There are lots of ways to get involved in 4-H!
Starting A 4-H Club
How do you get a 4-H group started?
You need at least five young people 5 to 19 years old and two adult
leaders who are willing to help. A 4-H Educator is available to assist
you with everything you need to get started.
When can I join 4-H ?
- You can join 4-H at any time of the year, however, clubs of any size are usually formed in the fall of the year.
How big should a club be?
This depends on the age of the members, where they meet and the
leadership available. The average club in Ontario County usually has
five to ten members and two or three leaders. All new clubs are
encouraged to start small and increase in size when the club leaders
feel comfortable. Ontario County 4-H does offer the opportunity for
individuals to be members of 4-H in family memberships.
What about officers?
4-H clubs may have officers. The 4-H Office provides helpful materials
for presidents, vice-presidents, secretaries, treasurers, news
reporters, recreation leaders, and historians. It is a good idea to wait
until the second or third meeting to elect officers, when members have
gotten to know one another. The club format is an excellent vehicle for
How much does it cost?
$25.00 per member with a maximum of $65.00 per household/family and a late fee of $10.00 after December 1. The
fee covers insurance, newsletters and other notices. If a club wants
money for activities, it usually charges dues or conducts a fundraising
activity. Dues may not be used to keep someone from joining 4-H.
Is there more to the club experience?
Yes! Opportunities abound for 4-H’ers to expand their experiences
through countywide programs. These programs provide higher levels of
learning and achievement along with forums for youth to share what has
been learned. The programs also offer opportunities to meet youth
throughout the county, the region, the state and the nation!
What types of clubs are there?
- Community Clubs: Caring adult leaders make use of 4-H curricula,
resources and training to provide informal hands on experiential
learning opportunities for youth.
- Cloverbud Clubs: Are special groups for members 5-8 years. Specific
curricula and projects have been designed to meet the developmental
needs of our youngest members.
- Special Interest Clubs: Have a common interest and focus, such as horse, public speaking, livestock, or dairy.
- School Based Clubs: Teachers make use of 4-H curriculum, resources and
training in diverse subject areas that allow students to practice hands
on experiential learning. These curricula support many of the
educational standards required in classroom instruction. They provide an
arena for teachers to use both formal and informal learning styles.
Last updated January 11, 2018