How to Join 4-H
In 4-H, youth choose one or more areas of interest to explore. 4-H calls these areas of interest “projects”. Youth also choose a 4-H club in which to explore their project. Follow these steps to get involved in a 4-H Club.
1. Choose a Project
What are you interested in? 4-H offers many opportunities to learn more! Choose one (or more) of the projects offered in King County 4-H
- Dogs, Horses, Cats, Rabbits, Cavies, Alpacas, Llamas, Beef, Dairy, Sheep, Swine, Goats, Poultry
- Veterinary Science, Mechanical Science
- Environmental Stewardship & Exploration
- Gardening, Foods, Sewing, Needlework, Photography, Creative Arts, Performing Arts
- Robotics, Coding and Technology
- and more!
2. Choose a 4-H Club
To find a club that offers leadership in the project you are interested in, visit our 4-H Club Directory on this website at this link: https://extension.wsu.edu/king/find-a-club/
In order to join 4-H, you need to find a club in your area with the projects you are interested in. Check out this list at the bottom of the page – you cannot apply for membership until you find a club that has openings AND approval from the club leader. There may be max capacity for projects or facilities. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some clubs may not be able to take any new members.
You can also contact 4-H staff to find a club; or to learn how to start your own! 425-738-0104 | email@example.com
3. Make Connections
Use the provided contact information to connect with clubs to learn more about them and arrange to visit meetings or activities to find the club that best fits your needs and goals.
4. Enroll in 4-H and HAVE FUN!
Once you have chosen a club and contacted a leader to determine space available, contact our program coordinator, Nancy Baskett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-738-0104. After this, we will walk you through the process to enroll in 4-HOnline. Then jump right in and get involved! 4-H is all about learning-by-doing, hands-on fun!
4-H staff is happy to help in any step: email@example.com or 425-738-0104.
What happens in a 4-H Club?
A 4-H club usually concentrates on one or more projects such as gardening, woodworking, small animals, food and nutrition, photography, STEM, etc. 4-H members build leadership by electing officers and conducting their own business meetings; work together on community service activities; meet new friends; and most important, have lots of fun.
What age must you be to join a 4-H Club?
The following groups are identified for special programs and activity participation within the 4-H Youth Development Program (age based on age as of October 1 of the current program year):
||Ages 5 – 7
||Ages 8 -10
||Ages 11 – 13
||Ages 14 – Less than 19
Cloverbuds are youth ages 5-7. This is a non-competitive learning experience.
Juniors are youth 8 years and older and may enroll in many different 4-H projects. Members of this age may exhibit their completed work to be judged for awards.
Intermediate and senior 4-H members also have special opportunities, such as participating in Know your Government, WSU Teen Conference, and the King County Teen Leaders of Tomorrow Club.
Youth may stay in 4-H until his/her 19th birthday (must be before October 1 of the current 4-H year). Youth older than 19 and enrolled in special education classes may belong to 4-H with the approval of the county 4-H Faculty.