4-H'ers gain skills and attitudes they can use for the rest of their lives. These include leadership, communication, character building, decision making, self-confidence and more. 4-H provides a number of competitive avenues for members, among the several types of learning experiences available to members. The program focus remains on the initial learning component and completion of the project. However, many young people grow through the more intense evaluation of accomplishment which competition provides.

It is with learning goals in mind that we encourage those entering the 4-H recognition and incentives process(es). Documenting past activity through record keeping is an important skill used many different ways and times. Business people use it to determine costs for manufacturing. Accountants need it to determine profit or loss. Consumers use record keeping when shopping. Livestock producers keep records on their stock, for production, pedigrees, or management.

For additional resources for the Achievement Award, Diamond Clover Award and for Club Leaders - Additional Resources and Videos

Clover Kid Award

Clover Kid Record Book

The Clover Kid Record Book is for 4-H Clover Kids to write a short story about what they learned and what they did during the year as a 4-H Clover Kid member.

Deadline - October 1

4-H Member Awards

Achievement Award Application:

The Nebraska 4-H Achievement Application is a standard application form used for the selection of county and state award winners, including Nebraska delegates to National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference, as well as Nebraska 4-H Foundation scholarship award recipients.

October 1
- County Only
January 5, 2025 - State Deadline

Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program

The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program is designed to encourage 4-H youth to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring and contributing citizens. The program's overall goal is to provide 4-H members a rich and diverse learning experience. 

Deadline - October 1

Outstanding 4-H Career - Note - There are different guidelines for Holt and Boyd Counties, so be sure to click on your county information

Boyd County

  • Boyd County Outstanding  4-H Career Nomination Letter Guideline - DOCX | PDF
  • Boyd County Outstanding  4-H Career Rubric - PDF

Holt County

  • Holt County Outstanding  4-H Career Application - DOCX | PDF
  • Holt County Outstanding 4-H Career Rubric - PDF

Deadline - October 1

Holt County Shooting Sports Record Book

Holt County 4-H Shooting Sports members who turn in record books will be acknowledged and prizes/awards given out at the end of the 4-H year at the 4-H Achievement Ceremony.

Deadline - October 1

Club Awards

Forms for Clubs For Organizational Leaders to submit

Holt and Boyd County -
  • Nebraska 4-H Club of Excellence - The overall goal of 4-H Clubs is to develop enthusiastic young people who boldly take action to demonstrate life skills as capable, caring, competent kids of character thus contributing to the improvement of themselves, their family, their club, their community, and their world. One way clubs might choose to measure their success in meeting that goal is their ability to gain status as a Nebraska 4-H Club of Excellence. To receive the designation as a Nebraska 4-H Club of Excellence, clubs must meet a certain set of criteria and document how this criterion was met. Clubs meeting the requirements will initially receive a certificate. In subsequent years clubs successfully meeting the requirements will receive a special insignia to place on their certificate. Clubs must apply annually to receive this recognition.

    Deadline - October 1
  • Community Pride Club Award - Community Pride Awards allows an opportunity for clubs to highlight their community service projects over the past year. Remember to submit your community service into the 4-H Community Service Project Map. This form takes about 5 minutes to complete. Email a list of your clubs community service activities to your county office.

    Deadline - October 1

For Boyd County Club Organizational Leaders -
  • Leader/Member Certificate List (for Boyd County Club Organizational Leaders to print; then fill in and mail to Extension Office) (*21.5 kb doc file - 2 pages)
  • Leader/Member Certificate List (for Boyd County Club Organizational Leaders to print; then fill in and mail to Extension Office) (*10.34 kb pdf file - 2 pages)
  • Leader/Member Certificate Fill-In List (for Boyd County Club Organizational Leader to fill in (type directly in) and submit by email to Extension Office) (*465.6 kb pdf file - 2 pages)

    Deadline - October 1