4-H Projects

Choosing Your Project

The first step to start your year in 4-H is to choose a project. Learning new skills, making things and visiting places with friends are all a part of a 4-H project. Members can take one project or many projects. For first-year members one project is probably enough. These are some questions to help you choose a project:

  • What interests you most in school?
  • What are your favourite hobbies and books?
  • What do you and your family and friends like to do when you are together?
  • What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • What have you seen at a 4-H display, fair, or show that you thought might be fun to make or do?
  • Are you interested in livestock/animals and/or life skill projects?

After you've answered these questions, look through the projects listed below and list the ones that interest you. Don't forget the self-determined project in which you choose your own interest area to develop a project.

Give some thought to the projects you have listed. Do they match your abilities? Do you have the time, money and equipment to complete the project?

Talk to your parents and 4-H leaders; they can help you choose a project that matches your needs, ability and resources.

Check out the links below for project information. You'll find project newsletters, record sheets, leader guides, showmanship & judging info, application forms, related links, and more!

Livestock Projects

4-H members must select their 4-H animals by May 1st, and must submit livestock registration information to the Regional ALC by May 15th of the current 4-H year. This information is necessary to assist with county show/exhibition planning, including judges, class schedules, awards, etc. The following information must be submitted for Livestock Registration requirements: name of member, junior member/senior member, conformation class entered, sex of animal, breed of animal, and date of birth of animal.

4-H animals may be substituted between the registration deadline of May 15th and Achievement Day in the case of injury, sickness, disease or death of the animal. If an animal is to be substituted prior to Achievement Day, pre-approval from the Regional ALC is necessary. A vet certificate may be required. After Achievement Day, no substitutions are permitted. 4-H members who complete their livestock project with their own registered/approved animal on Achievement Day may use another 4-H member’s 4-H animal in a showmanship class at county show/exhibition and the 4-H Nova Scotia Show.

Life Skills Projects

Other Projects

Junior Leader Project: The Junior Leader project is designed to build leadership skills by providing members with the opportunity to lead any aspects of your club which interest you (projects, recreation, communication, etc.) and help them develop goal-setting and teaching techniques.

Non-Recognized Projects: 4-H Nova Scotia offers over 30 official 4-H projects for members to choose from each year. With most of those projects, opportunities for exhibit exist at club Achievement Day, Exhibition and county level show, and Nova Scotia 4-H Provincial Show. If a member has an interest outside of the official project list, they are encouraged to talk with their Regional Agriculture Leadership Coordinator about signing up for a Non-Recognized 4-H project.

Grade 10 High School Credit: Personal Development Credits provides another way to encourage students to gain valuable life skills and experiences beyond the classroom, strengthening their connections with their communities; use your 4-H experience and work to earn a Grade 10 high school credit!