Enrollment - Required Yearly

All 4-H Volunteers will enroll in 4-H through 4hOnline at 4hOnline is a web-based enrollment system that will allow Volunteers to enroll in 4-H on their personal computer or mobile device. You'll be able to complete all of the information necessary to enroll in 4-H online, including 4-H code of conduct forms and health forms. Enrollment opens every year in October. It is strongly suggested to enroll as early as possible; however, deadline to enroll/re-enroll is June 15.

Screening - Required Initially and then Every 5 Years

For the safety of our youth and our volunteers, all volunteers are required to complete a background check withthe Department of Health and Human Services. Every 5 years, Richardson County Volunteers will be re-screened.

Orientation - Required Initially and then Every 5 Years

All new volunteers, and volunteers reaching their screening window will be required to complete the Volunteer Orientation.


Adult Richardson County 4-H Booster Scholarship

The Adult Richardson County 4-H Booster Scholarship is to be used for leadership or volunteer training(this includes Shooting Sports Certification Workshops). Scholarships will be awarded accordingly: Up to 3 scholarships at $60 each, 2 scholarships at $90 each, or 1 scholarship at $100. Scholarship recipients will write a brief summary to the Secretary of the 4-H Council or verbally report their experience to the 4-H Council at a scheduled meeting. The Adult Richardson County 4-H Booster Scholarship application is due April 15, current year. Adult Booster Scholarship Application


Structure of a 4-H Club

  • Enrolls at least 5 youth members from at least 3 families.
  • Is advised by adult 4-H staff or volunteers who have been screened and trained in accordance with the Nebraska 4-H Policy and Procedure Handbook.
  • Conduct a minimum of 6 regular club meetings (virtual or face-to-face) per year, with many holding 9-12 regular meetings throughout most or all of the year, and often supplemented by project meetings, camps, fairs, and other 4-H learning activities.
  • Selects youth officers or youth leaders to provide leadership to the club.
  • Meets in any location—a home, community center, military installation, library, public housing site, school, afterschool program, and/or many other places.
  • Helps youth and parents/guardians adapt in cases of mobility—linking them to 4-H programs in other counties and states. Meets interests and needs of youth in same-age or cross-age groupings and using single project or multiple project formats.

4-H Club Standards

  • Club Meetings are held at least 6 times per year
  • Club Officers are elected.
  • 75% of club members complete a 4-H Project each year
  • New leaders attend new leader orientation.
  • Club planning is done by club members and meetings are run by club officers.
  • Sequential and varied learning experience matching all skill levels of club members is provided.
  • Each member of the club does an in-club demonstration of presentation every year.
  • Club financial audits must be submitted to the Extension Office at the end of each year.
  • Yearly service learning projects/community service projects are completed

Club of Excellence Criteria

To receive the designation as a Nebraska 4-H Club of Excellence, clubs MUST:
  • Have at least five members from at least three different families.
  • Recite the 4-H Pledge at meetings.
  • Meet at least six times per year.
  • Choose/elect youth officers.
  • Have youth serve in leadership roles.
  • Have one club project, related to curriculum, which they do together.
  • Have adult role model involvement.
  • Be facilitated by organizational and project leaders who have successfully completed the volunteer screening.
  • Have members who perform a presentation or public speaking at the club level or above.
  • Complete one community service project.
  • Have members who participate in county, district or state events.
  • Celebrate member and club achievements.
  • If the Club meets all the requirements, they will get a certificate and a seal the first year and an additional seal in subsequent qualifying years.

Policies & Procedures Handbook

The 4-H Policy and Procedure Handbook is an established set of rules, recommended guidelines and implementation procedures for 4-H professionals to utilize as they provide leadership for 4-H Youth Development work and programming at various levels within the organization.


Club Leader Resources Page

This website includes Curriculum, Parlimentary Procedure activities, virtual field trips and much more!

National Volunteer Week Lunch and Learn

The sessions are intended to enhance existing 4-H volunteer training and provide networking opportunities. The sessions are recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. 

Volunteer Resources Page

This website includes Project & Club Volunteer training, Orientation and much more!

Volunteer Recognition Page

Nominations can be submitted by any 4-H member, family, supporter, or Extension staff member. Nominees must fit the award categories listed in the link below and can be a volunteer for any Nebraska 4-H experience. Some examples may include 4-H club leader, project leader, junior leader, county or State Fair volunteer, special interest volunteer, such as robotics or shooting sports, afterschool club volunteer, 4-H camp volunteer. etc.