Why should your child or teen be involved with 4-H?

4-H is the largest out of school youth organization in the United States with over 7 million youth members. There is Extension staff responsible for 4-H programs in every county and city. Whether you live in a city, suburb or rural area, there's something for your child in 4-H!

How can your family become involved with 4-H?

In Ohio, eligibility for 4-H membership begins when a child is age 5 and is enrolled in kindergarten as of January 1 of the current year (Cloverbuds). Membership to the 4-H club program begins when a child is at least age 8 and enrolled in 3rd grade as of January 1 of the current year. Ohio 4-H membership ends December 31 of the year in which an individual attains the age of 19. The local 4-H office is located in Troy, Ohio in the old Miami County Courthouse. The Ohio State University’s Miami County Extension Office facilitates and delivers a broad range of programs that enrich the lives of young people and the local community.

With over 200 project areas available, your child or teen can find a place to enjoy and to learn. So whether your child is athletic, crafty, book-smart, or simply has no idea what they are good at, there is something for them! Check out all of the project areas that your child can get involved in!

To get information about how to get your child or teen involved in a local 4-H club, simply look at the directory of clubs. Be sure to note the clubs that are in your particular area (look at townships) and the particular projects the club supports. Each club has a contact name, number, and where available email. Feel free to contact this individual about getting your child involved! If you are unable to reach the contact, or need further information, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

For more information about projects, see detailed descriptions listed in the projects section of this website. You are always welcome to stop by the 4-H office and view particular project books before ordering or signing up!