What's a 4-H club?
Most 4-H'ers join a local club at some point. Clubs are fun, regular gatherings where you can find help for your 4-H projects, camaraderie, culturally specific activities, leadership opportunities and learn about upcoming 4-H events. You don't need to join a club to take part -- there are many ways to try 4-H!
Because you can meet up with friends who are also doing 4-H projects. Clubs offer:
- Small-group learning
- Caring adult volunteer leaders. All 4-H volunteers are screened, trained and guided by local University of Minnesota staff.
- Grounding in research-backed curriculum and best practices for nonformal learning
- Support to help you dive deep into project learning
What happens in clubs? Will my friends be there?
Most clubs welcome any young person in kindergarten through one year past high school and you can join any project area that interests you. Youngsters in kindergarten through second grade join as Cloverbuds. Clubs may meet after school or in the evening. They may be project-specific, like our aquatic robotics and urban STEM clubs or hyperlocal (for residents of one housing complex). There are clubs in every Minnesota county and two sovereign Indian nations. So you may meet people you already know, or you may meet a whole new set of friends.
Who manages clubs? Could I be a club leader?
Leading a club is one very important role that a volunteer can play. Club leaders don't work alone! All volunteers receive training and ongoing support from local Extension staff and have access to a wealth of online materials on the "Lead a club" page. All club leaders are screened volunteers.