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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.

Getting started

STEP 1: Choose a Community Club

Community Clubs: Your community club will be your home base for 4-H where you will attend club meetings which will be held monthly throughout the 4-H year. 

Find Out More About Club Meetings HERE

Families are welcome to “drop in” on a 4-H club to check it out or contact the 4-H leader in charge of a club before joining a club. For leader contact information see below or call the Waukesha County 4-H office at 262-548-7774

STEP 2: Enroll in the Waukesha County 4-H program electronically using  4HOnline.

What is 4HOnline?


Please use the button above to view the state's help sheets for 4HOnline. 

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.

STEP 3: Pay the County enrollment fee (new fee structure as of 2021-2022 4-H year - which runs September 1 through August 31)

The enrollment fee is $40 for the first child and $10 per additional child. For example, if your family has three youth enrolled in 4-H it would be $40 for the first child, $10 for the second child, and $10 for the third child for a total of $60. If you have any questions, you may call the 4-H office prior to paying.

Check with your Club leader on their process for paying County and Club dues. 

If paying by check, please make checks payable to 4-H Extension Waukesha County and mail to 515 W Moreland Blvd AC-G22, Waukesha WI 53188.

Payments can be made online at HERE.

Adult volunteers do not pay an enrollment fee, however, they must enroll in 4HOnline. 

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

Enrollment fees are non-refundable.


What You Can Do After You Join: 

*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.

Club level participation – Be sure to attend club meetings and events. The best way to know what is going on and coming up is to be there and hear about it for yourself.

Participation in county events – Get involved in county events; participate in Showcase, Curtain Call, the Basketball tournament and more. Enjoy yourself! (See 4-H activities and events on https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/UWEX/4H/ACSE/)

4-H projects – Attend every project meeting you can! Project leaders are a wonderful resource – take advantage of their wealth of knowledge, learn from them! Begin working on your 4-H projects now.

Livestock projects - Youth enrolled in Beef, Dairy, Goat, Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep, and Swine projects are encouraged to complete YQCA, Youth for the Quality Care of Animals training. The Waukesha County Fair & Wisconsin State Fair require it. More information can be found at the link below:

Club leadership – During your first year in 4-H, you will not likely be an elected club officer, but pay close attention because you may want to get involved in that in the future!

Record book tracking – Youth in grades 3 and above are encouraged to document all their 4-H activities at the club, county, and state level. The Record Book is also used to track community activities and the progress of a youth in each respective 4-H project.

Extension Waukesha County 4-H Staff

Youth and Family Educator

James M. Boling, Jr. 
(262) 548-7784

4-H Support Staff

(262) 548-7774


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4-H Extension Waukesha County
University of Wisconsin Madison
515 W. Moreland Blvd., AC G22
Waukesha, WI 53188

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