The areas of focus in Massachusetts 4-H are science, engineering and technology (including animal science), communication skills and citizenship (including leadership and community service). Since these are the current areas of focus, state, regional and national event opportunities support these project areas.
At the local level, a 4-H club may elect to have any project of interest to the members and leaders. The 4-H project is the vehicle by which youth learn valuable life and work skills while working under the leadership of caring adult mentors. 4-H curriculum is available to support over 50 project areas. Your local 4-H Educator can help you identify appropriate curriculum.
There are some regional and state level opportunities in project areas other than science, engineering and technology, communication skills and citizenship. These include:
- Winter Workshops, Mini-Conference and Winter Forum in the Western, Southeast and Northeast Regions (January and February); open to all enrolled MA 4-H volunteers, members and their families. Pre-registration is required.
- State Photography Contest (July); open to all enrolled MA 4-H members.
- State Clothing Judging and Fashion Revue (see "Contests" under Forms and Applications); open to all MA 4-H members that meet entry criteria.
- Action Exhibits and stage presentations in the New England Center at the Big E; members must be selected to participate at their local Visual Presentation Program. For more information about what is required to do a Visual Presentaton or other exhibit or performance at the Big E, click here.
- Window Exhibits; these are not offered in every county.
Berkshire County 4-H Window Exhibit, Poster and Photo Contest
Northeast Region 4-H Club Exhibits
- Performing Arts Contest; this contest will take place in Walpole at the Norfolk County Agricultural High School on May 9. Pre-registration is required. Click here for details.