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Program Contact: Sarah Pederson, 4-H Youth & Families Coordinator
360-379-5610 x 208 • sarah.pederson@wsu.edu


 

Who Can Join 4-H?

4-H is open to every youth, ages 5-19, without discrimination!  There are four age groups* in which you can do a wide variety of projects and activities:

  • Cloverbuds: ages 5-7
  • Junior: ages 8-10
  • Intermediate: ages 11-13
  • Senior: ages 14 to less than 19

*4-H “age” is determined by the age of the youth by
October 1st of the current 4-H year. 

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.

How much does it cost?

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.



How do I join 4-H?

October 1st marks the beginning of a brand new 4-H year.
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.
  • As with previous years, the annual 4-H fee is $25/youth.
  • Financial assistance is available by filling out this form.
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 Sarah Pederson verification of your COVID vaccination (or a vaccine exemption granted by WSU).
  • You will arrange a time with Sarah — 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.