Members must be in 4th grade to enroll in any shooting sports project. In addition, the following minimum age requirements must also be met:
- Youth enrolling in air rifle must be 9 years old as January 1 of the current year.
- Youth enrolling in air pistol must be 12 years old as of January 1 of the current year.
- Youth enrolling in .22 rifle must be 12 years old as of January 1 of the current year.
- Youth enrolling in .22 pistol must be 12 years old as of January 1 of the current year.
- Youth enrolling in shotgun must be 12 years old as of January 1 of the current year.
- Youth enrolling in muzzleloading must be 12 years old as of January 1 of the current year.
- Youth enrolling in archery must be 9 years old as of January 1 of the current year.
All 4-H shooting sports members participating in the archery, air rifle, pistol, shotgun, and muzzle loading projects are to be under the guidance of a 4-H certified shooting sports leader. Parents interested in working with their own children must become certified in order for it to be considered 4-H project work. Project members will receive a schedule of practices. Members are responsible for determining which practices they will attend and how many. Information on the competition for archery and air rifle held at the county fair will be distributed during the summer. Each member is responsible for meeting the requirements for participation. Shoots are held throughout the state in the spring, summer and fall months as a means for youth to practice their abilities in these sports. A project fee is collected to assist in maintaining and upgrading project equipment.
Information on leader certification and other opportunities can be found at http://www.uwex.edu/ces/4h/onlinpro/shooting/index.cfm
Members in the horse and horseless horse projects are invited to join the Waushara County 4-H Horse Association. The association has monthly business meetings and clinics on a regular basis to assist beginning project members learn new skills and advanced project members to develop their leadership skills. The group also provides an opportunity for youth to meet other horse enthusiasts in a social environment. The association sponsors an annual Horse Camp. This weekend event offers a number of clinics for members from beginning to advance levels. Older members serve as camp counselors. There is a membership deadline for a reduced horse camp registration fee and an enrollment fee. Families are also expected to participate in fund raising activities to help cover part of the costs of clinics and horse camp.
Members in the rabbit project are invited to join the Waushara County 4-H Rabbit Association. The association has monthly business meetings and demonstrations. The group also provides an opportunity for youth to meet other rabbit enthusiasts in a social environment. Clinics, workshops, and fun shows are also planned on a regular basis to assist project members in learning new skills. Advanced project members have abundant opportunities to develop their leadership skills. There is a membership fee. Families may be asked to participate in fund raising activities to help cover part of the costs of clinics and other events.
Dog Obedience Training
Annually six or more sessions are offered to youth interested in working with their dogs on obedience training. Different levels of training are offered based on the experience of the dog and the handler. At the end of the trainings, a certified judge will evaluate your ability to handle your dog following established patterns and exercises. This is typically held during the summer. Youth have the opportunity of also participating in the State Dog Show, typically held in late summer. A participation fee is collected.
Market Animal Project
Youth in beef, sheep, swine, rabbits and poultry and dairy learn about raising a meat animal that will be sold at the county fair, provided all the qualifications are met. Members must initially sign up for the specific animal project, along with the Market Animal or Dairy Sponsorship Project during the regular enrollment process.
Clothing and Foods Revue
Members in Exploring, Clothing, Knitting, Crocheting and Foods can prepare a project and discuss it with a judge for their evaluation. Entry choices relate to the 4-H project literature and member abilities. This event is held in April at the Courthouse.
Project Discovery Day
This very popular event offers younger members the opportunity to learn or experience something new in a project they are enrolled in or an area they may be curious about. Youth can choose three sessions from about twenty five offerings. Instructors are 4-H leaders, community volunteers and older members. Most of the sessions are hands-on and members take home completed projects. The Leaders Association pays for all supplies needed by members.
Project Workshop Day
This day provides members with a more focused opportunity to learn about a project. Members attend one session up to four hours in length. The learning may be on a beginning or intermediate level. Participants may be asked to pay a session fee.
Cloverbud & Explorer Day Camp
A day camp for Cloverbuds and Explorers is typically held in winter and summer. Older members and leaders chose a theme and plan games and activities of interest to members. The winter camp is held at the Courthouse and the summer camp is Camp Lakotah. A camp fee is collected.
Third through sixth grades enjoy summer camp at Upham Woods near Wisconsin Dells. Camp provides members with the opportunity to interact with 4-H members from four counties and a chance to further their appreciation for nature. The Leaders Association provides a 50% scholarship for all participants. Camp is three days and two nights. Members in grades 7&8 can participate in outpost camp at a Wisconsin State Park in the Wisconsin Dells area. They camp in tents and prepare their own meals. Older youth are selected to serve as counselors at these camps.
Festival of the Arts
Clubs and individuals are invited to perform music and drama selections at the annual Festival of the Arts event. Groups and individuals can indicate if they wish to have feedback from a judge on their performance. One music group and one drama group performance are nominated for performance at the Wisconsin State Fair.
Speaking and Demonstration Contest
Youth can enter in different speaking and demonstration categories to practice and be critiqued on their skills and abilities.