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4-H or Youth Programs

UI Extension, Gooding County's 4-H program serves more than 300 youth ages 5-18. 4-H Youth Development members participate in innovative, fun programs through which they can develop lifelong skills. We also work closely with UI Extension in neighboring counties to offer additional youth programs in our area, both 4-H and non-4-H.

4-Hers learn valuable skills, have fun, make new friends and solve problems in a variety of topic areas. They practice citizenship and can earn awards and recognition through 4-H. Youth develop leadership abilities and make a difference in our community.

4-H in Gooding County

4-H age is determined by the age as of January 1 of the current year:

  • 4-H members — ages 8 to 18
  • Cloverbuds — ages 5 to 7 (Cloverbuds are welcome to participate in 4-H but cannot take large animals to the fair.)

Visit 4-H Online to enroll today. Returning 4-H members and volunteers can re-enroll (re-enrollment instructions-pdf).

All returning members and volunteers must follow a Code of Conduct and be enrolled by April 1. New members may enroll at any time but must be enrolled by the first Friday in June to participate in the current fair. Members taking animal projects must be enrolled by the following project deadlines:

  • Market beef — March 3
  • Llama and horse — April 1
  • Market swine — April 15
  • Livestock breeding projects, dairy, dairy goat, pet goat, rabbit, cat, dog, poultry, pets — May 1
  • Market lambs and meat goats, market broilers/fryers — June 2


Membership fees, project fees and fair fees apply. Membership for all 4-H members is $15. Cloverbud membership is $10. A fair fee/project fee chart is available at the Extension office.


All 4-H members must sign the necessary waivers through the 4-H online enrollment process.

Idaho’s 4-H program wouldn’t exist without its thousands of volunteers. In every part of the state, 4-H volunteers coordinate 4-H community clubs, lead 4-H projects and help to plan and conduct local, regional, state and national 4-H events. Visit the University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development website to learn more about volunteering.

The county fair is a way for 4-H and FFA youth to showcase their project work and receive recognition for their efforts, but it can also provide important opportunities for positive youth development.

Life skill and developmental outcomes are accomplished through non-formal educational opportunities and the fair is a great place to provide positive opportunities for belonging, mastery, independence and generosity.

Interview schedule

All 4-H members will do an interview for their project(s). Animal interviews are usually held the Monday prior to fair, and FCS/miscellaneous project interviews are usually held on the Friday prior to fair. Interviews are mandatory. If you do not interview, you will not be allowed to show or sell your animal. 

4-H and FFA horse entry form

Horse members participating in the Gooding County horse show must turn in the entry form and fees. It is important to understand the rules and regulations of the 4-H Horse program.

Gooding County 4-H Guidelines

Livestock Project

4-H entry form

4-H members with small animal and breeding or pet livestock projects must submit this form and the corresponding fees to UI Extension, Gooding County by the last Friday in July of every year.

FFA entry form

FFA members must submit the FFA entry form and fees to UI Extension, Gooding County by the last Friday in July of every year.

4-H and FFA consignment form

4-H and FFA members taking a market animal project must complete and turn the consignment form to UI Extension, Gooding County prior to fair week. You must turn in this form to be eligible to sell your animal at the fair.

Learn more about the activities in UI Extension, Gooding County by visiting the 4-H calendar and to sign up to receive the 4-H Spotlight newsletter, an excellent source of information for 4-H families. Contact the UI Extension, Gooding County to be added to the distribution list for the newsletter and please specify if you would like to receive it by mail or email.

UI Extension, Gooding County provides several 4-H camps each year. The goal of these camps is to:

  • Provide youth a camp type atmosphere
  • Give teens an opportunity to increase their leadership skills
  • Provide an opportunity for youth to belong
  • Give youth opportunities to increase knowledge and skills by learning from caring adults and teens
  • Provide fun activities where youth can apply their new knowledge and skills
  • Generate confidence in youth by recognizing them for their participation

Camp is planned and conducted for various content such as:

  • 4-H Wildlife Camp
  • Idaho Swine Camp
  • 4-H Summer Camp
  • 4-H Beef Camp

These topics are consistently requested and have continued on an annual basis where camps are hosted by different counties each year. Contact UI Extension, Gooding County for current information on any planned overnight or day camps.

Day camps target one specific topic and are geared toward first- and second-year members and may also include advanced sessions for more experienced or older members.

Overnight Camps

Contact the UI Extension, Gooding County to learn about this year’s events.

Livestock Judging

  • This camp focuses on livestock evaluation with an emphasis on oral reasons.

4-H Summer

  • This camp is held in Ketchum each summer.

Day Camps

Swine, Expo Idaho

  • This camp is held each summer in Boise.

Visit the 4-H Youth Development website for 4-H camps in your area.

Each project will list the required documents to turn in to UI Extension, Gooding County for a completed 4-H project.

Horse Project

Livestock Market Project

Livestock Breeding Project

Project in a Day

4-H Project

Cloverbud Project

Involvement Report

All 4-H members are strongly encouraged to complete an involvement report (fillable PDF) (PDF) every year. This is a cumulative document that tracks members’ involvement throughout their 4-H career. Each year, a member should add to the previous year’s report. This helps members keep track of activities and is extremely helpful when applying for scholarships.

Below is a list of college scholarships. Please review their application due date.


Youth involved in the 4-H program can become actively involved in growing and developing their leadership skills, from first becoming involved in a club committee to serving on state and national planning committees. Area-wide and county activities are created to provide involvement and educational programming across county lines. They are designed to provide youth and volunteers with learning and leadership opportunities.

Most scholarship applications ask for:

  • Leadership
  • Activities (involvement)
  • Honor and awards

Received in:

  • School
  • Community
  • 4-H/FFA or extracurricular organizations
  • 4-H leadership

Get Involved

Attend and help plan other events. Doing so gives you travel and college opportunities. Check out the calendar or call the UI Extension, Gooding County to find out where you can get involved.

We also HIGHLY encourage all youth to use the 4-H Involvement Report (PDF) to record all your activities, including school, church and community items.

If you are interested in attending any of these events, please contact the UI Extension office. Scholarships are available.

  • 4-H Ambassadors — For 4-Hers ages 14 and up who have completed at least two years of 4-H projects and activities. 4-H Ambassadors work year-round to promote 4-H in their counties and attend an annual training held each November in McCall. Learn more about 4-H Ambassadors.
  • TALK Retreat — Teen Ambassador Leadership Kit (TALK) is an annual retreat held in Albion, Idaho, to polish public speaking skills of teens who become 4-H ambassadors. Check out TALK Retreat.
  • Know Your Government — Known as KYG, this conference is held in Boise each Presidents’ Day weekend while the Idaho Legislature is in session. Designed for students in grades 8-9, KYG is a project as well as an experience. Learn more about KYG.
  • State Teen Association Convention — Join teens from around the state each June for five days of fun and educational activities on the University of Idaho Moscow campus. For teens who have completed grades 8 and up. Learn more about State Teen Association Convention.
  • College Scholarships — Your involvement in 4-H can open many doors for you in the form of college scholarships. Learn more about 4-H scholarships.
  • National Opportunities — Teen 4-Hers are invited to step outside their comfort zones and apply for one or more of the four national 4-H conferences that take place in Atlanta, Georgia, Washington, D.C., or Madison, Wisconsin. Each has a rich history and purpose. Delegates selected as representatives of Idaho 4-H make new friends from around the country and enrich their own lives and those of others through their commitment to 4-H. Learn more about national opportunities for 4-H’ers.
  • Camp Counselor — This position is for teens ages 14-18 who are enthusiastic and interested in working with younger children. Counselors will supervise campers, promote the health and safety of camp, actively participate in camp activities, show leadership and be a POSITIVE role model. They must attend leadership training and camp counselor training. Contact the office about day and summer camp activities.

This project provides opportunities for Idaho youth and adults to increase science and technology skills they will need in the workplace as well as provide them leadership opportunities. Mobile technology (tablets) is becoming an increasingly common method for young people to learn. These devices expand the capacity to keep us in touch with information and activities that we want while we are on the move. Tablets are a source of technology that allows the user to create their own path to learning.

A team of five Extension professionals are leading a statewide effort to work with a group of youth (Mobile Tech Team) who will be trained to evaluate mobile applications for educational value, how to use these mobile apps and how others can integrate these tools into their current programming.

The team will take this knowledge back to the Extension professionals, volunteers and youth within the state. The Mobile Tech Team will share how this teaching tool can be better utilized and implemented within the current program/curriculum.

Contact Cindy Kinder to learn more about this program.

A variety of awards are available at the county, district and state levels. Below you will find guidelines, applications and nomination forms. This information will be updated as current forms become available.

Area and Statewide Youth

Gooding + Camas

Including Animal Science

Find more youth opportunities through our collaboration with UI Extension, Camas County

Area Youth Programs


University of Idaho Extension, Gooding County

Mailing Address:
203 Lucy Lane
Gooding, ID 83330-1178

Phone: 208-934-4417

Fax: 208-934-4092



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