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Idaho’s 4-H program wouldn’t exist without its thousands of volunteers. In every part of the state, 4-H volunteers coordinate 4-H community clubs, lead 4-H projects and help to plan and conduct local, regional, state and national 4-H events.

People volunteer in many different ways depending on their interests, skills and time they can devote to 4-H. As a 4-H volunteer you might:

  • Lead a 4-H project in a subject area that excites you — forestry, fishing, fashion, foods, farm animals and many more.
  • Teach workshops at a summer camp or special event. Share your favorite hobby or skill.
  • Judge at the county fair or at livestock events and contests.
  • Manage a 4-H community club. Schedule club meetings, train club officers, recruit parents to help out and be the communication link between your club and the UI Extension office.
  • Be an Outreach to Military Kids volunteer. Work with local youth groups to plan fun and educational opportunities for youths from military families. Help with family camps.
  • Host visiting 4-Hers or their chaperones in your home for a month-long summer stay or for yearlong school exchanges.
  • Chaperone 4-Hers on one-month cultural experiences in Norway, Japan, Argentina, Australia or Finland.
  • Help with 4-H fundraising. Contact Friends of 4-H to learn more.
  • Become a certified shooting sports instructor.

How Do I Start?

Call the University of Idaho Extension office in your county and fill out the Volunteer Application (PDF) to initiate the process to become a 4-H volunteer.

Documents and Records

Enrollment help for 4HOnline, templates for record books and policies and reports.

Find Documents

Products and Brand Resources for 4-H

University of Idaho Extension Brand Resources

Templates, product ordering and links to U of I resources.

4-H Mall

Order products from clothing, awards and curriculum to blankets, stuffed animals and kitchen tools.

4-H National Information

National 4-H Council

Find out what is happening nationally with 4-H and volunteers. News, materials, research reports, curricula, promotional toolkits and shopping.

4-H National Headquarters

Learn the ins and outs of 4-H programming around the country. When in doubt about a 4-H program, check this site for details.

Targeting Life Skills Model

Tie 4-H assets to head, heart, hands and health. This material is available from the University of Iowa.

4-H Headquarters

University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development

Physical Address:
Mary E. Forney Hall
1210 Blake Avenue, Room 206

Mailing Address:
UI Extension 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

4-H on Google Maps