Joining 4-H is easy, and is limited only by age. Members may be as young as 5 years old or as old as 18 (or until completion of high school, whichever comes first). A member's age is determined by how old he or she will be on Sept. 1, the start of the Sept. 1–Aug. 31 program year.
Additionally, any youth classified as an "exceptional student" by the State Board of Education – per Florida Statute 1003.01(3)(a) – is eligible to participate in 4-H until the age of 21 (the upper age limit for national 4-H) or completion of high school, whichever comes first.
4 Steps for Youth to Get Involved in 4-H
- Check out our Club List to find a club that interests you, and contact club leaders to learn more.
- When you’ve found a club that’s right for your family, follow these step-by-step instructions to complete a Florida 4-H Youth Enrollment online at 4HOnline. Families without internet access may enroll at the UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County office or contact Extension to request paper enrollment forms.
- Pay the annual membership fee for Community Club Members 4-H ages 8-18. (Learn more about the annual membership fee.)
- Prepare for your first 4-H activity and plan to meet new friends, learn cool things and have fun!
NEED HELP? We can help. Contact us at 4-H@scgov.net or 941-861-9900 for assistance.