Thank you for your interest in Marathon County 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 County of Marathon, and the US Department of Agriculture.
4-H membership is open to boys & girls in kindergarten through high school. There are 31 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.
How do I join 4-H?
One way you can join 4-H is through a local community club. We suggest you take the following steps:
- Identify a couple of clubs in your area that your family might like to join.
- 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.)
You can also join 4-H through after school programs, attending statewide programs, or participating in SPIN Clubs (special interest)
What should my family expect in 4-H?
- To participate in the monthly club meetings for all members and their families (at least 4 per year)
- 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, trips, 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 Kaitlyn Bernarde, the 4-H Program Coordinator in the Marathon County UW-Extension Office, and it is implemented through the efforts of over 350 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, WI 4-H 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.