The 4-H program in St. Croix County revolves around the 4-H Community Club and community clubs come in all shapes and size s. Right now the St. Croix County 4-H Club range in size from 1- members and 1 or 2 adult leaders to 80 members and many adult leaders. Starting a 4-H club in your neighborhood may be easier than you think.
Here is some basic information to entice you you to think about it more...
- Most community clubs meet monthly and it works best if the parents participate with their children. Clubs are expected to hold at least 10 club meeting throughout the year.
- 4-H membership is open to any youth in the 1st grade through 1 year past high school. You need 5 or more youth from at least 3 different families.
- One of the benefits of a 4-H club is it involves boys and girls, both kids and adults working together to share and learn from one another.
- Youth must be involved in developing the educational plan and making decisions for the club.
- Adult leadership for the club receives training and must complete the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Protection Program.
Interested in reading more? Here are a few documents that will be helpful:
- How to Start a 4-H Club
- The 4-H Club Leadership Team
- Meeting Guide - Program Planning
- Recruitment, Promotion, and Recognition
- Financial Accountability for Clubs and Committees
Another great source of information for working with 4-H Clubs can be found on the Wisconsin 4-H website. It's called "4-H Community Club Central".
Of course you can always contact the UWEX Office at (715) 531-1930 or click the Contact Us link above. We would be happy to help you organize a new club in your neighborhood!