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Achievement Award Guidelines

This award is designed to encourage 4-H members to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable them to acquire the seven leadership life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring and contributing citizens.

Leadership life skills include:

  • understanding self
  • communicating
  • getting along with others
  • learning to learn
  • decision making/problem solving
  • managing
  • working with groups.

Please Note: You may take up to two years to complete each level.
You may not use an event for more than one task.

Basic requirements:

as a prerequisite to the achievement ladder award program 4-H members must:

  • attend a minimum of 60% of 4-H club meetings
  • learn the 4-H pledge, learn the 4-H motto, and complete at least one 4-H project each year.-managing

Level One – Green Clover (minimum age 8)

Complete at least two of the following tasks:

  1. Present a visual presentation at a club meeting. – communicating
  2. Help with a club 4-H activity or event – working with groups
  3. Attend at least one 4-H county activity or event – getting along with others
  4. Host a meeting, provide refreshments, lead a game, or give a report - working with groups

Level Two – White Clover (minimum age 10)

Complete at least three of the following tasks:

  1. Present a visual presentation at a club meeting – communicating
  2. Attend at least two county 4-H activities or workshops – getting along with others
  3. Help with a 4-H club community service-learning project – understanding self
  4. Host a meeting, provide refreshments, lead a game, or give a report - working with groups
  5. Attend a 4-H resident conference, camp or overnight experience and report back to your 4-H club meeting – learning to learn
  6. Complete at least one new 4-H project in a new project category – managing

Level Three – Bronze Clover (minimum age 12)

Complete at least four of the following tasks:

  1. Help with a 4-H club community service-learning project – understanding self
  2. Help with a 4-H club fundraiser – making decisions
  3. Participate in a county 4-H Communications event (4-H speaking contests, presentation contest, poster contest, photo contest, small animal essay, or writing three news articles) - communicating
  4. Attend at least two county 4-H activities – getting along with others
  5. Attend a 4-H resident conference, camp or overnight experience and report back to your 4-H club meeting – learning to learn
  6. Attend at least one regional or state 4-H event – getting along with others
  7. Serve as club officer or committee chair – working with groups
  8. Complete at least one new 4-H project in a new project category – managing

Level Four – Silver Clover (minimum age 14)

Complete at least five of the following tasks:

  1. Serve as a club officer or committee chair – working with groups
  2. Provide leadership for a 4-H club community service-learning project – understanding self
  3. Provide leadership for a 4-H club fundraiser – making decisions
  4. Participate in a county 4-H Communications event (4-H speaking contests, presentation contest, poster contest, photo contest, small animal essay or writing three news articles) - communicating
  5. Attend at least three county 4-H activities – getting along with others
  6. Attend at least one regional or state 4-H event – getting along with others
  7. Help a younger member with their project, demonstration, or learning the pledge – learning to learn
  8. Attend a 4-H resident conference, camp or overnight experience and report back to your 4-H club meeting – learning to learn
  9. Complete at least one new 4-H project in a new project category – managing

Level Five – Gold Clover (minimum age 15)

Complete at least seven of the following tasks:

  1. Serve as a club officer, committee chair or teen leader – working with groups
  2. Provide leadership for a 4-H club community service-learning project – understanding self
  3. Provide leadership for a 4-H club fundraiser – making decisions
  4. Provide leadership for a 4-H club or county 4-H activity or event – getting along with others
  5. Participate in a county 4-H Communications event (4-H speaking contests, presentation contest, poster contest, photo contest, small animal essay, or writing at least three news articles) - communicating
  6. Attend at least one state 4-H event –getting along with others
  7. Participate in a national 4-H or international 4-H event– working with groups
  8. Help a younger member with a project exhibit or demonstration - managing
  9. Attend a resident 4-H county, regional or state camp representing 4-H and report back to your 4-H club meeting – learning to learn
  10. Participate in an 4-H Interstate Exchange or serve on State 4-H Council –working with groups
  11. Complete at least one new 4-H project in a new project category – managing
  12. Serve on 4-H County Council and participate in 60% of the meetings and activities. – working with groups

Level Six – Diamond Clover (minimum age 16)

Complete at least eight of the tasks in Level Five and conduct a major service-learning project.

  1. This task requires the 4-H’er to complete a project that benefits his/her community.
  2. The 4-H'er will submit a detailed plan by September 1, previous to the year they apply for this level, that includes:
    1. Description of the project
    2. Justification for the project
    3. Who will be recruited to help
    4. A budget and how funds will be obtained
    5. A projected timeline and any necessary approval letters from landowners, city/local 4-H unit government, province, etc.

The 4-H Development Fund Directors and a 4-H Educator must approve the plan before any work is started. When the work is completed, the 4-H’er must submit a detailed report outlining what was accomplished with documentation (photographs, etc.) This project should be completed over a two year time frame, first year to do the planning, second year conduct the service learning project.

Achievement Program Notes:

  1. The Achievement Ladder Award Program will be the primary recognition for 4-H members. Sponsorship and grants will be sought for funding for the award program.
  2. The Achievement Ladder Award Program is designed for a young person to begin at Level One and progress through six levels, only one level can be submitted in a given year, acquiring valuable skills as he/she advances. Youth who are older when joining 4-H, may begin at a higher level (two through three) as is mutually agreeable to the participant and the club leader. The county 4-H educator must also be in agreement for a youth to start at level four. No members will be allowed to start at Level 6.
  3. Youth meeting the requirements of levels one through six will be recognized at the annual county 4-H achievement event.
  4. The Achievement Ladder Award Program recognition is not automatic. A youth must apply for the Achievement Ladder Award Program recognition using the appropriate plan/report form in a timely manner.
  5. All forms will be available on the county web site or in the county Extension Office.
  6. Be sure to refer to the Achievement Ladder Events & Category information sheet for events that qualify when filling out your achievement ladder forms.

Submit your first year proposal to the extension office on September 1 by 4:00 p.m.
Once approved, you will have one year to complete your level six project.

Revised January 2016