Who may join 4-H?
The WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program abides with the nondiscrimination policies of WSU and the USDA. 4-H is open to all youth between the ages five (5) and nineteen (19) (4-H Age).
4-H Age is determined by October 1st of the current 4-H year. Youth who have reached their 5th birthday (before October 1st of the current 4-H year), through those who have not reached their 19th birthday (before October 1st of the current 4-H year).
Do I Have to Have Animals or Live on a Farm?
Nope! 4-H members can explore any subject area that interests them! Project areas include, but are not limited to: Expressive Arts, Family Living, Environmental Stewardship, Plant Sciences, Animal Sciences, Engineering & Technology and more!
Each 4-H member selects at least one project. A project is what the subject the member decides to learn about, make, or raise. Members choose projects that fit into their family, club, and community.
Finding a 4-H Club
Grays Harbor County 4-H has over 25 active 4-H clubs. It is important to find a club that is the right fit for your family. Review the Welcome to Grays Harbor County 4-H document, contact club leaders who offer projects in your interest area and let them know that you are interested in joining their club. The club leader will provide information on their club structure i.e. meeting schedules, service projects, activities and more. This is the time to ask your questions! If you need assistance with finding a club, contact 4-H Program Coordinator, Tracie Hanson (360)482-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to help you get started on your 4-H journey! Once you have connected with a club leader about joining their club, your family will complete the enrollment process by following the steps outlined at http://extension.wsu.edu/graysharbor/4-h/forms/
4-H members also participate in many of the following activities to enrich their 4-H experience:
4-H members choose a subject and prepare a presentation which is presented to others. Members learn important public speaking and communication skills.
4-H members keep a written record of what they have done during the 4-H year. Keeping records helps members evaluate their learning and develop business sense.
Community Service Projects
4-H Clubs plan and execute community service projects. 4-H clubs often choose projects in conservation, beautification, safety, or health.
County Contests and Fairs
Contests and fairs give 4-H members an opportunity to showcase their project and what they have learned throughout the year. The Grays Harbor County Fair usually takes place during the first part of August.
4-H Camps and Conferences
A variety of daytime and overnight experiences are available to choose from for both younger members and teens. Camps and conferences offer opportunities for education, leadership and personal growth.
WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local WSU Extension office.