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What is 4-H?


4-H is a youth development program for kids 5 to 19 years of age.

Volunteers teach life skills through a variety of subjects delivered in a variety of ways to youths in local, State, National, & International 4-H programs. The largest youth program in the nation, 4-H is a national program that has a home in every state in the country!

The home of the 4-H Youth Development Program in our state is Washington State University, and it is brought to local communities by Washington State University Extension faculty and staff.

The joy of 4-H is seeing young people grow through their accomplishments.

Developing all youth to reach their fullest potential through:

  • Learning by doing
  • Contact with caring adults
  • Access to research information

4-H'er in a shooting sports project4-H enables youth to have fun and meet new people. There are opportunities to learn life skills, set goals, build self-confidence, learn responsibility and make decisions. Working with others encourages teamwork and communication skills. Competitive situations help youth develop ethics and learn to accept wins and losses gracefully.

4-H Builds Tomorrow’s Leaders

  • For youth ages 5 to 19 (K – 12th grade.)
  • Youth can participate in 4-H in a variety of ways.

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  • Clubs Community, Project, Military
  • School Enrichment Programs during school time
  • Special Interest and Short Term activities
  • Family / Individual project study
  • After School Clubs & School Age Care Programs
  • Camps Resident and Day Camps

4-H offers a wide range of projects, programs and activities that every member can do and use to develop life skills

Parents, volunteers, community leaders, and Extension staff share their time and talents with 4-H youth.

Youth may participate in 4-H through:

  • Community or Project Clubs
  • Family/Individual 4-H
  • After School Clubs/Programs (Short Term Enrollment)
  • School Enrichment Programs (Short Term or Group Enrollment)
  • Short-Term Activities such as: Camp, Clinics, Exchange, Know Your Government and More!

Who can enroll in 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 

*Shooting sports and large animal projects require youth to be at least 8 years of age on October 1st to participate.

How to Join 4-H as a youth member

You can join 4-H in a few easy steps:

  • Find a Club:
    • Find a club that offers leadership in a project you’re interested in. Contact the extension office to find a club or start your own.
  • Decide on a Project:
  • Enroll in 4-H online:
  • Get involved and HAVE FUN!

Need help? Please contact the extension office or take a look at this enrollment guide.

The Lincoln-Adams enrollment deadline for joining a 4-H Club is July 15th.

For further questions or need help, contact the Extension Office of the county where you currently live:

Adams County
205 W Main, Ritzville, WA 99169-1894
509-659-3209 | Email us
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 12 pm & 1 pm – 4:30 pm

Lincoln County
PO Box 399, Davenport, WA 99122
(509) 725-4171 | Email us
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 4 pm


Extension is for Everyone

Extension programs and policies are consistent with federal and state laws and regulations on nondiscrimination regarding race; sex/gender; sexual orientation; gender identity/expression; religion; age; color; creed; national or ethnic origin; physical, mental, or sensory disability, including disability requiring the use of a trained service animal; marital status, genetic information, and/or status as an honorably discharged veteran or member of the military. Report concerns to, 509-335-8288, or your local Extension office. Requests for special accommodations at Lincoln-Adams Extension Events can be made at least two weeks in advance by calling 509-659-3209 or 509-725-4171

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I Pledge:
  • My head to clear thinking
  • My heart to greater loyalty
  • My hands to larger service
  • My health to better living

For my club, my community, my country, and my world.


To make the best better


Learning by doing

thinking critically, solving problems

respecting self, others, and the environment, communicating

preparing for a career


choosing healthy lifestyles