How to Start a New 4-H Club
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:
- Firm commitments from at least 5 youth from three different families.
- 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.
- Club Constitution and Club Bylaws .
- 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.