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New Members

Welcome to Frederick County 4-H!

Congratulations on becoming a new 4-H Member!  We’re excited that you have joined our program and we hope you have fun and learn many new things.  Please be sure to check out the bi-monthly newsletter to stay informed; see the newsletter webpage.  Here is some information to help you get started: 

Contact information

Forms and Guidelines:

  • Family Guide and Member Guide publications are available on the 4-H State web site
  • 4-H age groups are: Clover 5-7, Junior 8-10, Intermediate 11-13, and Seniors 14-18 ages are as of January 1st of the current calendar year.
  • Every member (clover age through seniors) and parent/guardian must sign through the 4HOnline system the Code of Conduct to be an active 4-H member.  If you do not have access to the internet please contact the 4-H Office.
  • If you will be doing an animal project; find your animal below and see what forms need to be filled out or tests completed for that specific project. 
  • For all animal projects the Code of Animal Science Ethics section in the 4HOnline system needs to be updated each year with a current date, be signed and the boxes tick marked.
  • A Record Book will need to be completed -All Frederick County 4-H members, except Clovers or first year members, are required to complete a 4-H Record Book or a Resume (Seniors Only) to be eligible to participate in any 4-H activities the following year. This is a year long record book of your projects, talk to your club leader for more information so you know what you need to work on for the next year. Finished record books are submitted to the 4-H member’s primary club leader for review in the beginning of the year; all books are then hand delivered by the Club Leader to the 4-H county office in early February for review and judging. A 4-H member may be nominated for an award at Achievement Night (April) based on the completeness and quality of the record book submitted to their leader. Any record book submitted with missing or incomplete sections will be returned to the 4-H’er for revisions; once revisions have been submitted to the 4-H office, the 4-H member will receive a letter stating eligibility for participation in Maryland 4-H activities.  Please see the Record Book webpage for more information.
    • 4-H Curriculum promotes positive youth development through experiential learning. We believe that kids retain more information -- and have more fun! -- when they are part of the learning process. All of our curriculum products contain this element of experiential learning.  With over 350 books and educational kits in 60 different categories, there is sure to be something to excite and engage the youth with whom you work! All of the curriculum goes through a rigorous peer review process, ensuring the highest quality of all of our materials.

Animal Project Information:

Market Livestock – Beef, Sheep, Swine, Goat

Breeding Livestock – Beef, Sheep, Swine, Goat and Dairy

Livestock – Poultry, Rabbit, Cavy

Performance Animals – Alpaca, Dog, Horse

Other Events:

  • Ag Week at the Mall – Entries are due in January with the event held in February
  • MD State Fair –  Entries are due by July 31st with the event held in August
  • Great Frederick Fair – Entries are due by July 31st with the event held in September
  • 4-H Camp – Registration is due June with camp being held in July

Reminder: Keep informed by reading the bi-monthly Newsletter!

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