How old do I have to be?
4-H is open to every youth, ages 5-9, 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
Shooting sports and large animal projects require youth to be at least 8 years of age to participate.
*4-H “age” is determined by the age of the youth by
October 1st of the current 4-H year.
In 4-H, you get to decide what program to join. These are the active projects for Kitsap County:
• Cavies (guiene pigs)
• Environmental Science
• Gardening• Veterinary Science
• Food and Nutrition
• Creative Arts
We are always open and eager to start new clubs so if you don’t see something that interests you please let us know and we will try to find away to help grow your interest. All Clubs do require at least 1 adult volunteer leader.
What does it cost?
- WSU State 4-H Fee: $25 per youth
- Kitsap County 4-H Fee: $20 per youth, cap 3 youth per family
- 4-H Club Fee: varies based on Club
Scholarships are available: Kitsap Scholarship Request Form
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.
I want to participate NOW!
Kitsap 4-H is always eager to have members join. We accept membership year round. However, to participate in the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede, you must be enrolled in 4-H by May 1st of the current year.
4-H Participation Models
Chartered Club: A club is a group of at least 5 youth from 3 different families that 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.
After School Program: If you’re in an afterschool program, we will work with your program sponsor to begin offering 4-H projects.
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 an enrolled volunteer and start a new club. It takes at least 5 members from 3 different families to start a new club. If you are interested, please contact the 4-H office for more information.
Volunteer orientations and new club leader training’s are held throughout the year.