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4-H Clubs, Programs and Special Interest

4-H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and the nation’s largest positive youth development and youth mentoring organization, empowering six million young people in the U.S. 4-H life changing programs are research-backed & available through 4-H clubs, camps, afterschool & school enrichment programs.

Barnstable County 4-H Enrollment 

  • Checklist for new member enrollment and re-enrollment.
  • 2023-2024 New Member Enrollment Forms:
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4-H Re-enrollment info.
Click here to download reenrollment flyer.

What Do 4-H Members Learn?

There are three areas of educational focus in the Barnstable County 4-H program

1. Science, Engineering and Technology

  • Special 4-H science camps are held on the UMass Amherst campus in animal science, veterinary science, rocketry, robotics and other science areas.
  • Barnstable County 4-H members compete in regional competitions including 4-H Horse Roundup.

2. Communication Skills

  • More than 25% of 4-H club members give public speeches at local, county and state events.
  • Members document their project work, leadership development and other activites in annual written reports.

3. Leadership, Community Service and Citizenship

  • 4-H clubs collected over 2,675 pounds of food and donated to several Cape Cod Food Pantries.
  • 4-H members have the opportunity to develop and practice leadership and citizenship skills by serving as club officers and junior leaders.
  • 4-H club members learn how to work with others, delegate responsibility and manage projects.