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How To Join

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Primary Members (also called Cloverbuds or Mini Members) - Must be 5 years old as of December 31 of the program year.  Primary members cannot enroll in large animal projects.  Youth enrolling or turning 9 after December 31 must participate as a Primary Member until the end of the program year. (June 30)

4-H Members - Must be 9 years old by December 31 of the program year and may continue in the program until th end of the calendar year (December 31) in which they become 19 years of age.


The Imperial County 4-H Enrollment fee is $70.00 for youth and $30.00 for adult leaders/volunteers.  This annual state wide program fee is utilized to train volunteers, support the development of new educational materials, and cover the cost of insurance.

The 4-H Program is dedicated to being available to all youth.  If you would like to join the 4-H Program but cannot afford the program fee, you may be able to join at a reduced cost or no cost at all.  To do so, fill out and submit a Request for 4-H Program Fee Waiver or Reduction to your club leader.  Are you an Imperial Valley Housing Authority Tenant?  If so, you are eligible for additional assistance.  Contact your Occupational Specialist for more details.

Money may be collected at the club level to cover the costs of project materials and 4-H events.  The 4-H member must receive fair value in goods and/or services for any money collected.  To prevent misunderstandings, it is a good idea for a parent/guardian to stay informed about any 4-H work that requires funds from a member.  Local clubs raise money in various ways, but 4-H policy forbids gambling, wagering, or raffles of any kind.

Do I Need Insurance

4-H accident and illness insurance is mandatory and included in the cost of enrollment. University of California 4-H Accident/Sickness Insurance Program explains what medical costs are covered in case of any accident or illness that occurs during any 4-H work or while traveling to or from official 4-H meetings and events.

Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company Procedues for 4-H Accident-Illness Claims                                                                                  

Information for families:

4-H Handbook for Families

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