4-H Youth Development
4-H is the largest youth organization worldwide, reaching all 50 states and 80 countries.
The study of 4-H Youth Development shows 4-H youths outperform their peers in:
- Earning higher grades
- Attending college
- Contributing to their communities
Research specific to Idaho shows that 4-H members are:
- Less likely to engage in risky, negative behaviors
- More likely to do service projects and help others
- More likely to seek school and community leadership roles
- Camas Trail Riding Horse Club
The UI Extension, Coeur d’ Alene Reservation specializes in 4-H afterschool and school day enrichment that include a wide range of project offerings; integrating the experiential learning model.
- Cloverbuds (kindergarten-1st)
- Success Center (2nd-5th grade)
- Coeur d’ Alene Tribal School Culture Day (4th-8th grade)
- Strengthening the Spirit (7th-8th grade)
- Know Your Government and Ambassadors (9th-12th grade)
UI Extension, Schitsu’umsh Reservation partners with the Plummer/Worley School District for the Success Center Afterschool program, which is open to children entering second through fifth grade.
Students have the opportunity to work on homework, attend field trips, engage in physical activity, participate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, learn CDA language and other life skill curriculum.
“Rock’n the Rez”
UI Extension works in conjunction with the Tribal Wellness Center’s “Rock’n the Rez” summer program for children in grades first through sixth. Camp curriculum focuses on the importance of water quality, identification of native animals and plants, ecological services and human-environment interactions.
Back to the Earth
This three-week summer program is coordinated by the Schitsu’umsh Tribe and University of Idaho. It is available to children of both the Schitsu’umsh and Spokane Tribes in first through sixth grade.
The Back to the Earth project is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and is focused on STEM curriculum and getting students interested in natural resources.
4-H is open year-round to youth ages five to 18 without regard to race, creed, gender, marital status, handicaps or disadvantages, economic or ethnic backgrounds.
Participants ages eight to 18 are eligible for all 4-H programs, including competitive activities and events. Ages five to seven 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 Oct. 1 and Dec. 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 4-H Online 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 1–3 projects are:
- Cloverbuds: $13
- Regular members: $13
- ATV/Safety members: $21
- Horse members: $23
There is a $3/project fee for youth participating in more than three projects.