With the start of the 2018-19 4-H year, new families and new members are encouraged to join the Chippewa County 4-H Program.

The 2018-2019 4-H Program year officially began on Sept. 5, however, the Chippewa County and Wisconsin 4-H Program adheres to an open membership policy throughout the year, and new members and families are accepted at any time. For best program experience enrollment is encouraged to be completed by Nov. 1.

There are currently 14 community 4-H clubs in Chippewa County, providing membership to over 425 youth and 170 adult volunteers.

Enrolling in 4-H allows youth to choose projects in subjects that interest them.

4-H membership is available to all youth in Chippewa County, and in areas adjacent to Chippewa County where no club is present. In many areas of the county, including the city of Chippewa Falls, there is an opportunity to support more than one club.

To be eligible for Wisconsin and Chippewa County 4-H membership, youth must be at least 5 and in 5K as of Sept. 1. Youth will continue to be eligible for membership through the 4-H year following their graduation from high school. Membership/participation in 4-H is open year-round to all interested youth regardless of race, color, gender, creed, disability, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital or parental status.

Parents and other adults are encouraged to also get involved as volunteer leaders, assist in helper roles or encourage learning at home through daily activities. All of these roles give parents and other adults a chance to share time and activities with children.