4-H is a one-of-a-kind youth development program for boys and girls. The 4-H program uses real-life situations to develop practical life skills such as communication, citizenship, decision-making, leadership, interpersonal relations and community and global awareness.
Youth who participate in 4-H gain the confidence, compassion and connections with caring adults necessary in making contributions to their communities throughout their lives. County, state and federal funds are combined in a unique partnership to provide this flexible opportunity to all.
4-H recognizes the age of the individual on January 1 of the current 4-H year. Eligibility established on January 1 will remain in effect for the entire 4-H year, which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.
4-H members ages 8 to 18 years are eligible to participate in all programs offered by 4-H, including competitive activities/events. Individuals older than 18 years of age who have special needs are eligible to participate in 4-H, provided they are enrolled in high school.
The maximum number of club members and type of projects offered will be established by individual club leaders. To qualify as a club, there must have at least five participants. Clubs composed of immediate family members are strongly discouraged.
Members and leaders decide what their 4-H club does. 4-H clubs usually focus on one or more topics. They conduct project-related activities. Examples: A horse club may practice riding at meetings; livestock projects teach youth principles of animal science including current industry standards for breeding, feeding and management. Clubs also do community service, both in their project area and where they are needed.
4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential through working and learning in partnership with caring adults. 4-H is a leader in developing Idaho's youth to become responsible, productive citizens – meeting the changing needs of a diverse society.
- National 4-H Science Day Camps (more information to follow)
- Overnight events (more information to follow)
- Fairs—Show off your projects! (more information to follow)