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How to Join 4-H

Everything you need to know about how to become a 4-H member or 4-H leader

Becoming a 4-H Member or Leader

Steps to becoming a 4-H member or leader


It's simple. First you must be between the ages of 8 and 18 for most programs. You can join a Cloverbud group at 6 or 7 years of age. You'll probably want to join an existing club in your area, or you can get together with some other families and form your own club.

Just contact the county extension office. 4-H is part of the Extension Service in every state. 

4-H provides fun filled, hands-on experiences under the direction of caring adults. What can you do in 4-H? Lots of things! See the North Dakota 4-H Site Map to learn about programs offered in North Dakota 4-H. Stark-Billings County also offers a few other self-determined projects. To participate in 4-H, you need to enroll in at least one project, but you can take several depending on your interests.

In each project, you'll develop skills that will help you become more competent at doing things on your own. You'll also learn valuable "life skills," those things you will use later, no matter what you do in life. 4-H is a fun way to also develop skills and hobbies you will enjoy for many years.


How can I get a 4-H club/group organized?

Your local Extension staff will work with you to help organize a new 4-H club. Host a meeting with the young people who are interested and the adults who are willing to help. Publicize it through the school or any place young people and their parents can be reached. The Extension office has 4-H promotion materials available.


What do we do at the first meeting?

Get acquainted and have fun with a group mixer and refreshments. Talk about and demonstrate projects the group might like or be interested in learning. Give this part some thought beforehand, and talk with the Extension agent or an experienced 4-H leader. You might also involve some 4-Hers to talk about what they do. Also discuss when, where, and how often the group will meet.


How often do 4-H clubs meet?

Most area clubs meet once a month. It depends on the group and what it wants to do. 4-H clubs may organize at any time of the year. Sometimes members have to be enrolled in a project by a certain time to be eligible for a specific activity, like a fair.

For more information, contact the county extension office.

Also see North Dakota Center for 4-H Youth Development.

Also see 4-H Project Guide





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