4-H Club Information 

All 4-H activities are designed for learning by doing but they are also designed to be FUN!

What is a 4-H club and how do I join?

You may think 4-H is for children who live on farms. That was true in the past, but now there are 4-H clubs in every part of the country--in rural areas, in suburban neighborhoods and in cities! Boys and girls join 4-H because it provides opportunities to work and play with friends, to learn and do interesting things and to develop skills they will use for the rest of their lives.

  • A 4-H club is an organized group of youth (ages 5-19) with elected officers and a planned program that is conducted throughout the year.
  • Clubs are led by volunteer leaders and may focus on one or more project areas.
  • Club officers conduct monthly organizational meetings using parliamentary procedures.
  • Members participate in a variety of learning experiences in their organizational meeting and project meetings. There is emphasis on community service and learning leadership skills. All clubs are focused on positive youth development.
  • 4-H Cloverbud Clubs are designed for children ages 5-8.  In a Cloverbud Club, there is great emphasis on parent involvement and support. Groups are led by adult volunteers and focus on learning-by-doing curriculum. These clubs are small and conduct non-competitive activities. Participating members are encouraged to develop and progress at their own speed.

When and where do 4-H clubs meet?

  • Clubs meet in homes, conference rooms, schools or churches.
  • Some clubs meet during the day and others meet in the evening.
  • Clubs meet on weekdays or on the weekend.
  • Almost every area of Prince William County has a 4-H club.
  • A club usually has one club meeting and one project meeting or activity each month.
  • New members can join any time during the year.
  • Some clubs meet all year, while others do not hold regular meetings after the school year ends.

What do 4-H members do?

4-H club members Learn By Doing!

  • Club members learn by completing 4-H projects. There are project books that interest youth in a wide variety of topics such as animals, cooking, sewing, technology, plants, the arts, the environment, robotics, photography and woodworking. The list goes on and on.
  • In a 4-H Club, kids can participate in 4-H projects, community service projects, contests, conferences, camps and events sponsored by the county, district, state and national 4-H organizations. A 4-H'er can look forward to new and different 4-H experiences as he or she gets older.

Now, are you ready to join?

  • Call the 4-H office in Prince William County (703-792-6286) or e-mail to learn about the club nearest you.
  • We will forward your inquiry directly to a leader who will provide information about the club.
  • If you do not live near a club, let's start one in your area! You may have several friends who would like to join and one or two adults who would volunteer to lead your club. Contact our office; new volunteer 4-H leaders will be provided with all the information and training they need.

 

Start a 4-H Club In Prince William County in 5 Easy Steps  

 

Step 1:
Getting Started
Contact the Prince William County 4-H Office. Tell us your interest in 4-H and your needs. You will be invited to come to the 4-H office to talk about 4-H possibilities and the leader training process. Attend leader training—two two-hour sessions.
Step 2:
Tell the 4-H Story!

Tell families in your community about 4-H—you might hold an informational meeting with help from the 4-H staff. Tell of the opportunities available through 4-H. Explain how a 4-H club operates. Use 4-H materials to educate. You can get these from the 4-H office.

Step 3:
Create a Strong Support Base

Recruit adult volunteers and teens to help organize the 4-H club. Ask people directly to take specific jobs in the club. Explain the roles of adult volunteers: Organizational Leaders, Assistant Leaders, Project Leaders, Activity Leaders.

Step 4:
Conduct a4-H Club
 Organizational Meetings
Get your club started right! Encourage members to select a club name. Establish meeting times and place. Complete enrollment forms. Develop a club annual plan. Organize project groups. Discuss club rules. Elect club officers. Form committees.
Step 5:
Keeping the Club Strong!
Get to know all 4-H curriculum possibilities for your project areas. Conduct regular organizational and project meetings. Establish good youth-adult partnerships. Allow youth to make decisions. Establish a good communication network with club members and families. Share information about current 4-H opportunities and events Involve club members in county, district, state, national and international 4-H activities. Recognize achievement. Building community relations. Seek and receive support from 4-H staff and other 4-H leaders.

 

 4-H Virginia Cooperative Extension
8033 Ashton Ave. Suite 105
Manassas VA 20109
703-792-6286 - e-mail
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