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.


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. In 2019, Nebraska 4-H will only be accepting the Achievement Applications for youth applying to attend National 4-H Congress or National 4-H Conference. Career Portfolios will NO longer be ACCEPTED for any State-level awards or recognition opportunities.

Two versions of the application are available:

  • Junior Achievement Application for ages 8-14 (county-only)
  • Senior Achievement Application for ages 15-18 (state-eligible)

Resources Available to help you with your application:

  • Junior Achievement
  • Senior Achievement Application

Deadline - October 1


Career Portfolio:

The Nebraska 4-H Career Portfolio is the annual record-keeping system used by Nebraska 4-H youth; it is a composite of all 4-H and non 4-H projects/activities throughout the individual's 4-H career. This application can be used only for County Awards.

The 4-H Career Portfolio includes a:

  • Cover (purchased at Extension Office)
  • Pre-Printed Tab Dividers (purchased at Extension Office)
  • Application and Curriculum Forms
  • 4-H Career Portfolio
  • 4-H Career Curriculum Story
  • Supporting Material (4 photo pages, 2 non-photo pages)

The 4-H Career Portfolio is scored on the following items:

  • Project Accomplishments
  • 4-H Leadership, Community Service, Volunteer, Citizenship and Educational Experiences
  • 4-H Career Story
  • 4-H Support Materials
  • Non 4-H Experiences
  • General

NE4H9000- 4-H Career Portfolio

  • Application & Curriculum Form
  • Section 1- Project Accomplishments
  • Section 2- 4-H Leadership, Community Service, Volunteer, Citizenship & Educational Experiences
  • Section 3- Non 4-H Experiences
  • Section 4- 4-H Curriculum Story
  • Section 5- Support Materials

  • Resources, Rules and Guidelines Available to help you with your application:

Deadline - October 1


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.

The program consists of six levels that require a 4-H member to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate accomplishments. The program is designed to enable every 4-H member willing to exert the effort an opportunity to be recognized, regardless of how they are involved in 4-H. For more information go to: http://4h.unl.edu/diamondclover

Resources Available to help you with your application:

  • Diamond Clover Recording ( 19.8 mb mp4 - 12:53 minutes - 2019)
    (This recording also contains information about Outstanding Career and Boyd County Outstanding Year for the Current Year)
  • Diamond Clover Slides (209.3 kb pdf  - 12 slides - 2019)
    (These slides also contains information about Outstanding Career and Boyd County Outstanding Year for the Current Year)

Deadline - October 1


Outstanding 4-H Member (Career)

Resources Available to help you with your application:

  • Outstanding 4-H Member Career Recording (19.8 mb mp4 - 12:53 minutes - 2019)
    (This recording also contains information about Diamond Clover and Boyd County Outstanding Year for the Current Year)
  • Outstanding 4-H Member Career Slides (209.3 kb pdf - 12 slides - 2019)
    (These slides also contains information about Diamond Clover and Boyd County Outstanding Year for the Current Year)

Deadline - October 1


Clover Kid Record Book

The Clover Kid Record Book is for 4-H Clover Kids in Boyd Counties 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


Boyd County Outstanding 4-H'er For Current Year

To compete for this Boyd County Award you must be a Boyd County 4-H'er and turn in a 1-2 page report on your goals, accomplishments, failures, what was learned, etc. and why you think that you had a "Outstanding 4-H Year". This is your opportunity to tell about your 4-H year. One Junior Division and One Senior Division winner will be awarded a Certificate and $10.00 from the Boyd County 4-H Council.

Resources Available to help you with your application:

Deadline - Boyd County - October 1


Forms for Clubs For Organizational Leaders to submit

Holt and Boyd County - 

  • 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.
  • Community Pride Club Award - Community Pride Awards allows an opportunity for clubs to highlight their community service projects over the past year. Email a list of your clubs community service activities to your county office by October 1st.
  • 4-H Community Service Project Map - Service to the community is an essential part of the 4-H experience and this map shows the multitude of 4-H led community service projects happening across Nebraska. To submit a 4-H community service project for
    inclusion in the map, clubs and 4-H'ers can submit their service learning projects at https://4h.unl.edu/community-service-map/submission. This form takes about 5 minutes to complete.

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)

Resources Available to help you with your application:

  •  Information on Club of Excellence, Community Pride Award and Community Service Project Map

Deadline - October 1