What is 4-H?
Using the Mozilla Firefox browser, register online at 4-H Connect. Adult Volunteers are needed and are always welcome. You can register as a Project Leader, Volunteer, or a Club Manager the same way.
Please contact the Gray Extension Office at 806-669-8033 for more information.
- September thru November: Pecans, Mixed Nuts, Dried Fruit and Gift Baskets. Orders arrive just in time for Holiday Baking.
- Fall and Spring Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply
- May – Geranium sales at United the full weekend before Mothers’ Day
- North Fork: 3rd Tuesday at 6:00 in the Gray County Annex
- Top O Texas Archery: 3rd Thursday at 6:00 at the Bull Barn
- Clover Kids: 2nd Monday at 5:30 in the Gray County Annex
- Consumer Education
- Fashion & Interior Design
- Food & Nutrition
- Livestock (Beef, Goats, Sheep, Swine)
- Livestock Judging
- Public Speaking
- Shooting Sports (Archery, Shotgun)
Awards and Recognition
4-H Member Awards
Project Record Documents
4-H Projects are not considered “complete” until a record document has been submitted to the Gray County 4-H Extension Office
4-H Record Books
Recordkeeping is a valuable skill taught to members of the Texas 4-H program. Members are encouraged to
keep project records and have these records reviewed annually by submitting a Texas 4-H Record Book. The
primary purposes of completing a Record Book are for a young person to develop the skills necessary to set
goals, work toward achieving those goals, reflect on his/her experiences, and set new and higher goals for
themselves. A secondary benefit is to prepare young people for the process of completing academic scholarship
and/or collegiate admission applications.
Recordkeeping – maintaining a history of one’s activities such as financial dealings or life events by entering
data in ledgers, journals, calendars or putting items into a file system; an essential life skill.
4-H Record Book – the competitive event where 4-H members assemble their records into a specified document
and submit those for evaluation against other 4-H members. However, one may choose to complete a record
book just for the skill learned and not elect to submit for competition.
A 4-H member must submit a completed record book in order to receive a county medal. The first year, the medal will be in the project area submitted in the record book. Following years, the member may choose another project area in which a project was completed that year.
All 4-H members who have completed at least one project record form in the past year will receive a year pin.
Participation Points Awards:
To be awarded to 4-Hers of any age who meets the point total requirements explained on page 34. Points may be accumulated from year to year until the required total is reached. The forms on pages 35-40 should be used to record points and must be submitted for point verification.
Rookie of the Year:
Best 1st year 4-H member. Selection will be based on Recordbook placing and participation points.
Introduction and History of the Gold Star:
The Gold Star Award is the highest achievement award given by the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program through the county 4-H Program. The Texas 4-H Gold Star Award can only be awarded once in a member’s 4-H career.
The presentation of the Gold Star Pin begun in 1933, the first year Mr. E.C. Martin was Boys 4-H Club Specialist. Mr. Martin tells us the pin was prompted by an effort to recognize the people who did the work rather than the agents. Previous to this time, the agents submitting the largest number of 4-H records received the recognition.
Gray County awards the historic pin, and a custom-made belt buckle or bracelet, and a canvas portrait. Gold Star Recipients are also recognized at the Annual District Gold Star Awards Banquet, which is held in the Fall.
Danforth “I Dare You” Award:
Senior 4-H member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and citizenship. Selection will be based on Recordbook placing and participation points.
Teen Leader Award:
Given to recognize 4-Hers who have led a project group or group activity. This means they have assumed full leadership roles of a project group or activity without the continued supervision of an adult leader or project leader. Nomination application is on page 26.
Junior Leader Award:
Given to recognize 4-Hers who have assisted with a 4-H project group or activity. Nomination application is on page 27.
Senior 4-H Award: 4-H hanging bags will be awarded to Senior 4-H members who have placed first at District or State contests. A 4-Her may receive this award once.
Gray County Extension Education Council Scholarship:
A scholarship in the amount of $300 to apply towards continuing education at the university of the recipient’s choice. Awarded to a graduating 4-H member.
Outstanding Leader Award:
To recognize adult leaders who has provided time, leadership, organization skills, and knowledge to making 4-H in Gray County the best it can be. Two can be selected. Selected by the Gray County 4-H Youth Council.
Friend of 4-H: An individual, business, organization, etc., who has made an outstanding contribution of time, service, or money to the 4-H program. Selected by the Gray County 4-H Youth Council.
Distinguished Adult Leader Award:
To recognize adult leaders on the District Level. Selection will be conducted by the Gray County Adult Leaders Council. Two can be selected. Award may be received only once. Nominations will be accepted from clubs or individuals. Nominees must have been a leader for at least one 4-H year.
ATTENTION LIVESTOCK PROJECT FAMILIES:
The Gray County 4-H Stock TRAILER IS AVAILABLE TO GRAY 4-H ADULT VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE BEEN APPROVED IN 4-H CONNECT.
See 4-H Enrollment or call or stop by the Extension Office for more information.