4-H Youth Development
4-H is the largest youth organization worldwide, reaching all 50 states and 80 countries. Our members have fun and make new friends while gaining leadership, citizenship and useful life skills through a wide variety of projects.
In addition, our 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 Oct. 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: $30
- Regular members: $30
- ATV/Safety members: $31
- Horse members: $33
There is a $3 project fee per project for youth participating in more than three projects.
The 4-H program wouldn’t exist without volunteers to lead projects and help plan and conduct events. To become a 4-H volunteer, please contact the UI Extension office to pick up a 4-H Volunteer Application Packet.
Completing this Checklist will also help you map your way to becoming a Kootenai/Shoshone 4-H volunteer.
In order to keep our volunteers up to date on changes within the program and additional information about being a volunteer and our projects, new volunteers need to complete 3 hours of training, and returning volunteers need 2 hours by April 1 annually.
Training options include but are not limited to:
- Souper Saturday (February, up to 3 hours credit)
- Livestock Leader Training (January and March meetings, 2 hours credit)
- New Volunteer Orientation (multiple dates, 1 hour credit)
- New Volunteer Training (March, 3 hours credit)
- Other Extension and pre-approved outside training (contact the UI Extension office for options or pre-approval)
There are many great opportunities for Idaho 4-H members and volunteers beyond their home county, as well as a wealth of project and program support materials at the UI Extension 4-H Youth Development state website.
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.