The 4-H Youth Development Program is a growing, changing, and evolving organization of youth, volunteers, and paid staff who work together to provide a safe environment where Colorado 4-H youth develop life skills.
The 4-H Youth Development Program is unique from other youth organizations through its relationship with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); Colorado State University (CSU), the state’s land-grand university; and Cooperative Extension (CE). With public, corporate, and private sector funding, the programs are researched-based, age-appropriate, and designed for experiential learning. 4-H Youth Development programs are open to all economic, social, and cultural groups.
The 4-H program year begins on October 1 and concludes on September 30 the following year.
Any person, regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, religion, disability or national origin, may enroll as a 4-H member. Colorado 4-H membership is open to youths between the ages of 5 to 18 by December 31 of the current year. Youth ages 5-7 years of age are considered Cloverbuds. Membership cannot be held simultaneously in more than one county or state. Members can participate in only one county fair per enrollment year.
All 4-H members must be enrolled in at least one project. Please contact the 4-H Coordinator for a complete list of available projects in Archuleta County. Counties provide the materials and training guides for these projects and they may vary from area to area depending on local resources and needs.
Persons interested in joining 4-H should enroll online at https://co.4honline.com. Enrollment fees are $40.00 for members 8 years and older (this includes enrollment fees, CSU manuals and record books for 3 projects) and $40.00 for Cloverbuds. There is a sliding scale for families with multiple 4-H members ($70 for 2 children, $100 for 3, $130 for 4) as well as some scholarships for established 4-H members and payment plans are available.
Youth competing in state, district and/or county events and activities must be 8 to 18 years of age by December 31 of the current year. See specific contest or event information for additional details.
Join over 13,000 parents and other adults committed to the “Revolution of Responsibility” in the Colorado 4-H youth development movement! How do you become a 4-H leader? Contact your county office to begin the process. The safety of 4-H members is paramount. You’ll be asked to fill out an application and undergo a national background and motor vehicle check in order to become a volunteer.