4-H Youth Development
4-H is open year-round to youth ages 5 to 18 without regard to race, creed, gender, marital status, handicaps or disadvantages, economic or ethnic backgrounds.
Participants age 8 to 18 are eligible for all 4-H programs, including competitive activities and events. Ages 5–7 are eligible to participate in Cloverbuds.
Individuals older than 18 who have special needs are eligible if they are still enrolled in high school.
4-H age is the age of the individual on Jan. 1 of the current 4-H year (which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30).
Enroll through 4HOnline. For step-by-step instructions on how to enroll (or re-enroll) in 4-H, please view our enrollment process information sheet (PDF).
The 4-H program year runs Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. While individuals can enroll at any time, new and returning members are encouraged to enroll between Oct. 1 and March 1 to ensure they can fully participate in activities, events and educational opportunities.
The enrollment deadline for Madison County Fair market animal participants is the day of the initial weigh-in. The deadline for all other fair participants in June 1 for that year.
The annual fee helps cover the cost of project curriculum, accident insurance, resource materials, related mailings and state participation fees.
The current annual base fees are:
- Cloverbuds: $5
- Regular members: $10
- Horse members: $16
4-H could not exist without its volunteers. They are club leaders, project leaders, robotics judges, camp chaperones and nurses and county fair supervisors and judges.
View our 4-H Volunteer/Leader information for more details on how to get involved.
4-H is the largest youth development program in the world. Youth in Madison County can get involved by learning a new skill in a project club, attending the Alpine 4-H Camp, or participating in day and project camps throughout the year.
4-H helps youth gain confidence, life skills and compassion and prepares them to be contributing members of their community.