FAQ - Washington County 4H

As an adult, how can I become involved in 4-H?

A: 4-H is always looking for adult volunteers. There are many opportunities, depending on the amount of time you would like to donate. You can volunteer at a single event, such as a judge for our presentation contest or teaching a workshop. If you want a deeper level of involvement, you can become a 4-H club leader, which is a one year, renewable commitment.

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 by Paul Hill

At what age can my child join 4-H?

4-H ages and grades are based on the 4-H year, which begins October 1 and ends September 30. Categories are determined by a youths age and grade on October 1, the beginning of the 4-H year.

  • Cloverbud 4-H Members: K - grade two (K-2)
  • Junior members: Grades three – five (3-5) and at least 8 years old as of October 1.
  • Intermediate 4-H Members: Grades six – eight (6-8)
  • Senior 4-H Members: Grades nine – twelve (9-12)

Large animal, shooting sports, and some other projects require youth to be in 3rd – 12th grades and at least 8 years of age on September 1, the beginning of the 4-H year. See the age rules under each specific project area.

Updated on 24 Aug 2020 by Diana Escobar

I don't live on a farm how can I join 4-H?

All 4-H programs are open to any youth, regardless of membership in the 4-H program. Joining 4-H is as simple as completing the 4-H enrollment and 4-H medical release forms. 4-H has deep roots in agriculture, as it began with corn and tomato clubs in the early 1900s.

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 by Paul Hill

Isn't 4-H just cows, cooking & sewing?

While 4-H addresses these programs, the entire program is more diverse. Nationally, 4-H has three mission mandates: citizenship (civic engagement, service, civic education and leadership), healthy living (nutrition, fitness and social-emotional health), and science (animal science and agriculture, consumer science, engineering, environmental science and natural resources, life science and technology).

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 by Paul Hill

What does 4-H stand for?

The four H’s stand for Head, Heart, Hands and Health. Originally, there were only three H’s — Head, Heart and Hands.

Fun fact: A fourth H, Hustle, was added in 1908. Hustle was changed to Health in 1911

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 by Paul Hill

What does it cost to join 4-H?

Annual 4-H membership is $10. This covers the 4H year which runs from Sept 1 - Aug 31. Some workshops and activities will have fees associated with them to help cover the cost of materials.

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 by Paul Hill

What is 4-H?

4-H is the youth development program of Cooperative Extension for youth ages 5 to 18 that helps youth develop leadership, citizenship and life skills. It aims to assist youth in becoming competent, and contributing citizens.

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 by Paul Hill
Updated on 24 Aug 2020 by Diana Escobar

When does 4-H meet?

4-H is active year round. Typically, 4-H clubs have monthly meetings. In addition, there are county, region and state level 4-H events, activities and competitions throughout the year.

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 by Paul Hill