Generally, we have three program options for youth participation in 4-H activities. Once you see what 4-H has to offer, please contact us with any questions you may have. We look forward to speaking with you, and we hope to welcome you soon to a 4-H program in your community.
4-H Clubs - 4-H club members hold business meetings on a regular basis, elect officers, participate in public presentations, care for their community, learn through project work and exhibit learning at the local county fair. The 4-H clubs are led by screened community volunteers.
Community 4-H clubs consist of five or more youth, in grades 3-12, who are from at least three different families and usually live in close proximity to each other.
Cloverbud clubs also consist of five or more youth, in grades k-2, who are from at least three different families.
Special interest clubs consist of five or more youth, in grades 3-12, who are from at least three different families and meet on a countywide basis. The 4-H members all have a common interest that is the club focus, such as market livestock or archery.
Independent 4-H Member – Youth (age 8+) who have been an active member of a 4-H club for at least one year may enroll as an independent member, not affiliated with any 4-H club. This 4-H member can participate in all 4-H activities except when the activity/recognition is specifically for a 4-H club as a group. This 4-H member must take it upon themselves to read the newsletter and follow-up with deadlines, etc. as they have no 4-H club leader to provide reminders.
4-H Special Interest Groups - These are organized to study one project for a short period of time. These groups usually do not have business meetings or officers. They are led by a volunteer skilled in the subject the group is interested in. The group generally ends when the project is complete. Some groups last for three weeks, others for three months, depending on what is being done. Some examples are dog obedience, safe sitter, and greenhouse growing.
School and Community Groups- Many teachers and youth group leaders include 4-H programs in their activities to enhance their existing curriculum. These programs are provided through staff and trained volunteer visits, kits and project materials.
Last updated December 1, 2020