What Is 4-H? 4-H is Fun!

4-H is the youth education program of Oregon State University Extension Service. 4-H membership is available to all Coos county youth in grades Kindergarten through 12. 4-H project clubs offer students in grades 4-12 a variety of learning activities. Kindergarten through 3rd grade can enroll in 4-H Adventures.

4-H is a practical learning-by-doing program for youth. The purpose of 4-H is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive members of society.

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How Can I Join 4-H?

Youth: ask an adult to be your leader and bring your friends. Everyone in Kindergarten through grade 12 can join project clubs, led by volunteer leaders.

Other potential ways you can be involved in 4-H are in school classrooms, short term programs and special events.

To join an existing club, please contact our office by email or by calling (541) 572-5263. Let us know what project area you are interested in and we will help you find an existing club with available room in your area.

Volunteer Leaders: complete an application, provide references and attend a Leader Training and Orientation meeting. Please contact us by email or by calling (541) 572-5263 to receive an application packet.

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How Does 4-H Work?

Because OSU Extension Service is supported by tax dollars it lets youth do activities with little or no cost. There are no uniforms to buy when you join 4-H. There is a $25.00 fee per person for the first two family members and a $5.00 project fee for additional members.  This covers the first two projects and insurance costs. Additional projects (3 or more) are $2.00 each.  The fee for returning volunteer leaders is $5 with no extra for multiple project areas.  New leaders are $20 for the first year.

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What Clubs or Projects are Available in Coos County?

There are more than 50 projects available in the following curriculum areas:

  • Animal Science
  • Natural Resources
  • Expressive Arts
  • Home Economics
  • Engineering
  • Horticulture
  • Computer

Projects developed in school classrooms and after school care centers that are part of the 4-H School Enrichment program are eligible for entry in the county fair.

Youths participate in activities such as fairs, contests, camps, tours, field days, exchanges, retreats and state-wide events and competitions. There is also opportunity for developing skills as a Junior Leader.

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Records to Download

Please use the following link to access 4-H forms from the internet.

Publications From The Oregon State 4-H Web site
Project records are found at this 4-H site
Additional Fillable Project Record Forms
Identification Page
Permanent Record and Note Page
Leader Enrollment Forms pdf
Member Enrollment Forms pdf
Project Animal Lease Form pdf 

You will need to view these files through Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not already have this program on your computer, you may download it free from:


Forms can also be picked up from your 4-H leader or from the OSU Extension office in Myrtle Point.

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How Do I Volunteer?

To become a 4-H Leader or just to inquire, please email or call us at (541) 572-5263. There are four things you need to do to become a leader:

  • Complete a Volunteer Application Form
  • Attend a 4-H Leaders Training & Orientation Meeting
  • Provide references
  • Turn in a background check form

4-H volunteering is more than helping kids. It's the fact that you are helping your community by enriching children's minds and letting them be "themselves". When a person volunteers, they don't do it for money, but for a better purpose. 4-H has a great purpose! The mission of 4-H is to help young people become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. Come help us out!

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The MONITOR contains up-to-date information on programs, schedules, awards, training and workshops. It also contains articles of interest and lets you know what is going on with Coos County 4-H. If you would like to receive a copy of our monthly 4-H newsletter, please email or call our office at (541) 572-5263. View current and archived issues in PDF format (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

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