The joy of 4-H is seeing young people grow through their accomplishments.

4-H enables youth to reach their fullest potential through:

  • Developing life skills.
  • Experiential education.
  • Utilizing the knowledge of the land-grant university system.

Youth learn by doing!

4-H allows youth to have fun, meet new people, learn new skills, build self confidence, develop responsibility, and set and achieve goals!

This is done through membership in a 4-H club, a group of young people who meet on a regular basis with a caring adult volunteer to guide and mentor them.

4-H Builds the Leaders of Tomorrow

  • Members, male and female, range in age from 5 to 18.
  • 4-H starts at the club level, and then offers youth opportunities at the county, state, and national levels.
  • 4-H offers a wide range of projects, programs and activities that every member can do.
  • Parents, volunteers, community leaders, and Extension staff share their time and talents with 4-H youth. Being part of the University of Massachusetts and the nationwide land-grant system, 4-H has access to the latest research, resulting in project curriculum and cutting edge information.
  • 4-H members and leaders get involved in community service in their local communities as well as contributing to statewide service projects.

The 4-H program provides youth with opportunities to develop and practice critical leadership skills. At the local level, members have the opportunity to work as club officers and 4-H Junior Leaders. 4-H offers teen members additional leadership development opportunities through conferences and events at the state and national levels.

Click here to learn more about 4-H at the National level

Click here to learn more about 4-H at the State level through UMASS Extension 4-H

Interested in joining?  You must first identify a club you are interested in.  Click here to find a local club

Once you make contact with a club that is accepting new members, click here to download the member forms

For information on the Middlesex County 4-H Advisory Council, click here