Hancock County 4-H Youth Development

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4-H is the positive youth development education program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. 4-H is the largest youth organization in the world! Youth ages 5-18 can join, and you do not have to own an animal or raise livestock to be a member of 4-H. 4-H programming is diverse and offerings include activities in the areas of agriculture, science (STEM), healthy living, and civic engagement.

 

How To Get Involved

Clubs

Traditional volunteer-led clubs in the community meet year-round and can focus on any topic ranging from raising animals to building robots and everything in between. We also offer SPIN (SPecial INterest) clubs that run for 6-8 sessions as a more short-term option. 4-H Clubs are eligible to participate in any county, state, and nationwide 4-H events throughout the year including but not limited to: Public Speaking, 4-H@UMaine, June Jamboree, Maine 4-H Days, Blue Hill Fair, and more! Find a 4-H Club for you.

Independent

Independent 4-H members are typically working on a 4-H project at home or at school. They are mentored by parents and/or a 4-H Volunteer. Independents are eligible to participate in any county, state, and nationwide 4-H events throughout the year including but not limited to: Public Speaking, 4-H@UMaine, June Jamboree, Maine 4-H Days, Blue Hill Fair, and more! This option offers families flexibility and independence since they are not required to meet in a club setting.

Camp and Learning Centers

There are three 4-H Camp & Learning Centers in Maine: Bryant Pond, Tanglewood, and Blueberry Cove. You do not need to be enrolled in 4-H to attend camp, but Hancock County offers scholarships for enrolled 4-H youth to attend camp in the summer!

Volunteer

If you are an adult who is interested in sharing your passion for a topic or skill, consider volunteering with 4-H! Volunteer opportunities are designed to work with your schedule.

For more information about the Hancock County 4-H Program and clubs, please contact the Extension Office at 1.800.287.1479 (in Maine) or 207.667.8212 or by email at hancock.extension@maine.edu.

Sign Up Now

New youth members can enroll at any time throughout the year. Returning members must re-enroll before the November deadline each year (re-enrollment paperwork will be sent to you in October).

  • New Independent Member Enrollment Packet (PDF)
  • New Club Member Enrollment Packet (PDF)

Submit paperwork to the Extension Office via mail or email. Please contact us with any questions.

*Note: This process is for youth enrollment only. The process is different for Adult Volunteers.