4-H recognizes the age of the individual on January 1 of the current 4-H year. Eligibility established on January 1 will remain in effect for the entire 4-H year, which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.
4-H members ages 8 to 18 years are eligible to participate in all programs offered by 4-H, including competitive activities and 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.
What are 4-H Programs?
4-H programs operate under the three mission mandate areas of science, engineering and technology, and healthy living and citizenship.
They differ from 4-H projects because they include a variety of knowledge areas and include many projects and events.
Programs can target specific audiences, seek out community partnerships and have funding sources that provide resources.
The identified 4-H program areas in Idaho are: 4-H Afterschool, Ambassadors, Collegiate 4-H, Cloverbuds, Healthy Living, Operation Military Kids, Shooting Sports, Science and Engineering/Technology.
What is a 4-H project?
A “project” is a topic that you can explore. You’ll learn life skills like understanding yourself, communicating and working with others, and problem solving and decision making skills that you will use for the rest of your life.
How do I choose a 4-H project?
Think about what you like to do or what you are interested in, then look at the list of projects. Some of the project manuals are available in your local UI Extension county office and some are online. Choose one that looks interesting, and find out more about it.
Your 4-H leader and your parent can also help you decide. Check with your 4-H leader to find out if there are requirements for the project.
Do I have to do all the activities in the project guide or manual?
Of course not. The member, parents and leader choose the activities. Members may plan to do a little or a lot based on their interests and abilities. Project plans and goals change as a member’s interests change.
How much time is spent on a 4-H project?
It depends on the size and scope of a member’s plan and goals. Some projects take a few days, weeks or even months. Some projects are repeated or undertaken again the following year to learn more and accomplish additional goals.
Are there rewards for completing 4-H projects?
There are several ways to receive awards and recognition for completing projects. Check with your county 4-H staff member or 4-H leader to find out if there are special requirements.
How do I get 4-H project manuals or guides?
Your 4-H leader or county 4-H staff member will have a list of project manuals or guides. Some project activities are online. Your 4-H staff member may have extra copies in his or her office. Otherwise, the manuals can be ordered. Your 4-H leader or 4-H staff member can help you, so just ask!
Is there a list of projects?
4-H can be anything you want it to be. 4-H projects are based on research so you can have up-to-date and accurate information about the things you’re interested in.
4-H project manuals and guides give you ideas for activities to do and ways to learn more. Not all of these projects may be offered by your club or county 4-H program, but this is a great place to explore!
If there is something that you are interested in and it’s not on the list, talk with your county 4-H staff member.
The purpose of the 4-H program is to help young people become creative and productive citizens. 4-H lays the foundation for continuing education and helps youth acquire a zest for life-long learning.
- Learn to live in a changing world
- Develop talents
- Learn how food and fiber products are made
- Explore ways to earn a living
- Learn to conserve nature’s resources
- Learn healthy living habits
- Take responsibility for community improvement
- Strengthen family relationships
- Join with friends for work, fun and fellowship
Leaders are adult and teenage volunteers backed by our office and UI Extension. They provide training and project materials.
For more information on 4-H, please visit the links below, or the 4-H Quick Links at right.
- About 4-H
- Membership and Age Requirements
- 4-H Documents and Forms
- 4-H Newsletters
- 4-H Photo Slideshow
To view calendar items for specific 4-H districts or counties, select a district or county using the drop-down menus below. The default selection includes 4-H events in Bonner County only.
Documents not available for download may be obtained by contacting your county extension office (contact info below right).
Horse Project Forms: