4-H Youth Development
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.
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 4HZSuite. For step-by-step instructions on how to enroll (or re-enroll) in 4-H, please view 4-H ZSuite help for families and leaders page.
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: $20
- Regular members: $20
- Horse members: $25
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.
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4-H is not just a livestock program.
We offer projects in S.T.E.M., nutrition, government, leadership, and more. If you or someone you know would like more information on Madison County’s 4-H program, please fill out our information request form.