4-H Youth Programs

Bay County Building
Suite G-102
515 Center Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5124

Jodi Schulz
Extension 4-H Youth Educator

Jodi Wrzesinski
4-H Program Coordinator

Voice (989) 895-4026
Fax (989) 895-4217
TDD/TTY (989) 895-4049
Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday
8 a.m to Noon


Picture: The 4-H Clover.4-H works with young people throughout Bay County helping them become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society.  Educational programs are provided by trained, dedicated adult volunteers interacting with young in a community setting. 4-H clubs, community service, environmental programs, community youth development, citizenship programs, leadership training, and school programs connect Bay County youth with the wider world through Michigan State University and the national and international programs it supports.

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  • Livestock Auction and 
    Buyers ReceptionThe Livestock Auction will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2013, with bidding beginning at 6:00 p.m. Contact MSU Extension - Bay County at (989) 895-4026 with questions. Click Here for the tri-fold promotional flyer.


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Bulletins and Form Downloads
If your 4-H club is looking for frequently requested Extension bulletins and/or 4-H Bay County Youth Programs club forms or policies, they are made available for download at our Bulletins and Downloads page.  If you have trouble opening anything posted to our Bulletin and Downloads section, please contact our office.

Bay County Fair and Youth Exposition
This year's Bay County Fair and Youth Exposition was held Tuesday, August 7, through Saturday, August 11, 2012, at the Bay County Fairgrounds, 800 Livingston Street, Bay City. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Picture: The 4-H PledgeWhat do the four "H's" stand for?
Glad you asked! "4-H" stands for
Head (because 4-H gets adults and kids thinking and learning together), Heart (because 4-H fosters caring, important relationships between youth, their peers, and adults), Hands (because the focus of 4-H is on hands-on learning), and Health (because 4-H activities promote a healthy balance of young people's obligations to school, family, and community, and help kids learn to make healthy lifestyle choices.)

Don't I have to be involved with farming to enroll my child in 4-H?
No! 4-H programs are designed to benefit both youth and adults from all walks of life, regardless of whether they come from rural, urban, or suburban backgrounds.

How old must by child be to participate in 4-H?
Children between the ages of five and eight are considered to be "Cloverbuds" and have specialized programming in 4-H.  Children between the ages of nine and 19 are standard 4-H members.  "4-H Age" is determined by the age of the child as of January 1 of the current calendar year. In other words, a child who was 11 years old on January 1 is considered to have the "4-H Age" of 11 years for the entire year.

What does it cost to be enrolled in 4-H?
A ten dollar ($10.00) participation fee is collected once each year from each 4-H youth participant.  Families with three or more children participating in 4-H pay a maximum of $30 per year.  No child is ever turned away from 4-H due to an inability to pay the participation fee. Money collected from participation fees is used exclusively to develop, purchase, implement, and update 4-H programming. 4-H also collects a $1.00 or $2.00 insurance fee per member. Members in the horse projects pay the $2.00 fee, all others pay $1.00 a year.

When must my child be enrolled in 4-H to show at the Fair?
Any 4-H Member who plans to show projects or animals at the Bay County Fair and Youth Exposition must be enrolled in an active 4-H Club by April 1, and attend three (3) regular club meetings before the Fair begins in early August.

How long is my enrollment good?
Any youth or volunteer involved in 4-H programs must re-enroll on an annual basis.  The 4-H program year runs from October through September.  Re-enrollment for the new program year must generally be completed by December 1.

Can I start my own 4-H club?
Absolutely! You must have at least five youth from at least two different families, and conduct at least six meetings per program year.  Also, each club must have at least one adult who accepts responsibility as the organizational leader.

How does my child get to sell an animal at the 4-H Livestock Auction?
Any 4-H member who intends to sell an animal at the Livestock Auction must be a member of the Bay County 4-H Livestock Association and attend at least three regular association meetings and three activities during the program year.  Steer to be sold in the auction must be in the youth's possession by February 1. Swine, lambs, and goats must be in the youth's possession by May 1. Water fowl, poultry, and rabbits must be in the youth's possession by June 15. Contact MSU Extension for more details (989) 895-4025.

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