4-H is open to any youth who is at least 5 years and not 19 years of age on January 1st of the calendar year. There is no charge to become a member. Interested youth should contact their local Extension Center. They will either be referred to an existing club leader, provided information on independent membership or the possibility of starting a group in their area will be explored. Filling out an enrollment form and code of conduct form and returning to the local Extension Center completes the process.
There are many ways interested adults can become 4-H volunteers. Interested adults should contact their local Extension Center. Those wishing to start a 4-H group will receive training and complete application and screening process.4-H Club Involvement: Do you surf the internet? Do you have a family pet you take care of? Would you like to learn more about gardening and the environment? What about making or building things with your hands? How about helping others.
If you have an interest, chances are we have something for you!
Anywhere from 5 to 25 or more youth members meet in organized 4-H groups led by trained adults and teen leaders. 4-H groups can meet in volunteer leader’s or member’s homes, community centers, school-aged child care centers and other public buildings.
A 4-H member in good standing meets the following guidelines:
Members may enroll in more than one county or across state lines in order to take advantage of the diverse opportunities offered. In order to do this, they must enroll in a specific and different project area in each county or state. For example, if a youth participates in a rabbit project in one county, they are not eligible to enroll in that project in another county or state. In order to be considered for county/state awards, members must submit in writing their choice for county or state affiliation to the Extension Office.
No clubs in your area? Do you have a special interest that you want to pursue? Does your schedule not “fit in” with others? Is transportation a problem?
As an independent member you can work on your project, at your own pace, with the help and guidance of a local Extension professional. And as an independent member you can participate in county, state, regional and event national 4-H programs!
Programs can be run during and after school. Child care centers and after school programs can run 4-H clubs as part of their program. Some activities include: Animals in the Classroom, Learn to Earn and environmental activities. Ask your teacher about including 4-H programs during and after school.