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What's a 4-H club?

Most 4-H'ers join a local club at some point. Clubs are fun, regular gatherings where they:

  • Make friends
  • Find help with their 4-H projects
  • Find leadership opportunities
  • Take part in culturally-specific activities and other activities and events

Clubs offer

  • Small-group learning
  • Caring adult volunteer leaders who are screened, trained and guided by local University of Minnesota staff
  • Grounding in research-backed curriculum and best practices for nonformal learning
  • Support to help you dive deep into project learning

What happens in clubs? Will my friends be there?

Most clubs welcome anybody in kindergarten through one year past high school and interested in any project area. Youngsters in kindergarten through second grade join as Cloverbuds. Clubs may meet after school, in the evening or on the weekend. There are community clubs and local clubs for residents of one housing complex. There are clubs in every Minnesota county and two sovereign Indian nations. You may meet people you already know or a whole new set of friends.

Watch this video to learn more

Who manages clubs? Can I be a club leader?

Leading a club is one very important role that an adult volunteer can play. Club leaders don't work alone. All volunteers are screened, receive training and ongoing support from local Extension staff and have access to a wealth of online materials.

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