Welcome to the Lucas County 4-H Program!  

This 4-H Family Handbook has been prepared as a resource for you and your family. It contains valuable information that can help your family members get the most out of the 4-H year. We hope you have an enjoyable year and take part in the many 4-H activities planned for your experience. If you have any questions or ideas for the future, please let us know.


  • Youth 5-8 years old AND in Kindergarden through second grade as of January 1st can become Cloverbud members, who participate in non-competitive activities which are specifically designed for their age level.
  • Youth 8 years old AND in third grade as of January 1st can become 4-H projectmembers who can compete in a wide range of project areas, attend overnight camps and take projects to the local and state fair. 

New 4-H Family Information

The 4-H Pledge

Does it cost anything?
Your out of pocket costs for participating in 4-H will include one or more of the following types of expenses:

  • Club Fees – Some clubs may charge per member or family fee based on their club’s activities.  Please ask your club advisor about their club fee structure.
  • Project Books – You can purchase a project book anytime at the OSU Extension Office or order your books through your club.  Most books cost $8.00, although some cost a little more. Project books are designed to be used for one year.  
    • Some projects require an additional resource handbook ($8.00 to $25.00) and these are purchased once by the family and can be used for all the projects covered by that handbook.
  • Project Items – Every project has some cost beyond the book(s).  For some projects, this may be supplies and materials that you already have at home.  For other projects, your child will be required to invest in an animal & supplies for its care, specialized equipment and/or other items.  Please keep this in mind when selecting projects with your child.

What are the benefits?
Members learn life skills, make new friends, enhance self-esteem, achieve personal goals, develop positive relationships with peers and volunteers, and have fun learning and sharing as a family and a club.