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4-H Youth Development

4-H prepares young people to become creative, productive citizens and to step up to the challenges in their community and the world. Positive youth development programs give 4-H youth the hands-on, real world experience they need to become leaders.


The 4-H program provides opportunities for all youth ages 5 to 19-years-old to participate in innovative, fun programs where they develop valuable lifelong skills.

4-H recognizes the age of the individual on Jan. 1 of the current year:

  • 4-H members: 8 to 19-years-old
  • Cloverbuds: 5 to 7-years-old

Cloverbuds are not allowed to participate in large animal or shooting sports projects.


You may join anytime. However, to participate in the Elmore County Fair, you must be enrolled and have your fees paid by March 1.

Members and volunteers must register through 4HOnline. Please view the Enrollment Instructions (PDF) for more information.


Elmore County 4-H clubs focus on topics like woodworking, cooking, veterinary science and animals.

4-H Club members elect their own officers and decide what the club does. Learn and work together in club activities, then exhibit your project at the fair.

Contact UI Extension, Elmore County for more information.


4-H offers a wide variety of projects. A project is a topic that you can explore. You’ll learn life skills like understanding yourself, communicating and working with others, time management, problem solving and decision making skills that you will use for the rest of your life.


Enjoy the summer at Cascade Lake 4-H Adventure Camp, where every day is an adventure.

Campers participate in many activities under the supervision of adult chaperones and trained teen counselors.

4-H membership is not required to attend. However, only 4-H members are eligible for scholarships.

Elmore County Fair

The Elmore County Fair allows 4-H members to show off their year-long work. It also provides important opportunities for positive youth development.

Record Books and Interview Schedule

All 4-H members must complete a record book interview for their project.

If you do not interview or turn in a record book, you will not be allowed to exhibit or sell your animal at the fair.

4-H Horse Fair Show Class Registration

Horse members participating in the Elmore County Horse Show must turn in the fair class form by June 15.

4-H Livestock Sale Consignment Form

4-H members taking a market animal project must complete and turn the consignment form (PDF) into the fair 4-H Office after the last species quality class.

You must turn in this form to sell your animal at the fair.


University of Idaho Extension, Elmore County

Physical Address:
535 E. Jackson
Mountain Home, ID 83647

Phone: 208-587-2136 ext 1250

Fax: 208-587-2137



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