Youth Leadership

Local Opportunities

Junior Leaders

Junior leaders have an opportunity to develop leadership skills by sharing responsibility with the adult leader. In general, their job is to guide and help the younger members to have experiences in 4-H which will make them feel good about themselves.

Junior leaders must be in the 7th grade or above and have completed one year of satisfactory 4-H work or equivalent experience. To be a junior leader requires the approval of the 4-H adult leader.

Some examples of leadership activities for junior leaders are as follows:

  • help officers with their duties;
  • teach members how to fill out records;
  • teach some of the project work;
  • and teach members how to "show and tell."

Teen Leaders

Teen leaders (Grades 6-8) have an opportunity to organize and serve as a leader of a 4-H club and teach others what they have learned. The teen leader works with an adult advisor who will be available for advice and counsel, but not necessarily attend all the club meetings unless invited. Teen leaders are in grades 10-12, who must have 1 year previous 4-H experience. They must be approved for teen leadership by the County Extension agent. Teen Leaders will attend a New Leaders Training, complete the 4-H Teen Leaders Adult Advisor ID form and the 4-H Teen Leader Interview form. (Teen Leader Application Letter and Interview/Adult Advisor ID form)

4-H Camp Morrow Counselor

The Hood River County 4-H camp counselor program offers personal growth and leadership opportunities for 9-12 grade youth. All who apply are asked to participate in 3 or 4 training sessions. The program is designed in such a way that the 4-H'ers have an in-depth, well rounded experience whether they are selected to be a counselor or not. Those selected to be counselors will arrive at the camp one day before camp begins. Camp counselors usually have responsibility for 5-7 campers in the 4-7 grade age groups and are under the supervision of the resident adult staff. Counselors are selected at Tri-County Leadership Camp.

State Offered Opportunities


County or State Ambassadors- Applications due in Corvallis June 1

Activate Oregon! Youth Voice and Youth Action aka (Know Your Government)

4-H Summer Conference

National 4-H Congress 

National Conference

Summer Science Camp at OSU- Sponsored by ExxonMobil & Bernard Harris Foundations

4-H World Citizenship Project