Projects & Competitions

The first step to start your year in 4-H is to choose a project! Learning new skills, making things and visiting places with friends are all part of a 4-H project. Members can take one project or many projects. For first-year members, we advised one or two projects to start.

Give some thought to the projects you would like. Talk to your parents and 4-H leaders! They can help you choose a project that matches your interest, ability and resources.

Members choose between a variety of LIFE SKILLS projects like sewing, crafts, photography, heritage, scrapbooking and LIVESTOCK projects such as dairy, beef, light horse, sheep, dog, poultry and goat.

Each project has its own requirements and every member receives a project newsletter. Life Skills projects usually begin in late fall, while Livestock projects typically start later in the 4-H year in the spring/summer months.

Life Skills

Building Blocks

Community Engagement & Communications

Building with blocks can bring out the creativity in everyone! Create your own masterpiece to show your 4-H Family and friends.

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Cake Decorating

The Environment & Healthy Living

Is there a special occasion coming up? Learn basic cake decorating techniques and then advance to create designs, borders, and flowers.

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Computer

Science & Technology

The computer project provides hand on experience in understanding, programming, learning the parts and building computers.

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Crafts

The Environment & Healthy Living

This project gives you a chance to be creative! Members are required to complete three articles using different techniques. The possibilities are endless!

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Exploring 4-H

Community Engagement & Communications

Are you new to 4-H? Not sure what projects you would like to take? Then Exploring 4-H is just for you! Exploring 4-H members get to try different projects throughout the project year.

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First Aid

The Environment & Healthy Living

The first aid project is based on St. John Ambulance training guidelines. 4-H members and leaders can use other training systems ie. Red Cross or Royal Life Saving.

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Foods

The Environment & Healthy Living

Foods members learn proper food preparation techniques including washing, cutting and sorting, as well as safe food practices, and nutrition. Each project year members will focus on a different food group.

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Grade 10 Credit

Community Engagement & Communications

Personal Development Credit to receive a Grade 10 school credit which recognizing 4-H members’ work.

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Great Outdoors

The Environment & Healthy Living

Explore the Great Outdoors! Learn about trees, plants, hiking, camping, wildlife, how to use a compass and map, and much more!

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Heritage

Community Engagement & Communications

Trace your heritage! Research your family tree and explore the crafts, foods, and other aspects of your local history and beyond!

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Horticulture

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

Do you have a green thumb? This project will help you learn to grow, maintain, and harvest your own garden.

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Photography

Community Engagement & Communications

Say cheese! Learn how to take different types of photos of animals, people, landscapes, and special effects.

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Scrapbooking

Community Engagement & Communications

Have boxes of photos? Why not try this project and organize them into a scrapbook for everyone to see!

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Sewing

Community Engagement & Communications

Make the garment of your choice! Five levels are available in this project, so there is something for everyone – from small household items to prom dresses and jackets.

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Small Engines

Science & Technology

Have you ever wondered how engines work or how to fix them? Learn about the parts of small engines, how they are assembled, and troubleshooting.

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Tractor

Science & Technology

In this project, members learn about different types of tractors and how they work, and participate in driving competitions.

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Veterinary Science

Science & Technology

Learn the anatomy of animals, disease prevention, and much more of the in’s and out’s of animals.

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Welding

Science & Technology

Learn types of welding equipment, safety procedures, and how to make different types of welds.

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Woodworking

Community Engagement & Communications

Do you want to learn to build things with wood? A table? A birdfeeder? This project offers lots of choices for both the beginner and experienced member.

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Livestock

Beef

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

Members learn about selecting their calf, feeding, care, showmanship, and about commercial beef production. Market Steer project is also offered.

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Cavy

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

Pets offer a great introduction to livestock projects. There are currently thirteen breeds of Cavy to offer variety in presentation.

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Dairy

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

Learn about selecting a calf, nutrition, grooming, health, showmanship and how dairy farms operate.

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Dog Obedience

Community Engagement & Communications

Take your dog through obedience classes to learn a variety of  commands and behaviors.

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Draft Horse

Community Engagement & Communications

Learn about raising and showing draft horses – this includes mane and tail braiding.

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Goat

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

Learn about various goat breeds, care, feeding, showmanship, and conformation.

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Light Horse Basics

Community Engagement & Communications

Giddy up! Learn about horse breeds, showmanship, general care, grooming, English or Western riding, and much more. A Light Horse Driving project is also offered.

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Light Horse-Western/English

Community Engagement & Communications

Learn about horse breeds, showmanship, general care, grooming, English or Western riding, and much more. A Light Horse Driving project is also offered.

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Market Goat

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

Learn about raising, fitting, showing and the sale of their goat, and to promote 4-H through a 4-H Goat Sale at the 4-H NS Show.

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Market Lamb

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

Learn about raising, fitting, showing and the sale of their lamb, and to promote 4-H through a 4-H Lamb Sale at the 4-HNS Show

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Market Steer

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

Learn about raising, fitting, showing and the sale of their steer, and to promote 4-H through a 4-H Steer Sale at the 4-H NS Show.

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Market Turkey

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

Learn about raising, fitting, showing and the sale of their turkey, and to promote 4-H through a 4-H Turkey Sale at the 4-H NS Show.

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Mini Horse

Community Engagement & Communications

Learn about feeding, care and showing miniature horses.

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Poultry

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

Which came first – the chicken or the egg? Purchase chicks to raise or hatch your own! Learn about care, feeding, housing, showmanship, and conformation. A Market Turkey project is also offered.

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Rabbit

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

This is an excellent choice for members looking for a small livestock project. Learn about rabbit breeds, care, feeding, showmanship, and conformation.

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Sheep

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

In this project, learn about raising a lamb, nutrition, housing, management, clipping, wool production, and showmanship. Market Lamb project is also offered.

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Waterfowl

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

Which came first – the chicken or the egg? Purchase chicks to raise or hatch your own! Learn about care, feeding, housing, showmanship, and conformation. A Market Turkey project is also offered.

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Other

Cloverbud

Community Engagement & Communications

This is a project for the next generation 4-H members. Get to explore different 4-H projects, practice public speaking, and learn some new skills!

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Junior Leader

Community Engagement & Communications

The sky is the limit! This project is for senior members who are looking for a challenge. It’s designed to build leadership skills by providing you with the chance to lead any aspect of your club which interests you, such as a project group, recreation, communication, etc. (For members age 14 and older).

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Non-Recognized

Community Engagement & Communications

Create a project from an idea of your own. Plan, design, carry out, and evaluate a project to fit your special interest (for members age 14 and over).

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Competitions

4-H Ambassadors

4-H Weekend, Competitions

The 4-H Ambassadors are the youth representatives for 4-H Nova Scotia whether winning at the county, regional or provincial level. How to qualify:  Win the competition first at your club rally,…

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Demonstrations

4-H Weekend, Competitions

A demonstration shows how to do or how to make something, show as many steps as possible, and the resulting finished product need not be tangible. Posters or charts may be…

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Entertainment

4-H Weekend, Competitions

Enjoy acting and entertaining? Get a group of 4-H’ers together to showcase your skills at your county and/or regional public speaking rally! One entertainment act will be selected per region…

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Giant Vegetable

4-H Nova Scotia Provincial Show, Competitions

Do you have a green thumb?  Grow the giant vegetable of the year and bring an entry for both Junior and Senior member in your county.  The winning veggie gets…

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Judging

4-H Nova Scotia Provincial Show, Competitions

Is there a special occasion coming up? Learn basic cake decorating techniques and then advance to create designs, borders, and flowers.

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Poster Contest

4-H Weekend, Competitions

Interested in showing off your artistic talent in the poster contest? Design a poster using the current 4-H year’s theme!  There is no limit on the number of entries each…

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Public Speaking

4-H Weekend, Competitions

Public Speaking is a requirement for all 4-H members to complete. Each member is required to do a speech or a demonstration at Club Rally.Write a speech to tell the…

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Record Keeping

4-H Nova Scotia Provincial Show, Competitions

Does your record keeping stand the test of time?  Have some great ideas for further growth for your project?  Some analysis of the data you’ve discovered?  Submit at your county…

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Recyclable

4-H Nova Scotia Provincial Show, Competitions

Is one of your projects made primarily of recycled materials (75% or more)? Enter it at your county rally as a recycled item, for a chance to win at Provincial…

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Theme Contest

Competitions

Design a theme to reflect this special year! The 4-H member who creates the best theme for Nova Scotia for use in the upcoming year will win a provincial 4-H…

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Tug of War

4-H Nova Scotia Provincial Show, Competitions

Each county is eligible to send a Tug of War team to Pro Show!  Generally practices begin in Spring/Summer.  Each county has their own method in selecting members for a…

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Woodsmen

4-H Weekend, Competitions

Woodsmen practices begin in the fall and lead up to county competitions. County teams compete provincially at 4-H Weekend in May. Woodsmen consists of a number of fun activities including…

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Wool Competition

4-H Nova Scotia Provincial Show, Competitions

Is one of your projects made entirely of wool?  Enter it at your county rally as a Wool item, for a chance to win at Provincial Show!  The top two…

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Young Speakers for Agriculture

4-H Nova Scotia Provincial Show, Competitions

Do you like a challenge? Would you like to share your enthusiasm for agriculture with an interested audience? Would you like to develop public speaking skills and express your opinions…

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