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Join 4-H

Ready to become a 4-H member?

Enrollment for the 2023-2024 year is open!

  1. Join an existing club. Our office can help you find a group that is accepting new members. Contact the club leader to get details on upcoming meetings to make sure it fits with your schedule. Leaders will often invite prospective new members to attend a meeting before officially enrolling.
  2. Start a new club. Don’t see an open club that fits your schedule or interests? Contact the 4-H office to discuss the possibility of starting a new club in your area. At minimum, you will need:
    • One trained 4-H volunteer
    • Five youth from three different families
  3. Contact our office. Feel free to call or send us a message if you have questions or need suggestions.

4-H Eligibility:

  • The WSU 4-H Youth Development Program abides by the nondiscrimination policies of WSU and the USDA.
  • The 4-H year is October 1st through September 30th. Enrollment is open to youth who have reached their 5th birthday (on or before October 1st of the current 4-H year) through those who have not reached their 19th birthday (on or before October 1st of the current 4-H year).
  • Enrolled 4-H Youth Members must have reached their 8th birthday on or before October 1st of the current 4-H year to be eligible for:
    • Competitive situations, including livestock shows or sales
    • Enrollment in large animal, shooting sports, or food preservation projects
    • Enrollment in projects using motorized vehicles
  • See the Washington 4-H Policy handbook (PDF) for more information.

Enrollment Fees (Dues) & Assistance

Payment of enrollment fees (also known as dues) is required for participation in 4-H. Learn more about state enrollment fees. These fees do not cover things such as project supplies and materials, event admission, or any dues required by individual clubs.

Assistance is available for families who have difficulty paying enrollment fees.