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 eight and 18 years. Kids between ages five and seven can join Cloverbuds, a non-competitive 4-H program. Get started with our 4-H Interest Form or contact Kristi Mire at 208-287-5900.
Enroll through the 4HOnline website after contacting our office. Review our step-by-step instructions 4-H Online Enrollment Help Sheet (PDF) or contact our office at 208-287-5900 for assistance. Youth member dues may be paid on the Idaho Marketplace. Adult volunteer dues may 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.
The 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.