Who may join 4-H?
Membership is open to all girls and boys 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). The 4-H year begins on October 1.
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
Mason County 4-H has approximately 15 active 4-H clubs. It is important to find a club that is the right fit for your family. Review the Club Listing found in the Welcome to Mason County 4-H brochure, contact club leader’s 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, Kathy Fuller 360-427-9670 Ext 681 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to help you get started on your 4-H journey!
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 Events
Contests and events give 4-H members an opportunity to showcase their projects and what they have learned throughout the year. Since the elimination of the Mason Area Fair 4-H in 2015 Mason County 4-H has held a one day 4-H Extravaganza. It is the Mason County 4-H alternative to county fair. This free community event is held on Saturday during the last full weekend of July at Shelton High School from 10am – 3pm. This is a place where members are able to showcase learning, still life projects, record books, Public Presentations and share their 4-H pride with the community!
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.