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Consumer Decision Making (formerly Consumer Choices Judging)

4-H judging event helps members learn to make wise choices.

Why Consumer Decision Making?

We make choices everyday: what to eat, what to wear, what to buy. Consumer Decision Making teaches decision making based on information learned and studied and on facts that have been collected. 

The 4-H Consumer Decision Making Contest helps 4-H members practice making decisions by matching knowledge, skills and abilities against those of others. 4-H members learn to rank articles or products over others based on standards and quality.

The Consumer Decision Making publication is available on the 4-H web site from the Consumer Decision Making page.

Classes for 2020:
Junior and Senior Classes: 1) Cell Phones; 2) Active Wear; and 3) Beverages
Beginner Classes: 1) Beverages; 2) Frozen Treats; and 3) Jeans


Who Takes Part in Consumer Decision Making?

This activity is open to any 4-H member--boy or girl. 

  • Beginner - Ages 8 & 9
  • Junior - Ages 10-13 
  • Senior - Ages 14-19

What's Involved in the Contest?

The contest will consist of six classes. There will be two classes in each of three topics. Standards (guidelines) are developed for each topic. Study guides will be coming soon.

Oral reasons will be given on three of the classes. Classes selected for the oral reasons will include one from each topic area and will be announced as they are judged. Oral reasons will be given at the conclusion of judging all classes. 

Participants will be allowed 12 minutes for placing classes. 


Group Think:

The purpose of the Group Think component is for a team of three or four youth to work together to evaluate a situation or problem and make a final decision based on given standards. The topic of the situation or problem is one of the three topic areas identified for the year. See attached for more information.


Interested in competing at the State Consumer Decision Making Contest?

The state contest for juniors and seniors is still TBD.

Come check out a practice at the Extension office. If you have questions, contact Holly Johnson @ 701-456-7665 or Anna Friedt @ 701-590-4700.



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