyers. Their meetings are usually published in the Clover Flyer and listed on the 4-H Calendar.
- Club projects are organized by a leader within a 4-H club for youth in that 4-H club. The meetings for those projects are only promoted within the club.
- Independent Study projects are offered as no club or even county can possibly offer all the 4-H projects that are available. Most projects can be taken as independent study. The youth would use 4-H literature and other resources to learn about and complete their project without meetings and 4-H leadership.
No matter what type of leadership is provided, each 4-H member must work on and complete his or her own project.
Waukesha County does offer a Cloverbud program as a countywide projects and some of our clubs also have a Cloverbud program. The Cloverbud program is an informal educational program specifically designed for children in five-year-old kindergarten to 2nd grade. The primary purpose of the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Cloverbud program is to provide a welcoming and safe environment that promotes children’s healthy development mentally, emotionally, socially, and physically, represented in the 4-H’s: HEAD, HEART, HANDS, and HEALTH.
Wisconsin 4-H released nine new activity plans designed specifically for Cloverbuds, that can be found in the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development webpage: https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/opportunities/projects/cloverbuds/
For youth in 3rd grade thru 13th (one year out of high school), there are over one hundred different project types to choose from. (Youth under the age 12 may not take a shooting sport project involving any “powder burning firearms”).
Project descriptions: Wisconsin Project Guide (this list reflects projects available across the state and may not necessarily be available in Waukesha County). For an updated list of Waukseha County's projects click the button below.
Youth and Family Educator
James M. Boling, Jr.
4-H Support Staff
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