What is a 4-H Community Club?
A 4-H community club is an organized group of at least five youth from three different families supported by at least two 4-H adult volunteer Club Leaders.
Members and leaders meet regularly, usually in the evenings or on weekends. Youth officers run the meetings, typically using parliamentary procedure. Meetings allow for club members to share updates on projects, county and state events, work directly on projects, and to develop and practice their leadership and communication skills.
Each year, a 4-H club member enrolls in at least one 4-H project with guidance from an adult volunteer Project Leader. As members gain experience, the size of the project may be increased, or additional projects may be selected. Some project groups meet once a week, while others might meet once or twice a month. The purpose of these meetings is to guide the members in gaining knowledge, attitudes, skills, and habits needed to complete their work successfully.
A 4-H project is:
- Planned work in an area of interest to the 4-H member.
- Guided by a 4-H adult volunteer who is the project leader.
- Aimed at planned objectives that can be attained and measured.
- Summarized by some form of record keeping.
- A minimum of six hours of project instruction.
Find 4-H curricula for projects, called Project Sheets, here.
4-H members are highly encouraged to showcase their completed 4-H projects at our annual 4-H events in order to practice their public presentation skills, share the lessons learned and skills gained, and obtain valuable feedback.
How can I participate?
4-H Community clubs are open to all youth. Youth in community clubs must be individually enrolled members and pay the annual membership fee (need-based partial waivers available). Fees cover insurance, staff, program development and support. Membership opportunities at the county level include events, teen council, and member recognition; opportunities at the state level include a variety of conferences, camps, contests, and scholarships. You can find information about Orange County 4-H community clubs you may be interested in joining on the left navigation bar. You can also create your own community club! If you are ready to become a 4-H member, click here!