4-H Ontario

Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities

Lead a Club

The heart of 4-H is in its clubs. 4-H clubs are comprised of a minimum of six 4-H members and two amazing trained and screened volunteers who act as club leaders. The club decides on a topic of interest and through instruction by leaders, and hands on learning, members learn about the topic during 4-H meetings. In addition to gaining a hands-on education, members develop leadership skills, they gain an understanding of how an individual can affect their community and country, and they make lasting friendships. The truth of the matter is, 4-H members aren’t the only ones learning. 4-H club leaders are often learning along side the members. Through club activities, communication and learning to do by doing, anything is possible!

The mutual learning, growth and development that occurs for both the member and volunteer is key. 4-H strives to develop leadership and life skills in youth, but club leaders always come away feeling equal benefit. Volunteers have the opportunity to watch the members they work with grow and develop. Seeing youth develop leadership skills, and gain an understanding of how they can affect their community and country is an amazing reward.

When you are 4-H Ontario club leader you are a part of a respected, long standing tradition. When teaching and learning alongside youth, the rewards are endless.

If you want to know more on what it means to be a club leader, please contact:
office@4-hontario.ca or
1.877.410.6748 x470

Lead the Cloverbuds Program

The Cloverbud program is an opportunity for youth ages 6–8 to learn about all facets of 4-H Ontario projects. This exciting addition to 4-H Ontario is a hands-on, activity-based program that covers a wide variety of topics, including agriculture, food, crafts, lifeskills, environment and science. By participating in the Cloverbud program, participants are able to get a taste for the topics covered in 4-H projects while developing an understanding of 4-H values. Cloverbuds provides “Learn To Do By Doing” activities and is delivered by 4-H volunteers. 4-H Ontario provides program material to volunteers who have decided to run Cloverbuds in their area.

For more info on this program click here.

Attend a Symposium

 

A Volunteer Symposium will be hosted in each of the 4-H regions across the province and will be a great opportunity to meet and share with Volunteers from across your 4-H Region. Each Symposium will host a variety of workshops and Round Table discussions with topics selected by volunteers. Volunteer Symposiums are focused on 4-H volunteers and what’s important to you. Lunch will be provided.

Full Details here

Serve as a Director on the Ontario 4-H Council

Are you interested in contributing to the future vision and direction of the 4-H program in Ontario? Association Representatives have the opportunity to apply to be on Ontario  4-H Council Board of Directors. Elections are held in conjunction with the Ontario 4-H Council’s Annual General Meeting each year in the spring. Nominations can be  submitted right up until the election. Association Representatives vote and elect Council Directors from the presented nominees.

For more information or to apply, please contact:
4-H Ontario's Office Administrator
phass@4-hontario.ca
1.877.410.6748 x474

Attend a 4-H Volunteer Conference

4-H Ontario's Conference and Annual Meeting

This three day conference is open to all current 4-H Ontario Volunteers. Enjoy networking with 4-H volunteers from across the province, attend interesting workshops and learn more about your favourite organization... oh, and there will be lots of fun too!

full details here

Help at a Youth Camp or Conference

As an Adult Facilitator or Chaperone

Who says kids get to have all the fun? Help out at a 4-H Ontario camp or conference and have some fun while ensuring participants have a safe and fantastic time. Get the camp experience you never had (or now miss), while contributing your own energy, enthusiasm and knowledge. This person would understand the policies of the 4-H program as outlined in the 4-H Ontario Code of Conduct. 

Prior to the opportunity, Facilitators will be provided with an overview of the program and its activities. All supplies and instructions are provided for the activities however Facilitators are encouraged to use their unique talents to enhance the activities and programs. Facilitators are asked to be at a minimum three (3) years older than the oldest participant attending the opportunity. For example: for Youth Adventure Camp, for 13–15 year olds, facilitators would be 18 years old minimum. Chaperones would be a minimum of 21 years of age.

Overnight Opportunities
(Provincial Leadership Camp, Youth Adventure Camp, Career Mania etc.)

The time commitment varies per opportunity. Typically, these volunteers would be asked to arrive prior to the delegates on the first day and leave shortly after the delegates on the last day. Also being available for an opportunity-specific training (an hour to full day depending on the opportunity) would be asked, as well as a wrap up teleconference call for approximately an hour.

Day Opportunities 
(Discovery Days)

The time commitment varies per opportunity. Typically, these volunteers would be asked to arrive prior to the delegates on the first day and leave shortly after the delegates on the last day. Also being available for an opportunity-specific training (an hour to full day depending on the opportunity) would be asked, as well as a wrap up teleconference call for approximately an hour.

As a Youth Facilitator

Similar to the Adult Facilitator role, Youth Facilitators work to include all participants in the activities and ensure that an environment is created where participants are able to contribute their thoughts and feelings for personal growth. Youth facilitators support the role of Facilitator in the staff team.

Youth Facilitators are asked to be a minimum of two (2) years older than the oldest participant attending the opportunity.

The time commitment varies per opportunity. Typically, these volunteers would be asked to arrive prior to the delegates on the first day and leave shortly after the delegates on the last day. Also being available for an opportunity-specific training (an hour to full day depending on the opportunity) would be asked, as well as a wrap up teleconference call for approximately an hour.

As an Evening Program Volunteer

An evening program volunteer is a person who is willing to come into camp and assist the 4-H Ontario Programming staff in providing overnight supervision including activities such as nightly room checks and/or patrols. This person would understand the policies of the 4-H program as outlined in the 4-H Ontario Code of Conduct. Evening volunteers are asked to be at least 21 years old. They would be welcome to stay overnight at the facility however that is not a requirement. The time commitment for an evening volunteer would be between one to four hours per night.

For more information or to discuss these roles, contact:
4-H Ontario’s Coordinator, Programming 
opportunities@4-hontario.ca
1.877.410.6748 x483