Idaho 4-H celebrates its Centennial in 2012 with activities throughout the state, including birthday parties, service to local communities, recognition of 4-H alumni and century families, and donations to the Idaho Friends of 4-H to support ongoing programs.
Idaho’s first 4-H club was formed in Lemhi County in 1912. The program expanded throughout the state, and in 1923 the first 4-H Short Course, the predecessor of Idaho 4-H Club Congress, now known as Idaho 4-H Teen Conference, was held on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow.
Today Idaho 4-H has more than 34,000 members ages 5-18, and more than 4,000 adult and youth volunteers who deliver programs throughout the state. Nationally, 4-H clubs are supported in every county in every state, and in many countries throughout the world. More than 6.5 million Americans are currently 4-H members. The national 4-H community also includes 3,500 paid staff members, 538,000 volunteers, and more than 60 million alumni.
4-H Club Centennial Activities
4-H clubs are encouraged to perform 100 hours of community service during the Idaho 4-H Centennial. A list of 100 service ideas is listed below, along with guidelines for the Centennial Service to Community Club Challenge. Clubs which submit information documenting 100 hours of community service will receive a certificate of recognition and be honored at a Fall 2012 statewide Centennial event.
Clubs are also encouraged to donate $100 to the Idaho Friends of 4-H to support continuing programs (see Give to 4-H
Looking for more ideas on celebrating the 100th
birthday of Idaho 4-H? Download the 100 Ways to Celebrate the Idaho 4-H Centennial.
100 Ways to Celebrate | pdf |
- 100 Service to Community Ideas | pdf |
- Guidelines for Centennial Service to Community Club Challenge | pdf |
- Club Challenge Project Record Sheet | Excel |
Recognizing Century Families
As we celebrate the University of Idaho 4-H Youth Development’s 100th anniversary, we would like to recognize Idaho families with a combined 100 years or more of membership and/or volunteer service in 4-H. Applications can be submitted any time, although they must be submitted by July 15, 2012, to be recognized at a Fall 2012 Centennial event.
Century Family Application | doc | | pdf |
Recognizing 4-H Alumni
Give to 4-H
As part of the 100th birthday celebration of 4-H, we are developing a comprehensive list of former 4-H members. Former members may complete and submit the Alumni Survey to help us update our 4-H Alumni records.
Donations to Idaho Friends of 4-H are encouraged by individuals, businesses, organizations, and clubs. In particular, 4-H community clubs are challenged to give $100 to help support 4-H programs into the next century.
Centennial Activities in Your Community
For more information on Centennial activities in your county, contact your county extension office