It’s time to join 4-H.

Bell County 4-H membership increases from $20 to $25 per member on Friday, and the last time to join this year is by Dec. 10 for Bell County Youth Fair participation.

What is 4-H?

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is about having fun, learning, exploring and discovering. In 4-H, young people make new friends, develop new skills, become leaders and help shape their communities.

Who is 4-H for?

The 4-H program is a great way to involve all the family because 4-H is for all youth and adults.

The 4-H membership includes: Ages 5-8: Clover Kids (noncompetitive activities), Ages 9-13: Juniors and Intermediates and Ages 14-19: Senior 4-H.

What is a 4-H Club?

These are the traditional clubs that have been, and will continue to be, the basic unit and foundation of the 4-H program. Clubs may be organized on a project basis or on a community basis.

In a project club, all members of about the same age work on the same project area together.

A community club includes a larger number of members of various ages who work on a variety of projects in a neighborhood or community.

Bell County has 15 4-H clubs; 12 are community clubs and three are project clubs. Bell County 4-H Members can be in any club they would like even if they do not live in the community where the club meets.

How do I learn more?

If you would like some information about 4-H, go to the 4-H website: This link will provide you with a variety of 4-H projects and events information. The 4-H Family Handbook under the Enrollment/Guidelines link is a great resource to find out about Bell County 4-H and the 4-H program in general.

It also has a listing of all of area clubs and their leaders so you can contact them about events and meetings.

How do I enroll?

The NEW 4-H year started Aug. 15. All 4-H members, clover kids and adult volunteers who enrolled last year will have to re-enroll for the 2013-2014 year. To enroll, go to and click on “Learn more about 4-H and how to enroll” link on the front page.

What do I do next?

As soon as you complete your enrollment online, we will email you with the 4-H Newsletter each month where more 4-H opportunities are outlined for clubs, county, district, state and national levels. The most current and older 4-H newsletters and calendars are also available under the newsletter tab on the website.

After you enrolled, the next step is to go to your club meetings each month and read the newsletter. This will provide you with all the opportunities available in the 4-H program.

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