4-H and Youth

Who can be in 4-H?

WoodOlder08WMFN4508 County Membership An individual of 4-H age may enroll in and carry 4-H membership in only one state and one county. It is not the intent of the WVUES to deny any individual membership or participation. If any special concerns exist, please contact your local county Extension agent.

West Virginia 4-H Membership The 4-H Year is October 1 to September 30. An individual of 4-H age may enroll in and carry 4-H membership in only one state and one county. The individual can join when he/she is in at least the third grade and/or 9 years of age (Example: a child can join 4-H if he/she is 8 years of age and will reach his/her 9th birthday during the current 4-H club year), and will not be eligible for membership if he/she reaches his/her 21st birthday on or before December 31 of the current 4-H year.

Grade Levels It is strongly recommended that grade levels be used in determining eligibility for camps, clubs, and special-interest groups, and when making subdivisions of the 9-21 age group. It is not possible to use grade levels for some state competitive events, due to national age requirements.

In some areas, Cloverbuds, a program for younger children, is also available. There are no financial or academic requirements to be met—all they need is a love for fun and an inquiring mind!

To learn more about joining 4-H in your county, contact your local office of the WVU Extension Service.