All new members must contact the Plymouth County 4-H Office if interested in joining.
We will need the following information from you:
We will confirm with the club leader of that they are accepting new members to ensure your child can join their club. If they are not accepting new members we will work with you to place your child in an appropriate club based on interests and availability.
New members must complete the necessary paperwork and submit the enrollment fee.
Checks must be made payable to: UMASS 4-H
To Join, click on the button below and fill out the form or call us at (774) 404-7020.
Portions of the fee are used for a variety of items including:
FOR THIS YEAR , the fee to enroll is $40. The cap for families is $120. With a SNAP ID the fee is waived. You can apply for a scholarship by emailing Mvollmer@umass.edu
Head, Heart, Hands, and Health
Head, Heart, Hands, and Health are the four Hs in 4‑H, and they are the four values members work on through fun and engaging programs.
Youth must be 5-18 years old to participate in 4-H. There are no exceptions to this rule. Some clubs may not take children under a certain age due to the nature of their projects.
There is minimum age for clubs working with large animals.
Check with the office for more information.
Each club is run by a screened volunteer called a Club Leader. Club leaders set the schedule that is convenient for their schedules. When the club meets and how often is up to the Club Leader.
Some clubs meet at a public place, such as a library, and some meet at the Club Leader's home or farm. Meeting places vary from club to club. Some clubs require more participation than others.
When choosing a club, be sure you can attend every meeting, as the volunteers prepare for the meetings and set aside time for you.
Most clubs do not require that you own your own animal to participate!
Animals are often owned by the Club Leader, other members or local farmers, who allow members to use their animals for 4-H activities such as shows and demonstrations.
Any adult with an interest in young people is welcome to volunteer. You do not need to be an "expert." Parents, professionals, homemakers, teachers, youth leaders, and other caring adults serve as 4-H volunteers. Volunteers are required to submit to a CORI check and a screening process.
Each club is different, some work with animals, some make crafts, some are involved in community service, some learn about agriculture, gardening, sewing, or science. It all depends on the volunteer that runs the club.
We have leadership opportunities with national trips, programs on career exploration, camps, seminars and virtual programs. One big event is our Visual Presentation program- members learn to speak in public!
Clubs, county wide and state programs in community service are a large part of 4-H. One of the H's in 4-H corresponds to community service! there are clothing drives, food drives, service events and more.
Each club offers an opportunity to build leadership through club officers and junior leaders. There are also teen program to be an ambassador or attend leadership events in Washington Dc or other locations!
4-Hers participate in a wide variety of fairs, farmer's markets and festivals. They may exhibit their animals, vegetables, flowers or crafts at local fairs, or they can do demonstrations at local events.
4-H offers animal specific workshops in showmanship, training, care as well as workshops in record keeping, public speaking and so much more!