Join 4-H

Plan your Adventure Join 4-H!

New 4-H members are ALWAYS welcome!

4-H is the Positive Youth Development program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension. It’s for boys and girls who are in grades 1-13 by September 1 of the current year.

What is a Cloverbud?

Cloverbuds are 4-H members who are in kindergarten (5 year old), first grade, and second grade. While Cloverbuds are 4-H members, they are only allowed to enroll in Cloverbud projects at the county fair; however, their exhibits are separate from regular 4-H exhibits, and Cloverbuds may not exhibit live animals. Cloverbuds can participate in regular club activities such as sports events, music, and theater arts.

  • Cloverbuds: Youth in grades K-2. Cloverbuds are enrolled solely in Cloverbud projects.

Want to be a 4-H member?

Adams County has 8 4-H clubs, with great opportunities to make new friends from all over our great county and have fun participating in activities and trips with friends.

  • Youth may enroll in 4-H anytime throughout the year. Re-enrollments are due to the Extension Adams County office by October 1st each year.
  • Youth must be affiliated with a club before they may sign-up for any projects. A list of all Extension Adams County clubs is available, on the website at Club Information
  • Youth must meet the grade requirements outlined within this document in order to enroll and participate in project activities and functions.
  • Members: Youth in grades 3-13. The member’s grades is determined by registration into the school district during the 4-H enrollment period. Youth who are home-schooled should use declared grade. Youth are eligible for membership through the next year following high school graduation. If a youth drops out of school they will be considered as if they had stayed in school and would complete their  4-H membership as the same time their grade cohort would complete their membership.
  • Members do not have to pay the extra $1.00 for insurance for the Horse & Pony or Shooting Sports projects.
  • Youth must be enrolled in the project areas they wish to participate in through the 4-H program.
  • Youth must be enrolled in Adams County 4-H by April 15th to represent 4-H at the Adams County Fair. Youth may add or delete projects until April 15th of the current 4-H year for fair projects.
    4-H members may also choose to enter items related to their 4-H projects that they are not enrolled in.

Here’s how to start your adventure and be creative!

Step 1:

Pick what interests you:

  • Choose a few areas that you want to try. (See Enrollment Guide below).
  • Learn from available resources.

Step 2:

Choose a club:

  • If you have a friend in 4-H, join with them.
  • County Extension Office has a list of clubs or visit the link on this website
    at 4-H Clubs

Step 3:

  • Contact the club leader and visit meetings.
  • Don’t be shy – they all want to help you achieve your goals.

Start Your Adventure!!


Want to be a 4-H Volunteer or Leader?

Volunteer project leaders are always needed! If there is a project you would like to become involved with, or you see a need for a particular project area in the county or in your club, give the Extension office a call or talk to your Club Organizational Leader. No special education or experience in that project is required, only a willingness to work with youth.

  • If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Extension Adams County office at 339-4237.
  • All adults must complete 4-H Volunteer Orientation & Youth Protection and a background check before they may begin working with youth.
  • Training to become a 4-H volunteer are typically held in October/November, January, March and one in the summer.
  • ll adult 4-H volunteers must annually complete the 4-H Volunteer Enrollment Form. Every 4 years a background check is done on all volunteers.

To enroll online: 4HOnline Enrolling