How do I join 4-H?

Program Contact: Dorothy Elsner, 4-H Program Coordinator
(360) 428-4270 ext. 226 • dorothy.elsner@wsu.edu


As a Member

Follow these simple steps:

Step One

Youth, age 5 and in Kindergarten through age 18 as of October 1st of the current year, may join.

Choose a club that is right for you. Contact a local 4-H Club Leader to see if there is room in an existing club near you. If not, several young people with an adult or two to help them may start a new club. Visit the club to see if it is a good fit.

Step Two

Find the project that is right for you. There are over 60 different projects. They range from arts and crafts, photography, model rocketry, foods, clothing, gardening, wildlife, woodworking, to dog obedience, small animals, horses and livestock.

Step Three

Enrolling your child with the desired club completes the membership process. The 4-H program is offered at a very nominal annual fee ($10/member or $30/family) by Washington State University Extension in Skagit County. Enrollments for new members are due by May 1. Ask your club leader how to enroll online.

New Family Enrollment Guide
New Families Enrollment Quick Start Guide

Returning Families Re-enrollment Guide

Step Four

Have Fun! The mission of 4-H is to help children grow into healthy, productive, successful adults. This mission is accomplished through involvement of parents, volunteer leaders, and other adults who organize and conduct fun educational experiences in community and family settings.

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As a Leader

How to Volunteer:

Volunteering is a privilege. All that’s needed is a desire to provide quality educational programs and experiences with youth. Previous 4-H Youth Development experience is not necessary. For more information, contact the 4-H Youth Development staff member at your County Extension Office.
All 4-H Youth Development Volunteers working with youth are required to complete the Washington 4-H Youth Protection program, which includes:

  • a background check for arrest and conviction records;
  • participation in a volunteer orientation program

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Decide that you have the time and interest to help kids explore and chart positive futures.
  2. Consider volunteering to lead a 4-H group in your community, your local school (before or after school), your church or any other location where there are kids who need positive, committed adult role models in their lives. You can also lead a family club or homeschool club.
  3. If you wish to join an existing club, call the leader and he or she will give you the paperwork to fill out. You will be enrolled as a project or activity leader.
  4. Call the 4-H office at 360-428-4270 or email dorothy.elsner@wsu.edu  if you wish to start your own club. We will arrange an orientation meeting explaining 4-H guidelines and will give you the materials and publications for your new club.

All adult leaders are required to attend Volunteer Leader Training. These classes are held throughout the 4-H year.

For more information please call the office at (360) 428-4270 or email dorothy.elsner@wsu.edu