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4-H Club Program - 4-H Clubs in Cumberland County

Cumberland County has many different types of 4-H clubs ranging from specific animal clubs, to science-based clubs, to general ones, etc. If you are interested in joining or want more information about any of these clubs please contact Sara Conant at 207-781-6099 or 800-287-1471 (in Maine) or email and she will get you connected to a leader who can tell you more about their specific club.  Don’t see a club that interests you or your child? Contact Sara to learn more about becoming a 4-H volunteer and starting your own club.

4-H Clubs in Cumberland County


  • Humanitarian Assistors of Portland High School: Afterschool 4-H club open to any high schooler. The club focuses on Community Service, personal development and college readiness.
    New Members Welcome

BEEF Baby Beef 4-H members line up for the judge at 2014 Cumberland Fair.

  • Young Farmers 4-H Beef Club
    This club is for 4-Hers who are interested in a beef project. They meet montly in Gorham on the 2nd Tuesday of the month except July & August.
    New Members Welcome
  • Red & White Faces Baby Beef Club
    This club is for those 4-Hers who have caught a steer in the calf scramble at Cumberland Fair.


  • Paws ‘N’ PalsPaws 'N' Pals 4-H dog
    The Paws ‘N’ Pals 4-H Dog Club, established in 1994, is an active 4-H club based in Cumberland County. We focus on teaching youth ages 10 – 18 how to train their dogs in a variety of dog sports (showmanship, obedience, rally-obedience, agility) and teaching members lots of dog knowledge in a safe, fun, and educational environment. In addition to monthly meetings we generally hold one fundraiser a year, create a club display for the 4-H Exhibit Hall at the Cumberland Fair, and host & participate in the Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show in September. Members do not need a dog to participate as approximately half of all meetings are taught without dogs. If you would like to learn more about our club please email club leader Sara at or contact the UMaine Extension Cumberland County 4-H Office at 207-781-6099 and ask for Sara. New Members Welcome.

 DAIRY4-H June Jamboree Cows

  • All Star Dairy
    The Cumberland County All-Star 4-H Dairy Club meet once a month. Some of our members live on farms but many don’t and many lease animals for the show season. Open to youth ages 7-18. Meets in Gorham.


  • White Pine Caprines
    White Pine Caprines strive to learn citizenship, leadership, friendship, and life skills by learning about and taking care of dairy goats. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month in North Yarmouth. New members welcome

    • The White Pine Caprines also have both a Veterinary Science and Equine division of their club


  • Forest School 4-H A club for youth enrolled in the Forest School Homeschooling Group. Closed to new membership.
  • Long Island 4-H Club was established in 2012. They focus on Pioneer Skills, Fiber Arts, Agriculture, and Archery. 4-H Club members grow vegetables at the local Community Garden Site in a special “outreach garden.” At harvest time food and flowers are given to senior citizens on Long Island. 4-H Archery is part of the Town of Long Island’s Recreation Summer Programming. New Members Welcome ages 5 – 18.
  • Merry Makers 4-H Club Each year members brainstorm the activities they would like to do.  Project areas tend to focus in science, outdoor education, arts and crafts, and community service. Merry Makers meets monthly September through May, typically in Gorham. Closed to new membership.
  • New Gloucester Library 4-H Club  They meet in New Gloucester at the Public Library. Usually October – June at 6:30 pm. on Wednesdays. Current Closed to New Membership.
  • Sebago Nor’Easters This club is just getting started and is looking for new members ages 9-18 who are interested in joining a general 4-H club. Club members have many interests especially in outdoor adventure. Meetings: Third Tuesday evening of the month in Sebago. New Members Welcome


  • Cumberland County Equestrians meets in Windham on the second Sunday afternoon of each month. Open to all ages. Cloverbuds welcome but cannot show until age 9 and will have separate curriculum during meetings taught by assistants and club Jr. leaders. They also participate in June Jamboree, Ossipee Valley Fair and Cumberland Fair. New Members Welcome.
  •  4-H @ Hideaway Acres meets in Cumberland on the 2nd Monday and 4th Wednesdays of the month in the late afternoon and evening. Their primary focus is on horses with other projects in animal husbandry. New members Welcome. Cloverbuds Welcome
  • Wild Manes Meets in Scarborough on the first & third Saturday of the month. New Members Welcome.


  • Robotica learns about Robotics using 1st Lego Robotics kits. Meets in Windham.
  • The Sunflower 4-H Club The Sunflower 4-H Club works with the Lego NXT kits. They meet on Saturday mornings once a month in South Portland.  Ages 9-18. New Members Welcome.


  •  4-H Rabbiteers  is a group focused on the health, care, and showmanship of rabbits. We teach youth how to handle and properly raise their animals including nutrition, grooming, and housing. We also teach how to show their animal. As a group, we encourage members to show in the Cumberland Fair 4-H Rabbit Show and make a display about their rabbit experience for the 4-H exhibit hall. It is a requirement to have a rabbit to join.  Meets one Sunday a month in Gorham, the first Sunday whenever possible. Members are between the ages of 10-18, limited to 12 members. Currently open to new membership


  • Cumberland County 4-H Sheep Club meets in Cumberland the 3rd Monday of the month October through May and has a clinic for first and second year members in August.  We have a market lamb and sheep breeding program plus on the side do projects with wool. Open to Cumberland County residents & those in towns directly on the Cumberland County border who do not already have a Sheep Club, ages 9 – 18.


  • Sustainable Living Club This club focuses on projects related to sustainability. New Members Welcome


  • Bullseyes 4-H club is a shooting sports club for youth ages 9-18. They meet every Monday night from October until April and focus on safe handling and firing of .22  rifle on a 50′ indoor range. The club strives to teach youth gun safety while also helping them to improve their shooting skills. Meets in Cumberland. New members welcome for 2017-2018 season.


  • Swiners 4-H Club helps members raise market hogs for Auction at the Cumberland Fair, raise swine for personal use, and for 4-H shows. Some of their members are also part of the racing pig program which is for younger members. Youth learn about caring for, showing, and raising pigs. The club meets monthly in Cumberland. Membership is open in October. There is limited enrollment for racing pig candidates (5-8 year olds).


  • Teen Council is for youth ages 12-18 who want to learn and practice leadership skills. Their primary tasks are to plan and execute Mini-Forum and Winterfest events. Members can choose to help plan either or both events. Teen Council meets October – March. New Members Welcome


4-H working steersBrass Knobs Working Steer Club is made up of boys and girls from the ages of 9 to 18 years. Members  purchase a set of small calves and then train those calves to form a team.  The teamsters (youth) also learn and develop life skills.  If this club is something you are interested in joining or even just seeing what we are all about, get in touch with us. New members are always welcome.

  •  Hooves ‘n Stuff  Club focuses on Working Steer & additional projects including crafts, small animals, etc. Cloverbuds Accepted. New Members are always welcome. Meets primarily in Gorham.

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