So you're a new 4-H member. Now what?
It might be easier to say what 4-H isn't, because there are so many activities to explore! From robotics to cooking to animal projects and gardening, there’s something for everyone in 4-H. As a 4-H member, you can become a member of a community club, pick one or more projects to pursue, and work with one or more adult mentors to complete your projects. You will make friends, have fun, and learn more than you ever imagined!
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Read this page to find out more about 4-H clubs and how you can be part of your club. Still have questions? Call your county extension office
and ask to speak with a 4-H staff member.
What is a 4-H club?
4-H members come in all shapes, sizes, and ages, so it’s helpful to know what kinds of clubs and activities you can participate in. Most 4-H members belong to community clubs, but there are other ways to participate in 4-H, too.
- 4-H community clubs Youths enroll in projects and participate in group activities and meetings. The club elects officers and plans an educational program of business, community service, and learning together.
- 4-H single project clubs A single project club is similar to a community club; the difference is that a single project is the focus. Examples include horse clubs, teen leadership clubs, or photography clubs.
- 4-H Cloverbuds clubs The 4-H Cloverbuds program is designed to introduce 5 to 7 year olds to a variety of 4-H experiences. Cloverbuds are involved in activities led by an adult. Cloverbuds do not participate in competitive events, but may show their projects at the county fair and participate in animal projects where the animal weighs less than the child.
- 4-H Afterschool Afterschool clubs meet during or after school and may focus on a single subject such as computers, arts, or robotics, or a enjoy a variety of subjects.
What happens at a 4-H club meeting?
Club business meetings: Each club holds a monthly business meeting in which the members discuss business. Club meetings may sound boring, but it is here that youths meet others in their club and decide important issues about recreation, fundraising, and service activities. Parliamentary procedure is observed. Parliamentary procedure includes the rules that allow a business meeting to have order and run smoothly. As your child becomes older, these meetings allow him or her to improve leadership skills by becoming an officer.
- Project meetings: 4-H offers dozens projects ranging from aerospace to clothing and foods to leadership. Whatever project your child chooses, he or she is sure to have fun learning with people interested in the same things!
- Club officers: Club officers are members who are learning more about leadership roles. Officers are usually elected in September and serve for one year. Clubs may have some or all of the following officers.
- The president runs the meetings, keeps order, and informs the club of upcoming events.
- The vice president runs the meetings in the absence of the president and is in charge of the program portion of the meeting.
- The secretary keeps a record of all members and keeps minutes of each meeting.
- The treasurer keeps financial records for the club and reports on the financial records
- at each meeting.
- The recreation leader leads the club in songs and games during the recreation portion of the meetings.
- The reporter writes newspaper articles on what the club is doing and writes a summary for the extension office newsletter.
- The historian collects pictures, newspaper clippings, and other mementos