How do I get involved?
Young people can participate in 4-H in a variety of ways: community 4-H clubs, project clubs, special interest groups, television, school enrichment, and special activities. Young people can even participate as an individual when no other way is available.
What is a community 4-H Club?
A community or neighborhood 4-H club is associated with an area known to local people — a crossroads, a town, a suburban community, a city block, or a housing complex. This type of 4-H Club continues from year to year. Usually a wide range of boys and girls (from younger members to teens) belong. Members in a community club usually enroll in a project according to their interests. The number of members may range from six to more than 100.
What is a project 4-H Club?
In a Project Club, members meet regularly to learn about a special area of interest. Examples of project clubs in Chaffee County include: horse, robotics, small engines and shooting sports. Project clubs meet in addition to a member’s home club (community club). Any member wanting to participate in these specialized project clubs must also participate in the community club.
What else do 4-H members do?
4-H club members have a wide variety of educational activities offered by the community, county, and state. Some of these activities are tours, workshops, achievement programs, camps, statewide conferences, exchanges, exhibits and fairs. Two major national events held for 4-H members each year are National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference. The largest is National 4-H Congress, which is focused on leadership, work skill preparation and community service. At the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C., members from across the country work together to help develop national program recommendations and direction for 4-H.
Who can join 4-H?
Be a 4-H Volunteer
Adult volunteers play an important role in the 4-H program. Volunteers coordinate local community clubs and help to plan and conduct local, regional, state and national 4-H events. Call your local Extension office to learn about how to apply and receive training to be a 4-H volunteer. Please also take a look at the Volunteer Resources section of our website to learn more.