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How to Start a New 4-H Club

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Thank you for your interest in starting a new 4-H club!  Serving as a 4-H Leader can be a rewarding experience.  A 4-H club offers youth the opportunity to learn about subject matter, build leadership & communication skills, and meet new friends.

The first step in starting a new club is obtaining a 4-H Club Charter from the University of California. Conferral of the 4-H Charter recognizes the group as an activity of the University, authorizes the group to use the 4-H name and emblem, and provides the group with tax exempt status.


To be eligible for a Charter, the following must be provided to the County 4-H Office:

  1. Firm commitments from at least 5 youth from three different families.
  2. Firm commitments from at least two current 4-H volunteers - OR - two adults who are willing to become certified 4-H volunteers before the first club meeting.
  3. Club Constitution  and Club Bylaws .
  4. An official unit or group name. See Naming 4-H Clubs, Units, Programs, Events, and Websites.


Once the county 4-H staff receives these materials, they will work with the State 4-H Office to issue a charter to the group.  This generally takes 2-4 weeks.

After the charter is issued to the new club, they can begin offering community club meetings and projects.  The county 4-H staff will work closely with the new group to make sure that they receive all of the training and support needed.

For more information about starting a new club, please contact help@sjc4H.org  or 209-953-6106.