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Join a 4-H Club

Program Contact: Nancy Baskett, 4-H Program Coordinator
425-738-0104 • nbaskett@wsu.edu

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):

 Cloverbud: Ages 5 – 7
 Junior: Ages 8 -10
 Intermediate: Ages 11 – 13
 Senior: 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.

 

How do you join a 4-H Club?

Look at our Open Clubs list – see if there are clubs in your area you want to call or visit.  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. Some clubs may be full and not taking new members at this time.

If there is not a club available in your area, we would love to help you start a new 4-H club in your community. All you need is an adult volunteer who likes to work with youth, and five kids from three families. We will provide support, training, curricula and assistance for your club to be fun, educational, and successful.

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 page below.  

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 | kingcounty.4h@wsu.edu

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 nbaskett@wsu.edu 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: kingcounty.4h@wsu.edu or 425-738-0104.

King County 4-H Club Directory:

NOTE: Contact leader of club of interest to find out if the club is a good fit for your child.


TOP CATS 4-H CLUB – AUBURN & ENUMCLAW AREA

Projects: Cats – all 4-H ages

Contact: Caroline – 4htopcats@gmail.com or 253-414-7089

Meetings: Saturday 10 am – noon/once a month beginning October 19th

https://www.facebook.com/TopCatsKingCounty4H

We have openings for new 4-H members. 


AUBURN VALLEY TAILWAGGERS – AUBURN

Projects: Dogs – all 4-H ages

Contact: Mari Ann at ponytailsranch3@yahoo.com or avtdogs4h@gmail.com or

253-334-512

Meetings: Monday @ 630 pm – begins  October 14th

We need additional volunteers and also need an Agility Trainer

Website: https://kc4hdogs.wixsite.com/avt4h/info#!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/avt4h/

We have openings for new 4-H members.

We welcome new volunteers and Agility Trainer volunteer.  


KELSEY CREEK CRITTERS – BELLEVUE/AUBURN

Projects: Rabbits, Poultry, Cavies – ages 8-18, Cloverbuds accepted only from already enrolled families, please.

Contact: Autumn at kelseycreekcritters@outlook.com

Meetings: first and third Tuesday of the month  meeting schedule TBA

Meets in Bellevue

https://www.facebook.com/kelseycreekcritters/

There are openings for new members and volunteers.  


EASTSIDE HUSHPUPPIES – BELLEVUE

Club leader:  Jennifer at jennifergorveatt@gmail.com
425-236-2457 

(4) Eastside Hushpuppies 4-H | Facebook 


MAPLE VALLEY MARKSMEN – BLACK DIAMOND

Projects: Rifle, Shotgun & Archery – ages 8-18

Contact: Robert – maplevalleymarskmen4h@gmail.com

Club is inactive at this time. There are no openings for members at this time.  

https://www.facebook.com/MapeValleyMarksmen/


BLUE RIBBON 4-H – BLACK DIAMOND & MAPLE VALLEY

Projects: Llama, Rabbits, Sheep & Chickens – 8 years and up

Contact: Rose at email: cenajames80@gmail.com

Meetings: 630 pm/

We need additional volunteers for all projects!

https://www.facebook.com/BlueRibbonLama4HClub/

We need resource volunteers for all of our projects. 

We have openings for 4-H members. 


CLASSIC RIDERS – BUCKLEY

Projects: 4-H Horse – all ages

Contact:

Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of month at 630 pm begins 10/8/2019

https://www.facebook.com/groups/160188907758036/

Club is inactive at this time. 


TEKERZ ROBOTICS – BURIEN

Projects: Robotics – 7th -12th grade

Contact: Chris – tekerzrobotics@gmail.com or 425-351-4737 or Dave at…

Meetings: Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-8 pm Highline Robotics Alliance; August – March, Saturdays

We need additional volunteers and mentors for Engineering, Business and Graphic Artists.

We have openings available for new 4-H members.

first3574.org

https://www.facebook.com/first3574


SKUNKWORKS – BURIEN

Projects: Robotics – 7th -12th grade

Contact: Trevor

Meetings: Highline Robotics Alliance

Instagram – @Skunkworks1983

Must be a student in the Puget Sound region to participate.


CASCADE HOME EC – ENUMCLAW

Projects: Cooking, Sewing, …

Contact: Jim or Nancy

Meetings:

Seeking a new meeting location for our club


CLOVERLEAF – ENUMCLAW
Cloverleaf – Covington
Projects: Goats-ages 8-18, STEM, Gardening, Photography ages 5-18.
Monthly meetings at 6:30pm in Covington
Facebook – KC 4-H Cloverleaf, https://www.facebook.com/groups/462733752029919

Contact: Susan – 206-909-2643 or

Email – Contact Susan at 4hcloverleafclub@gmail.com

We are accepting new 4-H members in all projects!
We need additional dairy goat and robotics volunteers. 

LUCKY HORSEHOES – ENUMCLAW/BUCKLEY 

Club leader:  Michelle Bozeman at michellebozeman@comcast.net  or 253-299-6641 

Projects: Horse Performance and gaming   


EVERGREEN EQUESTRIANS – ENUMCLAW

Projects: 4-H Horse – all ages

Contact: Jennifer – evergreenequestrians@gmail.com or 253-861-8231

Meetings: begin October 3rd – First Thursday of month at 630 pm at Thunder Mountain Middle School

We are accepting new 4-H members.  

We need additional volunteers for all projects!


RAINIER RABBITS – ENUMCLAW

Projects: Rabbits and Cavies – all 4-H ages

Contact: Ashleigh – rainierrabbits@gmail.com or 253-797-7411

Meetings: Wednesdays at 6 pm – begins October 30th

https://www.facebook.com/Rainier-Rabbits-4-H-Youth-Club-187726647943033/

We have openings available for new 4-H members.  


SIRIUS DOG CLUB – ENUMCLAW

Projects: Dogs – all 4-H ages

Contact: Nancy at nbaskett@wsu.edu

Meetings: Wednesdays at 630 pm – Muckleshoot Library once a month & at Argus Ranch 3 times a month

Facebook page – private group/4-H members & families only

Club is inactive at this time


MOUNTED MAGIC – ISSAQUAH & HOBART

Projects: 4-H Horse – all 4-H ages

Contact: Rebecca – reroper@yahoo.com or 206-713-0197

Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6 pm beings 9/11/2019 – Mirrormont Club House

We have openings available for new 4-H club members.  


HOMESTEADING HALF-PINTS – MAPLE VALLEY

Projects: Rabbits, Poultry, Cavies, Gardening, Art and Science

Contact: Michele – michelepilon28976@gmail.com

Meetings: begin October 21st, 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 530-630 pm at Maple Valley Grange

https://www.facebook.com/mvhomesteadinghalfpints4H/


SNOQUALMIE VALLEY EVERGREENS – NORTH BEND

Projects: Rabbits & Livestock – all 4-H ages

Contact: Amy – aimshoe@gmail.com or 206-713-2146

Meetings: Wednesdays at 6 pm

https://www.facebook.com/SnoqualmieValleyEvergreens4H/

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NOTE: We are at max capacity. No more openings for new members at this time.


GOLDEN HORSESHOES – RENTON

Projects: Equine 4-H Horse

Contact: Michelle -mlnewberg@comcast.net or 253-905-8594

Meetings: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 7 pm begins 10/12/19

We have openings available for new 4-H members. 

https://www.facebook.com/Golden-Horseshoes-4H-Club-166016963600958/


GROWING FARMERS – 4-H – RENTON

Projects: Cats, Crafts, Photography – ages 8-15 years

Club leader: Felicia  at fgbyrne@mail.fresnostate.edu  661-414-6929 

Projects: Sheep, Market Sheep, Market Livestock

We are currently meeting virtually and at a local farm.

The club is accepting new members! 


CEDAR RIVER RASCALS – RENTON

Contact: Nancy – nancygs122047@comcast.net or 425-255-5190

Meetings: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month – 630-830 pm

We have openings available for new 4-H members! 

https://www.facebook.com/crr4H


COOPED UP IN SEATTLE – SEATTLE

Projects: Poultry, Sewing, Gardening, Photography, Cooking & Baking – ages 9-19

Contact: Barbara – barbaramoen@msn.com or 206-331-2170

Incoming Club Leader: Deb Chickadel

Meetings: Second Saturday of month 10 am – 12 noon beginning October 12th

We are at max capacity for club members. No new members accepted at this time. 

We need more volunteers in Poultry! 

https://www.facebook.com/CoopedUpInSeattle4H


EMERALD CITY CHANGEMAKERS  – SEATTLE

contact: Rebecca Saldana at rebeccajsaldana@gmail.com

Cavy, Gardening, Crafts, Photography

The club is currently accepting new members and volunteers!


EMERALD CITY CLOVER KIDS – NORTH SEATTLE

Projects: Creative Arts, Food & Nutrition, Sewing, Gardening, Photography & Leadership – ages 5-18

Contact: Ju – junamkung@gmail.com or Anna – alzagelow@gmail.com

Meetings: Varies for teen group;  1st Wednesday afternoon of month

We are at max capacity! No new members accepted at this time.


A BOOK OF ADVENTURE – SOUTHCENTER/TUKWILA

Projects: Cooking, Sewing, STEM – ages 5-18

Club is inactive at this time. No new members accepted.


TEEN LEADERS OF TOMORROW – King County

Projects: Leadership – ages 7th grade and up

Contact: Nancy at nbaskett@wsu.edu or mobile 253-224-2884

Meetings: 3rd Thursday of month 630 -830 pm

We have openings available for new 4-H Teen Leaders of Tomorrow! 


VASHON ROCK RIDERS – VASHON

Projects: 4-H Horse – ages 8-18

Leader:  : Joe Cunningham at baybreezefarm1@comcast.net  or 206-459-5343 

Meetings: 2nd and 4th Saturday at 10 am – Paradise Ridge Park begins 9/28/2019

We have openings available for new 4-H members! 


 

4-H Participation Models

Community Clubs

A 4-H club is a group of youth who are led by volunteers. Clubs may be a single-project club, where the group only participates in one project area (like only dogs, or only cooking) or multi-project club, where the group participates in many project areas.

School Enrichment and Camps

4-H offers curriculum and learning resources that are research-based, peer-reviewed, hands-on fun for after school, home school, school enrichment, day camps, and more. We’d love to talk with you about content delivery options for your program.

Contact to learn more: michelle.green@wsu.edu

Visit the 4-H Curriculum and Resources Webpage.

Independent Member Option

An independent member program is offered for those youth who are not able to join a club. This program involves setting goals, quarterly meetings to discuss progress and end of the year activities. Independent Member Plan (pdf)

Starting a 4-H Club

JoinTodayA 4-H Club:

  • Is an organized group of youth.
  • Has a planned program that is ongoing thoughout all or most of the year.
  • Is advised by adult staff or volunteers.
  • Typically elects officers.
  • May meet in any location.
  • Includes opportunities to learn skills through a wide variety of project experiences.
  • Offers opportunities for leadership, citizenship/community service, and public speaking.

Steps in Establishing a 4-H Club

  1. Contact the county 4-H staff.
  2. Become a leader by attending local 4-H volunteer/leader training.
  3. Obtain county and state 4-H policies and guidelines.
  4. Assess youth, parent and community needs and interests.
  5. Recruit potential club members.
  6. Conduct an organizational meeting.
  7. Recruit project leaders and distribute curricula.
  8. Complete and submit enrollment and other appropriate reports.
  9. Assist with club by-laws preparation.

How Do We Recruit 4-H Members?
How Many Should We Have?

4-H clubs should have at least five members from 3 or more families. Some suggest that 6 to 10 members per adult leader is an optimum number. Limit your first group to a number with which you and your co-leaders feel comfortable!

Recruiting members is seldom hard to do. Start with a contact to your county Extension staff for names and ideas. You can always write newspaper articles, recruit at schools or church, or just talk up the club to parents and children you know.

Remember that 4-H must be available to all people equally without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or handicap.

How Do I Enroll My Members?

Washington State University King County Extension uses 4-HOnline 2.0 for enrollment, please contact the local office. All 4-H members must re-enroll every year. Enrollment begins on October 1st each year.

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 page below.  

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 | kingcounty.4h@wsu.edu

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 nbaskett@wsu.edu 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: kingcounty.4h@wsu.edu or 425-738-0104.


4-H Participation Models

Community Clubs

A 4-H club is a group of youth who are led by volunteers. Clubs may be a single-project club, where the group only participates in one project area (like only dogs, or only cooking) or multi-project club, where the group participates in many project areas.

School Enrichment and Camps

4-H offers curriculum and learning resources that are research-based, peer-reviewed, hands-on fun for after school, home school, school enrichment, day camps, and more. We’d love to talk with you about content delivery options for your program.

Contact to learn more: michelle.green@wsu.edu

Visit the 4-H Curriculum and Resources Webpage.

Independent Member Option

An independent member program is offered for those youth who are not able to join a club. This program involves setting goals, quarterly meetings to discuss progress and end of the year activities. Independent Member Plan (pdf)

To re-enroll, click here

4-H is the youth development program of Washington State University. 4-H is where there’s fun in learning and hands-on experiential education. One of the ways youth can participate in 4-H is by joining a 4-H Club.

What is a 4-H Club?

Clubs are the foundation of the 4-H program. A club can be any size from a small group of kids from one neighborhood to a larger club consisting of youth from all over the county. Each club is led by volunteers in their community.

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):

 Cloverbud: Ages 5 – 7
 Junior: Ages 8 -10
 Intermediate: Ages 11 – 13
 Senior: 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.

How do you join a 4-H Club?

Look at our Open Clubs list – see if there are clubs in your area you want to call or visit.  Some clubs may be full and not taking new members at this time.

If there is not a club available in your area, we would love to help you start a new 4-H club in your community. All you need is an adult volunteer who likes to work with youth, and five kids from three families. We will provide support, training, curricula and assistance for your club to be fun, educational, and successful.

Starting a 4-H Club

JoinTodayA 4-H Club:

  • Is an organized group of youth.
  • Has a planned program that is ongoing thoughout all or most of the year.
  • Is advised by adult staff or volunteers.
  • Typically elects officers.
  • May meet in any location.
  • Includes opportunities to learn skills through a wide variety of project experiences.
  • Offers opportunities for leadership, citizenship/community service, and public speaking.

Steps in Establishing a 4-H Club

  1. Contact the county 4-H staff.
  2. Become a leader by attending local 4-H volunteer/leader training.
  3. Obtain county and state 4-H policies and guidelines.
  4. Assess youth, parent and community needs and interests.
  5. Recruit potential club members.
  6. Conduct an organizational meeting.
  7. Recruit project leaders and distribute curricula.
  8. Complete and submit enrollment and other appropriate reports.
  9. Assist with club by-laws preparation.

How Do We Recruit 4-H Members?
How Many Should We Have?

4-H clubs should have at least five members from 3 or more families. Some suggest that 6 to 10 members per adult leader is an optimum number. Limit your first group to a number with which you and your co-leaders feel comfortable!

Recruiting members is seldom hard to do. Start with a contact to your county Extension staff for names and ideas. You can always write newspaper articles, recruit at schools or church, or just talk up the club to parents and children you know.

Remember that 4-H must be available to all people equally without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or handicap.

How Do I Enroll My Members?

Washington State University King County Extension uses 4-HOnline 2.0 for enrollment, please contact the local office. All 4-H members must re-enroll every year. Enrollment begins on October 1st each year.