4-H Youth Development
4-H is the largest youth organization worldwide, reaching all 50 states and 80 countries.
Members have fun and make new friends while gaining leadership, citizenship and useful life skills through a wide variety of projects.
Skilled, caring adult volunteer leaders provide guidance and ensure a safe learning environment.
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 ages 8 to 18 are eligible for all 4-H programs, including competitive activities and events. Ages 5 to 7 are eligible to participate in Cloverbuds.
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).
Individuals can enroll at any time, but are encouraged to enroll between October 1 and March 1 so they can fully participate in all activities and events for that year.
The following information provides step-by-step instructions on how to enroll (or re-enroll) in our 4-H program, along with a link to the local 4HOnline portal.
There is a nominal annual fee that helps cover the cost of project curriculum, accident insurance, resource materials, related mailings and state participation fees.
The current annual base fees for one to three projects are:
- Cloverbuds: $20
- Regular members: $20
- ATV/Safety members: $21
- Horse members: $23
There is a $3/project fee for youth participating in more than three projects.
Several animal-related project areas have numerous events and extensive supplemental resources.
View and download resources and entry forms related to beef, goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine. See information about the Stock Sale useful to members and prospective buyers.
Participants in 4-H Shooting Sports programs learn the safe, appropriate and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment while gaining marksmanship skills. The Shooting Sports Program also helps young people learn life skills, build self-worth, strengthen conservation ethics and become more effective environmental stewards.
County oral presentations are a great way to show off your presentation skills and get feedback from judges on areas to improve.
This contest is open to all 4-H members ages 8 to 18 and applies to all project areas.
View and download the forms below to prepare for the contest.
While the 4-H program focuses on helping youth and adults gain valuable life skills through active involvement in citizenship, leadership and project-related involvement at all levels, the following options provide incentives that encourage youth and adults to excel.
- Distinguished Service Award (DSA)
- Leader of the Year
- Idaho Key Award
- Outstanding Club Award
- Outstanding Member Award
4-H Express Newsletter
The 4-H Express newsletter is a great source of information about opportunities for the entire family. It is published four times a year and answers questions regarding upcoming activities and events.