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4-H Youth Development

Program Contact: 4-H Program Coordinator
(360) 867-2157 •


What is 4-H?

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.


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?

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.

There are a variety of leadership roles:

  • General/Organizational Leader – assumes primary responsibility for a club or group
  • Project Leader – leads a specific project or curriculum within a club or group
  • Activity Leader – provides leadership for an event or activity
  • Service Leader – works with other 4-H leaders in the county to promote 4-H and help new clubs get started
  • County Program Leader – works with other 4-H leaders in the county to help with a specific project or activity

Adults interested in becoming volunteer leaders should contact the 4-H office to start the application and screening process. New 4-H clubs can be started anytime throughout the year.

4-H Volunteer How To
Fillable 4-H Volunteer Application
Fillable Reference form

How do I sign up?

Youth enrollment is completed online at BUT only after connecting with a club leader.  For more information contact the Thurston County 4-H Office at 360-867-2157.

Want to start a club?

Download the volunteer application, email, drop off or mail the completed forms to the Thurston County 4-H office and let’s get started!

Donations help to keep the 4-H program running, and can be made through the WSU Foundation


To learn more about 4-H

call (360) 867-2157, or email:

WSU Extension Office Hours:

Tuesday through Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm