- Lead workshops to share knowledge with young people
- Chaperone field trips and leadership conferences
- Work in partnership (adults and youth) to lead 4-H clubs, activities, and events
- Help plan and conduct events
- Recruit other volunteers
- Develop and evaluate 4-H Youth Development programs
- Contribute through promoting and supporting 4-H
Volunteering is a privilege. All that’s needed is a desire to provide quality educational programs and experiences with youth. Previous 4-H Youth Development experience is not necessary.
Becoming a Volunteer:
All 4-H Youth Development Volunteers working with youth are required to complete the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Protection program, which includes:
- a background check for arrest and conviction records;
- participation in a volunteer orientation program (Volunteers in Preparation – VIP); and
- annually signing the Volunteer Behavior Expectations form
- successfully complete online Mandatory Reporter Training (recognizing and reporting abuse and neglect)
Attend one of our upcoming Volunteers in Preparation (VIP) Orientation sessions to learn more about becoming a volunteer in our 4-H program. All Volunteer Orientation sessions are held at the James P. Coughlin Center, 625 E. County Rd. Y, Oshkosh. To register, please contact the Extension office: (920) 232-1974 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Opportunities – updated 1/31/2019
In 4-H, most volunteers lead projects for a local year-round club or short-term 4-H group. But there are many ways that volunteers get involved. If interested in any of the following volunteer opportunities, contact us at 920-232-1974.
Summer Camp Chaperones
We are looking for adults over the age of 21 to help chaperone our 2019 Summer Camp (June 25-29). Adult chaperones support approximately 20 high-school age counselors who plan and run all camp activities. During camp adults participate in all camp activities with campers (3rd – 8th graders), they role model how to have fun, how to listen to teen counselors, and help encourage campers to try new things. Camp planning meetings occur throughout the year (dates TBD). Adult chaperones are welcome to join us for planning as their time allows. Minimum commitment is to attend one pre-camp meeting (approximately two hours) and attend camp June 25-29. Adults not already enrolled as 4-H Leaders will also need about 4 hours to complete enrollment paperwork and New Leader Training. For more information about Summer Camp, please visit our camp website: https://winnebago.extension.wisc.edu/4h/camp/
Share your skills, talents and special interests in a single project area. 4-H youth participate in over 120 different project areas (similar to hobbies or interest areas). For example: photography, arts, foods, community service, rocketry and robotics, gardening, rabbits, dairy, etc. To view all available projects here in Winnebago County, see our Project Guide (Link this to the project guide). Project leaders just need a willingness to share their talents with others and a desire to work with young people, helping them gain life skills and providing them positive experiences. No need to have previous experience teaching or working with the 4-H Youth Development program.
Time Commitment: If you are not already enrolled as a 4-H volunteer, you will need to have 4 hours initially to complete training & enrollment, the commitment is flexible after that but it is primarily needed during non-school hours when kids are available. Ongoing training and professional development is available for project leaders as needed.
Project Leaders can:
- Plan activities/classes around their own personal schedule.
- Lead one time activities, provide monthly “classes”, be an on-call resource, teach in afterschool programs (3-5pm) or be part of week-long events like camps and conferences.
- Provide activities/classes at the club level (local community clubs are located throughout Winnebago County) or the county and state levels.
- Partner with youth leaders to co-lead activities and classes.
Start a 4-H Club in Your Area Today!
A 4-H club is a group of young people and adults who meet regularly for fun and learning. Clubs are usually made up of families from a community and often formed around schools, churches or community centers. Most clubs hold monthly meetings attended by members and their parents. Club members elect officers who lead the group and the meetings. An adult club leader advises the officers. The meetings usually last less than two hours. The time is equally divided among club business, recreation and educational programs. A well-organized 4-H club meeting provides opportunities for every member to be involved. 4-H Clubs & Programs are run by Volunteers & Supported by the Extension Winnebago County 4-H Program Coordinator.
To start a club you need:
- 3 Families
- 5 Youth
- 1 Adult that is willing to organize the group
- Time to meet 1/month
4-H Program Coordinators provide training and ongoing support for youth and adult leaders.