Who can join?

Eligibility for 4-H membership begins when a child is enrolled in kindergarten and is age 5 as of January 1 of the current year (Cloverbuds).  Membership to the 4-H club program begins when a child is enrolled in 3rd grade and is at least 8 as of January 1 of the current year.  Any youth age 9 or above is eligible for project membership, regardless of grade level.  Ohio 4-H membership ends December 31 of the year in which an individual attains the age of 19.


Where do I sign up?

Join a club in your county or near your home or school. Experience 4-H with a friend, invite them to join with you. Contact the Preble County Extension Office at (937) 300-6010.

4-H Club List - Listing of clubs currently accepting new members.

Once you have decided on a 4-H Club you will need to complete your online enrollment at ohio.4honline.com.  Please check the 4-H Online Tutorial for further instructions if you need them.



When should I sign up?

Join anytime! But Preble County's 4-H enrollment deadline is April 1 to take advantage of all 4-H opportunities including participation in Fair.


Does it cost anything?

Your out of pocket costs for participating in 4-H will include one or more of the following types of expenses:

  • Project Book/Resources - Most project books cost $6.00. Some projects require a one-time purchase of a Resource Handbook ($8.00 to $20.00). Purchase from your county Extension Office
  • Project Items - Supplies, materials, equipment, animals, facilities and other resources needed to complete the 4-H project learning experience.
  • Club Dues/Fees - Per member fee charged by some clubs used towards refreshments, project book costs, Fair pass, club t-shirt, supplemental insurance, etc. Please ask the club advisor about their 4-H club fee structure.
  • 4-H Events & Opportunities - Fees charged for participation in events and opportunities such as camps, workshops, conferences, trips, etc.


What are the benefits?

Members learn life skills, make new friends, enhance self-esteem, achieve personal goals, develop positive relationships with peers and volunteers, and have fun learning and sharing as a family and a club.