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  • Joining 4-H

  • You can join 4-H any time of year, but the best time to join a 4-H Community Club is in the fall of the year when the 4-H year begins (October 1)* 

    Each family with youth members will enroll in 4HOnline and pay an enrollment fee of $35, which supports Waukesha County UW-Extension. Please make enrollment checks ($35.00) payable to Waukesha County UW-Extension. (Community Club leaders will collect enrollment fee payments. Club leaders will also collect club dues, if applicable). As always, 4-H families with no youth members (adult volunteers) do not have to pay an enrollment fee. However, they must enroll in 4HOnline. Enrollment fees are non-refundable.

    Community Club families may be eligible for a partial enrollment fee waiver if they cannot afford the $35/family. Families approved for this waiver will pay an enrollment fee of $10. All questions regarding this fee waiver should be addressed to the 4-H Office.

    Getting Started
    The first step in joining 4-H is to choose a Community Club or SPIN Club. For a current list of Clubs, click here. The next step is to enroll in the Waukesha County 4-H program electronically using 4HOnline

    4HOnline Overview (For a step-by-step guide for the online enrollment process click here**.)

    A family profile and member profile for each youth and/or adult volunteer will need to be set up. This information should be entered by a parent/guardian.

    Besides the basic information on 4HOnline, two critical pieces shape your 4-H experience:  The first is your e-mail address. By providing a current e-mail address, you will be kept informed of important meetings, deadlines, and other information regarding projects or SPIN clubs your child has signed up to participate in.

    Community Club members will also need to select projects. The simplest definition of a project is “a topic or area of interest your child would like to explore.” A complete list of projects with descriptions is on the Waukesha County 4-H website click here, then scroll to the bottom of the page and then click on “Waukesha County 4-H Enrollment Guide”. Here is a quick list of the projects:  Waukesha County Project List.

    For youth in 3rd grade thru 13th (one year out of high school), there are over one hundred different project types to choose from. (Youth under the age 12 may not take a shooting sport project involving any “powder burning firearms.”)

    4-H projects are generally not worked on during regular 4-H meetings. Youth explore a project in one of three ways:

    • County-wide meetings led by a Waukesha County 4-H leader. Where ALL youth in Waukesha County 4-H who signed up for a project on their enrollment form are invited (via e-mail) to attend meetings focusing solely on that project. Countywide meetings are not available for all projects. Additional fees may apply.
    • Club level meeting led by a leader in your 4-H club. Where only members of a club are invited to attend meetings focused solely on a project. Club level meetings are not available for all projects. Additional fees may apply.
    • Self-study. Youth may take most 4-H projects regardless of the availability of Countywide or Club level leadership. Youth would explore the project topic with family members using 4-H literature, library and internet resources.

    Most project meetings do not begin until January with the known exceptions of Legos, Quilting, Knitting and Crocheting.

    Youth in K5 thru 2nd grade are Cloverbuds. The projects numbers for Cloverbuds are Cloverbud 10351, 10352, or 10353, (under the umbrella of the Cloverbud project, they can explore most regular 4-H projects except animal and shooting sports), Aerospace 50001, and Bicycling 50201.


    *Youth joining a Community Club after March 1 will be unable to show their 4-H projects at that year’s County Fair and will not be eligible for awards or for the discounted rates for summer Camp. 

    **If you are a returning 4-H family and came here to find step-by-step re-enrollment instructions, here they are: 4HOnline-Re-Enroll.**

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