Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is 4-H?
4-H is a youth development program that helps kids 6-19 find and develop their "spark" or passion in life as well as develop a sense of community through smaller club-like classes called 'projects'. 4-H has a variety of projects, from the arts, to agriculture, even programming and animal care. 4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands, Health. 4-H is also known for their system of 'by children, for children'. Most of the activities and events are led by kids in leadership positions and projects.
Q: Is 4-H just about animals?
It's not just about animals. The Tassajara 4-H Club helps young people discover and develop their potential by setting goals and making plans and decisions while working on projects and being involved in activities. Project topics range from cooking to sewing to rabbits and many more.
Q: How do I join a project?
Project sign ups are held at club registration. Project leaders will have descriptions, examples, and sign up sheets. If you are unable to make this meeting it is important to contact a 4-H leader or project leader beforehand to ensure you are able to sign up for your projects. A detailed description of a 4-H project can be found here.
Q: How much time does 4-H occupy?
The amount of time 4-H can fill is anywhere from an hour a month to many hours a week. Members are encouraged to attend the monthly hour-long community meetings every third Tuesday of the month from August to May. Individuals can choose the number of projects they want to take and what other groups they want to participate in (officers position, 4-H camp, events) which is what determines the amount of time 4-H will take up. An individual’s 4-H schedule can be personalized to fit into their lives.
Q: What does it cost to be in 4-H?
The annual 4-H youth membership fee is currently $150 and the adult volunteer fee is $30, which goes to county, state, and national level 4-H. Generally projects do not charge fees except for any materials used during the duration of the project. Some projects, such as the various livestock project require members to pay for larger costs (the purchase and feeding of the livestock), while other projects do not charge at all. The club also has various fundraisers throughout the year that help cover the costs of food at meetings and other accommodations.
Q: Where do we meet?
Community meetings are held at the Danville Grange every third Tuesday at 7:00 pm. Project meetings are usually held at project leader’s houses, but the locations can vary around the San Ramon/Danville area, or further for field trips.
Q: What are Record books?
Record books are optional forms completed throughout a 4-H year that highlight the achievements, growth, and learning of a member. By completing a record book, a member can practice essential record keeping skills, appreciate their own achievements and growth, and win awards through club, county, state, and even national competitions. More information is available here.