What is 4-H?
4-H is America’s largest youth development organization — empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime. We believe in the power of young people; that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. It’s our goal to empower kids with the skills to lead for a lifetime through a program that is proven to grow true leaders with life skills like confidence, compassion, and resilience.
4-H grows caring, competent, capable youth, equipping them with the life skills they need to thrive, succeed, and make a positive difference in their world.
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.
Who can join?
Any child age 5 through 18 as of October 1 of the current 4-H year, can join and 4-H is open to all children, youth and teens. WSU Extension programs, employment, and volunteer service are available to all without discrimination. (See WSU Executive Policy #15)
4-H Age is determined by October 1 the beginning of the 4-H year. New members can join at any time.
Cloverbuds are 5-7 years of age
Juniors are 8-10
Intermediates are 11-13
Seniors are 14- less than 19
What will I do?
Members “learn by doing.” Through hands-on learning experiences, members with guidance and mentoring from adult volunteers, learn skills that will last a lifetime. 4-H is the youth development organization of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA.
4-H clubs explore projects and curriculum, carry out service projects, and hold events and activities that interest their members. Here’s a link to some of the projects available.
4-H out-of-school programs focus on healthy living, science and technology, life skill development, and fun and games.
4-H teen activities focus on citizenship, service and leadership development.
Who provides 4-H leadership?
WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program Certified Volunteers have completed the WSU Extension 4-H Volunteer screening process and are officially designated as representatives and leaders of the 4-H program. They supervise and direct 4-H programs and projects.
How do I sign up?
Youth enrollment is completed online at 4-H Online BUT only after connecting with a club leader. For more information contact the Thurston County 4-H Office at 360-867-2157.
Donations support the 4-H program at the club, county, state and national levels. To make an online donation to Thurston County 4-H go to https://foundation.wsu.edu/give/?fund=5389bf0a-8cd4-43b1-acfe-4fe10ccafd0c&utm_source=thurston-county-4-h-excellence-fund&utm_medium=wsu-link&utm_campaign=wsu-extension/4-h
WSU Thurston County Extension & 4-H Office Hours:
Due to COVID-19, the WSU Extension 4-H Office is closed to the public. Staff continues to be available by phone and email (see contact information below).
Contact us at:
3054 Carpenter Rd SE
Olympia, WA 98503
phone: (360) 867-2157