4-H Age Policy

4-H Age Policy

4-H ages and grades are based on the 4-H year, which begins October 1 and ends September 30. Categories are determined by a youths age and grade on October 1, the beginning of the
4-H year.

  • Qualifying 4-H EFNEP programs may serve youth three years and older.
  • Cloverbud 4-H Members: K - grade two (K-2)
  • Junior members: Grades three – five (3-5) and at least 8 years old as of October 1.
  • Intermediate 4-H Members: Grades six – eight (6-8)
  • Senior 4-H Members: Grades nine – twelve (9-12)

Large animal, shooting sports, and some other projects require youth to be in 3rd – 12th grades and at least 8 years of age on October 1, the beginning of the 4-H year. See the age rules under each specific project area.