4-H Youth Development
4-H is a national youth development program for youth ages 8-18. This program helps members to learn, grow and work together while making new friends. Screened and certified caring adult volunteers serve as teachers and mentors.
There is a variety of projects to choose from. Bingham County projects are exhibited at the Bingham County 4-H Fair. Blue ribbon projects are then eligible to exhibit at the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot.
There is also a 4-H Cloverbud program for youth ages 5-7. This program lets youth experience a 4-H project that fits their level of learning.
Other 4-H sponsored activities include overnight camps, fairs, project day camps, judging contests, skill-a-thons and community service opportunities.
The 4-H year runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.
Please do this as soon as possible. Your profile being active is the only way we can get important emails out to you. Please log on to 4honline.com and click on the state of Idaho. Your family information should already be in there if you enrolled last year. You will need to click on each child and review their information to make sure it is correct. There will be waivers and health information that will need to be updated. If you are doing the same projects, be aware that you will need to increase the year you are doing that project. If you are not going to be doing that project there will be a button to push to delete it.
Fees must be turned in or mailed to the office at 412 W. Pacific St., Blackfoot ID 83221.
- Cloverbud (ages 5-7, on Jan. 1, 2020)
- State fee — $15
- 4-H program fee and insurance — $1
- Total — $16 (each up to three children immediate family, then $1)
- Traditional (ages 8-18, on Jan. 1, 2020
- State fee — $15
- 4-H program fee and insurance — $5
- Total — $20 (each up to three children immediate family, then $5)
- Horse Project Member (ages 8-18, on Jan. 1, 2020)
- State fee — $15
- 4-H program fee and insurance — $8.50
- Total — $23.50 (each up to three children immediate family, then $8.50)
- Volunteers — Paid by Bingham 4-H
If you feel that you would be unable to afford to enroll in 4-H, an enrollment scholarship is available. The scholarship form (PDF) must be turned into the office prior to Dec. 31.
Day camps are offered through the year during holiday breaks and summer vacation from school. More information can be found in our newsletters or by contacting the UI Extension, Bingham County office at 208-785-8060.
Day camp registration forms and fees must be paid at the UI Extension office. This is a first come first served opportunity. A paid registration holds your place in the class.
The Sheep, Swine and Beef Showmanship DVD is intended for strengthening showmanship skills of 4-H, FFA and other youth livestock exhibitors. It is also targeted to prospective livestock judges. The DVD is produced by UI Extension educators from the eastern district.
View Sharpen Your Livestock Evaluation (PowerPoint) (PDF). This document helps adults and youth understand livestock selection priorities for selecting a market animal project. Information on how to evaluate market ready steers, hogs and lambs is also included. There is a class of livestock with placing and oral reasons for each species.
Ultrasound in Youth Livestock Education (YouTube video) explains the why and how of using ultrasound for judging animals.
Several college scholarship are available through UI Extension, Bingham County 4-H. Applicants must be registered 4-H youth participants. Applications must be typed. Contact the UI Extension, Bingham County office at 785-8060 for further information.
- Animal Science Project — $1,000 (one given)
- Crop Science Project — $1,000 (one given)
- STEM/FCS Project — $1,000 (one given)
- Teen Programs — $1,000 (one given)
If a scholarship category is not applied for, a second-place recipient in a different category may be eligible to receive a scholarship. Amount of award will be determined by the selection committee.
Animal Science Project Scholarship
A popular reason many youths in Idaho get into the 4-H program is for the opportunity to work with and raise animals. Whether it’s the thrill of loping their horse through the arena on show day, bonding with their dog through summer training, or the pride in succeeding in raising a livestock animal for auction, youth participating in animal science based projects experience a great deal of growth through their experiences and hard work.
This scholarship is intended for youth that have regularly participated in and completed any animal science projects during their 4-H career. Youth participating in these projects have hopefully demonstrated leadership skills within their 4-H clubs through offering help and guidance to younger 4-Hers as well has serving in officer roles within their club.
Crop Science Project Scholarship
Idaho is an agriculture state no doubt, especially with the slogan “Idaho Famous Potatoes.” But in addition to potatoes Idaho excels at producing alfalfa, sugar beets, corn, wheat, barley, etc. Youth, whether they come from farming families or not, should be encouraged to learn more about Idaho as an agriculture state through participation of crop science 4-H projects. This scholarship is intended for 4-H youth that have regularly participated in and completed any crop science projects during their 4-H career.
STEAM/Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Project Scholarship
STEAM (Science, Technology, Energy, Art, Math) focused careers are at the forefront in employment for today’s youth while society’s day to day life is heavily influence by science and technology. 4-H gets to help be a part of shaping and guiding youth in their interest to gain a hands-on understanding of STEAM. And while things continue to advance, there is forever a need for interest in traditional Family Consumer Science projects, a means of youth being able to creatively express themselves and create something from scratch that they can be proud to showcase. This scholarship is intended for 4-H youth that have regularly participated in and completed STEAM, FCS and Shooting Sports 4-H projects and day camps throughout their 4-H career. Youth being considered should have completed at least one, preferably several projects within each year of their 4-H career and displayed them during fair.
Teen Programs Scholarship
Through the 4-H program, teen youth have many exciting opportunities to become more involved and demonstrate their abilities as future leaders. Youth that have taken the initiative to become more involved in this capacity should also be encouraged and supported as they embark on the next phase of their educational career. This scholarship is intended for 4-H youth that have regularly participated in teen programming projects such as 4-H Ambassadors, Know Your Government, 4-H State Teen Association, Alpine Teen Camp Counselors, or have completed a county teen leadership project during their 4-H career. In addition to participation, youth being considered should have used their experience to promote participation in these projects to their peers.Information and requirements are listed on the form. Please make sure your application is:
- Senior in high school
- Currently enrolled in Bingham County 4-H
- Completed a 4-H project the previous year
- See scholarship list for specific requirements
- Completed in all portions
- Accompanied by a school transcript
For questions call University of Idaho Extension, Bingham County at 208-785-8060.
4-H members from the Eastern District may attend an annual camp at Alpine, Wyoming in late June. Attendees spend three days and two nights in cabins and eat meals prepared by camp staff. Read upcoming newsletters for information or call 208-785-8060. The facility is also available to other organizations.
- Dog Nutrition — Video (16:08)
Learn about proper nutrition for your dog with Meranda Small, Extension educator in Bingham County.
- Rabbit Nutrition — Video (20:10)
Learn about proper rabbit nutrition with Meranda Small, Extension educator in Bingham County.
- Poultry Nutrition — Video (27:20)
Learn about proper poultry nutrition with Meranda Small, Extension educator in Bingham County.
- Market Animal Nutrition — Video (1:06:21)
Learn about animal health and nutrition with Annie Hood from Cargill.
- Dairy Cattle Nutrition — Video (43:19)
Learn about nutrients, sources of nutrients, amounts an animal needs and how that’s influenced by age and production stage with David Callister, Extension educator in Butte County
- Poultry Management — Video (1:00:15)
Learn tips to best manage your poultry projects.
- Tagging Lambs — Video (3:06)
Learn how to properly apply an ear tag to your lambs.
- Dairy Science — Video (58:55)
- Rabbit Disease — Video (21:23)
- Beef Cattle Health Management — Video (36:22)
- Horse — Video (26:36)
- Swine Diseases — Video (18:41)
- Dog Camp: Law Enforcement Canine — Video (19:27)
Adult volunteers are the backbone of the 4-H program. They organize, teach and mentor youth. For liability insurance and program safety, adult volunteers must apply and be screened.
Leader enrollment requirements each year:
- Enroll on 4HOnline
- Complete a background check through Verified Volunteers (every two years)
- Complete Protecting Minors Training on 4HOnline profile
- Registration for 4-H Leaders will be online.
- An instruction sheet (PDF) is available to walk you through the rest of the online process.
- Leaders must re-enroll each year.