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4-H Youth Development

4-H prepares young people to step up to the challenges in their community and the world. Youths receive the hands-on, real world experience they need to become leaders.

4-H is open year-round to youths ages 5 to 18-years-old without regard to race, creed, gender, marital status, handicaps or disadvantages, and economic or ethnic backgrounds.

4-H members ages 8 to 18-years-old 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.

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.

  • Must have five members from no fewer than three families
  • Must be organized with youth officers
  • Must meet six or more times per year
  • Must be supervised by one or more certified 4-H volunteers
  • Participate in at least one club service learning activity

Cloverbuds is an educational program designed to introduce youth ages 5 to 7-years-old to 4-H in a fun, noncompetitive way.

Cloverbuds may not participate in large animal, ATV or shooting sports projects, and they cannot sell animals at fair. Cloverbud members may be involved in lap animal projects. These are defined as rabbits, cavies, small dogs that weigh less than the member, chickens and mini-goats. Fair exhibits by Cloverbuds are optional but must be non-competitive. A Cloverbuds Memory Book is available to be used with fair exhibits, but is not required.

They are not required to complete or exhibit their book. A club display of Cloverbuds books at the fair is acceptable; however, the books are not judged.

4-H programs emphasize the development of life skills during hands-on learning opportunities supervised by positive, caring adults.

While most 4-H members belong to a community club offering a variety of projects and activities, 4-H at UI Extension sponsors additional programs that offer opportunities for 4-Hers large and small.

Explore 4-H programs through the UI Extension 4-H Youth Development website.

Explore 4-H camps and contact the UI Extension, Minidoka County office at or 208-436-7184 for more information on agendas, pricing, dates, etc.

UI Extension, Minidoka County houses and facilitates district equipment for 4-H use.

To schedule a district equipment rental, please call the UI Extension, Minidoka County office at 208-436-7184 for available dates. Fill out the contract, then email to or fax to 208-436-6889.

Shooting Sports Trailer Rental 

The trailer can only be rented by a trained shooting sports 4-H coordinator or someone over 18-years-old with hunter safety.

4-H Pistol Rental

Sewing Machine Rental

Please contact Carin George at or 208-436-7184 if you have questions.

Jeni Bywater

4-H Program Coordinator


UI Extension, Minidoka County

Mailing Address:
85 East Baseline
Rupert, ID  83350-1608

Phone: 208-436-7184

Fax: 208-436-6889



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