Oceana County 4-H

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The 4-H Youth Development Program provides fun, educational opportunities and resources to positively develop youth, as well as volunteers and professionals who work with youth. Oceana County is proud to have over 30 active 4-H clubs. Oceana’s 4-H programs offer clubs for youth interested in horse, swine, beef cattle, dairy cattle, lambs, goats, poultry, rabbits, crafts and more. All clubs meet at least six times a year and work on a variety of projects to be displayed at the Oceana County Fair each August. Please feel free to give us a call for more information if you are interested in either becoming a member or are able to volunteer your time. There is a $20 fee per child or $60 for a family with three or more children. The 4-H year runs from September 1 - August 31 and in Oceana County our 4-H enrollment deadline for the year is August 1.

How to Join 4-H

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  • Oceana County 4-H Enrollment- Michigan 4-H Online is where you may register to join a Michigan 4-H club whether you are a youth or an adult. Adult volunteers must go through the VSP background check, please read the following welcome letter and follow the instructions and also complete the application Welcome Letter  Application 2017 before enrolling. Adults must also reenroll every year just as the youth do. If you are interested in becoming a leader, please contact 873-2129 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information. If you need help enrolling, or do not have access to a computer, you can come into the office and we will provide a computer for you to sit at and we can help walk you through it. Once you have completed the online enrollment the $20 per youth (maximum of $60 per family) is due to the MSU Extension Oceana office before your enrollment may be approved. If this is not affordable, you may request an Oceana County 4-H Youth Council scholarship to help offset the cost.

Cloverbud Program

Participation, safety, personal development, learning and fun are the highest priorities for Michigan 4-H Youth Development in providing Cloverbud programs for 5 to 8 year olds. The policies outlined in this document seek to ensure that 4-H Cloverbud members remain safe and have positive, developmentally appropriate experiences in 4-H.

Scholarship information

4-H involvement leads young people to explore various career and educational options after high school. For those who choose to further their education, Michigan State University, Michigan 4-H Youth Development and the Michigan 4-H Foundation offer scholarships to help support these educational goals.

Statewide Scholarship Information

Oceana County Competitive Scholarship is a highly competitive scholarship that assists 4-H’ers who are high school seniors who are seeking further education beyond the secondary level.  You must be graduating high school June of this year, accepted at a college, university or further course of study, current 4-H member with at least four years of total involvement in the Oceana County 4-H Youth Programs and have at least a 2.5 GPA.  This application must be submitted by April 14 of the current year.  Applications are available to pick up in the office after January 1st. or you can download it by clicking on the following link.  Oceana County 4-H Competitive Scholarship 2018  Oceana County 4-H Competitive Scholarship 2018

The Community Foundation for Oceana County-Bert Stevens 2018 For current members of the Oceana County 4-H program who are graduating seniors and have four years of high school membership in 4-H. They also must have exhibited at the Oceana County Fair for the first three years of high school. Other criteria include maintaining a minimum 2.5 cumulative high school GPA and planning to pursue a degree at any two or four-year accredited college, university or vocational/technical school. This scholarship must be submitted by March 1 of the current year.

Oceana County 4-H Youth Council

The Youth Council is the governing body of the 4-H youth programs. There are a number of committees on the Council which consist of anywhere from two to five members. Most committees do a lot of their work over the phone or only take a few days out of the year for that committee’s responsibility. The Youth Council raises the money needed for the year’s program through the sales of the Oceana County Plat Book. We have selected Farm and Home Plat Company this year to produce the Plat Books for us. The new books should be out sometime around the end of September. The Youth Council also provides scholarships for different events and activities. Of course, we are always wanting new members, so begin thinking about becoming a member. Just remember that whether you are a member or not, you are welcome to come to a meeting and see what we are all about.

Meeting cancelations, any time there is any committee meeting or county-wide event and schools are canceled because of bad weather, the 4-H events/meeting will also be canceled. If in doubt at all, please call the office. For your clubs policy, check with your 4-H leader.

2017/2018 Oceana County 4-H Youth Council Officers

  • Michelle Holladay -  President
  • Ann Marie Overla - Vice President
  • Cathy Alvesteffer - Secretary
  • Crystal Bromley -  Treasurer
  • Grace Alvesteffer - Media Reporter

Youth Council Constitution/Bylaws

Oceana County 4-H Youth Council Committees

Guildines for Spending Revised 2017 

Kettunen Center Reimbursement Form 2017 

Youth Council Minutes

(these minutes are posted before being approved, they will be presented at the following month’s meeting)

Club Fundraising Information: 

Fundraiser Application 2017  (Must fill out and have written approval from your 4-H Youth Council before starting a club money-earning project. Therefore you need to turn it in at least a month early as Youth Council meets the second Monday of each month.)

Fundraiser after activity form  (Due within 10 days of completing your club fund raising project.)

 4-H Volunteers Financial Manual  please see pages 23-26 regarding who does, and does not, need to include sales tax in their fundraisers.  There is also information on how to keep track of your financials and more.

Year-end Financial Statement for Clubs 

Oceana County 4-H Ambassador

Become an Ambassador! Who? Oceana County 4-H teens that would like to be involved in promoting 4-H. What? The Youth Ambassador Program was created to provide Michigan 4-H youth a positive learning experience, a chance to sharpen their leadership skills, teach them the history of Michigan 4-H, connect them with local and state resources, and most of all, foster an incredibly fun and memorable experience.


Congratulations to our 2017/2018 ambassadors:  Grace Alvesteffer, Crystal Bromley and Mikaylyn Kenney

Some benefits of being a 4-H ambassador include:   


  • The Oceana County 4-H Youth Program has a library of resources for our Oceana County 4-H members and leader’s to check out for two weeks at a time. Please see the following listing of resources that are available at this time. If you find a resource that you feel would be valuable for our county to have on hand please let us, or a Youth Council member, know so we can look adding it to our collection. Resources to Loan Out Listing 2017.pdf
  • Michigan 4-H Youth Development Website
  •  MI Club Secretary Record Book.pdf
  • 4-H Volunteers Financial Manual 
  • 4-H Treasurers Financial Manual 
  • The 4-H Mall  (You can order supplies, materials such as books on showing and caring for your animals, etc.)
  • Kettunen Center  (Remember, if you attend a workshop and share what you learned with either our club, another club or the Youth Council your registration fees are refunded to you by Youth Council.)
  • MI 4-H Today Newsletter

Shop 4-H Online and Support Michigan 4-H! 

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