Project Information

4-H students working on a STEM project

4-H programs are grounded in the belief that kids learn best by doing!

4-H members complete hands-on projects (in areas like science, health, agriculture and civic engagement) in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Members may concentrate on one focus area or try a variety of programs!

How much does a 4-H project cost?

Cost varies depending on the project. For example, a member enrolled in foods might use supplies found in the typical kitchen at no additional expense while a member who buys and keeps a quarter horse might invest hundreds of dollars. Project leaders and members should discuss costs and make sure selected projects are realistic to individual family situations.


Are projects done individually or as a group?

Both. Some projects, including conservation or biking, are more fun when done as a group! Others, like sewing or baking, are individual endeavors.


Can adults assist with a member’s project work?

Members are expected to do their own project work with appropriate help and support of leaders, junior leaders and parents. Adult supporters may demonstrate or talk members through a project. Ultimately, 4-H’ers are expected to learn by doing projects themselves.

What is an exhibit?

An exhibit is an object or display designed to help members highlight their accomplishments. But an exhibit is not an end in itself, nor does it measure the learning that takes place through a project. An award or ribbon is only one measure of success. Self-recognition and self-satisfaction for having completed a project are also important rewards!

What projects are available to Delaware 4-H members?

Each 4-H'er can participate in a variety of projects either individually or as part of a group. Most project correspond to one or more of our three mandates: science and technology, healthy living and civil engagement and leadership.

For more information
Doug Crouse

State 4-H Program Leader at University of Delaware


How to complete 4-H Record Books

2020 Recorded webinar | 1h 9m | Youtube

How to complete your 4-H Record Books (video):

Science and Technology

  • CS Pathways Grant (Coding)
  • Pollinator Gardens Grant
  • Embryology in the Classroom
  • Shooting Sports
  • Environmental Camp
  • Science-based Day Camps
  • Engineering Events
  • Agilent Science Kits
  • National 4-H Youth Science Day
  • Woodworking, Horticulture,
  • and Wildlife Judging
  • Clean and Groom Event
  • STEM and Pollinator Ambassadors
  • Agri-Science and STEM Summits
  • Clothing Textiles

Animal Science

  • Livestock Shows
  • Livestock Overnighter
  • Livestock, Horse, Dairy and Poultry Judging
  • Horse Bowl
  • Hippology Contest
  • Equine Arts
  • Cow Camp
  • Honey bee Essay Contest

Healthy Living

  • 4th “H” for Health Program
  • Escape the Vape Programs
  • Youth / Adult Partnerships
  • Drug Facts Week
  • Favorite Foods Contest
  • DE Goes Purple
  • IM40 Program
  • Sussex County Coalition
  • Healthy Living Ambassadors
  • Up for the Challenge
  • Wellness and Fitness Curriculum
  • Mindfulness
  • Health and Fitness Grab and Gos
  • Foods and Nutrition Judging
  • Photography Judging
  • National 4-H Healthy Living Summit
  • Rt. 9 Culinary Club
  • Camp Fresh 



  • Botvins Health Prevention
  • National Mentoring Grant
  • Soccer for Success
  • American Lung Assoc.

Civil Engagement and Leadership

  • Legislative Day
  • Camp Counselor Training
  • True Leaders in Service
  • Club Officer Training
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • County Junior Council
  • Multiplying Good Projects
  • State Teen Council
  • County Trim A Tree
  • State Teen Conference
  • Consumer Bowl Contest
  • Younger Member Weekend 
  • Community Service Projects
  • Junior Leader Weekend
  • County Committee Groups
  • Resume/Interview Workshops
  • National Leadership Events
  • Public Speaking
  • Leader Forum

Project/Record Books


Record Book submission due dates vary by county. Members should contact their County Office for the specific date of submission each year.

Members may complete record books using traditional templates or online through the Zingbooks platform.


County Project Record Book Explanation and Guidelines 


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