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Exploring 4-H, Your Family, The World, or Arts Project Area

4-H project exhibit about International Cooking with completed handouts about different countries

Exploring 4-H, Your Family, The World, or the Arts is a 4-H project with many choices for you. It can be about life in other countries, or about your family’s history, or about the early days of 4-H.

You get to choose what you want to do. You might paint, draw, carve, print, or letter. Maybe you’d like to make a puppet, enjoy music, dance, or write a poem.

Enjoy a hobby… like collecting (maybe stamps, coins, or something else), or enjoying art, or traveling, or practicing a craft, or… you name it!

This project gives you ideas, but you choose what you would like to do. Your leader and your parents can help you decide.

The Exploring 4-H, Your Family, The World, or the Arts project consists of one project manual with information to complete three years at the beginner level and two years at the intermediate level.


Each year, 4-H members will complete a complete the contract as a plan for the project. There are two copies of the contract in the book (4-H'er copy on pages 17 & 18 and the Project Leader copy on pages 19 & 20). The contract includes a signature of the 4-H member, parent, and project leader.  The contract also contains the scoresheet for this project.

Beginner Level
  • First year – Select one activity. Complete the contract as a plan for the project.
  • Second year – Select one or two activities and complete the contract as a plan for your project.
  • Third year – Select up to three activities or elaborate on a previous activity; complete contract as a plan for project.

Intermediate Level

  • First year – Select up to three activities. Select one activity and teach some aspect of it to three 4-H’ers. Write a brief statement describing the teaching session. Complete the contract as a plan for the project.
  • Second year – Select up to four activities and teach at least two skills to a minimum of eight 4-H’ers. Write about the teaching sessions. Complete the contract as a plan for your project. Include your notebook with your project book for grading.

There are not separate documents with the scoresheets for this project area. Refer to the scoresheet on the project contract pages located inside the manual on pages 1 and 2.

Exhibit Ideas

 Art - A Nature Mandala using flowers, pine cones, and acorns
  • 4-H members are to discuss their exhibit in the project contract with their parent and project leader. The exhibit ideas will come from the idea that you choose to explore.

  • Each year, members are expected to exhibit one item, except for Beginner Level Year 3 (two items).

  • Posters are not an acceptable exhibit for this project area.

  • Examples of Blue Ribbon Exhibits

How Do I Sign Up?

Screenshot of 4-H ZSuite enrollment page to select project

The first step is to create an enrollment in our ZSuite website.

Enroll in 4-H ZSuite
When you get to the CLUBS tab of the enrollment, you will want to ADD PROJECT.

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