Independent members participate in planned learning outside of the club setting. Their work is self-directed with guidance and support of parents and mentors. Independent membership allows youth an entry point into 4-H even if they are unable to align with a club schedule or project.

To ensure that youth choosing to enroll as independent members have a high quality 4-H experience they are asked to commit to the following:

  • Complete enrollment on 4-H Online ( and pay the membership (scholarships available, contact 4-H office for details). After enrollment contact the 4-H office to setup an appointment to thoroughly explain the program and discuss project selection.
  • Develop life skills and knowledge through project work
  • Complete one or more community service projects during the year
  • Demonstrate their learning through participation in either county events (demo or speech) OR an educational poster to be displayed to the public at the Putnam County Fair.
  • Reflect on their learning by submitting their project book and report to the 4-H office by the first working day in June
  • Collaborate with the larger 4-H program through participation in at least four County Council Meetings held the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm at the Ag Center (except June-August). Note: If showing large livestock in the fair at least 3 meetings should be attended before the fair)

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