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?
4-H is open to everyone. If you are between the ages of 8 (and in the 3rd grade) or 9 years old and 19, you can become a 4-H club member. Younger kids ages 5-8 can also get involved through Clover Kids activities.
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 $10 for a background screening. Becoming a 4-H Leader is a very rewarding experience. There is something for everybody in 4-H!
What’s the 4-H motto?
“To make the best better.”
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.
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.
2. Due to the cuts in education in the state of Texas, every 4-H member in the state will be required to pay a $25 annual participation fee.
Available Savings: If you enroll between August 15th and October 31st, you only have to pay $20 for the fee. Please enroll early to save $5 per member. When you enroll in 4-H on 4-H Connect, the payment will be a step in the enrollment process. You may pay by e-check or credit card.
3. In addition to the state 4-H required participation fee, 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.
*Once you have completed your enrollment online, your status will go from “Inactive” to “Pending.” After the county 4-H office staff reviews your enrollment, we will approve it, or follow up with you. After your profile is approved, your payment is processed and your status changes to “Active.” Your payment will not be processed until your membership is approved.
*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.