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4-H Risk Management General Policies and Guidelines 

4-H Chaperone Guidelines (pdf)
For the safety and well being of youth and adults participating in 4-H events, follow these minimum standards.  These recommendations follow the latest updates, and are designed for Extension Educators as a tool to comply with Risk Management policy and procedures. See related: CCE Youth Protection Guidelines

Code of Conduct and Permission Slips - updated for the 2016 4-H Year

Code of Conduct: State Form and  Editable Form for Counties

Permission Slip: State Form and Editable Form for Counties​​

Woodworking and Engineering Guidelines revised 05-17-2016

Use of Minor Names and Images Policy

Volunteer Involvement Resources

From volunteerism philosophy to background check resources including the CCE Volunteer Involvement Policy.

NYS 4-H Risk Management For​ms

For forms and more detail, see F.O.R.M. Code 1501: Risk Management and Related Insurance issues (Cornell net ID required)
From F.O.R.M. Code, CCE Accident Report.pdf 

Acknowledgement of Risk Forms

For Non Enrolled Youth: General AOR.pdf

Horse, regular and Animal Members: Combined HorseNonHorse AOR.pdf

Cloverbud Animal Activity AOR: Cloverbud Animal Activity AOR.pdf

Cloverbud AOR: Cloverbud General AOR.pdf


Related Policy Highlights

Age Policy for 4-H Members - NYS4H_Policy_ClubMembership.pdf 

Image Policy for Minors in Extension Programs -NYS4H_Policy_MinorName_Image.pdf

Managing the Risks of Summer by Jamie Ferris of PW Wood. From the CCE Risk Management Page.

New! May 2016 Goat Policy

Begining in 2010 4-H Affiliates must have an MOU on file with the CCE Association office in the county in which they operate. This is a directive of the National 4-H Headquarters. This not only gives them permission to use the 4-H Name and Clover but tax exempt status through the MOU with CCE.

MOU Template

Q & A from 4-H Clubs, Affiliates and Financials Webinar

Animal Project Guidelines

Additional Information


ATV and Tractor Safety Guidelines

ATV Clubs and Safety Program Resources

Please follow strict guidelines when forming ATV clubs and safety programs. CCE may not offer ATV certification courses.

Contact John Bowe for more information.

Tractor and Machinery Safety Program

NYS 4-H Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development offers Tractor Safety Certification courses in some areas of the state to certify 14 and 15 year olds who plan to operate a tractor while workg in an agricultural setting off the family farm. 

2008 NYS Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program Certification Guidelines set minimum requirements for certification courses while offering resource information and human resources to assist program coordinators and instructors. 

 Contact Adam Davis for more information