4-H Youth Development
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 age 8 to 18 are eligible for all 4-H programs, including competitive activities and events.
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 Jan. 1 of the current 4-H year (which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30).
Cloverbuds for Ages 5 to 7
Youth ages 5 to 7 are eligible for Cloverbuds, an educational program designed to introduce young children to 4-H in a fun, non-competitive way.
Cloverbuds may not participate in large animal, ATV or shooting sports projects. Fair exhibits are optional and non-competitive.
This program is designed to introduce the Cloverbud to a variety of project areas so they can determine what their interest is for the future.
You may enroll in 4-H at any time throughout the year. Some projects have a participation deadline in order for youth to exhibit during the Benewah County Fair.
Visit the 4HOnline website to enroll today. Please view 4HOnline Enrollment is Easy (PDF) for help with online enrollment. If you are a previous member ready to re-enroll, please view the Re-enrollment 4HOnline Tip Sheet (PDF).
Fair Participation Deadlines
- Final deadline for member and leader enrollments for participation in the 4-H/FFA division of the Benewah County Fair
- Deadline to add projects for participation in the 4-H/FFA division of the Benewah County Fair
- Deadline for leader (re)certification
Enrollment fees cover three project books, insurance coverage and a state participation fee of $5. Fees must be turned in to your 4-H leader or the UI Extension, Benewah County office.
- Regular members: $15
- Cloverbuds: $10
- Horse members: $17
- ATV members: $16
- Additional projects: $3 each
The Benewah County Extension program is always in need of volunteers who are interested in leading a project area for the youth of Benewah County. If you have knowledge that you would like to pass on or if you yourself are interested in a project area and would like to learn with the youth, we would love to hear from you. If you are interested in becoming a 4-H volunteer please contact UI Extension, Benewah County at 208-245-2422, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the Leader’s Corner.