Policies & Codes
4-H members participating in or attending club, county, regional, district, state, and national programs, activities, events, shows, and contests sponsored for youth by the 4-H Youth Development Program of Penn State Cooperative Extension are required to conduct themselves according to the Pennsylvania 4-H Code of Conduct and the Code of Conduct, rules, policies, and regulations for each specific 4-H activity. The code operates in conjunction with the Pennsylvania 4-H Youth Development Program Behavioral Expectations and the rules and regulations of the specific activity.
The Pennsylvania 4-H youth program prides itself on providing quality educational programs for youth. The primary purpose of this code of conduct is to provide quality leadership and to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants. The opportunity to work with youth is a privileged position of trust that should be held only by those who are willing to demonstrate behaviors that fulfill this trust. For these reasons the following behavior guidelines are provided for volunteers.
Erie County 4-H horse project members are subject to the rules and regulations that apply to all 4-H members, published annually in the Erie County 4-H events calendar. Of particular importance is the policy pertaining to participation in qualifying shows and round-ups which states that only “active Erie County 4-H members will be allowed to participate.” Please be aware of your membership status in the Erie County 4-H Program, and the requirements to maintain that status.
Northwest Regional 4-H/FFA Livestock Rules have been formulated with the input and suggestions of 4-H Volunteers, 4-H Extension Educators, FFA Advisors, and Penn State University Specialists.