How do I join 4-H?
October 1st marks the beginning of a brand new 4-H year… we’re excited that you’re interested in joining us for another year of hands-on learning and positive change. Please remember to enroll on 4-H Online
before attending 4-H meetings and events.
Notes for enrolling 4-H youth:
– A parent/guardian is needed when completing the enrollment process.
– Please go to our Join 4-H page
for a guide to help with enrollment.
– As with previous years, the annual 4-H fee is $25/youth. Financial assistance is available by filling out this form
– Youth enrollments will be approved when there is at least one certified, adult, 4-H volunteer in the club.
Notes for returning 4-H volunteers:
– You are 4-H’s greatest asset and we are so grateful that you’re interested in joining us again!
– Please enroll in 4-H Online
prior to meeting with your club.
– Your enrollment will be approved when (1) your background check is up-to-date and (2) you have shown Su
verification of your COVID vaccination (or a vaccine exemption
granted by WSU). You will arrange a time with Su — in person or via video conference — to show her your verification or exemption — WSU Jefferson County Extension 4-H will neither receive nor retain copies of these documents.
Note for new volunteers:
Thank you very much for considering this vital work of positive youth development! Please visit our New Volunteers
page to learn about becoming a volunteer.
Who can join 4-H?
All youth who are age 5 and in Kindergarten up through those in 12th grade or who have not reached their 19th birthday (before January 1 of the current 4-H year) can join 4-H. Youth who are enrolled in schools that do not assign grade levels, youth who are home-schooled, or youth who are not enrolled in school will be assigned a “4-H grade” according to their age by January 1st.
Check with the 4-H Coordinator for specific information. Special needs youth may be able to participate beyond age 19 with approval from 4-H staff.
How much does it cost?
Beginning October 1, 2017, there is a $25/youth annual fee. This is a once-per-year fee that allows youth to participate in as many 4-H projects as they choose (fees to participate in special-interest programs such as Know Your Government and Teen Rally vary with the program). Financial assistance is available upon request – no youth will be denied access to 4-H programs. Financial assistance is available by filling out this form.
When can I join 4-H?
The 4-H year begins October 1st of each year so Fall is a great time to join 4-H. However, depending on the club, members can usually join at any time during the year. To be able to participate in the Jefferson County Fair as a 4-H member, youth must be enrolled in a club and projects by June 1st. Some projects have earlier deadlines for participation; check with your club leader.
Who can start a 4-H club?
4-H clubs and programs are run by volunteers. Any community member is welcome to apply to become a certified 4-H volunteer and start a new club. It takes two families and at least one enrolled 4-H volunteer to start a club.
Volunteer orientations and new club leader trainings are held throughout the year.
WSU 4-H Reasonable Accommodations Policy
4-H Volunteer Enrollment Process 2020-2021 (For Adult Volunteers)
4-H Online Enrollment Steps 2020-2021 (For Youth & Families)