How to Join 4-H
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Enrolling in 4-H
To enroll in 4-H, an online application has to be filled out.
If you are over the age of 5, or 18 as of January 1 of the current year, then you are able to enroll in 4-H.
There are two possibilities to be in 4-H. One, you can enroll and then choose an area of your interest to learn more on your own, your parent can help and 4-H has a lot of resources for you to learn more about your interest. You would enroll as a “Member At Large”.
Or you can enroll and join a club. You may join one of the existing clubs in the county. If you don’t see one of your interest, then a new club can be created.
Starting a 4-H Club
To start a 4-H club you will need only 5 children from 3 different families who share the same interest as you. The 4-H agent can help you find a volunteer to lead the club.
Three Types of Clubs
- Community Club: Most people are familiar with this type of 4-H Club. This club will meet throughout the year (at least 6 times) and will continue every year. The club will do service projects for the community and may have fundraisers for their projects.
- Special Interest Club: This type of club focuses on one topic and it may meet for a short period of time. The minimum requirement is 6 hours. This club may meet each year but it is not required. Since the timeframe is much shorter, the club may choose not to do a service project or a fundraiser.
- School Club: This is a 4-H club formed by having the 4-H curriculum used to supplement the teacher’s lesson plans. Then there is an interest in this area and a club is formed. Or the club can be based on service to the community. It may meet during the school day or after school.
Adults need to be 21 or older in order to be a volunteer. There are many different types of volunteers needed in 4-H.
Each member or volunteer will need to re-enroll in 4-H every January. It is a very simple process by going online to 4-HOnline. You have this opportunity each year to update anything that may have changed over the year.