4-H Youth Development
4-H Grows Here
In 4-H we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. We are America's largest youth development organization — empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime.
Here in Ada County, youth can be involved in 4-H through 4-H discovery programs, 4-H clubs, camps and special events. Our program offers options for kids ages 5-7 and 8-18 to be engaged in "learning by doing" experiences on topics ranging from outdoor adventures to sewing and from animal science to robotics. Join or create a 4-H club to start making new friends, learn new skills and be a better you.
Youth: 4-H is for youth between the ages of 8 and 18 years. Those between ages 5 and 7 can join Cloverbuds, a non-competitive 4-H program.
Adults: Adults may volunteer as project leaders, fair supervisors, day camp teachers and chaperones for 4-H events.
Enrollment Steps for Youth and Adults
- If you are new to 4-H, please visit the 4-H state website to learn about our program and projects that are available.
- Use our club map to see the various clubs and projects they offer.
- Contact that Ada County's University of Idaho Extension office at 208-287-5900 with a list of a few clubs your family is interested in.
- The UI Extension office will be in contact with our organization leaders to help with club placement.
- Enroll through 4HOnline after you have received approval from the UI Extension office and/or club leader.
- Payment of fees will only be accepted after youth participants/adult volunteers have registered through 4HOnline.
(Youth $15, $20 for horse projects; Adult $12)
- Participants will be made active after 4HOnline enrollment and have paid dues;
Volunteers will be made active once they have completed all of the volunteer certification steps and have paid.
- Youth member dues may be paid on the Idaho Marketplace, in person or by mail.
Adult volunteer dues must be paid at the Ada County's University of Idaho Extension office (5880 N Glenwood St., Boise, ID 83714) in person or by mail.
The 4-H Discovery program is for those who want to get their feet wet with the different activities that 4-H has to offer. Clubs meet once a week for six weeks during the fall, spring and summer at locations throughout Ada County. At meetings, kids will learn about individual topics such as drones, archery, edible science, bugs, public speaking, healthy relationships, outdoor adventures and more.
University of Idaho Extension in Ada County invites youth to participate in a series of spring and summer 4-H day camps. Youth do not have to be enrolled in 4-H to participate. Register and pay on the Idaho Marketplace.
Ada County 4-H members can choose from many projects. Visit the UI Extension 4-H Youth Development projects website to learn about the options.