JOIN 4-H: YOUTH
You can join 4-H any time of year, but the best time to join a 4-H Community Club is in the fall.
The new 4-H year begins September 1st.
Follow the steps below to join!
STEP ONE: 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. Click below for more information:
STEP TWO: Enroll in the Waukesha County 4-H program electronically using 4-H Online.
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 THREE: 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 two youth enrolled in 4-H it would be $40 for the first child, $10 for the second child for a total of $50.
Check with your Club leader on their process for paying County and Club dues.
Payments can be made online by clicking the button below:
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.
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. Get a copy of the form HERE
Enrollment fees are non-refundable.
STEP FOUR: Welcome to 4-H!
What You Can Do After You Join:
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.
Please note: 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.
JOIN 4-H: VOLUNTEER
Adult volunteers are essential to the 4-H program and they contribute their time in a variety of ways. They help youth learn and practice skills such as problem solving, decision making, and communicating – skills crucial for their success in school, careers, and communities. Volunteers have fun while making a positive impact on the youth in Waukesha County.
STEP ONE: Review the Volunteer Role Descriptions
STEP TWO: Enroll on 4-H Online
4-H is proud of being a proactive, youth-serving organization with an excellent reputation for providing a healthy and safe environment for its members. All 4-H active volunteers must complete the Volunteer Application Form on 4-H Online. Click below to be taken directly to 4-H Online or click on the resources button for more information.
STEP THREE: Complete Training/Screening
1. Online Mandatory Report Training for Volunteers. Click the resource button below for more information.
2. UW-Madison Extension Volunteer in Preparation (VIP) Training. To register, click the link below or check out the resources below.
3. Successful Background Check, UW-Madison Extension new background check vendor is HireRight.
Please note: our office will also hold VIP training sessions. Please check with us if you're interested. We will post upcoming training dates here.
STEP FOUR: Welcome to 4-H!
Thank you! We are excited that you have chosen to become a
4-H volunteer and to be part of the nation's largest youth development and empowerment organization.
Your interest and commitment to providing quality educational experiences to Waukesha County youth is appreciated.
Click below for volunteer resources:
Youth and Family Educator
James M. Boling, Jr.
Department Executive Assistant
Civil Rights Statement: An EEO/AA employer, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requirements.