Getting started with 4-H
4-H goat club members at the fair


4-H Clubs

A 4-H club is a group of five or more youth guided by two or more adult volunteer leaders. A club can be any size from a small group of kids from one neighborhood to a larger club consisting of youth from all over the county. 4-H clubs are partnerships between youth and adults.


K-Grade 3

Youth in Kindergarten through 3rd grade join 4-H as Cloverbud members. The Cloverbud program is a non-competitive learning experience. The purpose of the program is to provide a fun and educational experience which helps children to: 

  • Learn to get along with others
  • Explore a variety of interests through hands-on activities
  • Build self-confidence through healthy experiences


Grades 4-13 (one year out of high school)

Regular 4-H club members and enroll in many different 4-H projects. Members of this age may exhibit their completed work to be judged for awards.

Older 4-H members also have special opportunities, such as participating in our Teen Council, which focuses on developing leadership skills and providing community service.

Steps for Joining a 4-H Club

  1. Contact the Sussex 4-H Office to get a list of our active 4-H clubs
  2. Look over the list with your child to see which clubs look interesting
  3. Contact the club’s leader to learn more about the club’s activities as well as when and where they meet.
  4. Come to a meeting.
    If you decide to join the club, the leader will explain how to enroll online.
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Make a Difference



The heart of our program

There are many opportunities for adults to volunteer with 4-H and help youth. Some require training to protect the safety of minors as well as completing a criminal background check.

The 4-H program relies on its volunteers to make a difference in youth’s lives. We appreciate the commitment and efforts of those willing to accept this responsibility. In turn, we provide training and materials to assist you in this process.

The Steps to Become a 4-H Volunteer

  • Meet with 4-H staff to discuss your interests
  • Apply online
  • Complete a criminal background check online
  • Complete a training in the protection of minors online
  • Attend a volunteer orientation session in-person

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    Online through 4HOnline

    When a member finds the club(s) they want to join, the next step is to enroll online through 4HOnline.
    (Note: members should not enroll before they have decided on the club(s) they will be joining.)

    The process is simple. Directions are available here.

    Enrolling through 4HOnline will allow your club’s leaders and the 4-H Office to share information with you about upcoming 4-H meetings, events, and programs. The system is primarily organized by family, so you’ll create a family profile as the first step. Next, you’ll add each child joining 4-H as an individual record.

    A few things…

    • Be sure to enroll in the county where your 4-H club is located (even if this is different from where you live*).
    • Use an email address where you would like to receive 4-H information.
    • If your contact information changes, you are responsible for updating it in 4HOnline.
    • Each year 4-H members must renew their enrollment (September). If none of your contact information or the club(s) you’re participating in have changed, log in to your account and click renew.

    If you have any questions, or experience difficulties with 4HOnline, please contact the 4-H Office.

    *If your child will be participating in clubs in different counties, please contact the 4-H office.