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Leadership Training, Citizenship and Travel

Youth and adult members’ 4-H experiences are often enriched through leadership training, citizenship events and travel opportunities.

Whether you’re participating in local events or traveling overseas, a wide variety of learning experiences are available to build your leadership, citizenship and cultural knowledge.

Leadership Training

Leadership development is a part of most 4-H opportunities, but some events are designed for youth and/or adults to enhance their organizational or project-specific teaching skills.

Many local youth and adult leadership training opportunities do not require pre-registration. Some of these include organizational leaders (mid-October), livestock (January and March), Souper Saturday (late February) and new leaders (late March).

Consult your current 4-H Express newsletter for specific details regarding upcoming opportunities.

This training opportunity takes place in February and is like a potluck with an element of competition thrown in. We also have a soup, salad, bread, and dessert contest for lunch.

This is a great way for leaders to get up to three hours of training on a variety of topics. We hope that all those attending will find something to help them learn and grow as leaders!

Classes offered by the Panhandle Ambassadors may be canceled due to some of those youth having other obligations that day.

In January and March, we hold half-hour Livestock Leaders meetings followed by two-hour training sessions.

This special training is a hands-on clinic for Horse Leaders to learn new information to teach their members as well as how to teach them in an interactive environment.

There are a limited number of spaces, so pre-registration is required. Leaders can also audit this training if they don’t want to ride in it. Contact our office for more information.

This training is held in Coeur d’Alene in April and offers 4-H volunteers the discipline-specific training needed to lead the respective Shooting Sports Projects.

Call our 4-H office for more information at 208-446-1680.

The online volunteer e-learning modules are provided by Washington State University in partnership with the University of Idaho.

There are 4 modules to this training, and they must all be completed to get credit for the one hour of training.

Please print off the certificates of completion and submit those to the UI Extension, Kootenai County office for documentation of your training.

For more information, please follow the instructions on the UI Extension 4-H Youth Development website.

This Post Falls retreat is held in January for 4-H youth in grades 8–12.


This training is for 4-H youth ages 14 and up and is held in McCall in November.

State Leader Forum

This annual statewide conference is for volunteers and older youth to receive leadership training. This forum rotates throughout the state and is normally held in late fall. 


The Teen Ambassador Leadership Kit program is for 4-H teens to work on their public speaking skills and is held in Albion, ID.

Teen Conference

This event is for youths who have completed the 8th grade and is held on the University of Idaho campus.

This forum rotates through the 13 western states and is an annual leadership development and networking opportunity for adult volunteers and teens.


The following provide youth and adult chaperones an opportunity to better understand the workings of our state and federal government.

This conference is for youth in grades 8 and 9 to learn more about their state government. It is held in Boise over Presidents Day weekend.

Youth learn more about their national government through this conference held each summer in Washington, D.C.


Youth in middle school or high school can apply to represent Idaho in a variety of national or international educational travel experiences. Their families can also apply to serve as host families for the international (IFYE and LABO) programs.

National 4-H Conference

4-H youth 15 to 18 years old are selected at the state level to represent Idaho at this annual conference held in Washington, D.C. in April. 

National 4-H Congress

4-H youth 14 to 19 years old are selected at the state level to represent Idaho and their identified project area in Atlanta, Georgia each November.

National 4-H Dairy Conference

4-H youth 15 to 19 years old who have been in dairy or dairy foods projects are selected at the state level to attend this conference in late September/early October in Madison, Wisconsin.

Youth can participate in outbound exchanges, or families can host an inbound youth. The state 4-H/Youth Development office manages both of these programs. Please see the 4-H International Programs website for more information.


Kootenai County 4-H

Mailing Address:
1808 N 3rd St
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814-3407

Phone: 208-446-1680

Fax: 208-446-1690


Web: UI Extension, Kootenai County

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