What is 4-H?
4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 4-H provides members with a safe, family-friendly environment to learn, make friends, and explore career paths by participating in projects of interest to them. 4-H encourages members to be caring and conscientious by getting involved in community service projects throughout the year. These projects may be carried out on a county, district, state, or national level.
Who can join 4-H?
Youth may participate in 4-H from September 1st of grade three through August 31st following the completion of grade twelve, with these age restrictions: Minimum age – 8 (in addition to being in 3rd grade) Maximum age – 18 (as of August 31st)
4-H depends heavily on involvement of the whole family. Parents can get involved by becoming 4-H Leaders. 4-H Leaders do not have to be experts in the project or activity they are helping with. They simply need to be willing to learn and willing to help. To become a 4-H Leader, adults complete an Adult Volunteer profile on the Texas 4-H member database, 4-H Connect, and submit $5 per year for an application fee. Every new volunteer and every 3rd 4-H year thereafter, a background screening is performed. Becoming a 4-H Leader is a very rewarding experience. There is something for everybody in 4-H!
What do all of those H’s stand for, anyway?
The H’s pertain to the 4-H pledge:
I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world.
- HEAD stands for clearer thinking and decision making – knowledge that is useful throughout life.
- HEART represents greater loyalty, strong personal values, positive self-concept and concern for others.
- HANDS stand for larger service, workforce preparedness, useful skills and science and technology literacy.
- HEALTH stands for better living and healthy lifestyles.
4-H sounds so cool! How do I join?
There are over 20 clubs in Montgomery County. Contact the 4-H Office for a list of clubs and their contact/meeting information. Each club has its own ‘personality’ so we suggest that you visit a few of them before you decide which club you would like to join. The Montgomery County 4-H Handbook states that you can only change 4-H clubs once a year between June 1 to October 1 so when you join a club, be sure that it is the one you want to stick with until the next 4-H year. Once you decide which club you would like to join, you enroll with that club. Contact the 4-H Office at 936-539-7823 for a club list and to ask any questions you may have about joining.
Enrollment Procedure: 1. Returning members: Log in to 4-H Connect to update your member profiles. Note: All returning members will already have a profile. Do not create a new profile! Duplicates will be deleted. If you need your family’s log in information, please contact the 4-H Office at 936-539-7823. New members: Create a new family profile and a member profile for each youth and adult member enrolling. 3. In addition to the state 4-H required participation fee of $20 per member before October 31 and $25 after October 31, we collect the insurance and newsletter fees on the county level. The supplemental insurance fee is $1 per member per year. The newsletter costs $5 per famiy per year, and is optional. The newsletter is a great way to stay current on 4-H news and events. It is also posted on this website. These fees will be collected at your club meeting. *Please note that you are not considered an enrolled 4-H member until this process has been completed. 4-H Connect has a NO REFUND policy.