Strengthening clubs

Today, 4-H comes in many forms and sizes, but the 4-H club model still remains the flagship program. The purpose of the Strengthening 4-H Clubs curriculum is to strengthen your capacity to work with adult and youth volunteers to develop and support strong, effective 4-H clubs.

These materials were developed by Rod Buchele, Beth Hinshaw, and Diane Mack. These files are posted as pdfs except for the PowerPoint files which are posted as originals. You may edit for your use. For questions or concerns with these files, contact Diane Mack at 785-532-2278 or e-mail her at

PowerPoint Files

Planning Monthly Meetings

  • Club Leader Position Description (PDF) (Word)
  • Parents' Committee Position Description (PDF) (Word)
  • New Family Coordinator Position Description (PDF) (Word)
  • Club Meeting Guide (pdf) (doc)
  • Club Meeting Agenda (pdf) (doc)
  • Club Leader's Tool Box (pdf) (doc)
  • Welcoming New Members (pdf) (doc)
  • Welcoming New Members Example: Greet Sheet (pdf) (doc)

Check List

  • Club Meeting Check List (pdf) (doc)

Creative Ideas

  • Club Meetings Youth Choose to Attend (pdf) (doc)
  • Creative Roll Call Ideas (pdf) (doc)
  • Creative Ideas to Add Zest to Club Meetings (pdf) (doc)

Involving Parents

  • Parents Role in the 4-H Program (pdf) (doc)
  • Parent Interest Survey (pdf) (doc)
  • Parent (Home Helper) Position Description (pdf) (doc)
  • General Position Description Worksheet (pdf) (doc)

Additional Resources

  • Volunteer Research, Knowledge, Competency Overview (pdf)
  • Volunteer Research, Knowledge, Competency Lesson Plan (pdf)
  • Club Leader Profile (pptx)
  • Meeting the Needs of Youth Worksheet (to be used with ppt) (pdf) (doc)
  • Building Strong Clubs Worksheet (to be used with ppt) (pdf) (doc)
  • Parliamentary Procedures for Clubs (pdf) (doc)
  • Starting and Maintaining Clubs (pdf)
  • Par Law Trail Mix Activity (pdf)

Chapter Two Resources

  • Seven Keys to Consider:
    Exceeding Family Expectations in 4-H Clubs (pdf)
  • Club Meeting Assessment (pdf)
  • Top Ten Management Practices for 4-H Clubs (pdf)
  • Keeping Youth in 4-H: Why Do Some Leave? (pdf)
  • Essential Elements of 4-H (pdf)
  • Using Essential Elements Feedback Form (pdf)
  • Building Strong Clubs (pdf)
  • The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development and the 5 "C's" (pdf)
  • Engaging Club Members (pdf)
  • President May I (pdf)
  • Effective Delegation (pdf)
  • Club Leaders Succession Plan (pdf)
  • Club Elections and Committees (doc)
  • Kansas 4-H Charter Application (pdf) (doc)
  • Sample 4-H Club Constitution and Bylaws (pdf)
  • Youth and Adults as Full Partners (pdf)
  • Thinking About a Fundraiser (pdf)
  • Clubleader Checklist MED (doc)
  • Leader Front (pub)
  • Roll Call Suggestions (pdf)
  • Principles of non-Appropriated Funds (pdf)

Strengthening Clubs - 2

Due to a successful Strengthening 4-H Clubs I training, additional materials have been created to strengthen 4-H clubs. The objective of SCII are:

To enhance the agents' knowledge and skills for increasing the club leaders' management capabilities to transform the 4-H club into a more positive, fun and effective club experience for families.

  • Increase club leaders' understanding and awareness of youth development for training and supporting youth through each developmental stage.
  • Build a club leadership structure that distributes responsibilities among members, parents and leaders.
  • Apply research-based information for strengthening the 4-H club.

These are the resources for the Strengthening 4-H Clubs II training . These materials were developed by Rod Buchele, Beth Hinshaw, and Diane Mack, Pam VanHorn and Deryl Waldren. The files are being posted as .pdfs except for the PowerPoint files which have been left as originals so that they may be edited for use. For questions and concerns with these files, contact Deryl Waldren at 785-462-6281 or e-mail him at

Agenda and Group Builder

  • SCII Agenda (pdf) (doc)
  • Group Builder Music Types (pdf) (doc)

Vibrant Clubs Characteristics

  • Handout 1 (pdf) (doc)
  • Handout 2 (pdf) (doc)
  • Card Group Activity (pdf) (doc)
  • Building Vibrant Youth Groups (pdf) (doc)
  • Strategies for Improving Vibrancy (pdf) (doc)
  • Why Clubs Still Matter (pdf) (doc)
  • Tips for Improving Vibrancy (pdf) (doc)
  • Professional Self Assessment Tool (pdf) (doc)
  • Self Assessment Scoring Tool (pdf) (doc)
  • Youth Consumer's Guide Assessment Tool (pdf) (doc)
  • Power Point Presentation (pptx)
    • Vibrant Clubs

Top 10 Management Practices

  • Top 10 Management Practices (pdf) (doc)

Supportive and Engaged Adult Leadership

  • Club Position Descriptions (pdf) (doc)
  • Club Structure Answers (pdf) (doc)
  • Teaching Outline (pdf) (doc)
  • Power Point Presentation (pptx)
    • Supportive & Engaged Leadership

Being Connected to the 4-H Movement

  • Club Constitution & Bylaws (pdf) (doc)
  • Club Financial Responsibility (pdf) (doc)
  • Club Money Collection Form (pdf) (doc)
  • Club Ticket Checkout List (pdf) (doc)
  • Club Voucher (pdf) (doc)
  • Committee Report Outline (pdf) (doc)
  • Fundraiser Tips (pdf) (doc)
  • Managing Non-Appropriate Funds (pdf)
  • Tax Exemption Update (pdf) (doc)
  • USDA Tax Exempt Status Rules (pdf)

Empowered & Supported Officers and Junior Leaders

  • Elements of Teens (pdf) (doc)
  • Jr. Leaders Teaching Outline (pdf) (doc)
  • Teen Participation Scenarios (pdf) (doc)
  • Maximizing Member's Abilities (pdf) (doc)
  • Increasing Teen Participation (pdf) (doc)

Planning for a Safe Environment

  • Types of Group Environments (pdf) (doc)
  • Environment Questionnaire (pdf) (doc)
  • Teaching Guide (pdf) (doc)
  • Power Point Presentation (pptx) (pdf)
    • Planning For A Safe Environment

Value & Practice Service to Others

  • Valuing & Practicing Service (pdf) (doc)
  • 5 C's Handout (pdf) (doc)
  • Community Service Coordinator Position (pdf) (doc)
  • Community Service & Service Learning (pdf)
  • 5 Steps To Great Community Service (pdf)
  • Community Service Ideas (pdf) (doc)
  • Planning A Successful Project (pdf) (doc)
  • Community Service Project Ideas (pdf) (doc)
  • Signs For Service (pdf) (doc)