About 4-H

4-H is a youth organization of boys and girls sharing, doing and learning together in all kinds of projects and activities. 4-H members are guided by volunteer adult leaders and parents.

Members choose projects that fit their personal interests and the places where they live. Members run their own meetings and make their own decisions. Boys and girls in cities and towns enjoy
4-H as much as rural kids.

4-H Offers …

  • a place to make friends
  • life skills development
  • confidence building
  • a place to learn about things beyond school subjects
  • opportunities to learn leadership
  • family togetherness
  • a sense of community

What is a 4-H project?

A project is an area of interest that the 4-H member wants to learn more about during the year. All members can get written project guides from the Extension office that will help them get started, and each club has adult leaders available to meet with, advise, and teach members throughout the year. Bayfield County offers projects in the following areas:

  • Animal Sciences
  • Communications & Cultural Arts
  • Family, Home & Health
  • Mechanical Sciences
  • Natural Resources & Environmental Ed
  • Plant & Soil Sciences
  • Special Projects

What do you do in 4-H besides work on projects?

4-H members have opportunities to be involved in lots of activities and events throughout the year. They can enter project work at the county fair, go to camp, enter speaking, music and drama competitions, go on trips and participate in Fun Nights with other members their own age. All 4-H members are eligible for awards for their 4-H work.

Who can join 4-H?

4-H is open to any interested youth grades K-12. Kindergarteners, first and second graders participate in the Cloverbud program which is designed especially for them.

What is expected of a 4-H member?

When you join 4-H, you are expected to attend your club’s meetings and enroll in at least one 4-H project. Every 4-H member is encouraged to prepare a project or demonstration to exhibit at the fair or club meeting. In August, 4-H members complete a record book to record their activities for the year.

Parents are a very important part of 4-H. Parents help 4-H members choose their projects, provide transportation, and encourage the 4-H’er to do their best. Many parents share their time, skills, and resources with the entire 4-H club by becoming project or club leaders. Involved parents make 4-H work.

How much does it cost?

It costs only $3 to join 4-H for the entire year. Individual 4-H clubs may have small dues to pay for their activities. Some project areas may require small investments for supplies and equipment.

How many kids are in 4-H?

There are approximately 500 4-H youth and adult members in Bayfield County. They belong to 14 different community clubs. There is a club near you.

How can I join 4-H?

If you want to join a 4-H club, contact the Bayfield County 4-H & Youth Development Agent or Program Assistant. They will help you discover more about 4-H in your area.



Ian Meeker
4-H Youth Development Educator
County Administration Bldg
117 E. 5th Street
Washburn, WI 54891-9464
Phone: 715-373-3289
Fax: 715-373-6304

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Donna Ganson
4-H Program Faculty Assistant
County Administration Bldg
117 E. 5th Street
Washburn, WI 54891
Phone: 715-373-3287
Fax: 715-373-6103

An EEO/AA employer, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requirements.

Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities or limitations should be made prior to the date of the program or activity for which it is needed. Please do so as early as possible prior to the program or activity so that proper arrangements can be made. In certain situations, information related to requests may be shared with staff or units necessary to help coordinate an appropriate accommodation.

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