Sign up for 4-H by March 15

(Posted March 6, 2024)

4-H empowers youth with the skills they need to lead for a lifetime. 4-H inspires curiosity, builds lifelong skills, fuels adventure, and grows leaders through fun, hands-on activities that include clubs, projects, service, and camps. Kids can be a 4-H project member starting when they are 8 years old and in the third grade, and they can participate in competitive events like projects and judging at the Madison County. 4-H project members select from over 200 projects based on their interest.

Younger children age 5 and in kindergarten are Cloverbuds who enjoy group-centered, non-competitive activities until they are eligible to be a project member.

All 4-H members engage in hands-on learning in clubs, camps, and other settings with approved adult volunteers. 4-H volunteers are critical to the success of the 4-H program and go through a thorough selection process.

Madison County has over 25 clubs spread throughout the county, and each is a little different. Some clubs specialize in livestock projects, some focus more on family consumer science projects, and several offer any type of project and Cloverbud programs. Visit Madison County 4-H Clubs for a list of clubs, contact information, and more.

4-H membership is based on a child’s age and grade as of Jan. 1 of the current calendar year. Membership requires enrollment in an authorized 4-H club or group under the direction of an OSU Extension professional or an approved adult volunteer. A youth’s 4-H eligibility ends Dec. 31 the year he or she turns 19.

Madison County’s deadline to join 4-H is March 15 to be eligible to participate in the Madison County Junior Fair. Find more information on joining at www.go.osu.edu/joinmadco4h. The membership fee is $15 per year.

Contact the Madison County OSU Extension Office at (740) 852-0975 for more information about enrolling your child in 4-H or becoming a 4-H volunteer. Visit Madison.osu.edu or check out the program’s Facebook page at Madison County Extension OSU.

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