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Information for 4-H Youth and Families

Program Contact: Amy Alder, 4-H Program Manager
(509) 962-7565 •

4-H is the youth development program of Washington State University.  Being a part of the 4-H organization and participating in projects and club experiences, you can learn life skills such as decision making, communications, leadership, record keeping, responsibility, increased self-esteem, and research-based project knowledge and skills.

How to become a 4-H Member

  1. Decide what project you would like to participate in. Check out Kittitas County 4-H Projects. Contact the Extension Office to get information for your club or interest.
  2.  Contact the club leader to learn about the club, it’s projects, and meeting times and location before enrolling.
  3. Enroll online at 4HOnline
    • The $25 per member State 4-H Enrollment fee for 2023-24 is paid by Kittitas County 4-H Council. When enrolling, choose the check payment option to submit your enrollment. You will receive an automated e-mail asking you to bring payment into the office-disregard that message. No fees will be collected from members.

Useful Information

You Should Know….

  • The 4-H year starts October 1 and ends September 30.
  • The enrollment deadline for participation in the Kittitas County Fair for Horse, Livestock, Small Animal, and Family & Consumer Science Projects is February 1.
  • Youth who have reached their 5th birthday before October 1 of the current 4-H year through youth who have not reached their 19th birthday before October 1 of the current 4-H year are eligible to enroll in a 4-H club.
  • To complete the 4-H year you must:
    • Complete a record book and project. Loss of project (animal, garden, etc.) does not mean incompletion for the project. It should be written up in the member’s record book as far as possible
    • Participate in at least one showmanship
    • Give a demonstration in at least one project area
    • Attend club meetings (members may not miss more than three business meetings per year, per club)
    • Participate in Judging Contests
      • Livestock members must participate in the Kittitas County Fair Livestock Judging Contest
      • Horse members must participate in one county Horse Judging Contest


Kittitas County 4-H Council is sponsoring six scholarships in the amount of $2000 each:

  • 4-H Endowment Trust Fund Scholarship
    Awarded to a graduating senior who is actively involved in the 4-H leadership project.
  • Jeanette K. Burghart 4-H Memorial Scholarship
    Awarded to a graduating senior who has been actively engaged in 4-H Know Your Government (May have been current and/or earlier years.)
  • Barbara Schnebly Shaw A Scholarship
    Awarded to a graduating senior who excelled in demonstrations and/or club leadership.
  • Barbara Schnebly Shaw B Scholarship
    Awarded to a post-secondary student who excelled in demonstrations and/or club leadership.
  • Kittitas County 4-H Leaders Council A Scholarship
    Awarded to a graduating senior who has been actively involved in Kittitas County 4-H at the club and community level.
  • Kittitas County 4-H Leaders Council B Scholarship
    Awarded to a graduating senior who has been actively involved in Kittitas County 4-H at the club and community level.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current or former member of Kittitas County 4-H.
  • Have a cumulative high school/college GPA of 2.0 or better.
  • Intend to pursue post-secondary education through trade school, 2-year college, or 4-year college.
  • Submit a cover letter introducing oneself. Give a brief history of your 4-H experience.
  • Submit the Kittitas County 4-H Scholarship General Application form.
  • Submit a resume that includes your 4-H involvement.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation focusing on your 4-H involvement, leadership qualities, and community service involvement. Should not be from any family members or leader(s) who helped with the application process.
  • Submit current transcripts-can be unofficial.
  • Submit an essay on your 4-H experiences and how they have affected you. Essay should be: Times New Roman, size 12 font, double spaced, and no more than 750 words. Include adequate details of what 4-H has done to prepare you for the future addressing each of the following:
    • Growth in values of 4-H: Head, Heart, Hands, Health
    • Challenges overcome
    • Community service in and out of 4-H
    • Leadership involvement in 4-H
    • Demonstrations
  • Submit most recent complete 4-H Record Book. Will be reviewed for:
    • Completeness
    • Appearance/Presentation
    • Quality of details
  • Submit most recent KYG 4-H Project Record if appilicable.

Only one application package needs to be submitted to be considered for all scholarships.

An interview with the Scholarship Selection Committee will be scheduled within two weeks after the application closes.

Applications will be reviewed and selections made by the Scholarship Selection Committee.

Scholarships will be forwarded to the school of recipient’s choice upon proof of enrollment. Funds must be spent within 18 months of announcement.

No more than one scholarship award may be given to an applicant.

Applications are due to the Extension Office by April 1.

Kittitas County 4-H Scholarship Application and Criteria (PDF)

Enrollment Help Guides

Family Enrollment Help Guide - Updated 09.27.2021 (PDF) Glossary of Terms - Updated 09.27.2021 (PDF) Enrollment Process Video - Updated 09.20.2022 (YouTube video)

Contact Andrea Morse, WSU Kittitas County Extension Office Manager, for more help.

Monday-Friday, 8 AM-Noon & 1-5 PM
(509) 962-7507
901 E 7th Avenue, Suite 2, Ellensburg, WA 98926

State Teen 4-H Events

Know Your Government
Know Your Government (KYG) is a civic education program with a four-year rotating topic: The Legislative System, The Judicial System, Elections and Party Platforms, and Politics and the Media.  A value of 4-H KYG is that it provides the opportunity for our delegates to explore new ideas and perspectives in a safe environment. We encourage delegates with different views to work together, not to change each other’s minds, but to learn from each other.

State 4-H Teen Conference
We will include workshops to help youth begin preparing for college applications, scholarship applications, choosing a college major, and choosing a career pathway. We will also have opportunities for leadership development, service projects, team-building activities, and FUN!

District Teen Rallies

Regional Summits

For more information on how to get involved in these and other teen leadership development events, clubs, boards, and special interest projects, visit Washington’s 4-H Youth Development Program State Opportunities website.

Statewide Teen 4-H Opportunities

Tech Changemakers
4-H Tech Changemakers explore the impact of the digital divide in their communities, learn high value digital skills, and provide adults in underserved populations with the tools to find additional opportunities for employment through expanded access to digital skills training.

Juntos helps Latino students and their families gain knowledge, skills, and resources to ensure high school graduation and broaden post-secondary career and academic opportunities.

Youth Advocates for Health:  YA4-H!
Built on a foundation of positive youth development and the 4-H Essential Elements of belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity, YA4-H! provides opportunities to teens to develop skills to successfully navigate the transition to adulthood.

Teen Leadership Opportunities

State Advisory Board

For more information on how to get involved in these and other teen leadership development events, clubs, boards, and special interest projects, visit Washington’s 4-H Youth Development Program State Opportunities website.

National 4-H Opportunities


  • Ignite by 4-H
    The summit will provide high-school aged youth from across the country the opportunity to explore the best 4-H has to offer in STEM, Agriscience, Healthy Living, Career Readiness and Emotional Well-Being.


  • National 4-H Conference
    National 4‑H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4‑H Civic Engagement, providing the opportunity for young people to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, nation and world.


  • Citizenship Washington Focus
    For 7 days, teens from around the nation will gather to have meaningful discussions, hear from prominent speakers, influential leaders, and engaging young people who have created an impact. They will connect with 500 other teens and learn the skills they need to lead their local communities and become change agents to build a brighter future.
  • True Leaders in Equity Institute
    This training and leadership opportunity challenges participants to work together to ideate and champion equity-related projects that will grow 4-H in their communities.


  • National 4-H Week
    U.S. Agriculture Secretaries proclaim a week in early October as National 4-H week every year to celebrate the skills and strengths of our 4-H youth and the power they have to influence and improve the world around them.
  • National 4-H Congress
    Starting in the 1920s, this is the oldest gathering of 4-H youth in the nation, giving youth for over a century the opportunity to learn new skills, network with 4-H members from across the country, and be inspired to make changes in their club, their community, their country, and their world.