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The Kootenai/Shoshone 4-H Horse Leaders will again be putting on a Tack & Equipment Swap for those in the community.  This year the Swap will be on April 26th from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in the North Barn (horse arena) area.  If you wish to consign items they need to be brought in on April 25th between noon and 6:30 pm.  Large volume consignors can send in their item list with prices via email to and we will have tags ready when you get there.  If you have additional questions, please contact Sharla Wilson at 208-446-1680.

If you have tack, equipment or show clothing that you no longer use, this is a great time to help it find a new home.  If you are looking to make some additions to your supplies or need to find some new to you supplies for this coming year, come and check us out!


 March 7, 2014
Awards & Recognition

While the 4-H program focuses on helping youth and adults gain valuable life skills through active involvement in citizenship, leadership and project-related involvement at all levels, the following options provide incentives that encourage youth and adults to excel.

Volunteer Awards

Youth Awards

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The Idaho 4-H Youth Development program is dedicated to encourage our youth participants to pursue continuing education beyond the high school level.  A variety of scholarship opportunities exist to assist current and/or former members with their post-secondary education costs.


State  (scholarship descriptions)


 March 6, 2014
Leadership Training, Citizenship & Travel

 Recognizing group and project-based activities at the club level typically form the foundation, there are many additional opportunities available for youth and adults to further enrich their total 4-H experience.  Whether it be participating in local events to traveling overseas, a wide variety of learning experiences are available to build your skills related to leadership, citizenship and cultural understanding.

 Leadership Training

While leadership development permeates most 4-H opportunities, this section focuses on those events designed for youth and/or adults to further enhance their organizational or project-specific teaching skills.  Opportunities are grouped by the level at which they occur and indicates the primary audience (youth, adult or both).


Numerous local youth and adult leadership training opportunities are available which do not require pre-registration.  These include organizational leaders (mid-October), livestock (January & March), Super Saturday (late-February), and new leaders (late-March) for example.  Consult your current 4-H Express newsletter for specific details regarding upcoming opportunities.





The following provide youth and adult chaperones an opportunity to better understand the workings of our state and federal government.




Middle-school to high-school age youth can apply to represent Idaho in a variety of national or international educational travel experiences.  Their families can also apply to serve as host families for the international (IFYE and LABO) programs.





 March 6, 2014
2014 State 4-H Leader Forum

The Northern Extension District 4-H volunteers and staff welcome you to the 2014 State 4-H Leader Forum in Lewiston, Idaho on November 7-9.  The Red Lion will serve as our conference hotel, with a flat room rate of $85/night plus tax for single to quad occupancy.

A variety of pre-Forum tours will be available Friday afternoon and evening, including a jet boat tour by Snake Dancer Excursions, University of Idaho Corn Maze, Lewiston Ghost Tours and much more.  Opening ceremonies featuring former 4-H member and director of SEL University, Jackie Peer, will energize us Saturday morning.  We anticipate a wide array of stimulating workshops throughout the day, with the State DSA and Hall of Fame Banquet capping off the evening.  Capnote speaker, Jana Kemp, will inspire and challenge us to new heights during the closing ceremonies on Sunday morning.

So whether you’re packing the car, hopping a plane or even paddling your own canoe to the confluences of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers, Lewiston Idaho is the place to be November 7-9, 2014.


Hotel reservations should be made directly with Red Lion (208-799-1000 or 800-232-6730).  Be sure to mention you’re with the 2014 State 4-H Leader Forum conference and special rate of $85/night; this should avoid subsequent delays at check-in.

Registration & Schedule

The planning committee is currently working to secure additional donors and resources to reduce the overall registration costs for our 4-H teens, volunteers and staff.  Our goal is to have both the registration form and detailed conference schedule finalized and links below activated by May 20th.

  • Conference Registration Form (coming soon)
  • Conference Schedule (coming soon)

Supplemental Forms / Information

  • Auction Item Submission (coming soon)
  • Display Request Form (coming soon)
  • Pre-Forum Tour Descriptions (coming soon)
  • Workshop Proposal Form (due April 25th)


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Shooting Sports Training

April 26-27, Coeur d’Alene.  This training is designed for 4-H leaders seeking their initial Shooting Sports certification in archery, hunting, pistol, rifle and/or shotgun.  Participants can obtain certification for one discipline in a single day or certification for two disciplines over the entire weekend.  [2014 Shooting Sports Registration packet]

May 10-11, Coeur d’Alene.  This training is designed for 4-H Shooting Sports leaders who have at least one year of experience since receiving their archery certification.  Participants will gain extensive knowledge and skills necessary to achieve USA Archery Level 2 certification.  [2014 - Advanced Archery Registration packet]

 March 6, 2014

This year the Northern District will be hosting their first 4-H Equine Expo ( 2014 District Equine Expo Flyer)

This event will be on Saturday April 12th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Joy Richards Barn in Hayden (see the flyer for details).  We have several great presentations for members, parents and leaders to attend.  If you will be joining us for this fun and educational day, please RSVP by April 9th.  This event is also Free to 4-H families.

 February 27, 2014

Idaho 4-H Teen Conference is just around the corner.  See the Idaho 4-H State Teen Conference Page for the most up to date information and registration forms.

For those local teens looking for scholarships to help pay the fees, here are a couple of opportunities:

District Teen Conference Scholarship Application is open to the 10 Northern counties and consists of 13 $100 scholarships. This scholarship is due March 14, 2014.

Teen Conference Mike Beck Scholarship is available for Kootenai & Shoshone 4-H members, the amount varies each year.  This scholarship is due March 17, 2014.

 February 27, 2014

There are many opportunities for graduating 4-H members to get financial support for college or vocational education.

At the state level, there are numerous  options.  Follow this link to see all of them along with the application(s) -  state level scholarships.  These are primarily due by February 1st.

At the county level high school seniors can apply for the following scholarships which are due by April 1st.

Kootenai/Shoshone 4-H Leaders Association Scholarship

Ford Cederblom Scholarship

The  North Idaho Fair Foundation Scholarship is also available to 4-H members from the North Idaho Fair Foundation Board and is due March 3rd.

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4-H Horse Bowl is a quiz bowl for 4-H Horse members to show their knowledge in a fun yet competitive way.  This event is one of the options for horse members to complete their county activity requirement.  Please review the guidelines document to learn more about question sources and contest format.  Members should visit with their horse leader on the preferred method of registration.  Members can register using the event registration option in 4Honline or can register through their horse leader who will use the preregistration document.  Registrations are due March 3rd.

Link to 4-H Horse Bowl guidelines and registration form

2014 Horse Bowl Schedule Revised

 February 13, 2014

Both the Kootenai/Shoshone 4-H Horse Camp & Equine Retreat will be held June 22-28.  Horse Camp will be held along the Coeur d’ Alene River north of Kingston and Equine Retreat will be held at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds.  Sign-Ups for both events will begin on April 8th from 5:00-6:30 pm at the Kootenai County Extension Office.  Registrations will be taken after that time, but it does help us to get a good start on processing all of the registrations if they come in during that initial sign-up event.  This event is open to 4-H horse members and 4-H leaders of Kootenai/Shoshone and surrounding counties.  If you know of someone in 4-H in another county that would like to join, feel free to invite them.  Below are all of the forms you should need to answer your questions and get you registered.

Link to Horse Camp & Equine Retreat information and forms

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