How to Join a 4-H Club
The best time to join 4-H is in the fall or winter. The enrollment deadline is March 1, so you must be enrolled before that date to participate in Hamilton County Fair activities.
- Click here for more information about Hamilton County 4-H Clubs.
- When choosing a 4-H club, look for a club that meets during a time and in a place that works for your family’s schedule.
- If your child will be a Cloverbud (age five as of Jan. 1 of the current year and enrolled in kindergarten), all Hamilton County 4-H clubs offer opportunities for Cloverbuds.
- Look for a club that supports members taking the types of projects your family is interested in (non-animal projects, sewing, livestock, dogs, horses, etc.).
- Once you’ve found a club that is a good fit for your family, contact the advisor to learn more about the club. For example, you may want to ask about the club’s meeting schedule, meeting location, participation/attendance requirements, club dues and fundraisers, club size, and what kind of involvement is expected from the members’ parents and/or guardians. You even can visit one of the club’s meetings or activities if you’d like.
- Once you’ve selected a club, make it official and enjoy the experience! Be sure to complete the online enrollment by following your club leader's instructions.
If you can’t find a 4-H club that fits your family’s needs, maybe you should consider starting a club of your own! Contact Claire Linepensel for more information on how to become a 4-H volunteer club advisor and starting your own club. It’s an extremely rewarding experience!
4-H Membership Eligibility
- Youth are eligible for 4-H membership as a Cloverbud when a child is age five as of Jan. 1 of the current year and is enrolled in kindergarten.
- Click here for more information about the Cloverbud program.
- Youth are eligible for membership in the 4-H club program when a child is at least age eight as of Jan. 1 of the current year and is enrolled in third grade.
- Ohio 4-H membership ends Dec. 31 of the year in which an individual becomes 19-years-old.
- Membership begins when an eligible individual is enrolled in a club or group that operates within the scope of Ohio State University Extension and is under the direction of a trained adult who has completed the Ohio State University Extension volunteer selection process.
Across County Line Membership
If you live in Hamilton County and would like to join a 4-H club in another county, or if you live in another county and would like to join a Hamilton County 4-H club, click here for information about crossing county lines.