How To Join

 1. Select a community club that works for your family. 

  • 4-H clubs have five or more youth who are supported by 4-H leaders. 4-H members, elected by their peers to officer roles, conduct club meetings.
  • 4-H club meetings include: getting to know other members, youth making decisions about activities, planning and doing community service projects, sharing ideas, recreation and having fun.
  • 4-H is for the whole family where youth and adults come together to learn new things, meet new friends and have fun. Parents/guardians are encouraged to participate and attend meetings with their children. Adults help by volunteering time and sharing talents. For example: driving members to activities, supporting project learning, chaperoning and being a positive role model.
  • Find the club that fits your style, location, and schedule: List of Winnebago County 4-H Clubs

2. Contact the club’s Organizational Leader 

  • Let them know you are interested in joining the club
  • Confirm the meeting day, time, and location
  • Attend  the club monthly meeting and introduce yourself to the Organizational Leader.

3. Review the New Family 4-H Folder information given to you by the Organizational Leader.

If you have not received a New Family 4-H folder, please contact your club or the Extension office.

4. Select the project(s) that you are interested in for the year.

The project guide below lists all of the projects available in Winnebago County.

  • Project Guide
  • Youth in K5 – 2nd grade enroll in Cloverbud and no other project.
  • Youth in 3rd – 13th grade can select any project(s). It is suggested that youth in 3rd and 4th grade enroll in the Exploring project.
  • Start out by selecting one or two projects. More can be selected if youth and parents/guardians feel they can handle it.
  • Check on project leaders for programs. If the club or county does not have leaders, the parents and youth will need to work on the project independently.
  • Visit our Project Information Website for more information about project opportunities available.

5. Enroll using 4HOnline

  •  To enroll in 4HOnline you need a computer, internet access, a valid e-mail address, and a web browser. You can enroll from a home computer or from a public access computer, such as those available at your local library.
  • Follow the instructions for  Enrolling in 4HOnline as a NEW family
  • Annual Re-enrollment: 4-H Youth Members and Adult Leaders/Volunteers need to re-enroll annually through 4HOnline. Re-enrollment begins in September with the start of the new 4-H year.

6. Pay Fees

County 4-H Leaders’ Association Fees are $10.00/youth member annually. Local 4-H clubs may have additional fees, all fees are collected by the club (deadlines vary by club). For information on individual club fees, see the Club’s Profile on our Winnebago County 4-H Clubs page.

7. Watch for communications from your local 4-H Club AND the county Extension/4-H Office.

  • Club leaders typically communicate current events through emails or closed Facebook Groups. Contact your club’s leader to make sure you are included in their communications.
  • The Winnebago County 4-H Newsletter is published bi-monthly. The newsletter includes information about county-wide workshops, project meetings, activities and o fundraisers that all members from all clubs are invited to participate in. All members are emailed when the newsletter becomes available online. Depending on the correspondence preferences you choose when enrolling in 4HOnline, you may also receive a hard-copy of the newsletter in the mail.
  • Weekly 4-H Updates: All families/members receive an email blast (typically 1/week) with reminders and updates about 4-H opportunities that all 4-H members/families are invited to participate in. Watch for emails from “4HOnline/County 4-H Staff“.
  • County-wide Project Information: Some project areas (Horse & Pony, Dog, Clothing/Sewing, Dairy, Meat Animals (Beef/Sheep/Swine), Rabbit, Shooting Sports, etc) have county-wide leaders that offer training, workshops and information throughout the year. If you are signed up in one of these projects, you will also receive information specific to your project through email in addition to the weekly 4-H updates.

8. Have fun!

Please contact our office with any questions at 920-232-1974.

Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities or limitations should be made prior to the date of the program or activity for which it is needed. Please make such requests as early as possible by contacting the UWEX-Winnebago county office (920-232-1974) so proper arrangements can be made. University of Wisconsin-Extension, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Wisconsin counties cooperating UW-Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and ADA.

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