No! 4-H is for all youth, wherever they live - on farms, in suburbs, in cities. 4-H serves youth from all backgrounds and interests. It reaches both boys and girls through 4-H clubs, special-interest groups and short-term projects, school-age child care, individual & family learning & mentoring, camping, and school enrichment. Most 4-H members do not live on farms and they participate in contemporary projects such as bicycle safety, cooking, fun science and model rocketry, archery, and animal sciences. 4-H offers membership on an age-appropriate basis without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status.
4-H clubs are the foundation of the 4-H program. A 4-H club is a group of five or more youngsters guided by one or more adult volunteer leaders. A club can be any size from a small group of kids from one neighborhood to a larger club consisting of youth from all over the county.
A 4-H club usually concentrates on one or more projects such as gardening, woodworking, small animals, food and nutrition, photography, etc. 4-H members build leadership by electing officers and conducting their own business meetings; work together on community service activities; meet new friends; and most important, have lots of fun.
Youth, ages 5-19, can be 4-H club members and enroll in many different 4-H projects. Younger 4-H members (ages 5-8) are provided a noncompetitive learning experience as "Cloverbuds." Sometimes, Cloverbuds are in separate clubs where they sample a variety of 4-H projects. Older 4-H members also have special opportunities, such as serving on a county-wide 4-H teen council or participating in state programs and events.