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Follow the policies and practices for activities and outings

Activities and outings involve varying levels of risk and could take place in locations that might involve potential injuries and hazards. Following specific guidelines and policies helps to ensure that 4-H members and Minnesota 4-H volunteers stay safe.  All youth must be enrolled as 4-H members to participate in the activities and outings described unless otherwise noted.

The keeping youth safe website provides descriptions of activities and outings in the four different categories listed below and includes details for each category. Use this information before planning and offering any activities to 4-H members, clubs and groups.  

Acceptable activities

  • Activities described here are acceptable to be conducted by a 4-H group for 4-H members.

Acceptable when part of a 4-H project

  • These activities involve various types of motorized vehicles and equipment and are not allowed for general group recreational activities.
  • 4-H members may participate in them when they are part of a 4-H project learning or community service activity.

Activities NOT allowed

  • These activities or outings are not allowed for club/county recreational activities due to the risk involved, lack of insurance coverage, and/or the lack of an educational purpose as part of the 4-H program.

Activities only allowed if conducted by another entity

  • These activities are only allowed if conducted by another business or organization. 
  • Trained instructors must present safety training to all participants. 
  • 4-H members are required to wear protective and safety gear at all times while participating, if appropriate. 

Use the risk management planning tool to help ensure that 4-H members stay safe as they enjoy participating in activities and outings throughout the year.

Questions? Contact your program coordinator.