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4-H is the non-formal educational youth development program of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and the Florida Extension Service. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development program and the only one that is university based.


Join 4-H or Re-Enroll…it’s easy!

Three easy options are available.



 1) Visit to enroll online. This site is for new 4-H enrollments, updating existing membership information, as well as 4-H volunteers.  You may also visit our office to complete your online application on the computers provided in the 4-H suite.

2) Download the 4-H Enrollment Form  and Participation Form, and complete the information, making sure both parent/guardian and youth sign each form.Then simply mail, or drop off the forms, to the Walton County Extension Office at 732 N. 9th St, Defuniak Springs, FL 32433.

3) Stop by the 4-H Office in the Walton County Extension building (beside the fair grounds) and pick up pre-printed forms.

Who can join?

♦  Youth ages 5-7:    Cloverbuds

♦  Youth ages 8+:     Members

♦  Adults ages 18+:  Volunteers

4-H age is determined by the child being 5 ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1 of the current 4-H year for Cloverbuds and 8 ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1 of the current year in order to compete in 4-H events.  Cloverbuds may “participate” in most 4-H activities but are not allowed to “compete.”

 What is available for Cloverbuds?

It is the goal of the Florida 4-H Cloverbud program to offer age appropriate, fun and exploratory learning experiences for children in the 5 to 7 age group.

For more information on Cloverbuds, explore the following website and/or call the Walton County Extension Office at (850-892-8172) to inquire about Daycamps, Clubs and other activities tailored to the Cloverbud age range of 5-7 years old.

IMPORTANT:  Cloverbuds are ineligible to participate in competitive activities at any level (club, county, district, state, national or international).  4-Hers are 5-7 years olds may exhibit or share project activities at a “participation” level.  Participation awards may be given to Cloverbuds (which does NOT include 1st, 2nd, 3rd place ribbons,) but they are not permitted to be involved in peer-to-peer competition.  Cloverbuds may not work with or show large animal projects (horse, swine, beef, goat, dairy, sheep) at any 4-H related event. This policy does not prohibit Cloverbuds from learning about large animals through attendance at meetings or field trips, however, they CANNOT be in direct contact with ANY large animal during the event/training/workshop due to safety and insurance considerations.

 What is available for 4-Hers 8+?

The options are nearly unlimited for participation in 4-H.  Youth may participate in clubs focused on animal care, animal showing, robotics, rocketry, citizenship, leadership, archery, sewing, TV production, SeaPerch, etc.  One of the BEST things about 4-H is that if your county doesn’t currently have a program that sparks your interest, it only takes FIVE interested and dedicated youth and TWO adult leaders in order to start your own club in 4-H!  Youth are divided into the following brackets based on age during competitions:

Ages 8 – 10: Junior Division

Any youth 8-10 years old as of September 1 of the current 4-H program year.

Ages 11 – 13: Intermediate Division

Any youth 11-13 years old as of September 1 of the current 4-H program year.

Ages 14 – 18: Senior Division

Any youth 14-18 years old as of September 1 of the current 4-H program year.

 When should I re-enroll?

The 4-H year is considered to be from September through August.  Each new 4-H year begins September 1st, right after the beginning of the new school year.  So remember…SCHOOL TIME=RE-ENROLL IN 4-H!

Here is the link to 4-H online for sign-in/re-enrollment:

All 4-H members must re-enroll each year.  You may enroll in 4-H at any time via 4-H online (click re-enroll) or by calling your 4-H Agent and making an appointment to fill out the necessary paperwork to ensure all your medical and contact information is accurate.

NEW ALLERGY?  NEW IMMUNIZATIONS?  DID YOU MOVE?  UPDATE US ASAP so we can make the necessary changes to your file to keep EVERYONE safe and up-to-date!

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Employment Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer authorized to provide research educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age, handicap, or national origin. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, IFAS, FLORIDA A & M UNIVERSITY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PROGRAM, AND BOARDS OF COUNTY COMMINSSIONERS COOPERATING.

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