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4-H Youth Development Program

Program Contact: Beverly Sarles
509-447-6453 •

Welcome to Pend Oreille 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 Pend-Oreille 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 an expanded program using a variety of ways to “learn by doing.”

4-H club work has something for everyone – more than 140 projects from which to choose! Membership in Pend Oreille County clubs is open to children ages 5 to 19. Traditional clubs are organized and managed by volunteer adult leaders who work with the WSU County Extension Office to teach life skills education through 4-H project work. Learning life skills helps club members become competent, contributing adults. The most popular projects in Pend Oreille are horses, technology, food and nutrition, photography, and arts & crafts.

Clubs are located in all parts of the county to make membership convenient. Enrollment in 4-H occurs annually from October 1st through November 30.  The results of 4-H project work are frequently seen at the County Fair in August of every year.

Since both the Pend Oreille County and the Washington State Fairs have been cancelled this year due to COVID-19, Pend Oreille County 4-H is hosting an online show for its youth to exhibit their projects. The deadline for entry submissions for the Virtual 4-H Youth Showcase is September 14, 2020.

4-H Values: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health

Who can join 4-H?

4-H is open to every youth, ages 5-19, without discrimination!

There are four 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

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.

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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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