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Code of Conduct

As a positive youth development organization, we are committed to providing 4-H members with meaningful experiential learning opportunities within an environment that is safe, inclusive and fun for all involved. This is the responsibility of everyone involved in any 4-H activity.

  • 4-H youth members and their families;
  • 4-H trained leaders and screened volunteers;
  • camp counsellors and youth leaders;
  • non-screened guests;
  • 4-H staff and governing leadership;
  • 4-H program partners; and
  • other participants or observers of 4-H events.

I will:

  • Use words, actions, and behaviours that are respectful, non-judgmental, and kind, towards all youth, leaders, volunteers, staff, families, and participants.
  • Honour the 4-H Pledge and participate in the spirit of good sportsmanship, respecting rules and guidelines.
  • Ensure all actions, including social media activity, is positive and reflects the integrity of 4-H.
  • Act with honesty and integrity when dealing with property, monies, and other assets being used for 4-H purposes.
  • Respect other youth, leader, volunteer and staff’s, rights to privacy and the confidentiality of personal information.
  • Provide appropriate animal care according to industry codes of practice (
  • Abide by all federal and provincial laws.
  • Be vigilant in ensuring an environment that is safe and protects youth, leaders, volunteers and staff from emotional, physical, verbal and sexual abuse.
  • Refrain from using drugs or alcohol during any 4-H youth events.
  • Make all reasonable efforts to ensure equal opportunity and access to participation for all 4-H youth members and abide by the 4-H Canada’s Inclusion Statement.
  • Uphold the 4-H motto “Learn To Do By Doing” in an environment that is friendly and fun.
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures of 4-H Canada and provincial organizations.
  • Act as a positive role model.
  • Work collaboratively with all, including 4-H members, families, fellow leaders and volunteers, staff, and guests.

In addition, trained leaders, screened volunteers, and staff will:

  • Fulfill their responsibilities as outlined in the position description, and act within the limitations of authority for the position.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of any information regarding 4-H that was obtained as part of the position.
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