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Welcome to the 4-H program in McHenry County!

4-H Online 2.0 is available for our families to enroll for the 2020-21 4-H year. We know you may have questions, and we want to provide as many answers as possible, so please read the following carefully.  It includes very important information as some steps in the enrollment process may have changed.  Please review the helpful resources linked below and remember your county 4-H program coordinator is here to help. 

Step 1: Project Selection

It is important to take the time and review all of your project options every year.  It is especially important this year as all projects need to be selected at the time of enrollment.  Utilize the resources below to find what sparks your interest!  Note: we recommend first-year members select only a few projects.

  • Learn about all the different projects 4-H has to offer with the Illinois 4-H Project Selection Guide. Projects are organized into eight larger areas: animal sciences, career and leadership development, civic engagement, creative arts, environment, food systems, healthy living, and STEM. If you can’t find the project you’re looking for, use this handy guide to help you locate your desired project in one of these eight sections. For example, clothing and sewing projects are located under the STEM category and plants and soils projects are found in the Food Systems category.
  • Found a project that sounds interesting but don't really know what it is?  Get a better idea of what a project is about and find some quick hands-on activities to do at home using Illinois 4-H Spark Sheets (available for about 50 different projects).

As mentioned previously, all projects should be selected at the time of enrollment.  If necessary, project enrollment changes or additions can be done at a later date, but please understand you cannot make those changes at this time.  Because of the new system, the 4-H staff will need to do so, and this could take a bit of time. 

Step 2: Enrollment

Enrollment is now available and families may enroll at any time.  Before you start, please read the instructions below, as they guide you through the enrollment process. TIP: Use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Do NOT use Internet Explorer. The browser will NOT work.  

See the Family Enrollment Guide for instructions.
Link to enroll:

For families with more than three youth enrolled that receive the family discount, please reach out to your 4-H program coordinator PRIOR to enrollment.  This must be done in order to receive the discount and cannot be adjusted after enrollment. 

If there any questions or issues, please contact your 4-H program coordinator for further instructions.


  • Adding Club/s - Add ALL clubs member intends to participate including Community Club &/or all SPIN Clubs (ex. Community Builders, Dog SPIN, Horse Sense, Shooting sports - Archery, etc)
  • Primary club - Be sure you have the correct club marked as “Primary Club” This is generally the Community club or most involved SPIN Club if member is a SPIN club participant only.
  • Projects – Be sure to add ALL projects member intends to participate under the CORRECT club (if enrolled in multiple) using the dropdown menu.  Any additional projects will need to be added be staff if they are not added in initial enrollment.
  • Enrollment fees remain $20/member up to $60/family.  A family code will be applied to your account if you have more than 3 youth enrolling.  
  • Credit Card payments: if you are having difficulty with credit card payments going through, try waiting 5-10 mins between submissions. 
  • Payments by check should be made to: University of Illinois Extension, P.O. Box 1430, Woodstock, IL 60098.  If you need a link to make an electronic payment, please email request to: 
  • Active Membership:  members will not be considered "active" in the new 4HOnline system until payment is received. 

Step 3: Assumption of Risk Form

Youth and volunteers need to sign a form to participate in 4-H and Extension activities.  This is only required to be signed one time in the 4-H career.  The form must be signed by youth and parent and the names must be printed/signed by hand.  The form can be mailed to the Extension office or scanned and emailed to your 4-H program coordinator. If you would like confirmation that this step has already been processed in previous years, please reach out for verification. 

Lifetime Risk Form

Step 4: Project Book Ordering

After your family enrolls with your project choices and the enrollment has been approved, you may need to order project books for the 4-H year. McHenry County 4-H will cover the cost of up to 3 project books.  If you need additional books, you will receive an invoice for the remainder of the costs.  Your enrollment confirmation will include more information about this simple step or families can access the link directly at


For more information about the McHenry County 4-H program, please see the following links or McHenry County 4-H website:

For more information on the 4-H program, please see the IL 4-H State website:

Feel free to contact me directly. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Thank you again for your interest in the 4-H program!

Michele Aavang, 4-H Program Coordinator
815-338-3737 (Extension office) or
217-265-8059 (remote contact)


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