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Join 4-H

It’s Easy: Just Contact Us!

If you are a young person interested in joining 4-H, tell a parent or guardian that you want to get involved, and then have them contact us at the WSU Extension 4-H Office by either phone (360-397-6060 ext. 5730) or email kellian.whidden@wsu.edu. We’ll ask you for some contact information and the kinds of projects you might be interested in doing.

In Clark County, our 4-H Clubs are organized around specific Project areas such as Dog, Horse, Goat, Robotics etc. Because we have over 80 Clubs in Clark County, we use a Key Leader structure to help fit potential members to Clubs. Once we know what Project area you are interested in, we’ll send your contact information to the Key Leader in that area. The Key Leader will then contact your directly to help you find a Club that works for your family.

Membership Eligibility

Membership is open to all youth between ages 5 and 19, and there is a $45 fee to join. Members who are 5-8 years old can be “mini” 4-Hers (or what we call “Cloverbuds”). For safety reasons, members must be in the 3rd grade and have reached their 8th birthday by October 1 of the current 4-H year to be eligible for competitive situations (including livestock shows or sales), enrollment in large animal projects, and enrollment in projects using firearms, motorized vehicles and food preservation projects using hot water baths or pressure canning methods.

Some people think that you have to live on a farm to be in 4-H, and that is absolutely NOT TRUE! Not many people know that if you count up every 4-H member in the United States, there are more 4-Hers who live in cities than in rural areas!

The 4-H Year Starts in October!

The 4-H year begins in October, and new members and leaders are accepted throughout the year. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that youth have to be enrolled by May 1 of each year if they want to show their projects at the Clark County Fair in August. Please email kellian.whidden@wsu.edu to request more information about 4-H, and to locate clubs by area of the county or area of interest. Or, call her at 397-6060 ext. 5730.