Hero Image

Star Ranks and County Awards

Star Rank and County Awards Information

What are the ways members can achieve awards?

County 4-H staff and 4-H clubs are responsible for coordinating the set Achievement awards.   Since 2021, the awards are evolving to meet the interests of youth.  

The star award ranking system is a voluntary advancement program utilizing the Personal Development Report form (part of the 4-H record book) as a goal-setting tool, aimed at encouraging broad-based participation and achievement in 4-H.   Activities are totaled for all years in 4-H and star awards are given to those 4-H members meeting the requirements.

The felt hat Bronze Star intended for ages 9-10 was retired in the 2022-2023 year and replaced with the Sparks Award opportunity. The Silver, Gold and Platinum felt hat star will soon be retired. 

Here is an overview for those members who are a part of this phasing out award:


gold star

Gold Star: Complete at least 7 of the 8 PDR categories.

silver star

Silver Star: Complete at least 6 of the 8 PDR categories.

Platinum Star

Platinum Star: Complete at least 7 of the 8 PDR categories.



The Leader's Council's Incentive and Recognition Committee has created and adopted awards that New(er) and motivated members can apply for each year:

Rising Star  2023-2024 

Star Presenter  2023-2024  

Council Youth Chairman pin  Co council committe chairman pin


Awards for Adult volunteers:

A 4-H Outstanding Volunteer of the Year must be nominated by a youth. It could include Club Community Leaders, Officer Advisors, Project Leaders, Council members, Camp Volunteer staff, and Volunteers who go above and beyond their leader capabilities.

Please fill out this form and submit to the 4-H offices Co council Outstanding Volunteer

To learn more about 4-H awards and recognition, you can review this overview:

Mo Co IR awrd blue print