4-H Club Resources
A 4-H club is a place where young people and adults come together to do things that help them:
- Be what they want to be.
- Think and learn about what interests them most.
- Share how they feel about their activities and their lives in general.
- Do fun things that also help them learn more.
- Relate to peers and the adults in their lives in positive ways.
Clubs helps volunteers build significant relationships with members. The projects youth complete while in a club help attract new members and build the knowledge and skills needed for youth to develop themselves into great human beings. 4-H club members and leaders decide together what activities and goals to pursue, based on their common interests.
Clubs are sanctioned by their county MSU Extension office and given permitted to use the 4-H name and emblem. Clubs should have both youth and adult leaders and practice democratic principles. 4-H clubs are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.
A 4-H club includes the following:
- At least ﬁve youth members from two or more families
- One or (preferably) more caring adult volunteers working with members, teen leaders and parents
- A structure that gives members the shared responsibility for making decisions and operating the club (this may be done with elected ofﬁcers)
- An organized, fun and educational program planned by members, volunteers and parents
- Six or (preferably) more club meetings during the year
- Participation in learning experiences outside of the local group
- Involvement in the community such as community service
- Personal evaluation and recognition of progress on individual and group goals
4-H Club Middle Managers
A 4-H club middle manager is a volunteer liaison between 4-H county staff members and 4-H club leaders. Their role is to improve the Michigan 4-H club program, increase the flow of information between club leaders and county staff members, and help county staff members organize administrative paperwork. 4-H club middle managers can be anyone over the age of 21 who is seeking a way to volunteer and become active in their community. This position provides an excellent opportunity for the volunteer to learn the workings of 4-H. To become a 4-H club middle manager, please contact your county MSU Extension office.
For more information on how to get involved in a 4-H club as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or:
Jennifer Weichel, MSU Extension Educator
- 4-H and Michigan State University Extension Promotional Resources
- 4-H Clover Catcher Activity Handout
- 4-H Club Kit Promotional Poster
- 4-H Guiding Principles for Positive Youth Development
- 4-H Middle Management Job Description & Marketing Materials
- 4-H Participant Age Policy FAQ
- 4-H Pledge: American Sign Language
- 4-H Promotional Toolkits
- 4-H Service Log
- Basic Parliamentary Procedure for 4-H Clubs
- Becoming an Authorized 4-H Group & Maintaining That Status
- Characteristics of Effective 4-H Clubs
- Communications Toolkit: Fun, Skill-Building Activities to Do With Kids (4H1560)
- Competitive Event Resources
- County 4-H Volunteer Handbook
- Defining Michigan 4-H Youth Development
- Financial Guidelines for Michigan 4-H Clubs & Groups
- Group Dynamite Notebook (Selections; 4H1068)
- Group-Building Ideas for 4-H Club & Group Meetings
- Helping You Help Officers & Committees (4H1467)
- Inclusive 4-H: Expanding Inclusive Opportunities for Youth & Volunteers
- Member’s Personal 4-H Record Book (4H1192)
- Michigan 4-H Cloverbud Program Policy Information
- Michigan 4-H Club Development Guide
- Michigan 4-H Participant Age Policy
- Michigan 4-H Pins & Stickers
- Michigan 4-H Project Snapshot Sheets
- Michigan 4-H Recognition Handbook
- Michigan 4-H Secretary’s Record Book
- Michigan 4-H Treasurer’s Record Book (4H1203)
- Michigan State University Extension Volunteer Selection Process
- Planning Your Community Service Project: Based on a Community Service-Learning Model
- Request for Official Approval to Establish a Michigan 4-H Youth Group
- Service and Cloverbuds – A Great Fit
- Tips & Tools for Planning Your Club Year (Annual Club Calendar)