About 4-H

Thank you for your interest in Marathon County 4-H!

What is 4-H?  4-H is a club based educational program for youth and their families.  It is part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, in cooperation with Marathon County and the US Department of Agriculture.  A brochure that answers commonly asked questions is enclosed in this mailing…read it to learn more!

4-H membership is open to boys & girls in kindergarten through high school.  There are many active clubs in Marathon County communities.  These clubs offer opportunities to learn about a wide variety of 4-H projects and to develop youth and adult leadership skills.

As you investigate the Marathon County 4-H program, remember that there is a wide variety of information regarding 4-H found on our 4-H website:  marathon.uwex.edu – look for information in the “4-H tab” near the top of the page.

How do I join 4-H?

You join 4-H through the local club.  We suggest you take the following steps:

  • The first step to joining 4-H is identifying a couple of clubs in your area that your family might like to join. (A list is enclosed…a list of 4-H clubs and their contact information is also on the website.)
  • Call the club leaders and ask about the projects you are interested in trying.
  • Visit one or two club meetings to determine which club would be right for your family. Complete the enrollment paperwork and submit it to the club leader.
  • Pay your annual fees. (Marathon County has a $10 annual fee per youth member…there may be club dues as well.)
  • Enjoy your 4-H Experience by participating in club and county activities!

As a 4-H family you can expect…

  • To participate in the monthly club meetings for all members and their families
  • To participate in several educational small group project meetings with your club
  • To participate in club community service and fundraising activities
  • To receive the 4-H Family Focus newsletter, sent to all families 5 – 6 times per year
  • To meet new families from your community
  • To be eligible to participate in county activities such as camps and educational programs
  • To support your youth member as they participate in the Wisconsin Valley Fair (held in August)

Marathon County 4-H is supported by Jean Berger and Megan Suehring, the youth development professionals in the Marathon County UW-Extension Office and it is implemented through the efforts of over 450 trained volunteers.  We enthusiastically welcome your family into the program and encourage you to participate fully in the upcoming year!

University of Wisconsin-Extension programs in 4-H Youth Development give young people opportunities to learn new skills, gain self-confidence and contribute to their communities. Backed by the knowledge and research base of the University of Wisconsin, 4-H Youth Development educators design educational, leadership and citizenship experiences for youth. These programs are delivered directly through more than 20,000 adult volunteers in neighborhood 4-H clubs or groups and by collaborating with other local organizations.

Wisconsin 4-H Policies


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