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University of Idaho Extension, Franklin County

Mailing Address:
561 W Oneida
Preston, ID 83263

Phone: 208-852-1097

Fax: 208-852-2812



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4-H Youth Development

4-H helps young people become creative and productive citizens. 4-H lays the foundation for continuing education and helps youth acquire a zest for life-long learning.

  • Learn to live in a changing world
  • Develop talents
  • Learn how food and fiber products are made
  • Explore ways to earn a living
  • Learn to conserve nature’s resources
  • Learn healthy living habits
  • Take responsibility for community improvement
  • Serve as world citizens
  • Strengthen family relationships
  • Join with friends for work, fun and fellowship

Upcoming Classes and Events

December Day Camps

  • There is a $10 enrollment fee for the 2019-2020 year.
  • Day camp registration will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
  • Flyer (PDF)

4-H Teen Health Advocate

Interested in health and nutrition? Like working and teaching other youth? Consider being a Teen Advocate for Healthy Living.

You will learn nutrition, food preparation, cooking and shopping skills, along with social-emotional activities. You will also work with University of Idaho Extension faculty and staff to teach these skills to other youth.

Teen advocates:

  • Receive training on the best healthy living strategies
  • Volunteer within the community and county, promoting healthy living — nutrition and emotional well-being
  • Gain excellent leadership experience for college application and future jobs
  • Have the opportunity to attend the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living each year

To apply, fill out the following application and email to Maureen Toomey

Teen Advocate Application (Word)

Teen Advocate Application (PDF)

For more information, contact 208-852-1097 or

4-H College Scholarships

Scholarships are available for 4-H members who plan to attend post-secondary institutions in Idaho. Please review the information on the scholarships available and how to apply by visiting our 4-H Scholarships page. Applications are due by Dec. 15, so please plan ahead and apply early. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at: 208-885-7700 or

“To Make the Best Better”

The 4-H motto encourages each member to do his or her best and improve the next time, so his or her “best” becomes “better.” Members stretch their abilities and capacities to reach their full potential.

Membership and Age Requirements

4-H recognizes the age of the individual on Jan. 1 of the current 4-H year. Eligibility established on Jan. 1 will remain in effect for the entire 4-H year, which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.

4-H members ages 8 to 18 years are eligible to participate in all programs offered by 4-H, including competitive activities/events. Individuals older than 18 years of age who have special needs are eligible to participate in 4-H, provided they are enrolled in high school.

The maximum number of club members and type of projects offered will be established by individual club leaders.

Out-of-state or out-of-country 4-H members who will be residents of Franklin County for six consecutive months will be allowed to participate in the Franklin County 4-H Livestock Program and Fair, if the project requirements are met.

For horse and all other 4-H projects, 4-H members from out-of-state or out-of-county will be allowed to participate in the Franklin County 4-H Program and Fair as long as they are not enrolled in another county or state 4-H program.

Program and Projects

4-H programs include the areas of: science, engineering and technology, healthy living and citizenship. They differ from 4-H projects because they include a variety of knowledge areas and are inclusive of many projects and events. Programs can target specific audiences, seek out community partnerships and have funding sources that provide resources.

The identified 4-H program areas in Idaho are:

  • 4-H Afterschool
  • Ambassadors
  • Collegiate 4-H
  • Healthy Living
  • Outreach to Military Kids
  • Shooting Sports
  • Science and Engineering/Technology

A project is a topic that you can explore. You’ll learn life skills like understanding yourself, working with others, problem solving and decision making.

4-H can be anything you want it to be. 4-H projects are based on research, so you have up-to-date and accurate information about things you’re interested in. 4-H project manuals and guides have ideas for activities to do and ways to learn more. Not all of these projects may be offered by your club or county 4-H program, but this is a great place to explore. If there is something that you are interested in and it’s not on the list, talk with a 4-H staff member.

Think about what you like to do or what you are interested in, then look at the list of projects.

Some of the project manuals are available in your local UI Extension county office and some are online. Choose one that looks interesting and find out more about it.

Your 4-H leader and your parent can also help you decide. Check with your 4-H leader to find out if there are requirements for the project.

Your 4-H leader or county 4-H staff member will have a list of project manuals or guides.

Some project activities are online while others can be ordered.

Your 4-H leader or 4-H staff member can help you, so just ask.

“Learn By Doing”

The 4-H philosophy is to provide youth with a hands-on experience to enhance learning.

Sign Up

Contact Franklin County 4-H to enroll.

When to Join

You may join anytime, but to participate in the county fair you must join by July 1.

Costs will include one or more of the following expenses:

  • County Enrollment Fee — $10 per member for the 4-H year from Oct. 1 to Sept. 31
  • County Horse Fee — $10 per member participating in the 4-H horse program from Oct. 1 to Sept. 31
  • County Livestock Fee — $7 weigh-in fee per animal in the 4-H livestock program from Oct. 1 to Sept. 31
  • Project Book/Sheet and Resources — Project books/resources may be available through your county Extension office, so ask your 4-H staff member.
  • Project Items — Supplies, materials, equipment, animals, facilities and other resources needed to complete the 4-H project learning experience.
  • Club Dues/Fees — a per member fee charged by some clubs for refreshments, project book costs, Fair pass, club t-shirt, supplemental insurance, etc. Please ask the club volunteer about their 4-H club fee structure.
  • 4-H Events & Opportunities — Fees charged for participation in events and opportunities such as camps, workshops, conferences, trips, etc.

4-H Pledge

I pledge my HEAD to clearer thinking,

My HEART to greater loyalty,

My HANDS to larger service,

And my HEALTH to better living,

For my club, my community, my country and my world.

  • Head stands for decision making, planning, organizing, problem solving and using knowledge throughout life.
  • Heart stands for strong personal values, positive self-concept, concern for others, cooperation and communication.
  • Hands stands for volunteering, community service, preparing for the world of work, science and technology literacy and useful skills.
  • Health stands for healthy lifestyles, character, ethics, stress management and disease prevention.

4-H Colors

Green represents life, growth and youth. White symbolizes purity and high ideals.


University of Idaho Extension, Franklin County

Mailing Address:
561 W Oneida
Preston, ID 83263

Phone: 208-852-1097

Fax: 208-852-2812



Find us on Google Maps