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Become a 4-H Member


Become a 4-H Member


About North Dakota 4-H Youth Development

4-H provides hands-on, real life experiences through projects, activities, and events. Our program is available to all youth and offered in every county in North Dakota. 4-H is the largest and the only research based youth organization in the state and is conducted by North Dakota State University Extension.

North Dakota 4-H Mission

4-H Youth Development education creates supportive learning environments for all youth and adults to reach their full potential as capable, competent and caring citizens.

In support of this mission, NDSU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development programs will:

  • Reach out to all segments of our diverse population
  • Provide experiential learning
  • Provide opportunities to develop skills and values that benefit youth throughout life
  • Foster leadership and volunteerism in youth and adults
  • Strengthen families and communities
  • Use science and research based knowledge and the land grant university system
  • Build internal and external partnerships for programming and funding

How To Sign Up 

Firstly, contact the local extension office about the different clubs, activities, and forms to be filled out. Then go to 4-H Online and follow the "New 4-H Families" instructions and enter your information. Make sure to write down the email and password as these credentials will be used frequently on other websites integrated with 4-H Online. Health forms should also be filled out and returned to the office. Lastly, contact your new club to find out when their next meeting date and location. 

The best way to learn about 4-H is to talk to current volunteers, members and your local extension office


There are two types of members Cloverbuds and 4-H MembersThe purpose of the North Dakota 4-H Cloverbud project is to foster the development of life skills essential to the cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth for youth ages five to seven (5-7) years old.  North Dakota 4-H Cloverbud members become competent, caring, and productive citizens, who explore interests and demonstrate positive attitudes for learning. 4-H Members are youth ages 8-18.  This age group is part of the competitive program and has full membership in the 4-H program. The purpose of 4-H membership is to give youth an opportunity to learn through hands-on, learn-by doing techniques. 4-H members learn about leadership, community service, and an endless variety of projects areas. Our vision for North Dakota is for 4-H members to become positive, productive citizens and catalysts for effective change to meet the needs of a diverse and changing society.

The 4-H program year begins September 1 and ends August 31. Members must re-enroll through 4-H Online at the beginning of every 4-H year (new 4-H year starts Sept 1.)


The 4-H Club is one of the organized delivery methods utilized to carry out NDSU Extension’s 4-H youth development program. To exist, a club must consist of at least 5 youth from 3 different families between the ages of 5 and 18 and is organized with elected officers such as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. 

Clubs normally meet one to two times a month. Meetings include a business meeting, project work, demonstrations, and social time. Each 4-H club must have eight (8) meetings and each 4-H member must attend six (6) meetings and/or 4-H related events to exhibit at 4-H Achievement Days and complete a 4-H club year. Determined by the 4-H club leaders. 4-H Club Management Materials

What are our 4-H Participation Options?

  1. Clubs can be part of a community club that already exists or start your own.
  2. A project club focuses mainly on one project area. (Oldest type of club)
  3. A special interest club that does just shooting activities or robotics etc.
  4. Special Interest groups are registered.  This might be a pilot or testing situation.
  5. School Enrichment meet as part of the school day.
  6. Afterschool clubs meet regularly during afterschool hours.
  7. Military clubs resemble community clubs but are sponsored by military installations.
  8. Independent study members are not part of a club. 


Meetings give people a chance to think and act together, and plan and do things together. Working on all your 4-H projects alone or planning or holding a party by yourself wouldn’t be very much fun. You need other club or group members thinking and acting together to really get things done. 

A typical meeting outline looks like this:

  • Call to order – President
  • Pledge of allegiance & 4-H pledge
  • Roll Call – Secretary
  • Introduction of visitors – President
  • Minutes of previous meeting read and approved – Secretary
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Reports of officers and leaders – list reports to be presented
  • Committee reports – Used to streamline business meetings and keep members involved
  • Old Business (taken from minutes of previous meeting – business acted upon through motions, seconds and voting)
  • New Business
  • Announcements – Announce the place, date and program topic for the next meeting
  • Adjournment of business meeting
  • Education (study lesson, talk, demonstration)
  • Project discussion
  • Recreation (games, etc.)

County Events & Competitions


Eddy County Achievement Day

Achievement Day always comes faster than you think! For those members or parents not familiar with Achievement Day, it is the culminating event of the 4-H year. 4-H members work on their projects throughout the 4-H year to bring them to Eddy County Achievement Day. Members will sit with a judge to be interviewed about the workmanship, design, and knowledge of their exhibit. Once all exhibits have been judged in that category, judges will assign ribbons to the exhibits. All exhibits earning a blue ribbon through this process are invited to the North Dakota State Fair.

The annual 4-H event is scheduled for July 9, 2020, at the Eddy County Fairgrounds, New Rockford, ND. 


In 4-H, members learn about topics that interest them. These are referred to as members “projects.” That could be anything from learning how to cook, build a robot, or care for the environment. One of the most important aspects of 4-H project work is that the 4-H member decides what they want to learn and do as they explore their project. This allows the project to be self-paced, and gives children important skills in setting and working toward their goals.

4-H makes learning fun! A variety of projects are offered through 4-H so members can pick the ones that most interest them. Or they can find other young people with the same interest and study that topic with the help of a volunteer that shares the same interests. 4-H projects help members to learn by doing. Projects offer hands-on ways to learn about a topic of interest.

Some projects have several levels. As members master the work at a beginning level, they are encouraged to advance to higher levels. Eddy County follows the North Dakota State Fair 4-H Division Exhibit List(livestock guidelines start on page 3 and static guidelines start on page 14.)


Most 4-H exhibits are evaluated as part of an interview about the project. The 4-H member visits with the judge about the exhibit and how the item was made and what was learned through the process and in the project during the past year. The exhibit on display is only one part of the project study; it’s an item created or a display sharing what was learned through the project. All of this – the item exhibited, the interview skills and the knowledge shared – contribute to the final ribbon placing at the county or local exhibition. Exhibits earning a blue ribbon through this process are invited to the North Dakota State Fair.

Complete list of Eddy County Ribbons
  • Grand Champion Rosette (Purple) - The top exhibit as determined by the judge in a category.
  • Reserve Champion (Pink) - The second place exhibit as determined by the judge in a category.
  • Honorable Mention (Green) - These are outstanding exhibits in a category that were in consideration for the champion rosettes.
  • Blue - Exhibit meets standards and expectations of the project, shows high-quality work, and needs little or no improvements. Excellent exhibit.
  • Red - Exhibit meets most standards and expectations of the project, shoes high-quality work; however, some improvements can be made in workmanship, design or expression of what was learned in the project. Good exhibit. 
  • White - Exhibit meets few standards and expectations of the project. Workmanship, design, and/or knowledge shard about the project can be improved.
  • Orange - Participation, typically only given to Cloverbuds. 

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