Thank you for your interest in 4-H!!! 

4-H is the largest youth development organization in the world, with a vast number of learning experiences in a variety of interest areas.  Our organization’s motto is “Make the best better.”  We accomplish this by providing youth with opportunities to build life skills through educational, hands-on learning experiences in a safe and fun environment.

We are very pleased that you and your family have chosen to begin your 4-H experience.  We hope that you have fun, make new friends, and gain knowledge in many areas.  There are many opportunities that you can take advantage of at the club, county, state, national, and international level. 

The first step to becoming a 4-H member is to find and select a 4-H club and complete enrollment.  A complete listing of all Ingham County 4-H Clubs is included as a link below; including the contact person, location, and projects offered in each club.  It is important to select a club that will fit your needs, so you may want to contact a few clubs in your area to determine which will be the right fit for you.  Some common questions you may want to ask include: Are you taking new members?;  When and where do you meet?; What projects are offered?; Are there mandatory community or project meetings or requirements?; Do you have club dues in addition to the county/state fee?; What are the approximate project fees or costs?; What are the expectations of members and parents?; and What is the process for signing up?
    
Once you have spoken with a Community Leader and selected a club, complete the online enrollment with 4HOnline. Your status will be pending until you make payment to the Community Leader of your chosen club with your enrollment fee of $20.  Your Community Leader will confirm your enrollment and turn it into the 4-H office. 

Your Community Leader will provide you with information about scheduled club meetings, projects, and activities.  Additionally, you will receive updates about opportunities related to your project areas from the staff in our office.  You will also want to access the Ingham County 4-H Cloverleaf newsletter from our website each week (Friday) with programming updates and opportunities.

Because of the size and complexity of the organization, you may have questions that arise from time to time; please don't hesitate to ask an experienced 4-H family, call your club leader, or contact the MSU Extension office at 676-7207.  We all understand that there is so much to learn the first year and would like to help in any way we can. 

It is great to have you as part of the Michigan State University Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program!

What you'll need to get started:

4-H Club Directory                Project Areas             Starting A 4-H Club           4HOnline