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For Youth

4-H is open year-round to youth ages 5 to 18. It is open without regard to race, creed, gender, marital status, handicaps or disadvantages, economic or ethnic backgrounds.

4-H programs are in every Idaho county. Youth from cities, suburbs, towns and rural settings participate.

Youth age 5 to 18 can join as members. Adults (ages 19 and up) can join as volunteers. Some projects have age limits. Cloverbuds is designed for younger 4-H members.

Positive Learning

4-H prepares young people for challenges in their community and the world. Using research-based programs with positive youth development, 4-H youth get the hands-on, real world experience they need to become leaders.

Participation is the key in 4-H. The more you do, the more you will get out of it and the more friends you will make.

There are so many different activities in 4-H — something for everyone!

Most members belong to community clubs, but other 4-H programs do not require club membership. 

Positive Futures

The Study of 4-H Positive Youth Development shows that 4-Hers get better grades in school, are more likely to go to college and give more often to their communities.

Research shows 4-H members in Idaho:

  • Take fewer negative risks (such as alcohol, drug or tobacco use)
  • Do more service to help others
  • Take more school and community leadership roles
  • Will speak more with parents or guardians about important issues (such as drugs, alcohol or sex).

Who We Are

4-H builds on the strength of state and local youth development professionals. Research-based curriculum is provided through the University of Idaho. Our nation’s land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension System also work with 4-H National Headquarters at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

County, state and federal funds combine to support 4-H. Funding from individuals, businesses and organizations supports special events, awards, educational materials and program enhancement. 


The 4-H movement began more than 100 years ago.

4-H transformed how science was taught outside the classroom through practical, hands-on programs and experiences. 

4-H was one of the first organizations in America to teach young people leadership skills and how to impact their communities.

Idaho 4-H started in 1912. It serves tens of thousands of Idaho youths through community clubs, afterschool programs, day camps, summer camps, conferences and international exchange programs.

Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of Idaho has a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability or status as a Vietnam era veteran. This policy applies to all programs, services and facilities, and includes, but is not limited to, applications, admissions, access to programs and services and employment.

4-H Headquarters

University of Idaho Extension, 4-H Youth Development

Physical Address:
Mary E. Forney Hall
1210 Blake Avenue, Room 206
Moscow, ID 83844-3015

Mailing Address:
4-H Youth Development
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3015
Moscow, ID 83844-3015

Phone: (208) 885-6321

Fax: (208) 885-4637


Web: 4-H Youth Development

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