How to Join 4-H

Program Contact: Wendy Waxman, 4H Program Coordinator
360-370-7662 •

Interested in becoming a 4-H member?

The 4-H year begins on October 1st of each year and is completed on September 30th. Most clubs have their first meeting in October, but members can join anytime throughout the year. There are projects for any child from age 5-19 (K through 12th grade). Each island in San Juan County has a variety of clubs that are available to join. If you find a project that you are interested in or would like to contact the leader and learn more about joining 4-H please contact the 4-H Program Coordinator, at 370-7662. At the first meeting you attend you will fill out an enrollment form and be asked to pay a $15.00 enrollment fee. Not a club available with the project you had in mind? 4-H can be anything you want it to be, so if you would like to do a project that is not currently being offered by 4-H, we can help you explore the possibility of starting it through 4-H.

The “learn by doing” approach and the mentorship of knowledgeable, talented islanders, fosters leadership, responsibility, and caring, that strengthens our families and communities. The direction of 4-H in San Juan County is toward diversity. 4-H Youth Exchange Programs involve youth locally and at the state, national, and international levels.

4-H Membership is open to youths in kindergarten who have reached their 5th birthday in the current 4-H year. Young people are further grouped into one of four levels for maximum benefit from project areas.

Primary members: K-2nd Grades
Junior members: 3rd-5th Grades
Intermediate members: 6th-8th Grades
Senior members: 9th-12th Grades

Interested in becoming a 4-H Leader Volunteer?

San Juan County is very fortunate to have a wide variety of talented people in our community. Have you ever thought of sharing your talents with our local youth? If you have a hobby or interest that you enjoy, more than likely there will be a child that can learn from you. Perhaps as an adult you want to learn how to knit. Why not get some kids together and start a club? You don’t have to be an expert on a topic, because the “Learn by Doing” philosophy of 4-H is applicable to children as well as the adults who lead. If you enjoy working with youth, 4-H needs you. Make a lasting positive impact on a young person’s life and become a 4-H Leader today. Leader training workshops make it easy and fun to learn everything you need to know to become a leader. Experience with 4-H is not necessary to become a leader.

In 4-H you control the level of volunteer time and commitment that works for you. We are a fully flexible youth organization where you can fit in easily. The application process to become a leader is simple and includes a background check for working with youth.

4-H Adult Roles

  • General Organizational Leaders Volunteers who assume primary responsibility for a 4-H group. The main club leaders.
  • Resource Leaders Volunteers who serve a club or individual as a source of expertise, an advisor, a leader of volunteers, or other resource capacity.
  • Activity Leaders Volunteers who give leadership to an event or activity within a club or group.
  • Project Leaders Volunteers who lead a specific project or curriculum within a club or group.

Please call the 4-H Program Coordinator at 370-7662 to become a leader today!