Bainbridge Island 4-H Frequently asked Questions


We’ve found that many people have questions about Bainbridge Island 4-H so we’re hoping you’ll find an answer here.  If not, please send us an email and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can! 

Please note that Bainbridge Island 4-H is part of Kitsap County 4-H.  You will find information on membership, handbooks, forms and more here:  https://extension.wsu.edu/kitsap/youth/

Will there be in person 4-H meetings this year? 
All project meetings for 2020/2021 will be held virtually.  No in person meetings are planned.

Will 4-H be a good fit for my child?
4-H is a community for all kids (in fact, nearly six million in the U.S.).  In 4-H, we believe in the power of young people.  We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. 

Is it possible to attend a meeting with my child before I enroll?
Yes, you can attend one virtual project meeting before signing up online.  We have 4-H project leaders to answer your questions regarding projects.

What’s the difference between a project meeting and a general meeting?
Update for 2020/2021:  There will be no general meetings this year.  All project meetings will be virtual.

Note from 2019/2020:  All of our Bainbridge Island 4-H members gather for a general meeting once per month, usually at Yeomalt Cabin.  We have different themes each month to look forward to. 
In addition to these general meetings, members meet with their project leaders during the month to focus on their goals. For example, if you enroll in the cooking project, you can expect two meetings per month, one general meeting and one cooking lesson.

What is the fee to join Bainbridge Island 4-H?
Update for 2020/2021:  The fee is $25.00 for the year per enrolled member.  

Note from 2019/2020:  The fee is $45.00 for the year 2019/2020.  If you enroll mid-year it is not pro-rated as per 4-H regulations. 

How old do you have to be to enroll in 4-H?
4-H is available for the following age groups:

·                     Cloverbuds: 5 (by October 1st) to 7 years of age
·                     Junior: 8 to 10 years of age 
·                     Intermediate: 11 to 13 years of age
·                     Senior: 14 to less than 19 years of age

What is a typical year like in your club?
Update for 2020/2021:  This year is not typical and 4-H project leaders will offer projects virtually.  There will not be general meetings.  Project leaders will guide you through record books and other 4-H activities.

Note from 2019/2020:  Bainbridge Island 4-H meets from October – May.  General meetings are held monthly and may include a holiday party, a guest speaker, apple tree grafting, skits, and a potluck.  4-H members also meet with their leaders each month to focus on their project.  

4-H members are encouraged to keep record books, deliver a public presentation, create educational displays and participate in the annual community service project.  During the summer, members can choose to attend day camp or overnight camp and also participate in the Kitsap County Fair. There are many activities for members!

I don’t have a dog.  Can my child join the dog project?
Your child is welcome to join 4-H dogs, even if they don’t have a dog.  There’s a lot to learn about dogs without having one!

My child loves chickens but we don’t have any.  Can they join the poultry project?  
Great question.  You don’t have to own a chicken to participate in this project!  Our leader plans interesting activities such as breed identification, coop tours, disease prevention, and chick care.

Where can I find more information?
You will find information on Kitsap County 4-H at the website:  https://extension.wsu.edu/kitsap/youth/.  Additionally, please contact our club with additional questions:   bainbridgeisland4h@gmail.com.

Thank you!





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