Clubs and Groups

As the youth development program of the Cooperative Extension System of land-grant universities, 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, empowering six million young people throughout the United States. The 4-H program is delivered locally through clubs and groups. Clubs are the basic organizational unit of the program and 4-H groups support this program by meeting specific needs like project support, fund raising etc.

Youth and adult leaders working together is the back bone of a strong 4-H club/group program.

In order to carry the 4-H name and emblem, all 4-H clubs and groups must apply for and annually renew a 4-H charter. This ensures the safety of youth members and the quality of the educational programming. Requirements for a 4-H Club and chartered Groups are listed in the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Policies. It is recommended that 4-H Clubs and Groups use these Sample Bylaws to write or update their bylaws.

The 4-H Name and Emblem are protected under federal statute (Title 18, U.S.C. 707) This statute protects other federal emblems, like the Seal of the President of the United States.

4-H Name and Emblem Policy Guide  contains a summary of the federal mandates for the use of the 4-H name and emblem by 4-H chartered entities. The Name and Emblem User Guide for Non-Extension Entities, from National 4-H Headquarters, provides a complete list of regulations around the proper use of the 4-H name & emblem.

Leadership of the county 4-H Youth Development Program is provided by 4-H Youth Development staff. The 4-H Youth Development Educators and County 4-H Leader Organizations document delineates the relationship between staff and volunteer organizations.

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