Clubs and Individual Membership
Many 4-H members choose to join a local or countywide club. Clubs provide opportunities to make new friends, learn from volunteer adult leaders, and gain skills in many project areas.
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.
4-H Community Clubs
A 4-H Community Club is organized for all boys and girls in a community and meets on a regular basis, usually once a month. Each member is enrolled in one or more projects taught by project leaders in workshops or meetings, usually at a different time from the monthly club meeting. The club elects officers and plans an educational program of business, community service and learning together.
4-H Single Project Club
A Single Project club centers on a specific 4-H project, in which all members participate. Members may work on the first-, second-, third- or fourth-year phase of the project. Clubs usually meet once a month on a yearly schedule.
Young people who are interested in 4-H, but for various reasons are unable to belong to a club, can be individual members. Individual members can choose to study from any of the project areas under the direction of a family member or interested adult.
Find, Visit, Start a Club
Your county Cooperative Extension office can help you to find a local club or program that's right for you. Request a list of current clubs and plan to visit a club meeting before deciding which one to join.
Or, it's easy to start a new club with some of your friends or other interested young people and a few adults willing to help. Just five members and an adult is all you need. Your county 4-H educator can help you to get started.
Visit your local county Cooperative Extension Office and click on the 4-H link for contact information.