University of Maryland Extension

4H and Youth Development

Welcome to the Online Home of

Frederick County 4-H!

This site provides information and access to the many fun and exciting hands-on learning opportunities offered through Frederick County 4-H, a program of University of Maryland Extension. 
Most folks only know about all the great crafts, cakes, and animals that 4-H members exhibit at The Great Frederick Fair.  BUT . . . There's SO MUCH MORE!
4-Hers belong to 4-H Clubs that meet in local communities.  University of Maryland Extension Volunteers help youth learn life skills to become caring, competent and responsible individuals through club work, community service, and 4-H project curriculum.  4-H members work with their club leaders to develop their educational plans for each year.  These plans might include community service projects, speakers, field trips, or learning activities.
4-Hers participate in county-wide programs organized by volunteers and University of Maryland Extension faculty.  These programs include activities such as fashion shows, camps, public speaking contests, workshops, and more.  With so many community clubs and specialty clubs in Frederick County, there is always something to do in Frederick County 4-H. 

Finding a Club

Click on the Clubs link on the left hand sidebar and check out the map to see where clubs are located.  Click on the club name listed below the map to see that particular club’s page and to find out where they meet and when.  Contact the club leader to let them know you would like to attend their next meeting and verify the meeting date, time and place to be sure there hasn’t been a change or that they haven’t rescheduled their meeting for that month.

Visit a few club meetings from different clubs to help you decide which club seems like a good club for you/your child.  When you are ready to join, talk with the club leader about joining their club and what project would be good for you/your child.  You/your child will need a Primary Club as their ‘home club’.  You/your child can also be a member of other clubs as secondary clubs.

You can enroll in 4-H through the join 4-H link located below as long as you have found a club to be active in and have a project in mind.  The 4HOnline system won't allow you complete your enrollment without these requirements.  Enrollment is open Mid-January through May 1st.

Check out the New Members webpage for more information about what paperwork is needed once you become a member, animal project information and annual special events.  Don’t forget to read our latest Newsletter for added information on events and what the different 4-H Clubs have been doing!

If you have any questions contact Jennie in the 4-H Office 301-600-1589.

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