4-H is open to any youth that meets the age requirements!

Generally speaking, enrollment is due April 1, and all project changes need to be submitted on or before June 1.

Members are required to complete at least one project each year, and participate in the evaluation of that project through county 4-H project judging or by a club advisor.

Completion of a 4-H year requires youth to:

  1. Complete the requirements of at least one of the projects enrolled in at the beginning of the 4-H year.
  2. Have at least one of the completed projects evaluated during the county 4-H project judging or by a club advisor.
  3. Be in good standing in the club, including attending the required amount of meetings.

4-H projects may be judged as follows:

  1. County judging event - varies by project, dates are in 4-H calendar
  2. County "make up" judging event. Click here for instructions.
  3. 4-H Advisors may judge projects (not eligible for county awards); Advisor must report grade by August 1 to the Extension staff in order for member to display at the fair

Link to the 2019 Hancock 4-H Judging Booklet - Click here

Here's a more detailed list of guidelines:
  • 4-H is open to any youth that meets the age requirements - 8 years old and enrolled in 3rd grade as of January 1 of the current year
  • Members must select at least one project from the list of approved Ohio and Hancock County 4-H projects. (see current Hancock County 4-H Family Handbook or Ohio Family Guide)
  • Completed Enrollment Forms must be submitted to the 4-H office no later than April 1 by club advisor. (Clubs may earn bonus points toward the Banner Club Award by submitting forms by March 20).
  • Project books will be distributed by club advisors; most books cost $6, resource manuals and some project books are higher in cost. In many cases, books can be reused when repeating a project. If repeating a project, you must have records and learning experiences for the current year. A new book should be purchased if the project has been "revised" or is listed as "new" . . . in addition, members who plan to enter Ohio State Fair Jr Livestock shows should purchase new project books. If you are reusing a project book, you will need to print off new feed record pages each year.
  • Project guidelines and judging/exhibit requirements are listed in Hancock County's 4-H Family Handbook.
  • Jr Fair Requirements - Additional rules of importance to 4-H members may be found in the Hancock County Jr Fair premium book. It is the member's responsibility to be familiar with Jr Fair policy if you choose to exhibit at the fair.
  • All 4-H members are responsible for bringing completed project to appropriate judging event.