Thank you for your interest in Ohio 4-H Youth Development. Please call the Ohio State University Extension Office at 937-393-1918 or email Danielle Combs at or Kathy Bruynis at  

Members can join 4-H anytime, but must join by the county’s enrollment deadline to be eligible for the full range of 4-H opportunities, including participation in county and state fairs. Highland County DEADLINE is APRIL 1.

Ohio 4-H membership is based on a child’s age AND grade as of January 1 of the current calendar year.

Eligibility for Cloverbud participation begins when a child is age 5 and enrolled in kindergarten. Eligibility for participation in 4-H projects and competitive events begins when a child is age 8 and in third grade. Any youth age 9 or above is eligible for project membership, regardless of grade level. Membership requires enrollment in an authorized Ohio 4-H club or group under the direction of an OSU Extension professional or an approved adult volunteer. A youth’s 4-H eligibility ends December 31 the year he or she turns 19.

Joining Ohio 4 H is a privilege and responsibility for individuals and is subject to the Ohio 4-H Code of Conduct and applicable policies of The Ohio State University.

Accommodations can be made for youth with disabilities through our Winning 4-H Plan. Visit to make an accommodation request.