Join 4-H

Join Washington County 4-H

4-H Grows Here

Washington County has approximately 650 youth in grades K-12 involved in 4-H.  Washington County has 18 community club options which serve 4th-12th grade youth and 10 Clover Kid clubs which serve kindergarten - 3rd grade youth.

So you might want to join 4-H but aren't sure where to start...

The general structure/big picture is:

  • Kids join a club. 
  • They meet with that club once a month for about an hour.  
  • They have adult volunteer leaders who will be in contact with you mostly about club events and some county 4-H news. 
  • When a club is decided, you enroll in 4hOnline database so we have all the important contact/emergency/health/permissions.   That database is  
  • You will get information from the Extension Office almost weekly about opportunities for kids to participate in activities that are open to all of our 4-Hers - not just from one club.   

So next steps for you and your child = Check out a club to join.  Families select a club to join for many different reasons (maybe school district, fits best with schedule, volunteers you know, other members you know).  We have a few clubs in Washington County that are already closed due to high numbers, but we have several still with room for new members too!  

What clubs would work with your family's schedule?  Reach out to the leaders and see when their next club meeting is scheduled to start joining in the fun.   It is best to get that accurate meeting information directly from the club leaders in case they have special meeting plans.  

 Keep in mind:

  • We do recommend parents of new members to stay at the meetings too to hear the information.  It will be new (sometimes new from last year and, for sure, new from when possibly parents were in 4-H 101 years ago.  😉) We like parents to stay and hear the information too, have the opportunity to ask questions and also connect with other parents.  See your child in action and also learn new ways to encourage them to get involved in the club setting. 
  • Club membership is never permanent.  If you get into a year or an age when there are friends in a different club or the meeting night no longer works with your family’s schedule, there are other clubs to join.  Or if personalities just don’t jive – every club is different based on personalities, interests, and specialties of the members and volunteers.  It is ok to shop around!

 Hooray.  Hooray.  Hooray.  We strongly believe and research even shows that 4-H is such a good place for kids to grow up!  We hope to welcome you to the #washco4h family soon! Please contact staff at the Washington County Extension Office, 319-653-4811, or with other questions or to help find the right club for your family.  We look forward to hearing from you.