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4-H Volunteer Training Series (VTS)

Welcome to the 4-H Volunteer Training Series

This series contains a wealth of information, from how to start a club, to planning field trips, to how to work with youth. Other publications referred to in the series may be available from the state 4-H website ( or from your county 4-H staff. This series is intended to provide the information you need to be successful as a 4-H volunteer and, especially, to start and lead a 4-H club.

Adopting 4-H Club Bylaws

4H338/4H338 by Keith G. Diem, Judy Levings, and Ben KnowlesNovember 7, 2017

Florida 4-H Shooting Sports Level 1 Instructor Training & Certification—Volunteer Leader Training Series

4H382/4HFSV371 by Julie P. Dillard, Heather C. Kent, and Julia S. KellyOctober 21, 2021A UF/IFAS numbered Fact Sheet for 4-H/Youth audience(s). in support of UF/IFAS Extension program: Youth development

Making Learning Fun

4H340/4H340 by Keith G. Diem and Judy LevingsJanuary 13, 20224-H

Planning a Successful Field Trip

4H339/4H339 by Keith G. Diem and Ben KnowlesNovember 7, 2017

4-H Project Learning

4H343/4H343 by Judith LevingsNovember 9, 2017

Protecting Youth and Volunteers by Planning Ahead, Reducing Risk

4H342/4H342 by Keith G. DiemNovember 7, 2017

Running a Smooth 4-H Business Meeting

4H344/4H344 by Chris DeCubellisOctober 17, 2017

Volunteer Training Series—4-H Cloverbuds Program: 4-H for Younger Members

4H369/4H369 by Amanda Squitieri and Sarah HensleyNovember 21, 2018

4-H Volunteer Training Series: Recognizing Young People

4H370/4H370 by Originally written by Georgene Bender. Revised by Geralyn Sachs, Sarah Hensley, Andrew Toelle, Kelsey Cook, Marnie Ward, Shayla Reighter, Dallas Meringolo, and Courtney Quirie.May 16, 2024Developing a sense of belonging is one of the Essential Elements of a positive youth development experience. Creating an inclusive environment in your 4-H club programs and activities can help you achieve this goal. Providing many forms of recognition for all, not just for those who excel in competition with other youth, supports this sense of belonging.