Skip to main content

4-H Consumer Decision Making Judging Project

female 4-H youth reviewing paperwork at a table

Choices, choices, choices! When shopping, how do you choose which item is the best? Consumer decision making (CDM) judging is comparing items and deciding which is better and why. A successful judger looks at a given scenario and selects the best choice based on the situation and criteria. This contest teaches youth how to make wise consumer choices. Senior members have the opportunity to compete at a national contest. Is this something that interests you? Contact your youth program advisor for more information.

Ages and Stages of Youth Development


Beginners learn the basics of judging by reading the scenario and using given criteria to compare four items to see what the best choice is. They learn to take notes to compare the items and do check type questions.


Juniors use the scenario and criteria given to choose the best item. They also take notes to answer check type questions.


Seniors identify the criteria needed to choose the best item by taking notes to develop a system of analysis and comparison to justify their placing during oral reasons. The group think activity builds teamwork and leadership skills.

4-H Programming Priorities


Confidence achieved while judging will give youth leadership skills. The senior group think activity teaches 4-Hers to work together to solve a problem.

Health & Wellness

Using skills gained from judging, youth will be able to make knowledgeable choices relating to health and wellness.


Youth learn how to manage information to keep accurate records, collaborate, use resources wisely, and think critically.


Youth will make informed choices as they have learned how to look for specific criteria when buying items used in agriculture.

Get Involved

two green conversation bubbles

Youth Voice

Demonstrations, illustrated talks, public speeches, about:

  • Taking notes
  • Completing judging cards
  • Oral reasons
  • Being an informed shopper
3 green outlines of hands

Community Service

Volunteer to shop for others:

  • Nursing home
  • Food pantry
  • Daycares
  • Shelters
green puzzle pieces

Career Connections

CDM Judging helps youth in any career field as it teaches youth how to sort through information for pertinent details to make the best choice.

Exhibit Ideas

Examples of educational displays or posters:

  • Steps to become a successful judger
  • How to give oral reasons
  • How to fill out a note grid
  • How to make a judging class

Learning Resources