4-H Youth Development
4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H provides learning experiences in which youth, with help from parents, interested adults and older youth, grow personally as they develop skills for living. 4-H’ers have fun while they work and learn together.
Youth ages 8 to 18 years old are eligible to participate in all programs offered by 4-H, including competitive activities and events. 4-H age is the age of the individual on January 1 of the current 4-H year.
- Junior: 8-11 years old
- Intermediate: 12-14 years old
- Senior: 15-18 years old
Enrollment in 4-H or any 4-H program is subject to approval by the appropriate Extension personnel. To be eligible for enrollment and/or participation, previous members must be in compliance with state and county policies and not have any outstanding debts/payments due.
Cloverbuds is an educational program for youth ages 5 to 7 years old and to introduce young children to 4-H in a fun, non-competitive way. Cloverbuds may not participate in large animal, ATV or shooting sports projects.
If you are a new 4-H member, you will need to create a new profile. If you are a returning 4-H member, simply log into your profile and enroll for the new year
After enrolling via 4HOnline, you must submit your enrollment fees to the UI Extension, Custer County office before your enrollment becomes complete.
The 4HOnline Help Desk is a great resource for enrolling online. We also offer Enrollment Nights, where we help you enroll online, pay your enrollment fees and receive information regarding your 4-H project.
You must be enrolled in 4HOnline and have your enrollment fees paid to the Extension Office before attending any 4-H events. This includes 4-H meetings, livestock weigh-ins, etc.
The enrollment fees allow you to participate in as many projects/clubs as you wish for the year.
Returning 4-H members must be enrolled each year by June 1, or fees will double.
- Horse Project: $15.50
- ATV/Motorcycle/Tractor/Shooting Sports Projects: $12
- All other 4-H Projects (including Cloverbuds): $11
You must be enrolled in 4HOnline and have your enrollment fees paid prior to weighing in your market livestock project.
Proof of ownership (bill of sale, proof of ownership form or brand inspection) is due at (or before) weigh-in for all market livestock (beef, hog, sheep) that is weighed in.
Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) documentation for sheep is also due at (or before) weigh-in.
- 2017 Weigh-in: Saturday, March 4 (Mackay — 9:30 a.m. at the Seefried Ranch; Challis — noon at the Challis Creek Cattle Company Airport Ranch)
- Feed Test Period: 150 days
- Ownership: 150 days (must have ownership by Saturday, March 4, 2017)
- Bill of sale, proof of ownership form or a brand inspection is required for each steer you weigh in.
- 2017 Weigh-in: Sunday, April 30 (Mackay — 2 p.m. at the Fairgrounds; Challis — 5 p.m. at the North Custer Rodeo Grounds)
- Feed Test Period: 94 days
- Ownership: 100 days (must have ownership by Monday, April 24, 2017)
- Bill of sale or proof of ownership form is required for each hog you weigh in.
- 2017 Weigh-in: Friday, June 2 (Mackay & Challis will both weigh at Shane & Mimi Rosenkrance's Ranch starting at 8 a.m.)
- Feed Test Period: 61 days
- Ownership: 70 days (must have ownership by Wednesday, May 24, 2017)
- Bill of sale or proof of ownership form AND Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) documentation is required for each sheep weigh-in.
4-H wouldn’t thrive without its thousands of volunteers. 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.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer leader, please contact Sarah Baker at the UI Extension, Custer County office by calling 879-2344 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general information on 4-H Volunteer Leaders, please visit the UI Extension 4-H Youth Development Volunteer page.
All 4-H Leaders in Custer County are members of the 4-H Leader's Council. The Council addresses different 4-H program issues that come up during the year. They also vote and set policy for various projects.
Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, generally starting at 7 p.m., and rotating between Challis and Mackay.