County Medals

Awards & Recognition

    Every November 4-H members, volunteers, and staff come together to celebrate the growth of our youth over the past year. The Annual Awards Dinner recognizes youth for their participation, individual growth, achievement, cooperation, and leadership. The purpose of recognition is to encourage and support the efforts of young people in learning to improve their knowledge and develop their life skills, while promoting self-confidence. 

    Member Report Forms are a record of a member's unique 4-H experience over the past year. They are required to receive certificates for years in 4-H/project completion and serve as an application for the awarded trips and flex spending awards listed below. The awards available vary by year and the age of the 4-H member. In order for youth to be eligible for awarded trips they must complete a public presentation during the 4-H year. All youth are encouraged to complete a Member Report Form to document their experience, including Cloverbuds, who are not eligible for the awards. (See green box to right)

    Interested in attending the 4-H Awards Dinner? Click here for more details and online registration.

    Awarded Trips & Flex Spending Awards

    What Trips are offered?

    Vermont Career Exploration, Agri-Business Career (ABC) Conference, Capital Days, STARR–State Teen Ambassador Representative Retreat, 4-H Career Exploration Trip, & $50 Flexible Spending. Trip offerings can vary from year to year. See the Member Report Form for the official offerings.  

    What is a Flex Spending Award?

    $50 to be used toward an educational event or materials to support a project (with staff aproval). Youth must submit documentation of their purchase to the 4-H office for reimbursement for up to $50. Awards must be used within one year and should be submitted before the next awards dinner. 

    Who is eligible?

    Youth must be at least 8 years old. However, trips and awards are age specific. In order for youth to be eligible for awarded trips they must complete a public presentation during the 4-H year. Refer to the Member Report Form for full details. 

    What is a Member Report Form and when are they due?

    Member Report Forms are a record of a member's unique 4-H experience over the past year. They are required to receive project completion certificates and serve as an application for all trips and awards. ALL youth are encouraged to submit a Member Report Form to document their experience, including Cloverbuds who are not eligible for the awards, by November 1st. (See green box to right) Submission also insures youth receive their years in 4-H pin, regardless of their attendance at the dinner.

    How are award recipients selected?

    Youth 13 & up participate in an interview process to determine trip/flex-spending recipients. The remaining youth who submitted a Member Report Form are then selected at random to receive flex spending awards, based on available funds. 

    County Medals

    What are county medals?

    County Medals are awarded to youth who have done intensive work within a project area, gone above and beyond the scope of the project area, and might have shared their knowledge with others. Click the link below for a complete listing of medals and their criteria.

    County Medal Categories

    Who is eligible?

    Youth must be at least 8 years old.

    Who can submit recommendations?

    4-H volunteers, parents, or staff can submit a recommendation through the website (see blue box on the right) to the 4-H Office for review by staff to detemine final recipients.

    When are recommendations due?

    November 1st

    Contact

    Kelly Adams
    Program Educator
    kea32@cornell.edu
    (607) 584-9969

    Last updated November 22, 2019