What do you like to do? 4-H has many opportunities for you to meet friends, have fun and learn new things in your areas of interest. 4-H has clubs, projects and lots of special events. So many choices!
How to join 4-H
Contact your county MU Extension center.
Each county has an area 4-H youth specialist who will help you in get started and answer any questions.
You will then go to 4HOnline where you will create a family profile. This is where you will register for the year, sign up for projects and so much more.
Types of memberships
4-H offers various types of clubs and groups to meet individual needs.
- 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.
Ages 8-18 on Dec. 31 of the program year.
- 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. Ages 8-18 on Dec. 31 of the program year.
- 4-H independent or individual membership
Independent membership is for youth who cannot meet with 4-H club units due to distance or who have conflicts with school, work or other obligations or who have a highly specialized interest. Individual members complete a plan using the Y639, Individual 4-H Member Comprehensive Plan (fillable PDF) and file it with the local University of Missouri Extension center. Ages 8-18 on Dec. 31 of the program year.
- 4-H Clover Kids club
The 4-H Clover Kids program is designed to introduce 5- to 7-year-olds to a variety of 4-H experiences. 4-H Clover Kids will be involved in activities led by an adult. With the excitement of the Clover Kids experience, this age group will want to move into the 4-H Community Club groups! Clover Kids do not participate in competitive events, contests or show. Ages 5-7 on Dec. 31 of the program year.
- 4-H Afterschool
Afterschool clubs meet during or after school and often focus on a single subject such as computers or arts. The amount of time the groups meet varies from a short period of time to a full 4-H program year. The club may also elect officers. Grades K-12 or equivalent.
- 4-H school enrichment groups
Meeting during school time and using curricula supplied through 4-H, these groups are coordinated by partnerships of 4-H, extension and school personnel. Grades K-12 or equivalent.
- 4-H special interest groups
Usually partnerships of 4-H and MU Extension with other community organizations. Most groups meet for a limited number of hours and focus on a special topic of interest. Ages K-12 or equivalent.
A snapshot of a 4-H club
A 4-H Community Club may include any or all of these elements: a business meeting, a program, activities, recreation and refreshments. Clubs elect officers and often develop committees. An integral part of 4-H clubs are projects.
Clubs with a single project focus, such as a rocketry club or a digital media club, may vary slightly from the traditional 4-H community clubs.
- 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 you meet people in your club and decide important issues about recreation, fundraising and service activities.
During club meetings, parliamentary procedure (PDF) is observed. Parliamentary procedure includes the rules that help a business meeting have order and run smoothly. As you become older, these meetings allow you to broaden your leadership skills by becoming an officer.