Projects
 
4-H offers a wide variety of subject matter though its many projects. Youth enrolled in community clubs will have the opportunity to take part in many of the projects with the assistant of a project leader. Project clubs will focus on one or two specific project areas and will provide a very in-depth look at the project. 
 
No matter what type of club you want to join it is easy to get started with a 4-H project by stopping by the Johnson County Extension office and picking up a project manual that will assist you in getting started. Here is a brief description of our more popular projects.
 
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
 
Q- How many projects should a 4-H member enroll in?
           
A-There are no firm rules for how many projects a member should enroll in, however beginning members may want to limit their project selection to one or two for the first year. Older 4-H members may want to consider all obligations for their time as they select projects. Consider time commitments for school, extra curricular activities, work and social schedules. 
 
Q- What if I don’t see the project I am interested in on the list?
           
A- Let us know what project you are interested in, and we will do our best to try to accommodate for that. There is a self-determined project that those youth interested in something that is not on the list, can be entered within that category.
 
 
 
Below is a list of a few of the many projects our 4-H’ers participate in:
 
 
 
Beef: Youth have the opportunity to learn about Nutrition, records, selection, facilities, economics, range/forage, management, health, parasites, reproduction, showing, and meats. Youth can participate in the beef bucket calf project, market beef, and/or breeding beef projects.
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Citizenship: Citizenship is acting with informed concern for self and others. Life skills form the foundation upon which rests the relationship an individual has, beginning with self then extending to other groups—family, peers, community, state, nation and world. The relationships take place in the economic, political, social and physical environments. Youth have the opportunity to participate in various different levels of citizenship projects either on their own or within their 4-H club.
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Clothing and Textiles: This project encompasses several different levels, it includes presentation and modeling skills for fashion revue as well as constructing a project from the raw materials. Youth have the opportunity to purchase an outfit “buymanship” or to construct their outfit “clothing construction”.
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Communications: This project helps youth to strive to bring the purpose and value of 4-H work to the attention of the general public in greater measures. 4-H members do so in ore or more of the following ways: talks, demonstrations, exhibits, radio and television, obtaining new members, panels and discussions, organizing new clubs, plays, skits and ceremonies.
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Dairy Cattle: Youth in this project have the opportunity to learn more about the nutrition, physiology, records, breeding, economics, health, management, dairy industry, anatomy & reproduction, exhibiting, facilities, milk production, marketing, and feedstuffs.
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Dog Care and Training: Youth in this project have the opportunity to learn about careers, grooming, healthcare, showmanship, nutrition, agility, public education and laws, records, selection, human/animal bond, obedience, and socialization about dogs. Dog care and training members without dogs may wish to participate in quiz bowls, dog conferences and other activities not requiring dog ownership. 
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Electric: Youth in this project have the opportunity to learn about tools and supplies, circuits and diagrams, conductors and insulators, measuring energy, energy use and conservation, switches, safety, magnetism, electronics, and transistors.
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Entomology: Youth are able to participate in hands-on activities to learn valuable life skills through insects found in the soil, on plants, in homes, on pets and in other secret places. 
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Family Studies: Youth in this project have the opportunity to learn: that a healthy family life depends on the use of skills, not chance; help families develop communication skills and build a habit of honest, equitable discussion and negotiation; raise awareness of issues and behaviors that may threaten family well-being; help other 4-H members prepare for future careers, child development, marriage, parents and family life; develop skills and attitudes in the following areas related to family livings: self-awareness, self-management, interpersonal relationships, marriage and family life, and personal environment; learn to use accepted practices for mental, physical, and emotional health and to respect self and others; develop skills to be a good consumer, and learn to work and interact in a group setting.
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Fiber Arts: Youth will learn the history and practical skills of using fiber, fabric and yarns to provide basic family needs. The elements and principles of design are explained, as well as ideas for demonstrations and community service using textile crafts.
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Food and Nutrition: Youth will learn to make healthy food choices in preparing, storing and eating low-fat foods. Members will also learn how much and what kind of food their body needs, nutrition and fitness, food science, wise shopping and food safety.
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Forestry: Youth will explore different types of trees and tree parts, characteristics of different forests and what they need to thrive, plus the products people get from trees and forests. Youth will investigate forest change, learn about forest health concerns and discover the health benefits trees have for people. Youth will examine and distinguish different types of trees, look at the global impact of forests, and learn how to care for trees and conserve forests.
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Geology: Youth have the opportunity to participate in activities that focus on geologic processes, geologic history, minerals, rocks, fossils, natural resources and maps, and general resources.
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Goats (Dairy): Youth in this project have the opportunity to learn about nutrition, records, milk production, management, goat industry, selection, health, exhibiting, marketing, and reproduction with dairy goats.
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Goats (Market): Youth in this project have the opportunity to learn about breed identification, grooming, management, marketing, health care, reproduction, showmanship, and careers associated with the market goat project.
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Health and Wellness: This new project can focus on physical activity, healthy eating and exercise or recreation, sports and first aid. Some examples would be bicycle, health, hiking, and recreation. Members and leaders are encouraged to expand the focus and use other materials as they deem necessary. 
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Home Environment: Youth are able to acquire a knowledge of principles and materials necessary to make the home more attractive, convenient and comfortable within the family’s resources. Make things for your own room such as rugs, wastepaper baskets, bulletin boards, etc. Make a list of things that would improve the rooms in the house. Decide what you and your family will do each year. We encourage the 4-H members to work with other family members in making their home improvements. Just keep a record of what the member does and what the other family members do.
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Horse: Youth in this project are able to learn about health care, trailoring, safety, nutrition, equipment, identification, hoof care, reproduction, and behavior of a horse. Youth also have an option to participate in the Kansas 4-H Standard of Excellence Achievement Level Recognition Program. The purpose of this program is to create knowledgeable horse members in all aspects of horse safety, care, management and horsemanship skills. It also qualifies members to participate in District and State level competition. In order to receive this recognition, a member must complete leadership activities and pass written knowledge and riding tests for Level I, to be eligible to advance to Level 2, then Level 3. 
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Horseless Horse: This project is for youth who wish to participate only in the State Horse Panorama, judging contest, and other activities not requiring a horse. 
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Leadership: Youth will learn about the different styles of leadership they can use to help other 4-H members learn. The leadership record is a valuable tool to help teen leaders (junior leaders) as they plan and put into action the things they want to do in leadership.
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Meats: This project is an extension of the beef, sheep, goat, and swine project. 
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Performing Arts: Youth will pretend, create sound effects, put on makeup, become a character and take a bow. Working one-on-one with a helper or in a group or classroom, youth imagine, refine and present creative ideas in the areas of acting, mime, movement, puppetry and technical theater (from makeup to costumes to lighting). 
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Pets: Youth will have the opportunity to learn about housing, nutrition, healthcare, selection, handling, public education, reproduction, behavior and careers with their pets.
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Photography: Youth will have the opportunity to learn more about the history, techniques, skills, and careers with their cameras. They also have an opportunity to experiment with different types of cameras.
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Plant Science: Youth will have the opportunity to learn more about conservation crop production and marketing, exhibit and judge events, grain science, pest control and IPM, photosynthesis, plant breeding, seed germination, power equipment, soils, plant parts, and plant growth and propagation.
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Poultry: Youth will have the opportunity to learn about nutrition, health practices, nomenclature, behavior, business and industry, egg and meats marketing, incubation and breeding, anatomy and physiology, selection and culling, management practices, and reproduction and genetics with their poultry.
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Rabbits: Youth will have the opportunity to learn about feeds and feeding, records and recognition, careers, management practices, health practices, kindling practices, selection and judging, fitting and showing, reproduction and genetics, and meats and marketing with their rabbits.
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Reading: Youth will have the opportunity to learn about reading for enjoyment and reading for project enrichment. 
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Self-determined: Youth are able to create a project by developing the what, why, when, where, who and how into an action plan designed by and for the member. A self-determined project might be a new or different project or an explanation of a traditional project.
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Sheep: Youth will have the opportunity to learn about nutrition, reproduction, selection, facilities, health, management, breeding and genetics, fitting and showing, economic and records, meats and meat marketing, wool and wool marketing about their sheep.
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Shooting Sports: You will learn the safe and responsible use of guns and the fundamentals of firing air pistols, air riffles, black powder rifles, shotguns, archery and hunting skills. This project uses the skills and disciplines of shooting to assist young people and their leaders to attain knowledge and develop essential life skills. In learning the rules of firearms safety and safe firearms handling, a young person will learn decision making and safety, science and technology, and youth development as well as social interactions and interpersonal communication skills. 
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Small Engines: Youth in this project will have the opportunity to learn about parts, tools, power sources, maintenance, safety, trouble shooting, repairs, and starting a business with their small engine.
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Space Tech: Youth in this project will have the opportunity to learn about rockets, flight, careers, navigation, astronomy, exploring outer space, hot air balloons, kites, airplanes, and robotics with their interest in the space tech project.
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Swine: Youth will have the opportunity to learn about selection, management, nutrition, meats, exhibiting, health, quality assurance, swine industry, environment and careers with their swine.
 
 Visual Arts- Youth in this project will have the opportunity to learn about general arts and crafts, ceramics, leather craft, and other interests that they have.
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Wildlife: Youth in this project will have the opportunity to learn about wildlife groups, living in the world, outdoors skills, ecosystems/habitats, and people and wildlife.
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Woodworking: Youth in this project will have the opportunity to learn about tools and equipment, safety, selecting projects, wood quality, measuring and marking, making cuts, connections and joints, surface preparations, and careers with their woodworking project.
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