University of Maryland Extension

Enrollment Fee




Why Is There A Fee?

The challenging economic times our nation has directly affected the funding available to University of Maryland Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program.  Substantial budget cuts over the past two years, and anticipated budget cuts this next year, have led to the need to institute a 4-H participation fee for all 4-H club members in Maryland.  This fee will help ensure that Maryland 4-H can continue to be one of the leading youth development programs in our state. 

Beginning with the 2011 4-H year, each youth club member will be required to pay a $10 participation fee annually which equals $.83 cents per month. These funds will be used to sustain 4-H programming across the state of Maryland.  We assembled a statewide committee comprised of youth and adult volunteers, educators and administrators to work on the details of this plan. Additionally, youth focus groups were held to work through the implications of the need to implement this new annual fee.  University of Maryland’s 4-H Youth Development Program is committed to continuing the long standing tradition of providing excellent 4-H programs for Maryland’s youth. 

Membership in 4-H is not just fun and games! It’s a rewarding experience for youth participants, youth and adult volunteers, families, and schools and community based organizations


  • Research based curricula
  • Hands-on, Minds-on Activities
  • Membership card (including reduced entry into Maryland State Fair)
  • Eligibility for Local, State, and National opportunities (as age permits)
  • Opportunities to participate in the planning & execution of UME Baltimore City 4-H Youth Expo (hosted annually in May)
  • Direct connection to University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, & other University of Maryland Institutions
  • Low membership fee, (equivalent to $0.83/month)
  • Volunteer trainings and content area specific workshops


University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status or national origin


For more information, contact Wendy Jagat
Last updated: 4/20/2015

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