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 over 30 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, only 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:
2020 Logan County 4-H Club Information Book
(Updated as of 03/04/2020)
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: Select a 4-H Project
For our project age 4-H'ers, not Cloverbuds, they must sign up for at least one 4-H Project to take by April 1st of each year. 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. Cloverbud members, age 5 and in Kindergarten until age 8 and in 3rd grade participate in non-competitive activities exploring a variety of fun, hands-on interest areas.
- Project age 4-H'ers must be signed up for at least one 4-H project by April 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 by June 1st.
- To be complete a 4-H program year and be a member in good standing a 4-H'er must take at least one 4-H project and attend judging/evaluation for that one project.
Step 4: Turn in the Paperwork
In a Logan County 4-H'ers first year you must turn in a physical 4-H Enrollment form, with your 4-H Club Advisors signature on it, and at least one 4-H project on it for project age 4-H'ers (Cloverbuds do not need to list a 4-H Project).
Fill out and turn in the 4-H Cloverbud/Member Enrollment Form by April 1st. You can access the form at this link:
- 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.
- Make sure you put down at least one project if you are of 4-H project age.
- One of your 4-H Club Advisors must sign the Enrollment Form.
- 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.
Then the OSU Extension Office will create a 4-H Online profile for you to use for future enrollment each year.
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: