4-H Volunteer Opportunities
Community Club Leader
A person who works with a 4-H community club’s function is to assist the club’s members in planning the annual club program, conducting club business, and enrolling individually or as a group in one or more 4-H projects. Members of a community club are usually from a small geographic area.
Project Club Leaders
This position is nearly identical to the Community Club Leader with two important exceptions: the project leader is an “expert” or serves as a resource in one specific project area. Project clubs are usually county-wide and are not restricted to specific locations within the county. Most 4-H clubs meet at least once a month. Leaders are responsible for the planning and preparation of each club meeting.
Special Interest Groups
Leaders for a Special Interest Project may work with youth on a particular activity. For example, the leaders may only be interested in working with a gardening project for a limited amount of time.
School Enrichment Volunteer
Any individual, often a classroom teacher, who works with a 4-H program in a formal classroom setting. This program may be either short- or long-term (throughout the school year). School enrichment programs are offered during school hours to enrich the formal education experience. A school enrichment program focuses on hands-on experiences and provides real-life application of knowledge gained, increasing the understanding of difficult concepts, development of life skills, and fosters the development of youth as young adults.
Overnight Camp Leader
The mission of Kentucky 4-H Camping is to improve people through intentional life skill development.
Cloverbud Camp: Friday thru Sunday overnight camp. The volunteer role would be to supervise youth ages 5-8 throughout the day and stay in a cabin with youth. Cloverbud Camp is usually held in June at West Kentucky 4-H Camp in Dawson Springs.
4-H Overnight Camp: Tuesday thru Friday held at West Kentucky 4-H Camp in Dawson Springs. The volunteer role would be to supervise youth throughout the day, assist with teaching educational classes, and stay in a cabin with youth. 4-H Camp is typically the third week in June.
An occasional volunteer may give their time sporadically throughout the year to help with particular projects or events.
Judge 4-H Events: Examples include speech contest, demonstrations, and fair entries.
School Enrichment Events: Examples include Reality Store, Truth & Consequences, or other events that last approximately 6 hours. The volunteer role would be working a booth and assisting with various stations.
4-H Council members oversee the county-wide 4-H program. This is a formal, decision-making group serving in an administrative role. The council meets 5 times each year and has input in programmatic oversight.