Blazing Stars Club learning to make jelly!
Members of the Clover Club at their induction of officers meeting.
Candy Cuties doing a lesson on water sheds!
Members of the Future of the Fingerlakes 4-H Club representing 4-H at the Empire Farm Days
Starting A 4-H Club
How do you get a 4-H group started?
- You need at least five young people 5 to18 years old and at least two adult leaders who are willing to help. A 4-H
Educator is available to assist you with everything you need to get started.
When can I join 4-H?
- You can join 4-H at any time of the year,
however, clubs of any size are usually formed in the fall of the year.
How big should a club be?
- This depends on the age of the members, where
they meet and the leadership available. The average club in Ontario County
usually has five to ten members and two or three leaders. All new clubs are
encouraged to start small and increase in size when the club leaders feel
comfortable. Ontario County 4-H does offer the opportunity for individuals to
be members of 4-H in family memberships.
What about officers?
- 4-H clubs may have officers. The 4-H Office
provides helpful materials for presidents, vice-presidents, secretaries,
treasurers, news reporters, recreation leaders, and historians. It is a good
idea to wait until the second or third meeting to elect officers, when members
have gotten to know one another. The club format is an excellent vehicle for
How much does it cost?
- $25.00 per member with a family rate. The fee
covers insurance, newsletters and other notices. If a club wants money for
activities, it usually charges dues or conducts a fundraising activity. Dues
may not be used to keep someone from joining 4-H.
Is there more to the club experience?
- Yes! Opportunities abound for 4-H’ers to
expand their experiences through countywide programs. These programs provide
higher levels of learning and achievement along with forums for youth to share
what has been learned. The programs also offer opportunities to meet youth
throughout the county, the region, the state and the nation!
The 4-H Club’s goal is long-term youth development, which encourages its participants to learn life skills to help them grow into healthy and productive citizens. Onondaga County 4-H Program enrolls youth that are ages 5-18. Call the CCE of Onondaga for more information.
Last updated February 18, 2022