Join 4-H

Join as a 4-H Member

Frederick County 4-H has 30 community clubs located throughout the county. Youth ages 8-18 may join as regular members and those 5-7 may join as clover members. Each member chooses the project areas in which they are interested. There are over 200 projects to choose from. That is the really cool part about 4-H - there is something for everyone!

Each club is asked to plan educational activities, recreational activities, community service projects, and may also do some fundraising activities. In addition, there are a series of county-wide events that are coordinated through our office.

Here are the steps to join 4-H:

  1. Scroll down to explore what 4-H clubs Frederick County offers.
  2. Contact the club to learn about their activities and help find a good fit for your child. You may join any club(s) in the county.
  3. Ready to join? 4-H uses a membership system called 4-HOnline for member enrollment. 
    1. Go to 4-HOnline
    2. Step by Step Instructions for Enrolling Youth Members
  4. If you require assistance, check out our 4-HOnline FAQ document or contact the 4-H team at 301-600-1595 or

Family Resources

Getting Started

Family Guide     Member Guide

National 4-H Project List & Curriculum Books

Finding A Club

Our clubs are listed below by club area of interest or the area where the club meets.  When you find a club you are interested in open that club's section in the drop-down menu. 


Club Area of Interest

  • General Community Club - Calico Clovers, Greener Pastures, Johnsville, Kaleidoscope of Projects, Lewistown Mountain View, Rocky Ridge Progressive, Valley Urbanites, Walkersville
  • Animal Interests
    • General Livestock - Paddock Pals
    • Alpaca - Alpha of Frederick County Alpacas
    • Dairy Cattle - Middletown Valley Dairy
    • Dog - Tailwaggers
    • Horse - Bits 'N' Bridles, Boots 'N' Buckles, Jefferson Co-Eds
    • Poultry - Shookstown
    • Rabbit - Rabbit Raisers
  • Entomology - Entomology Club
  • Nature - Naturalists
  • STEM - Robo Rangers


Club Meeting Areas

  • Frederick - Rabbit Raisers, Robo Rangers, Shookstown, Tailwaggers, Entomology Club
  • Ijamsville - Greener Pastures
  • Jefferson - Calico Clovers, Jefferson Co-Eds
  • Middletown/Myersville - Middletown Valley Dairy, Valley Urbanites
  • Mt. Pleasant - Kaleidoscope of Projects
  • New Market - Paddock Pals
  • Thurmont - Boots 'N' Buckles, Lewistown Mountain View, Naturalists, Rocky Ridge
  • Unionville - Alpha of Frederick County Alpacas
  • Union Bridge - Johnsville
  • Urbana - Bits 'N' Bridles
  • Walkersville - Walkersville


Clubs with Clover Members (ages 5-7)

  • Alpha of Frederick County Alpacas
  • Entomology Club
  • Calico Clovers
  • Jefferson Co-Eds
  • Johnsville
  • Kaleidoscope of Projects
  • Lewistown
  • Naturalists
  • Paddock Pals
  • Rabbit Raisers
  • Robo Rangers
  • Rocky Ridge
  • Shookstown
  • Valley Urbanites
  • Walkersville

Frederick County 4-H Club Map

Frederick County 4-H Clubs

Alpha of Frederick County Alpacas

Club Type: Community Club- Alpaca project emphasis
Community Location: Unionville
Club Leader: Rick German
Phone Number: 240-801-0179
E-Mail Address:
Meeting Location: 13959 Unionville Road; Mt. Airy, MD 21771 (April-Oct); 
Extension Office; 330 Montevue Lane; Frederick, MD 21702 (Nov-Mar)
Meeting Time: First Friday of the month at 6:30 p.m.  

Beef, Sheep and Swine

Club Type: Specialty Club 
Community Location: Frederick County
Club Leader: Whitney Wastler
Phone Number: 301-748-3785
E-Mail Address: 
Meeting Location: Frederick County 4-H Camp & Activities Center- 3702 Basford Road, Frederick, MD 21703

Meeting Information:

Four meetings annually (requirements= 4 meetings or 3 meetings and a workshop) meetings are held at the 4-H Camp and Activities Center at 7:00 pm

Bits 'N' Bridles

We are a fun club and each member runs a meeting to learn how to lead.

Club Type: Specialty Club- Emphasis on horse project.  
Community Location: Urbana
Club Leader: Vicki Bazan
Phone Number: 301-831-8715
E-Mail Address:  
Meeting Location: 2713 Thurston Road; Frederick, MD 21704
Meeting Time: Second Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

Boots 'N' Buckles

Club generally meets the last Thursday of the month, but sometimes the date changes due to holidays, conflicts or activities in the community. 

Club Type: Specialty Club- Horse & Pony project emphasis. 
Community Location: Frederick
Club Leader: Katie Blades
Phone Number: 240-876-6523
E-Mail Address:
Meeting Location: Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701 
Meeting Time: Last Thursday of the month (10 months) at 6:00 p.m.

Calico Clovers

We do lots of community service activities like serving dinner for the Jefferson Ruritan members, picking up trash on local roadways, purchasing gifts for children in need at Christmas and suppling a dinner for a family at Thanksgiving.  We participate in the Brunswick Veterans' Day Parade and this year had a booth at the Jefferson carnival.  We take a trip in June to a place the 4-Her's agree on.  In January the 4-Hers are given an index card and they write down what they would like to do in the coming year.  Our calendar is planned around the 4-Her's comments.

Club Type: Community Club
Community Location: Jefferson
Club Leader: Sally Arnold
Phone Number: 301-371-3419
E-Mail Address:  
Meeting Location: Jefferson Ruritan Center- 4603 B Lander Road; Jefferson, Maryland 21755
Meeting Time: Third Thursday of the month at 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Entomology Club

Although the Entomology Club focuses on learning about insects, many of our members do carry other projects.  However, all of our meetings do focus on insects.  We do a lot of public outreach.  For example, we have shown our insect collections and live insects at Ag Week at the Mall, Nature Fest at the Catoctin Creek Nature Center, and the Great Insect Fair at Penn State.

Club Type:  Specialty Club - Emphasis on Entomology
Community Location: Frederick County
Club Leader: Dr. Michael Turell
Phone Number: 301-371-5412
E-Mail Address:  
Meeting Location: USDA/APHIS Training Facility- 69 Thomas Johnson Drive; Frederick, MD 21702. Occasional specialty locations for outreach opportunities.
Meeting Time: Various Sundays - usually 2nd Sunday at 2:00 pm, contact Club Leader for meeting dates.
Club Members: Clovers ages 5-7, 4-H'ers ages 8-18

Forever 4-Hers

While we are open to any 4-H member, our club focuses mainly on livestock as that is the project that most members carry. 

Club Type: Community Club
Community Location: Middletown
Club Leader:  Kathy Gordon and David Gordon
E-Mail Address: Kathy: David:
Meeting Location: Zion Lutheran Church- 107 West Main Street; Middletown, MD
Meeting Time: Third Sunday of the month at 4:00 p.m.

Goat Club

Club Type: Specialty Club - Emphasis on market and dairy goat projects.  
Community Location: Frederick County
Club Leaders: 
Meagan DeLawder cell/text 240-529-2722
Christy Yingling cell/text 240-405-2208
Stanley Burdette cell 240-674-2844 
Meeting Location: Linganore Grange Hall- 13629 Unionville Road, Mt. Airy, MD 21771

Meeting Information: 

January - First Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. (unless New Years Day, then 2nd Tuesday),
at the Linganore Grange
March - First Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., at the Linganore Grange
May - First Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., at the Linganore Grange
July - Place and Time TBD (Meeting and Club Party)
September - Second Monday, 5:00 p.m., Goat Barn - Frederick County Fairgrounds
November - Second Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., at the Linganore Grange
 **Workshops throughout the year

Greener Pastures

Club Type: Community Club
Community Location: Ijamsville
Club Leader: Lillie Umberger
Phone Number: 240-409-8915
E-Mail Address:
Meeting Location: Ijamsville United Methodist Church- 4746 Mussetter Road; Ijamsville, MD 21754
Meeting Time: Second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

Jefferson Co-Eds 4-H & Clover Club

A variety of activities - photography, canning, cooking workshops, recreational activities and livestock participants - primarily goats and horses.  We encourage everyone to participate in all activities - we do not require fundraising from our members.  We have a variety of interests and would be welcome to any new ideas and adventures!

Club Type: Community Club
Community Location: Jefferson
Club Leader: Kathy Axline
Phone Number: 301-748-0374
E-Mail Address:
Meeting Location: Jefferson Ruritan Center- 4603 B Lander Road; Jefferson, MD 21755
Meeting Time: Second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

Johnsville 4-H & Clover Club

**Not accepting new members at this time; please contact the Extension Office for further information

Club Type: Community Club
Community Location: Johnsville
Club Leader: Amy Stephens
Phone Number: 301-748-0314
Meeting Location: Johnsville Methodist Church- 11106 Green Valley Road, Union Bridge, MD 21791-8408
Meeting Time: Second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
Clovers (ages 5-7) meet at 6:30 p.m.

Kaleidoscope of Projects

Club Type: Community Club
Community Location: Walkersville / Woodsboro / Mt. Pleasant
Club Leaders: Lexi Barnes / Ann Thompson / Tammy Eaves
Phone Number: Lexi: 240-329-8661, Ann: 240-674-0439, Tammy: 240-357-4912, ​​​​
E-Mail Address: Lexi:, Ann:
Meeting Location: Mt. Pleasant Ruritan- 8101 Crum Road; Frederick, MD 21701
Meeting Time: Second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Lewistown Mountain View

General with variety of interests including: dairy, swine, goat, beef, sheep, shooting sports, etc.  Our club has several fundraisers a year, including a meat raffle, Yankee candle, etc.  Club members are asked to sell tickets and to participate to help defer the participation fee for members. Our club is a general 4-H club, with various members participating in many different projects.  We hold monthly meetings, participate in community service activities to better the community, like helping to serve the Graceham Moravian church turkey and oyster dinner two times per year.  We have two months that our members give demonstrations, March and May, first year members do not need to give a demonstration.  We also try to have "fun" activities for our members.  In February we usually make our meeting the ice cream making night; in May-August have outdoor meetings at the Town Park and in July have our picnic/swimming party at the Thurmont Sportsman's Club.

Club Type: Community Club
Community Location: Lewistown / Creagerstown
Club Leader: Cheryl Lenhart
Phone Number: 301-639-1150
E-Mail Address:
Meeting Location: (normally - Graceham Moravian Church- 8231 Rocky Ridge Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788)

For 2021:

  • April, May, June - Thurmont Town Park - Large pavilion
  • July - Thurmont Sportsman's Club
  • August - Thurmont Town Park - Large pavilion
  • September - no meeting
  • October - Thurmont Town Park
  • November and December - TBD - contact leader for more details

Meeting Time: Third Monday of the month (except September) at 6:30 p.m.
Club Members: Clovers ages 5-7, 4-H'ers ages 8-18


Clover Project Leader: Donna Inskeep
Phone Number: 240-285-5870
E-Mail Address:
Meeting Time: Clovers meet during the 4-H Club meeting and participate in a variety of activities

Middletown Valley Dairy

Club Type: Specialty Club - Emphasis on Dairy Cattle
Community Location: Middletown
Club Leader: Abby Riggleman
Phone Number: 240-409-6343
E-Mail Address:
Meeting Location: Christ Reformed United Church of Christ- 12 S Church St, Middletown, MD 21769
Meeting Time: 7:30 p.m.
Club Members: 4-H'ers ages 8-18


If you like to spend time outside learning about nature, this club is for you! We expect our members to actively participate in service projects for the park, fundraising for the club, and actively learn about the natural world around us. Our members learn the following about the natural world and how they all interact:  -Mushrooms (Mycology), -Rocks and Fossils (Geology), -How the Moon affects the natural world (Astronomy), -Spring Wildflowers (Botany), -Stream Critters (Aquatic Ecology), -Mountain, Piedmont, and Coastal Ecology, -Fireflies (Entomology), -Birds (Orinithology), -Bears, Foxes, and Deer (Mammalogy), -Snakes and Salamanders (Herpetology), -Native American History (Archeology) -Conservation of Maryland's Forests, Lakes, and Streams, -How to take care of your local State Parks.

Club Type: Community Club - emphasis on learning all about nature.  
Community Location: Thurmont
Club Leader: Sarah May-Anderson, Catherine Massie
Phone Number: 818-425-0475, 240-385-6338
E-Mail Address: Sarah:, Catherine: 
Meeting Location: Manor Visitor Center, Cunningham Falls State Park- 6709 Cunningham Falls Park; Thurmont, MD 21788
Meeting Time: First Sunday of the month at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Paddock Pals

Most have livestock projects, but we have 4-H members with all species.  We do fundraising and club event participation is required.

Club Type: Community Club
Community Location: New Market
Club Leader: Amanda Rhinehart, Kim Lescalleet
Phone Number: Amanda- 240-674-4835
E-Mail Address: Amanda: 
Meeting Location: New Market Grange- 14 South Alley, New Market, MD 21774
Meeting Time: Third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
Club Members: Clovers ages 5-7, 4-H'ers ages 8-18

Rabbit Raisers

Club Type: Community Club- Rabbit project emphasis
Community Location: Frederick
Club Leader: Tatiana Burrier and Ashton Conover
Phone Number: Tatiana: 301-788-8092, Ashton: 240-440-8348
E-Mail Address: Tatiana:, Ashton:
Meeting Location: Frederick Fairgrounds, meeting room in Building 12
Meeting Time: Second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.   

Robo Rangers

We have two competition levels, FTC and Summer Robotics but a member does not need to compete to join.  However, to compete, a member is expected to participate in club meeting, events, fundraising and educational outreach at some capacity.

Club Type: Community Club - Emphasis on Robotics and Engineering. 
Community Location: Frederick County
Club Leader: Mark and Debra Spurrier
E-Mail Address:
Meeting Location: University of MD Extension Office- 330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD 21702
Meeting Time: Second Sunday of each month at 2:00 p.m. except February and September.
All About Robo Rangers

Maryland State 4-H Robotics Challenge 

Nuts and Bolts: 4-H Robotics Club Showcased at Ag Week (Frederick News Post 2/19/20) 

If you would like to quiz yourself about Robotics, please sign up and take the quiz here

Rocky Ridge Progressive

** Currently closed to new members due to reaching maximum capacity for meeting location.

General including livestock, crafts, sewing and cooking.  We have three major fundraisers; families are required to participate in two in accordance with by-laws.  We have one general meeting monthly, along with elective meetings of cooking, sewing and crafts.

Club Type: Community Club
Community Location: Thurmont
Club Leader: Brenda Seiss
Phone Number: 301-271-4135
E-Mail Address:  
Meeting Location: Thurmont Grange Hall- 17 N. Carroll Street, Thurmont, MD 21788
Meeting Time: Third Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.


Club Type: Community Club
Community Location: Frederick
Club Leader: Ruby Watkins & Shirley Varrecchia & Pamela Droneburg
Phone Number: Ruby: 301-639-0523; Pam: 240-285-3123
E-Mail Address:
Meeting Location: UME Frederick County Office- 330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD 21702
Meeting Time: Third Monday of each month @ 6:00 p.m.


Our activities include: 8 club meetings a year, education, service/outreach, and various 4-H events on both the county and state levels.

Club Type: Specialty Club - Emphasis on Dog Project
Community Location: County-Wide
Club Leader: Sarah Cleaver
Phone Number: 301-865-0878
Meeting Location: Frederick County UME Office- 330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD 21702
Meeting Time: Third Thursday of January, February, April, May, June, August, October & November at 7:00 p.m.

Valley Urbanites

We do not do fundraising.  We make crafts for the fair to enter as a club entry and also enter the club books; this is how we replenish the treasury.  Our club likes to do a lot of community service projects.  We visit the Record Street Ladies Home (parties and game nights), volunteer at the 4-H Camp Center, food drives, FCPS Blessings in a Backpack, to name a few.  We participate in the Middletown Scarecrow Contest in October and construct a 4-H Promotional Booth for Ag Week at the FSK Mall in February.  We have a club picnic in June and a Christmas party.  4-Hers are required to do a demonstration at a club meeting about their project.  We learn and have fun at each meeting.

Club Type: Community Club
Community Location: Middletown
Club Leader:  Myrtle Sturtz
Phone Number: 301-371-9140
E-Mail Address:
Meeting Location: Middletown Municipal Center- 31 West Main Street; Middletown, MD
Meeting Time: First Friday of the month at 4:30 p.m. (no meetings in July and August)


Club Type: Community Club
Community Location: Walkersville
Club Leader: Pam Saylor / Christy Fuss / Jennifer Martin (Clovers)
Phone Number: Christy: 301-898-0039
E-Mail Address: Pam:, Christy:, Jennifer:
Meeting Location: Glade United Church of Christ- 21 Fulton Avenue, Walkersville, MD 21793
Meeting Time: First Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.