Achievement DayThis content has been drawn from and inspired by 4-H Saskatchewan's "Planning Achievement Day" guide.
Achievement Day is a time of celebration. This is a chance for members to show off the work they did in their projects, to their family and other members. It is an opportunity for your club to show the community what you have accomplished as a club. As a leader, it is your chance to see how your volunteerism pays off.
What is Achievement Day?
Traditionally, 4-H Club Achievement Days have been held to:
- recognize members and leaders for work accomplished.
- evaluate project work completed by 4-H members.
- promote the 4-H program bringing awarennes to the public.
- celebrate sponsors and others who have helped the club in a special way.
When are Achievement Days held?
Achievement Day is held at the end of the club's year, when members have completed their projects. Overall Leaders should encourage the club to set the date early in the year...this will allow project groups to plan for and carry out any required project work.
Who is involved?
The entire club (members, leaders, parents) can take part in Achievement Day. Planning the event should be done cooperatively, by the whole club. Identifying an Achievement Day Leader to delegate jobs for the day, can help ensure the success of this event.
If you choose to select a committee have them report to, and involve the club on a regular basis. Being involved in the planning and carrying out of Achievement Day is a great organizational learning experience for members, leaders and parents.
By planning an Achievement Day, preparing displays and performing demonstrations, members use the leadership and decision making skills that they have developed in the past year.
Elements that can be included in the program:
- Viewing of the project (displays, special competitions)
- Traditions (Pledge, anthems, flag or candle ceremonies)
- Information and education (demonstration or reports)
- Entertainment (skits, games, songs, puzzles, quizzes)
- Formal comments (by leaders, judges, special quests)
- Recognition (member achievement, leaders, volunteers, sponsors. This may be done verbally or through presentation of mementos, pins, certificates, etc.)
Try, however, to provide a balanced program and to keep the spotlight focused firmly on members. In the end, it is not the calf or the birdhouse, but the member that is the most important consideration.
LEADERS: find Achievement Day Score Sheets here!