How to Join a 4-H Club

  1. The best time to join 4-H is in the fall or winter. The enrollment deadline is April 1, so you must be enrolled before that date to participate in Franklin County Fair activities.

  2. Click here for a list of current Franklin County 4-H Clubs.
  3. When choosing a 4-H club, look for a club that meets during a time and in a place that works for your family’s schedule.
  4. If your child will be a Cloverbud (age five as of Jan. 1 of the current year and enrolled in kindergarten), be sure to select a club that accepts members within your child’s age range. 4-H project members must be age eight as of Jan. 1 of the current year and enrolled in third grade.
  5. Look for a club that supports members taking the types of projects your family is interested in (non-animal projects, sewing, livestock, dogs, horses, shooting sports1).
  6. Once you’ve found a club that is a good fit for your family, contact the advisor to learn more about the club. For example, you may want to ask about the club’s meeting schedule, meeting location, participation/attendance requirements, club dues and fundraisers, club size, and what kind of involvement is expected from the members’ parents and/or guardians. You even can visit one of the club’s meetings or activities if you’d like.
  7. Once you’ve selected a club, make it official and enjoy the experience! Be sure to complete the online enrollment by following your club leader's instructions.

If you can’t find a 4-H club that fits your family’s needs, maybe you should consider starting a club of your own! Contact Beth Boomershine for more information on how to become a 4-H volunteer club advisor and starting your own club. It’s an extremely rewarding experience!

4-H Membership Eligibility

Youth are eligible for 4-H membership as a Cloverbud when a child is age five as of Jan. 1 of the current year and is enrolled in kindergarten. Click here for more information about the Cloverbud program. Youth are eligible for membership in the 4-H club program when a child is at least age eight as of Jan. 1 of the current year and is enrolled in third grade.  Ohio 4-H membership ends Dec. 31 of the year in which an individual becomes 19-years-old. Membership begins when an eligible individual is enrolled in a club or group that operates within the scope of Ohio State University Extension and is under the direction of a trained adult who has completed the Ohio State University Extension volunteer selection process.

When to Join a 4-H Club

The Franklin County 4-H enrollment deadline is April 1, 2024. Any youth who wishes to take their project to the Franklin County Fair in the summer must be enrolled in a Franklin County 4-H club by April 1. Therefore, we recommend beginning the process of joining a 4-H club in late fall or early winter, to ensure your family is formally enrolled by April 1, 2024. 

2024 Winter Project Fair

Enrollment is now open for the Franklin County 4-H program! Youth ages 5 and in kindergarten through age 18 are invited to join a club and start their 4-H adventure which includes new friends, fun activities, community service, and 4-H projects. Interested in learning about the nearly 200 4-H project options? Join us at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Saturday, February 17 for the Winter Project Fair. The open house-style event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 2024 Winter Project Fair is your hub for all things related to 4-H and 4-H projects and how to complete them! When you visit, you can find information about how to join 4-H, talk with 4-H members who have completed a project in your area of interest, and explore some of our program highlights. We are excited to share this opportunity with you in hopes that it will help you find the perfect 4-H club for your family while exploring all of the things 4-H has to offer. Unable to attend the Winter Project Fair? Check out the virtual option below.  

Virtual Winter Project Fair 

Across County Line Membership

If you live in Franklin County and would like to join a 4-H club in another county, or if you live in another county and would like to join a Franklin County 4-H club, click here for information about crossing county lines.

14-H Shooting Sports: The Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports program teaches young people the safe and responsible use of archery equipment, including the fundamentals of firing air guns, .22 caliber and muzzleloading rifles, pistols, and shotguns; the basic principles of hunting; and the value of studying historic lifestyles and heritage crafts. The 4-H Shooting Sports program only is administered through certified shooting sports instructors, and members may only take shooting sports projects if their instructor has been certified in that specific discipline. Franklin County 4-H members interested in taking a shooting sport project have two options:

  • Join the Franklin County Shooting Sports 4-H Club by contacting Sharla at (preferably by February of the upcoming 4-H year)
  • If you already belong to a Franklin County 4-H club and would like to take a shotgun, rifle, pistol, or archery project, please contact Dave at Dave offers shooting sports instruction from March through June at a shooting location in Plain City, Ohio.