"4-H is not just a club you are a member of - it is a way of life."
4-H offers limitless opportunities for friendship, growth, fun, and development. By engaging youth and adults in meaningful partnerships, 4-H helps young people to reach their full potential as competent, confident, leaders of character who contribute and are connected to their communities.
What Can 4-H Do for YOU!
If you want to lead younger members, initiate community service projects, discover your passions, and make life-long friends then 4-H is the place for you! From food science to ceramics, from building rockets to raising sheep. 4-H offers something for everyone!
"What would I do if there were not 4-H projects to keep me busy... 4-H activities to challenge me... 4-H conferences and workshops to help me meet new friends? What kind of person would I be if I was unaware and uninterested in better citizenship, community improvement, and the growth of younger people? Because of 4-H I won’t have to answer these questions."
-Jeanne, 4-H member
Youth are eligible to participate in 4-H if they meet the following criteria:
- Primary Members (also called Cloverbuds or Minimembers)- Must be 5 years old or in kindergarten by December 31 of the program year. Primary members cannot enroll in large animal projects. Youth enrolling or turning nine after December 31 must participate as a Primary Member until the end of the program year. (Some counties do not offer primary member programs, check with your County 4-H Office.)
- 4-H Members - Must be 9 years old or in 4th grade by December 31 of the program year and may continue in the program until the end of the calendar year in which they become 19 years of age. Note: Home schooled youth are to enroll based on their chronological age, as of December 31.