4-H Current Members & Volunteers

Kent County 4-H

“Current Members & Club Leaders / Volunteers”

Annual 4-H Program Year:          September 1st to August 31st


4-H Members

Annual Re-enrollment & Participation Fees:

4-H members re-enroll annually in the 4-H program using 4-H Online you can access information regarding re-enrollment also online.  


There is a participation fee of $20 for each member up to 3 participants or members.   For families with over 3 participants, there is a maximum cost set at $60 per family.   Payment of participation fees may be made through your club leader or directly to the Kent County 4-H Program Coordinator with checks payable only to “Michigan State University.” 


Questions regarding “participation fees or re-enrollment” can be directed to your club leader and / or a Kent County 4-H Program Coordinator, contact information follows:


Alexis Garbo – garboale@msu.edu or call (616) 632-7870


 Clubs and Club Leaders / Volunteers


Club’s Collection of Participation Fees:

For Clubs who do collect participation fees and makes one payment for all members, follow this procedure:

  1. 4-H club MEMBER / PARTICIPANT will submit enrollment fee payment to their 4-H club leader. This enables 4-H club leaders, who know their club members, to also know who has paid.
  2. 4-H club LEADERS are to submit the fee payments to the Kent County MSU Extension office and to maintain records as follows:
  3.      a.Using the “Kent County 4-H Participation Fee Club Summary Worksheet” record detailed information (whether you submit a check from the club or **individual checks / cash from families.)            Submit form by NOVEMBER 15th with following information:
    1. Date Received Payment**
    2. Club Member(s) Name
    3. Amount of Participation Fee Paid ie. Cash or Check Number
    4. Fee Scholarship, yes or no?
    5. Enrolled in 4-H Online, yes or no?
    6. 4-H Club members WILL NOT be approved in 4-H Online until the participation fee payment is received at the Kent County MSU Extension office.

      **PAYMENTS:  Checks are to be made payable to “Michigan State University” and submitted along with cash received to Kent County MSU Extension office quickly to avoid checks becoming outdated and in accordance with MSU Cash Handling Procedures, thank you!


      1. Scholarship Request Form (2 pages): If there are families in your 4-H club who would have difficulty paying the participation fee, they can submit an “Application for Scholarship” form to request a scholarship.  We ask clubs to consider having a fund raiser to cover the participation fee costs of these participants.


      Club Use of Participation Fees:

      You may wonder, how does 4-H benefit from the participation fees collected?   Half of each member’s participation fee remains in Kent County to be used to support new programming or enhance current educational programs.   If your club has an idea, you can request funding by completing a Kent County 4-H – Funding Request to Use Participation Fees form.

       The basic rule for the use of the county’s portion of participation fees is they must be spent to support new programming or upgrades/updates/expansions of existing educational programs.


      Club’s Annual Reporting:

      Club leaders are required to provide several items of reporting to the Kent County 4-H Extension office the following:

      • Club Profile Form
      • Civil Rights
      • Club Inventory of Equipment
      • Annual Financial Summary Report is to be completed by ALL CLUBS (even if they have no banking account)
      • Club Minutes (one copy of a club meeting)


        Club’s Financial Reporting:

        Club leader is to instruct banking institution to send monthly bank statements directly to the 4-H Program Coordinator, Kent County MSU Extension at 775 Ball Avenue N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49503 and provide an annual report as noted above.


        There are two booklets helpful to the financial management of your club and they can be found as follows:


        “Managing Money Wisely” – Club Treasurer (your club may not have a treasurer)

        “Leading the Way to Financial Accountability” – Club Leader


        Club’s Fundraising Activities:

        Fundraising ideas and activities are encouraged by Kent County 4-H.   There is a two-step process to follow:


        1. The group treasurer or club leader must complete and return the County 4-H Fund Raiser Application form to the Kent County 4-H Program Coordinator for approval at least 10 business days before any fund-raising activities can be held.
        2. The group treasurer or club leader must complete and return the County 4-H Fund-Raiser Report to the Kent County 4-H Program Coordinator within 10 business days after the approved fund-raising activity.


        Club Projects & Leader Resources:

        Michigan 4-H Project Snapshot Sheets  - These sheets are a good first step to evaluate a project (educational area) for clubs / members to become involved with.  The sheet will tell you what the project focus is about, give you an overview and other informative details.  To become involved or set your club or member’s project area, contact your Kent County 4-H Program Coordinator.

        Teen Volunteers / Leadership - The publication, “4-H Teen Leadership” explains the role and responsibilities of teen leaders, outlines the objectives of teen leadership and describes how teens can become teen leaders. To make the process of taking on a 4-H teen leadership project easier, the book provides a 5-step project guide with fillable forms.

        Partnerships & Other Links for Clubs:

        You may consider purchasing from companies that have programs donating monies back to Michigan 4-H programming such as:

        Tractor & Supply Company

        JoAnn Fabrics


        Some funding comes from the Michigan State 4-H office back to the local county office.  Talk to your Kent County 4-H Program Coordinator regarding those funds and how they might benefit the local programming.


        Other Resource Links:                                    Kent County Youth Fair (local youth fair)

                                                                                Michigan 4-H Foundation (grants, scholarships etc.)

                                                                                Shop 4-H (National 4-H Mall)


        Kent County Learning / Educational Resource Materials Available to Clubs:



        Animal Learning Labs:  Learning lab kits are available for a variety of animals:

        Beef                                      Dogs

        Goat                                      Horses

        Poultry                                 Rabbits

        Sheep                                   Swine


        These complete learning lab kits contain tools and information, which can be used for individual learning but, learning experience is better in a club setting where you can challenge each other.   Call Kent County MSU Extension 4-H Program Coordinator to reserve.  Also, a $25 deposit will be required but, will be refunded upon return following an inventory to verify all items are returned and ready for the next person or club to use.


        Quiz Bowl Buzzers:   A set of eight (8) electronic buzzers used for quiz bowls.   Free to use if an Extension 4-H Program Coordinator is present, otherwise a $25.00 deposit is required.

        Beef / Dairy: 

        Beef Resource Handbook:  For market and breeding projects.  This book answers every question you come up with. - Youth 4-H Market Beef Project - Videos on:

        o Beef Reproduction “breeding & calving” (incorporated into Beef Lab Kit) o Beef Reproduction (incorporated into Beef Lab Kit) o Kent County Youth Fair “Live Weight Carcass” (1996) o Normal Calving


        • Feathered Travelers: (English & Spanish) For readers 6-12 years old to take an imaginary trip across the Americas to learn the basics of bird migration.   They explore habitats from North America to South America and some of the challenges that confront migratory birds.
        • Bird Log: Learning to maintain records of bird sightings is an important part of bird watching.  The Bird Log helps kids learn the art of journaling and observation.  It includes 30 pages, 13 photo / art pages, a log tips page, bird topography, and a vocabulary list.
        • Beginning Birdwatcher’s Book: This easy to read, fact-filled workbook with stickers helps young birdwatchers begin keeping their own life lists as they learn about 48 common North American birds, including Blue Jay, American Crow and Red-tailed Hawk.
        • How Do Birds Find Their Way?: Grades K-4 ages.   Many birds travel long distances twice each year.   This nicely illustrated and easy to understand book explores why birds migrate and the cues they use to navigate.


        • Dog Training from the Ground Up: Agility foundation training for puppies and beginner dogs (2 in stock.)
        • Dog Training Ring Ready: A reference book for obedience training (2 in stock.)



        • Horse Anatomy: This atlas provides an informational yet enjoyable learning experience of horse anatomy for the novice to a veterinary medical student level.  Also covers digestive & respiratory system, legs/feet, reproductive system, muscles, skin, hair, nerves and skeletal system (190 pages.)
        • Horse Youth Leaders Manual: This is 400-page book containing 60 lesson plans, fun activity sheets, and learning materials for three different skill levels.   The manual teaches responsible horse care and valuable life skills for all breeds and all disciplines.
        • Horse Safety Guidelines: There are no shortcuts to becoming a knowledgeable horseman or woman.   Be prepared to spend considerable time developing safe horse handling and riding skills.  Book reviews helmets, riding at night, trail riding, mounting / dismounting, saddling / unsaddling, tying a horse, buying a horse, leading and much more.
        • Jumping to New Heights: Youth experience the ins and outs of a horse and activities include quarter system, showmanship, self-rating sheets, goal selection and winning isn’t everything.
        • Junior Master Horsemen (JMH) Level One: Presents basic age-appropriate and kid tested activities, created specifically to encourage young horsemen to embrace beginning horsemanship in a meaningful, safe and fun way.
        • What’s Your Pleasure? This 2006 DVD (2 in stock) National Snaffle Bit Association Standard Guidelines for judging and presenting in the Western Pleasure Horse Event.
        • Every Time, Every Ride: This DVD (2 in stock) on head injury prevention is a MUST for all riders, instructors, horse clubs and parents of children who ride.



        Incubators:  These kits can be loaned for a period of 5-6 weeks during spring and summer months on a first come, first served basis.   Included is a complete information packet from where to get the eggs as well as who will take them once they have hatched and everything in between.  Activity sheets are included. 

        • Return of the Wild Turkey: A video and CD are available.


        Rabbit / Cavies:

        • Rabbit Production: Covers rabbit history, rabbit production around the world, breeds, management, feeds and feeding, diseases, hutch building etc.   Very thorough!
        • Rabbit Resource Handbook: For breeding, market, and pet rabbit projects.  This handbook covers what to look for in a rabbit, housing, feeding, diseases, management techniques and many other important concepts.
        • ARBA Standard of Perfection: Illustrations and descriptions of all recognized rabbit and cavy breeds and varieties.


        Sheep / Lamb / Goat:

        • Meat Goat: Skills for Life Series books.  These guides include activities related to breeds, health care, grooming, production, reproduction, management, showmanship, marketing and careers.
        • Lamb Resource Handbook: For market and breeding projects.   There is not a topic on sheep that this book doesn’t cover.
        • Sheep Production Handbook: You’ll find information on anatomy, breeds, nutrition, health / disease, reproduction, marketing, wool production and more.
        • Daily Goat Fitting & Showing: This is a VIDEO resource.



        • Swine Resource Handbook: For market and breeding projects.  If you have a swine question, this book will answer it.


        Veterinary / Animal Care:

        • Caring for Animals: This packet comes with a discussion guide and video showing ways to care for your animals.  Topics include “Animal Well-Being and Animal Health", "Care That You Are Giving Your Animals", "Information Concerning Medication Use", "Show Ring Ethics", etc.  If you have an animal, you will love the information given in this packet.

        • From Airedales to Zebras 1: Youth learn about the normal animal, basic anatomy and systems, elementary principles of disease and careers with animals.
        • All Systems Go 2: Youth examine health and disease topics, normal and abnormal conditions in animals and veterinary careers.
        • On The Cutting Edge 3: Youth participate in deeper investigations of normal and abnormal systems, preparation for college and exploration of the diversity of the veterinary profession.
        • Veterinary Science Helper Guide 4: These supplemental materials provide helpers with activities to facilitate learning for various ages of youth.  Numerous group activities help youth develop essential life skills as they pursue their interest in veterinary medicine.
          • Veterinary Science: Grades 3-12; this book series will take youth through an exploration of the exciting world of veterinary science.




          • Acres of Adventures 1: (Grades 3-5) Adults and older youth will enjoy using these lesson plans to quickly engage youth in learn-by-doing agriculture activities within the following thematic units; Plant Detectives, Mystery Agriculture, All About Agriculture, Fast Food Agriculture (100 pages).
          • Acres of Adventures 2: (Grades 3-5) This group activity guide provides ready to use lesson plans that will quickly involve youth in experiential activities related to the following thematic units; Insect Invasion, Farm Physics, Agriculture Gone Wild, Frontier Living (100 pages.)
          • My Amazing Garden: A 30-minute video entertaining and educational step-by-step guide for beginning gardeners.   From planting to picking, fun ideas and projects, creative crafts, etc.
          • Fresh from the Family Farm: Join seven-year-old Nick as he experiences the fun of visiting Steve’s family farm!  This 30-minute video takes you from corn and tomatoes to tractor rides.  You and your children will be part of the action, helping Nick solve the mystery of growing fruits and vegetables.  Filled with music and humor.
          • Lawn & Garden Safety Education Program (The Lawn Ranger): This is an experiential learning guide for older youth to teach young youth (5-9-year-old).  The guide seeks to raise awareness around outdoor power equipment safety, particularly lawn mower.   The learning guide is designed to help older youth take action in their neighborhoods and communities by fostering safety awareness.  Colorfully illustrated while providing five fun-filled activities, stickers, mini-posters and a lawn ranger program completion certificate!  This is a great opportunity to have older youth mentor the young!
          • Junior Master Gardener Handbook: This handbook will help you learn more about the environment and the plant world around you.  Eight exciting chapters offer information and activities that make learning fun!
          • Junior Master Gardener Teacher / Leader Guide: An exciting adventure for you and your gardeners in the JMG program.   Make plant-able greeting cards….discover the wonderful world of worms….find out how plants clear water…create your own spider web…grow your own vegetables…make yummy dishes for you and your family and so much more!!!  Let’s Get Growing!
          • 4-H Activities with Soybeans: Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, innovative materials featuring using soybeans as a renewable resource to connect agriculture, food, and the environment to science education.


          Arts & Crafts

          A Palette of Fun with Arts & Crafts:  This Helper’s guide for children’s art activities is 133 pages of fun ideas and instructions which provide program goals for understanding and applying media, technique, processes and so much more!

          Cultural Studies & History

          • Global Education Resource Kit: (Pre-K through 6th grade) Lesson plans, action ideas, video documentaries, field trip opportunities.
            • Africa for Kids: Exploring a vibrant continent with 19 activities.  Africa, to some, is considered the most important continent in the world.  This book will explain why.   This book will take you from the snowcapped Kilimanjaro Mountains to the Great Rift Valley, rich in plant and animal life.  A world like something you have never seen.  Enjoy and learn different crafts, recipes and activities.
            • A Kid’s Guide to African American History: The timeline followed in this book, filled with over 70 activities, is from 3100 B.C. through modern day 1986.  Oh, the wealth of information!  The history of African American is a story that is both triumphant and sad.  Participate in the historically based activities, carve a miniature sandstone column similar to the one found in the ruins of a beautiful Ethiopian temple, make a medallion just like the famous one that was used to persuade people to stop slavery, and much more.
            • Chicken Soup for the African American Soul: This includes stories of inspiration, humor and wisdom that we can all relate to.  The pot is full and seasoned just right!  You can take a big helping all at once or dip a little at a time; author is Tom Joyner.


            • The Civil Rights Movement for Kids: The timeline on this book is from 1948 to 1968.   You will learn about the fight to end segregation and the people who are famous for making this happen.  A move toward equality that often ended in violence.  Freedom is never easily achieved.
            • A Kid’s guide to Asian American History: Go all the way back to 1763 and live time all the way to 1990 in this fascinating book.  Explore the diversity of Asian American culture through more than 90 activities.  Asian Americans are people who immigrated (moved from one country to another where they were not native) to the United States from Asia, or who have a parent, grandparent or great-grandparent from Asia.  Imagine packing a trunk, and how it felt to be an Asian immigrant deciding what to bring and what to leave behind.  In this book, you will experience that.
            • Marco Polo for Kids: Visit time from 1209 through 1368.  Marco Polo as born in 1254.  From the time Marco Polo was 15 through 39 years of age he had traveled to places no European had ever seen before.  With his father and uncle, he had traveled from Venice to the Holy Land.  From there they had sailed to a trading port on the eastern Mediterranean Sea.  He had traveled by caravan through vast deserts and over steep mountain ranges, stopping in exotic cities and humble villages until he came at last to the palace of Kublai Khan in far off China.  Do you have a sense of adventure?   Then you must read this book!
            • Tools of the Ancient Greeks: A kid’s guide to the history and science of life in ancient Greece.  You will meet people whose ideas changed the world, learn how the discoveries of ancient Greece affect us today, explore the history of Greek civilization with 15 hands-on activities, and build inventions, monuments and works of art.   When we look at the modern world and try to figure out why we live the way we do, we find ourselves turning often to a small nation in the Mediterranean Sea and to events that took place there more than 2,000 years ago.
            • Tools of the Ancient Romans: A kid’s guide to the history and science of life in ancient Rome.  The Roman Empire seems very distant and foreign to us today, but at its greatest strength, almost 2,000 years ago, it was the mightiest empire in the world.   How did such a huge empire begin?  Get lost in these pages to find out!
            • Global Art, Activities, Projects and Inventions from Around the World: This is an activity book filled with over 130 art ideas from around the world.  Some are based on customs, some on celebrations, others on discoveries or inventions and still others on native materials used in open artistic expression.  Global Art combines the fun and creativity of art with the mysteries of history, the lure of photography and the diversity of the cultures of the world.


              • The Honey Files; A Bee’s Life: Are you interested in Entomology?  This is a wonderful guide that will teach you about bees!   It is packed with information, activities and a video.   Don’t miss this one!
              • Project Butterfly Wings; Youth and Leader Guide: A video, “It’s a Buggy World.”


              Fishing & Environmental Stewardship

              • Let’s Fish Lake Michigan: A Michigan Short Angler’s Guide.
              • Notes on Fishing and Life: National Geographic Bass Master; this book shows you how to eliminate variables and to catch bass at any time of the day and under all conditions, not only in your home waters, but in any waters.
              • Environmental Stewardship; “Going Places”: This series of booklets includes units 1-5 as follows:
            •  “Cruise through History” teaches about transportation and the environment

            • “Natural Resources and Energy Use” discusses the environmental impacts of energy use

              • “Sweating Over Climate Change” learn about threats from air pollution, ozone depletion, and global warming
              • “Land Use” learn how transportation systems and choices affect land use
              • “A Matter of Choice” personal values and decisions about environmental and transportation issues. Also comes with an Introduction Guide (2 sets available).
              • WISE (Waste Information Series for Educators): The WISE Project addresses environmental concerns such as use of natural resources, air and water quality, and social / economic issues of environmental pollution.  Hands on activities for K-12.


              Food, Fitness &Nutrition

              • Science and Our Food Supply: Investigating Safety from Farm to Table:   A Video, “Dr. X and the Quest for Food Safety”.   A book, “Food Safety A to Z Reference Guide”.   For middle school to high school level.
              • Nutrition / Food Curriculum: Leader’s guide for 4-H foods levels A, B, C & D goes with bulletins; 6 East Bites, Tasty Tidbits, You’re the Chef and Foodworks.
              • Jump into Food & Fitness: Develop healthier lifestyles that will improve your overall health.   This guide features learning activities that are designed for children ages 5-7 and 12 on up.
              • Bicycle Adventures: Youth can map their own route to the world of bicycling and gain the confidence to navigate whatever comes their way.  This series contains three youth activity guides and a helper’s guide.  Don’t forget the video!  “Don’t Get Stuck:  Fix It” for ease of use, preventive maintenance and repair tips.



              • Geospatial: Grades 4-12 These four books are accessed entirely on one CD!
              • Getting Out 1: Where in the world are you?   Youth are introduced to new ways of thinking about geographic positions, navigational tools (like GPS, compassed, maps and globes), identifying locations, measuring distances and more.  Project activities like “Mega Bite’s Mystery”, “Map Teller”, “Data Everywhere!” and “The Navigator” make learning fun!
                • On the Trail 2: Maps, maps everywhere!  Future map-makers will learn how to collect data, combine the data with geographical positions and then make their own maps.  Maps of school grounds, neighborhoods, farms or towns, states and beyond can be made.  The choice is theirs!
                • Reaching Your Destination 3: Can maps solve problems?  Can they lower traffic congestion, pinpoint pollution sources, boost tourism, reduce disease and control crime?  Advanced learners find solutions to problems like these as they develop and use multi-layered maps to solve complex problems within their own communities.
                • Helper’s Guide 4: Also included on the CD, this helper’s guide supports group activities and group fun.  This CD provides the helper with the background and information needed to introduce learners to the world of geospatial concepts, GPS, magnetic compass, maps and GIS.  Activities include GPS Treasure Hunt, Navigational Skill-a-thon, I-M-A-G-E Bingo, Letterboxing, and GPS Search and Rescue-Find Bubba! And much more!



                Photography Books (series of 3):

                • Focus on Photography focuses on equipment basics, taking sharper pictures, the concepts of lighting and flash, photo composition approaches, as well as sequencing and evaluating photographs (80 pages.)
                • Controlling the Image explore depth of field, aperture and shutter speeds, hard & soft lighting, silhouettes and flash techniques.
                • Mastering Photography helps you understand the use of wide-angle and telephoto lenses, filters and special film, light meters, shooting photos with different light sources & the use of natural and artificial lighting for effect, and lot’s more. These are for sale for $11.00 for the series of 3 books or $4.00 each.


                Science & Technology

                • Exploring Robotics: This Robotics and You CD-ROM contains over a dozen step-by-step videos designed to teach ROBOLAB programming software.  The CD includes information on real-world technologies such as robo-mowers, autonomous pesticide sprayers and automated harvesters.  This resource will provide youth and the helpers with additional resources to complete the interactive activities in the Robotics activity guides.   Contents include RCX Preflight, real world robots, point turns, modifiers and many more.
                • Skills for Life Series – Small Engine: From lawnmowers to snow blowers, personal water craft, go carts, model airplanes and ATV’s.   These are just a few of the literally hundreds of machines around us powered by small engines.  With over 60 fun activities, the “Start Your Engines” curriculum helps youth understand how small engines work, how they work for us and how to keep them working.
                • Skills for Life Series – Investigating Electricity: Youth demystify the “magic” of electric circuits, magnetism, motors and electronics.   These materials allow youth to experience technology first hand and promote technical and scientific literacy.
                • Science Discover Series 1 & 2: Make science fun through hands-on learning!  Book 1 is for grades 3-6 and book 2 for grades 4-7.   These books are not just for classrooms but for homeschoolers, club meetings or personal growth.


                  • Quilting Book Stories: These books are cleverly written about quilting and their origins in a story format.  You can read about:  Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt;  Quilt of Dreams; The Piñata Quilt; The Tamale Quilt; The Tortilla Quilt; Shota and the Star Quilt.
                  • Skills for Life Series: Sewing & Textiles:  Provides numerous avenues for youth to create garments and unique costumes.  Features buying strategies, accessorizing, apparel care, apparel design, recycling, how to start your own business and the social and psychological influences of clothing. 
                  • Skills for Life Series: Clothing Decisions:  Do the clothes you wear reflect who you are?  Or who you’d like to be?  How do you find the style that’s you?  How do you look beyond advertising and first impulse to purchase clothing that you can afford and feel great wearing?   These and more questions will be answered through this curriculum.


                  Youth Issues of Today

                  • Peer Plus II: Expressions in yourself and relationships.  Includes topics on listening, decision making, trusting, stress management values etc.
                  • The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects: Over 500 service ideas for young people who want to make a difference (2 books in stock.)
                  • Teen Ink, What Matters: This book is filled with short stories from real teens telling it like it really is.  World matters, life matters, family matters, heroes etc.  Sign out the book or ask us about the “Laws of Life” essay contest matter.
                  • Unlock Your Leadership Potential: Provides an opportunity for young people to practice a variety of life skills while learning subject-matter including communication, getting along with others, making decisions, understanding different teaching methods and learning styles, managing resources and people, and working with groups.
                  • Raising Children in a Socially Toxic Environment: This book is written by James Garbarino, co-director of the Family Life Development Center and professor of human development at Cornell University.  He is also the author of seventeen books, including Children in Danger, What Children Can Tell Us and Lost Boys.
                  • And Words Can Hurt Forever: This book is how to protect adolescents from bullying, harassment, and emotional violence.  In this groundbreaking work, the authors uncover the staggering extent and consequences of schoolyard bullying and classroom hostility, flat-out contradicting the nursery rhyme that “words can never hurt you.”  The authors then present evidence that teenagers – hundreds of whom they interview – have the solution to school violence, if only adults would listen.  Written by James Garbarino, Ph.D and Elen DeLara, Ph.D
                  • 4-H Cloverbud Program (K-2 ages 5-7): If you have a young group, this is for you!  Science and technology, community expressive arts, healthy life style, environmental/earth science, citizenship/civic ed., consumerism/family science, personal development, and plants and animals.   These are fun, easy, experimental ways to learn about themselves and their world around them.
                  • 4-H Cloverbud Program Series II Curriculum: The kids had so much fun with the curriculum above, so they turned it into a series!  Within the same categories, here is a sneak peek; The Wonder of Water, Storytelling, Sports, Fall Festival, Digging Those Dinosaurs, Celebrations Butterflies, Worms & Spiders, and Chicken Embryology.  Just think of the fun you will have with your young ones learning and exploring the world around them.

                            Financial Champions:  Youth can become financial champions!  This curriculum teaches about needs and wants, money personalities and values, goal-setting, communication, ways to use and save money, the benefits and drawbacks of credit, advertising influences, consumer decision making and how to select financial services.

                  • Step Up to Leadership: A series of books from Skills for Life Series.  Four books each offering a different grade level; K-5 mentor guide, 3-5, 6-8, 6-12 mentor guide and 9-12.  Interactive activities and real-life experiences in relationship building communication, group process, planning and organizing and more. Use these books at home, in clubs, youth groups, school and the community.

                  Communications Resource:  This includes categories such as video, media and technology, visual communications and graphic design, vocal expression & public speaking as well as written communications.

                  • Group Dynamite: Group environment, leadership in groups, decision making in groups, and much more!
                  • Grief Work: Guide for Survival and Growth:  The manual prepares you for dealing with death.  It discusses accepting the reality of your death, getting your affairs in order, legal devices, wills, pre-planning a funeral, helping children deal with death, when a child dies, when a spouse dies, when a parent dies and virtually any subject dealing with death and coping.
                  • Talking with T J Program Kit, Teamwork Series: Video and curriculum for 2-4 grades to learn important skills of planning, cooperating, and appreciating differences.  Encourages work and play in more caring and cooperative ways, a very important goal in today’s culturally diverse society.
                  • Talking with T J Program Kit for Conflict Resolution: Staying cool’s the way we choose, when we fight…. we all lose.  If we both say how we feel, we’ll work out a better deal.  Work it out with friendly words…fighting words are for the birds.   This sums up what this program kit offers.
                  • Global Cultural Kit: This resourceful kit takes youth around the world for global awareness.  You’ll stimulate and encourage the practice of thinking from other diverse perspectives, accept and respect differences, and overcome stereotypes and prejudices.
                  • Entrepreneurship: Grades 7-12 (2 books) – youth develop knowledge, skills and mindsets to meet the challenges of work and community in the 21st century with this multi-level guide.  Activities assist youth in learning what it takes to be an entrepreneur and whether they have “The Right Stuff” to meet the challenges.  Youth practice the skills needed to function successfully as an entrepreneur and explore types of businesses, products and pricing, marketing, partnership, agreements and contracts.  Youth create a business plan and start their own business.
                  • The Entrepreneurship Helper’s Guide: Full of hands-on activities for helpers to use with group meetings of youth pursuing entrepreneurship.  All activities are correlated to the national educational standards and benchmarks for middle and high school students (40 pages.)


                  4-H Promotional Material

                  • DVD: “Wanted – 4-H Club Leaders”
                  • The American Promise I and II
                  • 4-H Exploration Days
                  • 4-H Banners   (for loan to clubs that have 4-H events scheduled and want to promote 4-H)


                  • Compasses: 12 Orienteering Polaris Compasses:  Teach or learn how to use a compass.  Great for outdoor survival skills.
                  • Parachute with Balls: This parachute is available for loan to events.   It includes three balls that can be used in activities!   It also comes with instructions and ideas for new activities.
                  • Encyclopedia Britannica 2003 Student Edition



                  Life Skills Book Series


                  Aerospace Adventures


                  -  Gardening        

                  - Sewing




                  -  Goat                    

                  - Swine




                  -  Horse                 

                  - Theater Arts




                  -  Horticulture 

                  - Woodworking Wonders




                  -  Poultry               

                  - Workforce Preparation




                  -  Rabbit                





                  -  Sheep



                   Workshops & Training (Club Leaders & Members)

                  Workshops and training are held during the program year at Kettunen Center and W.K. Kellogg Biological Station and you can find information regarding training and workshops available online at 4-H Volunteer Training and Workshops.


                  There are costs to some workshops and the Kent County 4-H Council does offer a scholarship, which is a reimbursement after attending the workshop.   Contact your Kent County 4-H Program Coordinator for amount of scholarship and how you submit a 4-H Council Reimbursement form.


                  Additional training offered by MSU Extension can be found at the Events online calendar.  Other opportunities for volunteers / club leaders to volunteer and mentor can be found on the MSU Extension 4-H Volunteering and Mentoring web page.



                  (updated 2018)