- 4-H membership is open to all boys and girls, age 8-18 by January 1 of the current year.
- There are over 30 4-H clubs in Chester County to which you could belong. Information on our clubs can be found on "Our Club" section of the 4H page. We encourage you to attend a club meeting of your interest to see if it is something you would like to do. Meet the leaders and club members.
- Once you have identified a club, there is an enrollment process you will complete to officially join the club. This included completing an online enrollment form in 4-H Online and mailing registration fees to Penn State Extension-Chester County or mailing a paper enrollment with the fees.
- The cost of 4-H membership is a $20.00 annual educational materials fee ($45.00 for Horse Club members) to help cover a portion of the costs of 4-H project books, resource materials, etc... No child will be turned away from 4-H due to their inability to pay the enrollment fee.
- Don't see a club in your interest area? We encourage you to start your own club: You need a minimum of 5 children and an adult volunteer (volunteers are screened and receive additional training and help to organize the club.
- Need more information? Contact the Penn State Extension Office at 610-696-3500.
What is 4-H?
Chester County 4-H is an informal education program for youth ages 8-18, designed to teach youth life skills.
4-H is built on the subject matter projects developed by Penn State Extension and National 4-H Council. This information is used by interested adults who serve as volunteer leaders. 4-H is a joint effort of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Penn State University and Chester County Extension. The union of these organizations and funds provides the materials, tools and professional staff needed to support our volunteers and family participants.
4-H is people sharing, doing and learning together in all kinds of projects, events and activities. Members choose projects that fit their interests, and the places where they live. Group activities and events like fairs, trips, leader trainings, fundraising, and achievement programs provide additional opportunities and learning experiences.
4-H is open to all youth and adults regardless of race, sex, national origin, creed or disability. Most 4-H clubs have a business meeting for the entire membership once a month. They make decisions about projects to do, community service efforts, fundraising activities, election of officers, etc. Project meetings involve the adults and youth who want to work on a specific topic.
The backbone of 4-H is the system of volunteer leaders who lead 4-H clubs. Don't be surprised though, if you see 4-H in other places! We visit school, operate a residential 4-H camp, and have short term project and trainings for 4-H and non 4-H youth, known as special interests groups.
Each August, 4-Hers from around Chester County gather to show and display their projects at the 4-H Romano Center.