Joining 4-H is easy. This page walks through the steps you need to take to join the Logan County 4-H program. All of these steps must be completed by April 1st of the year to be able to compete in that year's 4-H contests, competitions, and project judgings. If you need assistance at any step of the way, please contact the OSU Extension Office in Logan County at 937-599-4227.
You may also fill out this short survey and be emailed instructions on enrolling in Logan County 4-H:
New to Logan County 4-H Survey
Who can join 4-H?
Ohio 4-H membership is based on a child's age and grade as of January 1 of the current project year. Eligibility for Cloverbud participation begins when a child is enrolled in Kindergarten and is five years old. Eligibility for participation in 4-H projects and competitive events begins when a child is age 8 and in the 3rd grade. Any youth age 9 or above are eligible for project membership, regardless of grade level. Membership requires enrollment in an authorized Ohio 4-H club or group under the direction of an OSU Extension professional or an approved adult volunteer. A youth’s 4-H eligibility ends December 31 the year he or she turns 19. Joining Ohio 4-H is a privilege and responsibility for individuals and is subject to the Ohio 4-H Code of Conduct and applicable policies of The Ohio State University.
Step 1: Selecting a 4-H Club
First, you need to find a club that fits your needs. We have around 25 clubs spread throughout the county and each one is a little different. Some clubs specialize in livestock projects, some focus more on clothing & sewing projects, some have Cloverbud programs, and there are even some that offer any project. The clubs range in size from 5 to over 60 kids and everywhere in between.
To see a list of our current 4-H Clubs you can follow this link here:
2021 Logan County 4-H Club Information Book
(Updated as of 02/01/2021)
We encourage you to choose a 4-H Club that has similar interests and meets in a reasonable traveling distance for you. Feel free to try out different 4-H Clubs.
Step 2: Begin Attending a 4-H Club
Once you have settled in and chosen a 4-H Club, you need to start attending their 4-H Club Meetings. In Logan County, for a 4-H Member to be in "Good Standing" a 4-H'er needs to:
- Attend at least 50% of their 4-H Club's meetings. (Each 4-H Club should have a minimum of 6 meetings a 4-H program year, October - September).
- Complete all club requirements that are specified in that 4-H Club's Constitution and By-Laws. (examples: complete skillathon, sit on a 4-H Club Committee, contribute to fundraiser, etc.)
Step 3: Create a 4-H Online Account or Add a Member to a current account
Logan County 4-H uses 4-H Online (oh.4honline.com) for enrollment. If you need assistance at any time through the enrolling process please call the OSU Extension Office in Logan County at 937-599-4227.
- If you are a new member but have a current/past "family member" who was/is in 4-H (even from another county/state) then you should sign into your 4-H Online account and select "Add a New Member".
- If your whole family is completely new to 4-H then you must create an account by going to 4-H Online (oh.4honline.com) and selecting "Don't have an account?"
For a PDF handout that has a step-by-step guide to enroll in Logan County 4-H please follow the link:
For a short 3 minute video that walks through enrollment please click here:
Step 4: Setting up a Family Profile
Once you've started setting up an account on 4-H Online:
- Select "Ohio" and "Ohio 4-H Youth Development".
- Select "Logan" County as the county you are participating in.
- Enter an email to serve as your Login Username (this email will be used by all members of the family to log into 4-H Online for the future).
- Add a phone number and create a password.
Step 5: Add A Member
- Select the "Add a Member" button.
- Select "4-H" as the program you wish to join.
- Begin building a member's profile by putting all the information into the fields (*make sure all of the fields noted as required are filled out).
- Select "I want to join 4-H as a New or Returning 4-H Youth Member" and then select "Finish".
4-H Online will prompt you through the enrollment process. Common things missed that we utilize:
- T-Shirt Size (youths' bodies change, please make sure this is accurate)\
- Contact information for the youth and parents/guardians.
Step 6: Select Your 4-H Club(s) and 4-H Project(s)
When you get to the "Clubs" tab you will be prompted to select the 4-H Club or Clubs that you are participating in. You will then select at least one 4-H Project to list for each 4-H Club you have listed. Members may select 4-H project(s) to explore through club and county activities. You may use the 4-H Family Guide to view an online document, stop in the Logan County Extension Office (1100 S. Detroit St. Bellefontaine) to pick up a paper copy or check out 4-H Project Central to learn about each one.
- Please make sure you have selected all the 4-H projects you are planning on taking this year. If you need to change your projects after you have enrolled please fill out a 4-H Project Add/Drop Form (see below) and turn it into the Extension Office before the deadline.
- If you select a Horse, Shooting Sports, or Dog 4-H project you will automatically be prompted to sign the Permission to Participate for those projects to enroll.
- If you are a Clovebud Member select project "715: My 4-H Cloverbud Year" for your project.
- Project age 4-H'ers may add any non-livestock projects or drop any 4-H project by filling out the 4-H Project Add/Drop form by June 1st (see below).
- To complete a 4-H program year and be a member in good standing a Project age 4-H'ers must take at least one 4-H project and attend judging/evaluation for that one project.
*You should only be adding clubs that you have been to a 4-H Club meeting or talked to the 4-H Club Advisor about.
Youth are expected to affiliate with the 4-H program in their county of residence. However, in some circumstances, it is appropriate for a youth to participate in a county other than their county of residence. This can be done with the approval of the 4-H professionals in both the county of residence and the county of the request. Parents seeking 4-H membership for their child in a county in which they do not reside should complete the Request for 4-H Membership Across County Lines Form and turn them in by March 15. Once this form is signed, it does not need to be updated as it is permanent and may not change unless a member moves.
If youth need accommodation of some kind in our 4-H program due to a physical, emotional, or mental disability please fill out our Winning 4-H Plan form that allows our Advisors, Extension Staff, Judges, Camp Staff, and more know how we can best accommodate your youth. Please fill out the following form and turn it into the Logan County Extension Office (1100 S. Detroit St. Bellefontaine) by June 1st.
Project age 4-H'ers may add any non-livestock projects or drop any 4-H project by filling out the 4-H Project Add/Drop form and turning it into the Extension Office by June 1st, even if their 4-H Enrollment has been finalized.
If you've done all those steps then you will be enrolled in the Logan County 4-H program. From then on you will begin to receive 4-H Newsletters, information about 4--H Project judging/evaluation, 4-H Camp, the Logan County Fair, and more. Just to note, in 4-H you must re-enroll every year. 4-H Enrollment runs on our program year (October - September). You may begin enrolling in 4-H from October 1st to April 1st and contests, competitions, and judging/evaluation will take place in the months of June through August. For more information about re-enrolling please visit the following link: