4-H volunteers are an elite group of people who have passed background checks and interviews and have enough interest in the quality of the 4-H program to complete and continue training. Volunteers are special people who have a genuine desire to be a part of the growth and development of today's youth. Talents, skills and interests are shared by volunteers and by 4-H members so that everyone "learns by doing." Volunteers are always needed in big or small ways. Approved 4-H volunteers can chaperone field trips and lead clubs. Volunteers can teach one class or a series of workshops. Volunteers can even work behind the scenes helping with the 4-H website, recruiting volunteers or serving in an advisory or fund-raising capacity. In whatever way volunteers wish to participate, they are always welcome and appreciated.
Steps to becoming a 4-H Volunteer:
1) Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and must submit to a criminal background investigation and reference check.
2) Time for a personal interview with the County Extension Agent must be scheduled.
3) Once basic approvals are established and depending on a volunteer's type of involvement, the "Welcome to 4-H: South Carolina Orientation Series" must be completed.
Welcome to 4-H: South Carolina Orientation Series
This is a series of online, self-paced 4-H leader lessons designed to offer new and seasoned volunteers mandatory Emergency Procedures and Child Abuse training, as well as, helpful general 4-H information. It will take about 2 hours to complete the entire series. After successful completion, the county 4-H coordinator will receive your certification. Steps to accessing:
1) Open http://campus.extension.org
2) Create a username and password, or log in.
3) Search for the term, Welcome to 4-H: South Carolina Orientation Series
4) Under Self Enrollment, Student, type the Course Key: Volunteer (**Use an uppercase V**)
Other Required Training
First Aid and CPR (if you are in custodial care of your 4-H members)
Defensive Driving or other driver safety course offered by accredited institution (if you transport 4-H members)