4-H Youth Development
4-H is the largest youth organization worldwide, reaching all 50 states and 80 countries.
Members have fun and make new friends while gaining leadership, citizenship and useful life skills through a wide variety of projects.
Skilled, caring adult volunteer leaders provide guidance and ensure a safe learning environment.
We invite you to become a member of the 4-H family. View the New 4-H Family Handbook (PDF) and Idaho 4-H Policies and Procedures to get started.
4-H is open year-round to youth ages 5 to 18 without regard to race, creed, gender, marital status, handicaps or disadvantages, economic or ethnic backgrounds.
Participants ages 8 to 18 are eligible for all 4-H programs, including competitive activities and events. Ages 5 to 7 are eligible to participate in Cloverbuds.
Individuals older than 18 who have special needs are eligible if they are still enrolled in high school.
4-H age is the age of the individual on January 1 of the current 4-H year (which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30).
Individuals can enroll at any time, but are encouraged to enroll between October 1 and March 1 so they can fully participate in all activities and events for that year.
The following information provides step-by-step instructions on how to enroll (or re-enroll) in our 4-H program, along with a link to the local 4HOnline portal.
There is a nominal annual fee that helps cover the cost of project curriculum, accident insurance, resource materials, related mailings and state participation fees.
The current annual base fees for 1–3 projects are:
- Cloverbuds: $20
- Regular members: $20
- ATV/Safety members: $21
- Horse members: $23
There is a $3/project fee for youth participating in more than three projects.
Several animal-related project areas have numerous events and extensive supplemental resources.
View and download canine-related resources, entry forms, scorecards and training supplements.
View and download equine-related resources, entry forms, equine retreat/horse camp information, along with state supplemental opportunities.
View and download resources and entry forms related to beef, goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine. See information about the Stock Sale useful to members and prospective buyers.
April 22–23, Coeur d’Alene
This training is designed for 4-H leaders seeking their initial shooting sports certification in archery, hunting, pistol, rifle and/or shotgun. Participants can obtain certification for one discipline in a single day or certification for two disciplines over the entire weekend.
County oral presentations are a great way to show off your presentation skills and get feedback from judges on areas to improve.
This contest is open to all 4-H members ages 8 to 18 and applies to all project areas.
View and download the forms below to prepare for the contest.
While the 4-H program focuses on helping youth and adults gain valuable life skills through active involvement in citizenship, leadership and project-related involvement at all levels, the following options provide incentives that encourage youth and adults to excel.
- Distinguished Service Award (DSA)
- Leader of the Year
- Idaho Key Award
- Outstanding Club Award
- Outstanding Member Award
4-H Express Newsletter
The 4-H Express newsletter is a great source of information about opportunities for the entire family. It is published seven times a year and answers questions regarding upcoming activities and events.