St. Joseph County 4-H Youth Program Enrollment Information
What Is 4-H? 4-H is a fun, learn by doing educational program for young people. Its mission is to help youth become self directed, contributing members of their communities. 4-H is open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.
How Old Do You Have To Be To Join 4-H? The St. Joseph County 4-H Youth Program is open to all youth 9-19 years of age by January 1 of the year they will exhibit their completed projects at the St. Joseph County Grange Fair. St. Joseph County offers a Cloverbud program for youth 6-8 years of age by January 1.
Enrollment Procedure: Young people interested in enrolling in 4-H may do so by contacting the organizational leader of the 4-H club(s) they are interested in joining and filling our the appropiate enrollment form for that club. Enrollment forms and 4-H fee ($10) must be turned in to the club organizational leader.
Open Enrollment Deadline (for 2013-14 4-H Project Year): Enrollment forms for tenured (returning) 4-H members are due in the MSU Extension Office by December 1, 2013. Enrollment of youth new to 4-H will be accepted through May 1, 2014 (unless the 4-H project animal registration deadline has passed for a given animal project).
Cloverbuds and Non-4H Riding Clarification
Cloverbuds Livestock Policy:
The focus of the St Joseph County 4-H Cloverbuds Program (ages 6-8 as of Jan. 1 of the project year) is on non-competitive, safe and enriching projects that pique young members curiosity and interest in the 4-H project areas. Since safety is of the utmost priority, direct handling and/or riding of 4-H livestock and/or equines is prohibited during any 4-H sponsored activity or club meeting. This policy protects 4-H Cloverbuds from injury, and leaders and other members from potential liability issues.
Non-4-H Horse Riding:
In strictly 4-H sponsored events (such as an all 4-H show or workouts) adults and children who are not 4-H members or leaders may not ride any horse on the premises, even if they are the owner of said horse. 4-H and Michigan State University's insurance policy covers only 4-H members and leaders, and all riders must fall under this coverage at strictly 4-H events. This policy does not apply to 4-H sponsored open shows.