4-H Ontario Policy O-M-15 – Code of Conduct
(Updated: December 15, 2019)
Code of Conduct for 4-H in Canada
As a positive youth development organization, we are committed to providing 4-H members with meaningful experiential learning opportunities within an environment that is safe, inclusive and fun for all involved. This is the responsibility of everyone involved in any 4-H activity.
This Code of Conduct applies to:
- 4-H youth members and their families;
- 4-H trained leaders and screened volunteers;
camp counselors and youth leaders; non-screened guests;
- 4-H staff and governing leadership;
- 4-H program partners; other participants or observers of 4-H events.
Represent 4-H and myself in a positive way
Use words, actions, and behaviors that are respectful, non-judgmental, and kind towards all youth, leaders, volunteers, staff, families and participants.
Honour the 4-H Pledge and participate in the spirit of good sportsmanship, respecting rules and guidelines.
Ensure all actions, including social media activity, is positive and reflects the integrity of 4-H.
Act with honesty and integrity when dealing with property, monies and other assets being used for 4-H purposes.
Respect other youth, leader, volunteer and staff’s rights to privacy and the confidentiality of personal information.
Provide appropriate animal care according to industry codes of practice
- Abide by all Federal and Provincial Laws.
- Promote a safe, inclusive and fun environment
- Be vigilant in ensuring an environment that is safe and protects youth, leaders, volunteers and staff from emotional, physical, verbal and sexual abuse.
- Refrain from using drugs or alcohol during any 4-H youth events.
- Make all reasonable efforts to ensure equal opportunity and access to participation for all 4-H youth members and abide by the 4-H Canada’s Inclusion Statement.
- Uphold the 4-H motto “Learn To Do By Doing” in an environment that is friendly and fun.
- Lead by example
- Adhere to the policies and procedures of 4-H Canada and Provincial
- Act as a positive role model.
- Work collaboratively with all, including 4-H members, families, fellow leaders and
volunteers, staff and guests.
In addition, trained leaders, screened volunteers and staff will:
- Fulfill their responsibilities as outlined in the position description, and act within
the limitations of authority for the position.
- Maintain the confidentiality of any information regarding 4-H that was obtained as
part of the position.