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4-H Military Partnerships

4-H Military Partnerships

FSHS Extn.
Kansas State University
1324 Lovers Lane
343 Justin Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-5505 (fax)


A benefit of the 4-H Military Partnerships is the joint development of high quality curriculum materials in a wide variety of program areas. The curricula are valuable resources for youth programs and professional development for 4-H and military staff. All curriculum pieces are available for download and may be reproduced for military and extension use.

3, 2, 1 Action! Videography

The overall objective of this handbook is to give participants an overall understanding of videography by learning the skills and techniques necessary to create great movies. The handbook consists of an instructor's guide, skills guide, lesson plans, activities, ice-breakers, and several sample forms. Even though this handbook was written for a one-week workshop, the lesson plans can be easily presented separately.

4-H 101 - The Basics of Starting 4-H Clubs

The newly revised 4-H 101 is designed to be a general overview and resource guide for youth development staff or volunteers who are starting new 4-H clubs or working with existing clubs. 4-H 101 merges the basic concepts and principles of effective youth development delivered in a non-formal (out of school) setting with the "nuts and bolts" information needed to manage a 4-H program.

4-H 101 - Additional Resources

The resources on this page were used at the Army 4-H 101 Training in Columbia, Maryland, in March 2010. 

On-Line 4-H 101 Training

The 4-H 101 curriculum was adapted to an on-line format by Steven McKinley at Purdue University. You can log-on through Army, Navy, Air Force, or 4-H. There are four sections to complete with a quiz at the end of each lesson.

4-H 201 - Sessions

4-H 201 is comprised of sessions designed to take your 4-H military partnership to the next level. The sessions build on the concepts of 4-H 101 curriculum and were developed to create expanded opportunities to promote positive youth development programming in 4-H clubs.

4-H/CYSS Camp Planning Handbook

This Camp Management Handbook serves as a guide for Army CYS Services personnel in planning, preparing, implementing, and assessing a camp program. The guide focuses on the more complex needs of camps; however, many components will apply to planning day camps.

Adult Babysitting

The 4-H/Army Child, Youth and School Services Adult Babysitter Training Curriculum, is comprised of a Facilitator Guide, a set of Participant Handouts, and an Information Card designed for qualified 4-H and military Child and Youth program staff to train adults to babysit. Successful completion of the course includes 8 hours of First Aid and CPR, 2 hours of Child Abuse Awareness training and a local background check.

Air Force Camping Guide

This resource has been specifically designed for the development of day, specialty, residential, and adventure camping programs. Materials cover aspects of programming planning, preparation, and implementation of camping programs targeted to youth ages 5 to 18.

Character Education

Character Connections is built using the CHARACTER COUNTS! framework of the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. Integrating the CHARACTER COUNTS! framework helps enrich 4-H programming. Character Connects help your 4-H participants make the "Character Connections" to their 4-H projects. Within the curriculum supplement, you will find information about teaching young people in informal settings, how young people learn best, and the Experiential Model for Education, or the 4-H Motto, "Learning by Doing".

Character Conversations are designed for use in newsletters or news articles. Each conversation addresses one aspect of character - what it means to be a person of character, one of the Six Pillars, making ethical decisions, or presents ethical dilemmas.


These materials were developed in support of increasing youth participation in Army, Child, youth & School Services (CYS) Middle School and Teen programs. Each guide has at least six CORE activity plans developed around a specific topic or theme - to create a Technology Program. Each activity plan follows the 4-H Experiential Learning Model.

DoD-USDA Partnerships Tech Discovery Curriculum

The Tech Discovery Curriculum was designed for 5th-12th grade military connect youth from all branches of service. It is focused on developing life skills and increased resiliency supporting military connect families during times of deployment and reintegration back into normal life. The curriculum includes 35 youth and family educational experiences that focus on building skills in Communication, Teamwork, Self-responsibility, Decision Making, and Problem Solving while at the same time supporting enhancement of youth resilience in their emotional, social, family, and spiritual (their set of beliefs, principles, and values that give them strength) realms.

Enhancing Your Youth Program With Service Learning

This guide is design for use by youth development professionals working with middle and high school students in the realm of Service Learning. The manual is full of ideas to help enhance service learning projects.These ideas can be used with military and 4-H youth development programs 

Express Guides and Training Topics

The Express Guides provide an overview of a project; while, the Training Topics give staff hands-on experience as they explore a specific activity. These sessions have been designed to follow the Experiential Learning Model where staff experience an activity, process what happened, and plan how they will use the curriculum with children and youth in the program. 


The goal if imAlone is to provide families with tools and guidance as they help their children move toward adulthood and independence. Each lesson follows the 4-H Experiential Learning Model. It can be used to support the learning process in the classroom and at home.

Preparing the Youth Development Professional

This curriculum (formerly Moving Ahead) is a comprehensive staff development training that provides an overview of the competencies needed for those choosign to work with young people in out-of-school settings. 

Up For The Challenge: Lifetime Fitness, Healthy Decisions

"Up for the Challenge" is a fitness, nutrition, and health curriculum for school-aged, middle school, and teen youth. It was written for military afterschool programs, but is easily adaptable to any afterschool or 4-H club setting. 

Youth Babysitting 

The 4-H/Army Child, Youth and School Services Teen Babysitter Curriculum, is comprised of a Facilitator Guide, A Student Guide with supplementing CD-ROM, a set of Student Worksheets, and an Information Card designed for qualified 4-H and military Child & Youth program staff to train teens, aged 13-18 in Babysitting Skills. Successful completion of the course includes 8 hours of First Aid and CPR. Graduates receive a certificate and wallet card.

Youth Leadership Forums

"Successful" programs meet or exceed the planers' goals, involve youth as resources, showcase Army values and minimize risk. This Handbook outlines Army CYS Services standards and expectations, shows how to involve youth in the planning process, and identifies leadership expectations for CYS Services professionals conducting these programs.