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4-H Youth Development Program – Pacific County

Welcome to Pacific County 4-H!

4-H is the youth development education program of Washington State University Extension, which is conducted jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, your state land grant university (WSU) and Pacific County. Today 4-H is everywhere–in cities, suburbs, small towns, and rural communities. In the 21st century, 4-H serves a broad clientele with expanded program using a variety of ways to “learn by doing.”

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.  4-H youth programs provide opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use now and throughout their life.

Although many people think 4-H is all about cooking or cows, it is really about building productive and successful citizens through youth development.  Youth development is defined as:  the process of growing up and developing one’s capacities in positive ways.  Research shows that when youth get involved in meaningful activities in the context of their community not only does it promote healthy development, but it also has positive outcomes like providing motivation to avoid health risks during the teen years.

4-H belongs to the youth members, their families, and other interested adults who serve as volunteer leaders. 4-H reaches out to youth by partnering with other youth-serving agencies such as local school districts, libraries, or other youth organizations.

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Who can join 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 of the current 4-H year to participate.

How to Join 4-H

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.

Please Visit or Contact Us!

We warmly welcome you to Pacific County 4-H! Whether you are new to the Clover or already part of the 4-H family, we hope that you’ll find what you’re looking for on our website. If not, please email or call the extension office.

WSU Pacific County Extension Office
Office Phone: (360) 875-9331
Mailing: P.O. Box 88
Street: 1216 W Robert Bush Dr.
South Bend, WA 98586-0088
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Office Hours: M, W, Th: 8:30am – 1:30pm

Pacific County Extension Faculty & Staff
Toni Gwin, Extension Educator – 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (360) 875-9331, (360) 642-9331, (360) 267-8331, or (360) 484-7331
Fax: (360) 875-9304 |

Sue Carbaugh, Administrative Assistant
Phone: (360) 875-9331 |


Washington State University 4-H Youth Development is developing young people to become productive citizens who are engaged in positive change, meeting the needs of a diverse and changing society.


4-H youth development education creates supportive environments for all youth and families to reach their fullest potential.

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. We reach out to kids and their families to build skills for real life. WSU 4-H Youth Development is committed to providing safe and inclusive environments for all youth and adults regardless of race; sex; gender; sexual orientation; gender identity/expression; religion; age; color; creed; national or ethnic origin; citizenship; physical, mental, or sensory ability; genetic information; and/or status as an honorably discharged veteran or member of the military.

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