Diamond Clover Program

The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover program encourages 4-H youth to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as a competent, caring, and contributing citizen. The program's overall goal is to provide 4-H members a rich and diverse learning experience. The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program is design for all ages of 4-H members.

The program consists of six levels that require a 4-H member to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate accomplishments. The program is designed to enable every 4-H member willing to exert the effort an opportunity to be recognized, regardless of how they are involved in 4-H. 

Diamond Clover Overview

Sheridan Swotek, a 4-H'er in Lancaster County describes the project she is completing to receive the Level 6 Diamond Clover.

Diamond Level Honorees

Getting Started

4-H members may begin participation in the Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover program at any time of the year. To begin the Diamond Clover program, a 4-H member must complete the plan portion of the Plan & Report Form below. This is saved and upon completion of the accomplishments is attached to the completed Report portion. These are then turned into the local county extension office at the end of the year.

Level 1 - Amethyst

Anticipated Age: 8-9

Plan and Report Form - PDF | Doc

Accomplish at least 3 of the following in a 4-H year:

  • Learn the 4-H pledge, motto, and colors
  • Attend at least 60% of club/project meetings
  • Attend at least one local 4-H activity or event (i.e. educational program, contest, county fair)
  • Host a meeting, provide refreshments, lead a game or give a report
  • Help with 4-H promotion (i.e. hand out 4-H window clings, make 4-H bookmarks for libraries, wear 4-H T-shirt, give out seed packets with "4-H Helps You Grow labels)
  • Complete at least one 4-H project
  • Complete your 4-H Career Portfolio for the year
  • Bring a friend to a 4-H meeting or activity
  • Other appropriate for Level 1
Level 2 - Aquamarine
Anticipated for ages 10-11

Plan and Report Form - PDF | Doc

Accomplish at least 4 of the following in a 4-H year:

  • Attend at least 60% of club/project meetings
  • Compete in a local 4-H contest
  • Participate in at least two local 4-H activities or events (i.e. county educational programs, county fair)
  • Help with a club or community service-learning project
  • Help with a 4-H promotion (i.e. decorate windows for 4-H week/month, write and deliver PSA, design & distribute 4-H poster, small animal fair at senior center or daycare)
  • Attend a 4-H day, resident camp, conference or overnight experience
  • Complete at least one 4-H project
  • Complete youth 4-H Career Portfolio for the year
  • Recruit a new 4-H member
  • Other appropriate for Level 2
Level 3 - Ruby

Anticipated for ages 12-13

Plan and Report Form - PDF | Doc

Accomplish at least 5 of the following in a 4-H year:

  • Attend at least 60% of club/project meetings
  • Help with a club or community service-learning project
  • Assist with a 4-H promotion (i.e. parade float, classroom visits, carnival booth, thank you to "Friends of 4-H")
  • Participate in a 4-H communications event (i.e. speech, oral reason, presentation)
  • Participate in at least two local 4-H activities or events (i.e. county educational program, county fair)
  • Attend a 4-H resident camp or overnight experience
  • Attend at least one regional, district or state 4-H event (i.e. PASE, Life Challenge, State Fair)
  • Complete at least one 4-H project from a new project area
  • Complete your 4-H Career Portfolio for the year
  • Recruit a new 4-H member
  • Other appropriate for Level 3
Level 4 - Sapphire

Anticipated for ages 14-15

Plan and Report Form - PDF | Doc

Accomplish at least 6 of the following in a 4-H year:

  • Attend at least 60% of club/project meetings
  • Serve as a 4-H officer or committee chair
  • Provide leadership for a club or community service-learning project
  • Organize a 4-H promotion activity (i.e. newspaper ads or feature story, teaching 4-H skills (rocketry, cooing, etc.) to other groups, 4-H balloon lift-off, kids games during community event)
  • Participate in a 4-H communications contest (i.e. speech, oral reasons, presentation)
  • Participate in at least three county 4-H activities or events (i.e. county educational program, county fair)
  • Serve as a volunteer at a 4-H event
  • Attend at least one regional, district or state 4-H event
  • Help a younger member with their project, presentation or learning the 4-H pledge
  • Attend an overnight 4-H camp
  • Complete at least one 4-H project form a new project area
  • Complete your 4-H Career Portfolio for the year
  • Complete a career exploration activity
  • Recruit a new 4-H member
  • Other appropriate for Level 4
Level 5 - Emerald

Anticipated for ages 15-17

Plan and Report Form - PDF | Doc

Accomplish at least 7 of the following in a 4-H year:

  • Attend at least 60% of club/project meetings
  • Serve as a 4-H officer, committee chair, or on 4-H Council
  • Provide leadership for a club or community service-learning project
  • Organize a 4-H promotion activity (i.e. achievement presentation, after-school workshop, be little green at community event, host an appreciation open house)
  • Provide leadership for a 4-H educational program, activity or event
  • Participate in a 4-H communications contest (i.e. speech, oral reasons, presentation)
  • Attend at least one state 4-H event
  • Help a younger member with a project, exhibit, presentation, etc.
  • Attend an overnight 4-H camp
  • Serve as a county or state 4-H camp counselor
  • complete at least one 4-H project from a new project area
  • Complete your 4-H Career Portfolio for the year
  • Complete a career exploration activity
  • Recruit a new 4-H member
  • Other appropriate for Level 5 
Level 6 - Diamond

Anticipated for ages 16 & up

Part 1

Plan and Report Form - PDF | Doc

Accomplish at least 8 of the following:

  • Attend at least 60% of club/project meetings
  • Serve as a 4-H officer, committee chair, or on 4-H Council
  • Chair a 4-H Promotion Activity (4-H mini fair/parade, multi-county junior leader, billboard, project workshop)
  • Provide leadership for a 4-H educational program, activity or event
  • Participate in a 4-H communications contest (i.e. speech, oral reasons, presentation)
  • Attend at least one state/multi-state/national 4-H event
  • Help a younger member with a project, exhibit, presentation, etc.
  • Attend an overnight 4-H camp
  • Serve as a county or state 4-H camp counselor
  • Complete at least one 4-H project from a new project area
  • Complete your 4-H Career Portfolio for the year
  • Complete a career exploration activity
  • Serve on a district/state/national advisory committee/board
  • Help organize a new 4-H club
  • Other appropriate for Level 6

Part 2: Service Learning Project

Overview, Instructions, Examples & Forms - PDF | Doc

To achieve the Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program's highest honor, Level 6 - Diamond, a 4-H member must complete a major service-learning project that benefits his/her community. The project must be of lasting value and be large enough in size and/or scope to be worthy of Diamond Clover recognition. 4-H members should plan on investing over 100 hours of service. It may take up to 24 months to complete this project. The process includes an initial proposal and final report to a local Diamond Clover Advisory Committee, which shall include at least 5 members from the following: Extension staff, 4-H leader, previous Diamond Clover winners, and selected community members. The committee can also serve as a resource for the 4-H'er throughout the process. When the proposal is approved, the local Diamond Clover Program Committee will forward it to the State 4-H Program Administrator (or designee) for final signature. When the service-learning project is complete, a final report will be required outlining what was accomplished.

Awards

4-H members will obtain a certificate of achievement at the end of the year (October-December) once they have completed a level. Levels 1 through 5 are awarded by the local county Extension office. Level 6 Diamond recipients will be presented a certificate and a diamond clover pin by the Nebraska State 4-H Office.

Questions?

Robert (Bob) Meduna
Southeast District 4-H Program Coordinator
402-624-8064
rmeduna1@unl.edu