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Self-Determined Projects and Idea Starters

Self-Determined Projects

If you're a 4-H member with a great project idea of your own or someone who is ready to go beyond a current project book, consider doing a self-determined project. Use the Self-Determined Project Guide to describe your project, set goals, and record your activities. You can then enroll in the self-determined project category that is the best match for what you have in mind:

  • 365.00 General (Self-Determined Day)
  • 365.01 Companion Animal (Companion Animal Day)
  • 365.02 Creative Arts (Creative Arts Day)
  • 365.03 Family Life (Family Life Day)
  • 365.04 Natural Resources (Natural Resources Day II)
  • 365.05 Quilt (Quilt Day)
  • 365.06 Workforce Prep (Workforce Prep Day)

 

Prefer to type? Download and save this Self-Determined Project Guide fillable form.

Self-Determined projects may be repeated if new areas of interest, learning experiences, and leadership/citizenship activities are selected.

Idea Starters

Not sure what topic to explore? You can get some great ideas by reviewing the idea starters below. Don't forget, every idea starter must be used with the Self-Determined Project Guide.

These are just ideas, written as open invitations to explore new or innovative topics YOU choose. You can always create your own project in the general topic category (365.00) or in one of the other specific topic areas listed.

365.00 General (Self-Determined Day)

365.01 Companion Animal (Companion Animal Day)

365.02 Creative Arts (Creative Arts Day)

365.03 Family Life (Family Life Day)

365.04 Natural Resources (Natural Resources Day II)

365.05 Quilt (Quilt Day)

No quilt idea starter is offered at this time. Instead, members who go beyond the current project offerings and who go to fair, enter their quilts here. 

365.06 Workforce Prep (Workforce Prep Day)

 

* Coming in 2022: 3D Printing, Disability Advocacy and Awareness, and PhysBotYour 4H Fitness Tracker.

To suggest a topic or even write your own, please contact Jane Wright. More information about writing your own is included in Writing an Idea Starter.