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HOW TO GET STARTED

Join a Club

There are over 1000 active community clubs across Nebraska and many more afterschool and special interest clubs. To find a club in your area, please contact your local Extension office.

Interested in starting you own club? Learn more about what you'll need to start your own club by clicking the link below.

Start a New Club

Enroll

Club members, as well as adults serving as 4-H Club Project Leaders or 4-H Club Organizational Leaders need to enroll through 4-H Online each year. Click the link below to find enrollment instructions for youth and adults.

Enroll in 4-H

Attend Camp

Summer Camps are offered for youth ages 5-18 and are available at our two 4-H Camp Centers near Gretna and Halsey. Big Red Summer Academic Camps are career exploration camps held at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for youth in grades 10th-12th.

Youth do not need to be members of 4-H to attend any 4-H camp.

Find a Summer Camp

Find a Big Red Camp

RESOURCES

Statewide Programs

Youth who are enrolled 4-H members may participate in numerous educational programs at local, county, district, and state levels. The programs listed below are available to youth across Nebraska regardless of county residence. Please note that some programs held at local, county, or district level may not be included on this list if they are not open to youth across the state. To learn more about these types of programs, please contact your local Extension office.

4-H Summer Camp
Nebraska 4-H offers a variety of summer camps across the state, including both day and overnight camps for youth ages 6-18

AKSARBEN Stock Show
The AKSARBEN Stock Show, currently the largest 4-H stock show in the United States, is a regional show open to 4-H members from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Big Red Summer Academic Camp
Big Red Summer Academic Camps are residential, career exploration camps held at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Career Portfolio
The Nebraska 4-H Career Portfolio is the annual record-keeping system used by Nebraska 4-H Youth.

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)
The CWF national program offers youth ages 15-19 an opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. as part of the preeminent 4-H citizenship and leadership experience.

Companion Animal Programs
The 4-H Companion Animal program offers resources and educational experiences to youth interested in learning more about caring for companion animals. 

County Fair
County Fairs are events throughout the state of Nebraska that involve 4-H by giving youth an opportunity to exhibit the knowledge and abilities they have developed in their 4-H project areas.

Diamond Clover
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 life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring, and contributing citizens.

FIRST Robotics
FIRST is a not-for-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, engineering, technology, and math.

Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit
The Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit is a lineup of contests held throughout the state giving youth the opportunity to perfect their skills in preparation for PASE.

Horse Programs
The 4-H Horse program offers resources and educational experiences to youth interested in learning more about horsemanship and animal husbandry. 

National 4-H Conference
National 4-H Conference is the annual premier national civic engagement opportunity for 4-H members across the country.

National 4-H Congress
National 4-H Congress is an award program which provides recognition to 4-H youth for their outstanding performances and achievements in 4-H.

National 4-H Dairy Conference
The National 4-H Dairy Conference gives one Nebraska 4-H youth the special opportunity to go to Madison, Wisconsin in October.

National Youth Science Day
4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) is the world's largest youth-led science experiment. It is held every year in early October.

Nebraska State Fair
The Nebraska State Fair is the premier showcase opportunity for 4-H'ers to share what they've learned and worked on in 4-H throughout the year.

Next Chapter at Nebraska
Next Chapter at Nebraska is a college and career readiness program offered to students beginning in 8th grade who are enrolled in 4-H.  

Online Horticulture Judging Contest
The Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging Contest provides youth an opportunity to test their knowledge of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants. 

Premier Animal Science Event (PASE)/Life Challenge
PASE/Life Challenge is a two-day event held each year on at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln offering animal science and family and consumer science career exploration opportunities, tours, presentations, and competitive events.

Presentation Contest
The 4-H Presentation Contests help youth develop skills for communicating and provide an opportunity to teach other about the skills they have learned in 4-H.

Public Speaking Contest
Through the 4-H Public Speaking Contests, youth have an opportunity to write a speech or a public service announcement that incorporates the topic of 4-H and deliver it to an audience.

Quilts of Valor
Nebraska 4-H youth, families, and volunteers are invited to participate in a statewide community service effort by creating and donating quilts to service men and women.

Shooting Sports Program
The 4-H Shooting Sports program offers many opportunities for youth to learn safe firearm handling skills and sound fundamentals of shooting under the guidance of caring and knowledgeable adult volunteers.

Tractor Safety Training
Nebraska Extension offers Tractor Safety Training for youth looking to become certified through a Hazardous Occupations Course. Training is required for all youth, ages 14-15 working on a farm or ranch other than their own.

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)
The YQCA is a self-directed course designed to help youth learn about food safety, animal well-being, and character development.

Project Resources

pick your project

The Pick Your Project is an online project selection guide for finding both county-only and state fair eligible 4-H fair projects and their resources. Users can search by keywords or browse by curriculum area, knowledge level, and geographic level.

Looking for a printable list of Nebraska 4-H projects? Download the 2018 Nebraska 4-H Project Listing.


MOBILE & WEB APPLICATIONS

Career Explorer

Career Explorer

Career Explorer (also available as a web-based, desktop game) will help you connect the dots between the choices you make every day and the opportunities you could have in the future. At each stage of the game, you will be able to enter the workforce, get additional education, or explore training programs. At the conclusion of the game, you will have the opportunity to email the results to yourself with tips on how to make that career a reality in your life.

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Health Rocks! Carnival

Health Rocks! Carnival

Health Rocks!® is curricula for a healthy living program targeted at young people ages 8 to 14. Health Rocks! helps youth develop life skills in the area of critical thinking, decision-making, communication, managing feelings, stress management and goal setting; in turn building resiliency skills, and promoting the resistance of risky behaviors. The Health Rocks! Carnival is also available as a web-based desktop game.

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Nebraska 4-H at the State Fair

Nebraska 4-H at the State Fair

Keep up-to-date with everything Nebraska 4-H has to offer at this year's Nebraska State Fair by downloading the Nebraska 4-H at the State Fair app. Get access to the latest updates, schedules, results, and more! Even keep up with #NE4H on social media. You won't miss a minute of the fun with everything this app has to offer.

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