How to Join 4-H

It's easy! Just call the Columbia County office of the OSU Extension Service (503-397-3462). Kara our 4-H support staff will connect you with 4-H clubs that have the same project interests as your child.

The enrollment period is October 1 to April 1 each year.

Columbia County 4-H programs and activities are designed for youth:

  • Cloverbud -- 5 to 8 years of age on September 1
  • Junior -- 9 to 11 years of age on September 1
  • Intermediate -- 12 to 14 years of age on September 1
  • Senior -- 15 to 18 years of age on September 1

Cloverbuds are non-competitive learning clubs, designed to start your children on a path to learn about the project(s) of their choice. They investigate what 4-H is, what kinds of projects they may want to really focus on when they reach the project level, and just plain have fun! They can join the older kids out at fair and other events during the year, and bring a project to fair to talk about and share, and everyone goes home with a feeling of accomplishment and pride. Plus, they become used to the fair environment, so when they enter as junior's, they are not overwhelmed, as they have watched the older 4-H members having fun and enjoying our county fair!

Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors are all project level, they can choose an unlimited number of projects to learn about, join several clubs if they choose and truly be as involved as they would like in the 4-H experience. Younger members benefit greatly by the older members experience, and older members can be involved in many different aspects of leadership building activities to prepare them for life after 4-H. Besides the county and state fair, we have Summer Camp, Teen Retreat, Youth Fair, and many educational workshops about 4-H and life skills for the future.

The 4-H program is open to all youth. You can participate in 4-H if you live on a farm, in the city limits, even if you live in an apartment! The Columbia County 4-H program offers variety and versatility. You get to choose the projects you want--ranging from conserving our earth to marksmanship to gardening to livestock to sewing to community service.


There really is something for everyone! Check the list of 4-H project areas to learn more.

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