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Did you know that Rock County 4-H Youth Development has the largest 4-H club program in Wisconsin?  Youth learn life skills through community and after school 4-H clubs, county-wide activities and 4-H projects.  Strong youth-adult partnerships provide opportunities for youth to develop skills through hands-on, practical, research-based, fun activities.  Youth grow and develop as individuals, get involved in their communities and develop leadership skills that will help them throughout their lifetime.

Major programs include:

  • Community 4-H Clubs
  • After School 4-H Clubs
  • Summer 4-H Camp
  • Awards, Achievements and Recognition
  • Life Skill Development Through Projects and Activities
  • Youth-Adult Partnerships
  • Volunteer and Leadership Development

4-H New Family Handbook (pdf)
Information for Parents

What is 4-H membership?
A child becomes a 4-H member by joining a community 4-H club or an after school 4-H club. New members are welcome to visit 4-H club meetings and join 4-H at any time during the year. Membership is open to all youth regardless of their ethnic background, race, gender, handicap status, religious or political beliefs.

Club Information Sheet 2016

How to enroll in Rock County 4-H:  

The first step is to select a club.  (Click on the link to 4-H Club Information, above, for a list of clubs including when and where they meet.)  Feel free to contact a few clubs and/or visit their meetings to help determine which club is a good fit for your family.

Next, select the projects (educational content areas) in which you are interested in learning about.  Please see the policy regarding the maximum number of projects you can take, below.  All projects are listed in the Rock County 4-H Project Guide:

Rock County 4-H Project Guide 2016-17 (pdf)

When you have selected your projects, you are ready to enroll through 4HOnline!  Instructions for enrolling are found here:

Enrolling in 4HOnline as a NEW family (pdf)

Finally, be SURE to attend the next meeting of your 4-H club and pay your enrollment fees to the club chairperson!  Then keep attending meetings, get involved in your projects, participate in club and county 4-H activities, and have a GREAT year in Rock County 4-H!

When can youth join 4-H?
Youth in Kindergarten (5K), first or second grade as of October 1st may join Rock County 4-H as Cloverbuds. Youth in third grade and up as of October 1st may join as regular members. Youth continue to be eligible for 4-H membership through the next 4-H year following their high school graduation and not to extend beyond the age of 19 at the time of enrollment.

In how many 4-H projects may a 4-H member enroll?

First year 4-H members in grades 3 through 5 may enroll in up to two 4-H projects. The maximum number of projects for all other members is seven ONLY if one of the projects is Youth Leadership. Otherwise the maximum number of projects for all other members is six. Every 4-H member must enroll in at least one project.

What are the achievement requirements?
In order to achieve, or meet the membership requirements for the year, the 4-H member must complete the following: 1) exhibit publicly (for example, at the Rock County Fair or at a club meeting) in each project enrolled; 2) submit a completed record book to the club; 3) attend at least 3 regularly scheduled club meetings. 4-H clubs may not set additional requirements for achievement. 4-H members that do not achieve will be able to re-join for one year on a probationary basis, meaning they may enroll in only one project.

What is the mission statement for Rock County 4-H?
The Rock County 4-H Program enables youth to develop leadership skills that are useful throughout life through youth empowerment with adults providing guidance and support.


Rock County 4-H Policy (includes Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Policies) revised Sept. 2015 (pdf)


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