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Volunteer Education

Program Contact: Bridget Rohner, WSU Extension Youth Family & Community Education, Lincoln-Adams
(509) 725-4171 •

LeaderYouth_LineDrawing_Filled4-H volunteers are the backbone of the 4-H program! 4-H can not grow and can not grow youth into tomorrow’s good citizens and community leaders without caring adults willing to share their time working with youth and other adults to create and conduct relevant activities and experiences.

To ensure 4-H youth have physically and emotionally safe, fun & learning environments at all 4-H activities, ALL adults with unsupervised access to 4-H youth must apply, be screened, trained, and certified for their specific roles.

Certification Steps:

    1. Contact the Extension Office and APPLY
    2. Complete 4-H Volunteer Leader Training
      In Grant, Adams, & Lincoln counties, the required basic 4-H Volunteer Leader Training is called “4-H 101.”
      Note: We need at least 5 firm RSVPs from adults with 4-H Volunteer Applications on file to schedule/confirm leader education sessions.”4-H 101″ – Laying the Foundation for a SPARKLING Youth Program! “4-H 101” is conducted in two parts. BOTH are required for certification. 4-H 101 is an opportunity for ANYONE (leaders, parents, supporters, teens) in the Grant-Adams-Lincoln Co. WA area to enhance their skills to organize and provide dynamic activities and programs for youth. Topics covered include:

      • Creating Safe & Supportive Environments
      • 4-H Policies, Procedures  & Program Management
      • Educational Design & Delivery
      • Principles of Positive Youth Development

        4-H 101 4-H Volunteer Leader Training – Part 1 

        Register online and complete:
        Basic Volunteer Training – E-learning Modules for Volunteers 
        The Password is “volunteer” 
        Print off the certificate at the end of each module to provide to Extension Office as proof of completion. Lincoln-Adams residents without email or reliable internet that are not able to utilize local school, library, or friend’s computer can make arrangements through Julie (509-659-3209) to complete the on-line learning component.


        Complete the on-line “Put the Child First” training PRIOR to attending 4-H 101 Part 2
        This was removed from the 4-H 101 Part 2 face to face session due to time constraints.

        BOTH of these on-line training sessions are located on:
        If you do not have access to high-speed internet at home, through your library or other, contact the Extension Office for appointment to login to complete these on-line trainings.

        4-H 101 – 4-H Volunteer Leader Training – Part 2

        Make sure your 4-H Volunteer Application is on file when or shortly after you RSVP!

      • Dates TBD

Reminder 4-H 101 Part 1 is a prerequisite for 4-H 101 Part 2:

─ Completed WSU 4-H Volunteer Application on file at the Extension office.
─ Complete Online: Volunteer E-Learning Modules.
(If possible, print & keep a copy of your certificate at the end of each module)
─ Complete Online:  “Put the Child First” WSU Child Protection Volunteer Training Video.

Volunteer Enrollment

Completed 4-H Volunteer Application, completion of both 4-H 101 Parts 1 & 2, + successful background check are required for certification and enrollment as a 4-H volunteer. A volunteer will be officially enrolled once the certification process is complete, and all information is submitted including forms signed by the volunteer in the 4hOnline enrollment system. 

Additional Training sessions MAY be scheduled depending on the availability of 4-H Training Staff AND A MINIMUM of 5 adults that can agree to attend training on the same date in the same location. Watch for more details.

Club Charter Training & New Family 4-H Group Orientation

Once all or most of the prospective leaders of a new 4-H Club, or NEW Family 4-H Group are TRAINED and certified, (see above) an additional Club Charter/Group Orientation session will be scheduled for the General (Head) leader(s) and Adult Club Treasurers of the group. This session will review and cover additional details concerning group organization. The Club Charter Training is also required when there is a transition to a different General (Head) Leader for a Club.

Additional Education for 4-H Volunteers


Preserve the Taste of Summer (Required for Food Preservation Project leadership)

Preserve the Taste of Summer is a series of eight online lessons for 4-H project leaders leading Food Preservation curriculum and activities, as well as the in-home consumer. Beginning September 1, 2015, all 4-H volunteers leading projects involving food preservation must have completed this training series to enroll as a Food Preservation Project Leader.

To take the online course, visit to register for the series.  To participate, you will need a computer manufactured in the last five years and have a stable internet connection.  The cost of the series is $25.00. Informational Flyer. If you are unable to access this course at home, library, or other location, check with your local WSU Extension Office for options. Please print off any documentation as you complete each of the chapters to provide proof of completion to the Extension Office.

Shooting Sports (Required for Shooting Sports Project leadership)

Additional 4-H Shooting Sports Training for specific shooting sports disciplines is required for certified 4-H volunteers to lead 4-H Shooting Sports Projects. Lincoln and (East) Adams 4-H leaders interested in leading shooting sports projects should contact Julie Hartz 509-659-3209. You will be notified when 4-H Shooting Sports Trainings are scheduled in WA or ID.
More info on WA State 4-H Shooting Sports.

Education for 4-H Livestock Volunteers (Highly recommended)

Check out the on-line training modules for 4-H livestock leaders! On-line training is an accessible, interactive, and fun way to learn more about topics that are important for youth livestock projects!
Visit the Veterinary Medicine Extension 4-H & Fair Page for topics such as:

  • Animal Disease Screening Tools
  • Biscecurity
  • Disease Prevention and Housing Modules
  • Quality Assurance