4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
4-H Youth Development Program

Youth (ages 5-19)

Do you want to lead younger members, initiate community service projects, discover your passions, and make life-long friends?  From food science to ceramics, from building rockets to raising sheep, 4-H as something for you.

4-H welcomes youth members and adult volunteers from all backgrounds and all locations. Members have the opportunity to participate in the 4-H program through afterschool programs, community clubs, camps, events,  conferences, and military partnership programs.

Enrollment Process

All 4-H youth (ages 5-19) must enroll annually (July 1 through June 30). 4-H Enrollment is conducted by the 4-H Club and County 4-H Office in each county. Enrollment procedures may vary in each county, so check with your County 4-H Office for more information.  


Youth are eligible to participate in 4-H if they meet the following criteria:

  • Primary Members (also called Cloverbuds or Mini-members) - Must be 5 years old by December 31 of the program year. Primary members cannot enroll in large animal projects. Youth enrolling or turning nine after December 31 must participate as a Primary Member until the end of the program year. 
  • 4-H Members - Must be 9 years old by December 31 of the program year and may continue in the program until the end of the calendar year in which they become 19 years of age. 
4-H Member Resources
Community Service
Camp Counselors
Junior-Teen Leaders

Enter 4hOnline System

4hOnline is a web-based system used to enroll youth and accept applications for adults in the California 4-H Youth Development Program. To get started using the 4-H online  enrollment system, please visit ca.4honline.com or contact your local  County 4-H Office

Steps to Take:

1. Find local clubs in your county by searching for your County 4-H Office.
Youth can also participate in 4-H camps, afterschool, school enrichment and short term and special interest programs as well as 4-H events and conferences. Contact your local 4-H county office for details on these opportunities. 

2. Enroll in the CA 4-H Youth Development Program.
Need more information or help with enrollment? Contact your County 4-H Office or the adult 4-H volunteer club/camp leader of the local club you are interested in joining. If you have previously enrolled in 4-H using the 4hOnline system, please use the same login information. Forgot your password or email? Request it through 4hOnline or contact your County 4-H Office

3. Find projects that interest you! See a complete list of CA 4-H projects and contact your 4-H club leader to find out what projects are offered in your club.
Science, Engineering, Technology (SET): agriculture and life sciences, family and consumer resource management, environmental education, technology, engineering.
Citizenshipcivic awareness, community service, service-learning, leadership & speaking, global citizenship.
Healthy Livingnutrition, physical health, safety, mental health.

See chapter 4 and chapter 5 of the CA 4-H policy manual for more information on enrollment and youth membership and participation.

Paper Enrollment Packet

This enrollment packet is used for youth members in organized 4-H clubs, special interest and short-term programs, and 4-H Camps. Payment is required to enroll in 4-H for program fees and 4-H accident/sickness insurance. Inquire within your county 4-H office

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