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St. Joseph County 4-H Youth Council

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4-H Enrollments

What is 4-H? 4-H is a fun, learn-by-doing educational program for young people. Its mission is to help youth become self-directed, contributing members of their communities. 4-H is open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.

How old do you have to be to join 4-H? The St. Joseph County 4-H Youth Program is open to all youth 8 - 19 years of age by January 1 of the year they will exhibit their completed projects at the St. Joseph County Grange Fair. St. Joseph County offers a Cloverbud  program for youth 6 - 7 years of age by January 1.

Enrollment Procedure: Young people interested in enrolling in 4-H may do so by contacting the organizational leader of the 4-H clubs they are interested in joining and filling out the appropriate enrollment form for that club. Enrollment forms and 4-H fee ($20) must be turned in to the club organizational leader. UPDATE - The enrollment fee has been waived for the 2020-2021 program year!

Open Enrollment Deadline (for 2020-21 4-H Project Year): Enrollment forms for tenured (returning) 4-H members are due in the MSU Extension Office by December 1, 2020. Enrollment of youth new to 4-H will be accepted through May 1, 2021 (unless the 4-H project animal registration deadline has passed for a given animal project).

Contact St. Joseph County for more information about required forms and due dates.

Cloverbuds and Non-4-H Riding Clarification

Cloverbuds Livestock Policy

The focus of the St. Joseph County 4-H Cloverbuds Program (ages 6 -7 years old as of January 1 of the project year) is on non-competitive, safe and enriching project area that pique young members curiosity and interest in the 4-H project areas. Since safety is of the utmost priority, direct handling of 4-H livestock other than equines or rabbits is prohibited during any 4-H sponsored activity or club meeting. This policy protects 4-H Cloverbuds from injury and leaders and other members from potential liability issues.

Cloverbuds are eligible to show one rabbit, one swine and/or exhibit in one horse class: Showmanship, Equitation or Gymkhana. Please refer to the Cloverbud Animal Demonstration guidelines at All Michigan State University 4-H Youth Development rules and regulations apply to Cloverbuds.

Non-4-H Horse Riding

In strictly 4-H sponsored events (such as an all 4-H show or workouts), adults and children who are not 4-H members or leaders may not ride any horse on the premises, even if they are the owner of said horse. 4-H and Michigan State University's insurance policy covers only 4-H members and leaders and all riders must fall under this coverage at strictly 4-H events. This policy does not apply to 4-H sponsored open shows.

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