If you're a 4-H member with a great project idea of your own or someone who's ready to go beyond a current project book, consider doing a self-determined project. Use the Self-Determined Project Guide to describe your project, set goals, and record your activities.
 
Self-Determined projects may be repeated if new areas of interest, learning experiences, and leadership/citizenship activities are selected. Don't forget, a completed Self-Determined Project Guide is required for each self-determined project.
 
Not sure what topic to explore? You can get some great ideas by reviewing the Idea Starters below
 

Each Idea Starter is written as an open invitation to explore a new or innovative topic as a self-determined project. This growing list of idea Starters provides a timely and exciting variety of non-traditional 4-H topics. There is something for everyone! Don't forget, every Idea Starter must be used with the  Self-Determined Project Guide (print version or fill-in version).

  • 365.01 Astronomy
  • 365.02 Model Railroading
  • 365.03 Weather
  • 365.04 Clowning
  • 365.05 Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils
  • 365.06 American Sign Language
  • 365.07 Computers
  • 365.08 Family History Genetics
  • 365.09 Canoeing
  • 365.10 Local Foods: Does It Matter What You Eat?
  • 365.11 Camp Counseling
  • 365.12 Miniature Gardens
  • 365.13 Reptiles and Amphibians
  • 365.14 Climate Change
  • 365.15 Music
  • 365.16 Viruses, Bacteria, and Fungi, Oh My! (Plant Pathology)
  • 365.17 Babysitting
  • 365.18 Ways of Knowing Water
  • 365.19 Workforce Preparation
  • 365.20 Paper Craft
  • 365.21 Skateboarding
  • 365.22 Pigeons
  • 365.23 Native American Artifacts: Arrowheads
  • 365.24 Shale Gas Extraction
  • 365.25 Flower Gardening
  • 365.26 Hedgehogs
  • 365.27 Ferrets
  • 365.28 Chinchinallas
  • 365.29 Water Quality: Field to Faucet
  • 365.31 Crop Production