4-H Youth Development

Washington County 4-H Welcomes You!


The 4-H Youth Development program is the youth education outreach program of the University WI-Extension. The program works with 19 community clubs in Washington County, which meet monthly, along with countywide educational project meetings throughout the year. 4-H facilitates outreach programs with local partner agencies. Summer day camps are conducted annually for all county residents. If you have any questions, please call, Brianna Stapleton Welch, Washington County 4-H Youth Development Educator at 262-335-4478.


4-H is a youth organization that belongs to the members, their families, and other interested adults who serve as 4-H youth leader assisting 4-H youthvolunteer leaders. Professional leadership is given by Cooperative Extension faculty of the University of Wisconsin. Support for 4-H programs is a joint effort of local county government, the University of Wisconsin-Extension, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In 4-H, young people share, grow, and learn together from various projects, events, and activities in informal situations under the guidance of their families and other volunteer adult leaders. Members can choose projects that fit them and the places where they live. Group activities and events such as drama, trips, camps, fairs, shows, and conferences provide additional learning experiences and opportunities.

4-H is open to all youth and adults regardless of their ethnic background, race, creed, or disability. Youth ages 5 – 19 have the opportunity to join a 4-H community club. Parents, guardians, and other caring adults are encouraged to participate as volunteer leaders. Most 4-H clubs have meetings for the entire membership once a month. During these meetings, decisions are made about group-sponsored activities such as community service efforts, project opportunities and fund-raising efforts.

Regardless of the structure, a 4-H group may involve families, neighbors, relatives, and others. Participants have fun learning, working, and succeeding together in the home, neighborhood, and community.


In clubs, 4-H members decide for themselves which projects they want to learn more about.  A 4-H project is a series of hands-on learning experiences in which youth learn subject matter and life skills. Projects are done both individually and as a group.

4-H’ers everywhere are linked in many ways, especially by the 4-H pledge which they all recite: I pledge… My HEAD to clearer thinking, My HEART to greater loyalty, My HANDS to larger service, My HEALTH to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.

4-H MOTTO: “To Make The Best Better”
4-H Slogan: “Learning by Doing”

State 4-H News and Information: linked to the UW-Extension 4-H & Youth FYI blogsite

  • 4-H Dairy Bowl Set for Feb 4, 2017 October 21, 2016
    The date for the state 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl and Management Contests have been set for Saturday February 4th, 2017. The contest will again be held on the UW Madison Campus in Sewell Hall. More information including official rules and registration will be coming soon!  
  • Wisconsin Pork Association Mentorship Program October 17, 2016
    The Wisconsin Pork Association Mentorship Program is a one-year program for college students with a passion for agriculture and interest in the swine industry. Participants will expand their knowledge of the swine industry through hands-on experiences and job shadows, involvement in pork industry programs, and partaking in Wisconsin Pork Association activiti […]
  • 4-H User Group Meeting at Upham Woods, Tuesday Nov. 29 October 13, 2016
    It’s been 75 amazing years.  Upham Woods needs your feedback and thoughtful ideas to make the 76th year even better.  We value your input.  Be a part of the process to continue to grow Upham Woods.   All 4-H staff and leadership volunteers are invited. SAVE THE DATE! “Ranger Mac” wants you! To attend the Upham Woods 4-H user group meeting. What:  Upham Woods […]

4-H Youth Development Staff

Brianna Stapleton Welch
Megan Buehler-2015

Brianna Stapleton Welch
Megan Buehler

Assistant Professor
4-H Youth Development Program

4-H Youth Development Educator
and Volunteer Coordinator

UW-Extension Washington County
333 E. Washington Street, Suite 1200
PO Box 2003
West Bend, WI 53095-2003
Phone: 262-335-4478
Fax: 262-335-4863
Relay: “711”

Ginny Bichler – Program Assistant
Email: ginny.bichler@co.washington.wi.us