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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).

County

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.

District

State

Regional

 Citizenship

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

State

National

Travel

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.

 National

International

 

 

 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, including a jet boat tour by Snake Dancer Excursions, “Taste of the Valley” agribusiness adventure, downtown Lewiston underground haunts and much more.  Opening ceremonies featuring former 4-H member and director of SEL University, Jackie Peer, will energize us Saturday morning.  A wide array of  20 stimulating workshops will be offered throughout the day, with the State DSA and Hall of Fame Banquet highlighting the evening festivities.  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.

Lodging

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 and special rate of $85/night; this should avoid subsequent delays at check-in.

Registration & Schedule

The 2014 State Leader Forum planning committee is looking forward to hosting you in beautiful Lewiston, November 7-9.  Despite the loss this year of a significant donor to State 4-H Leader Forums nationwide, we have worked diligently to secure supplemental funding to ensure the registration costs for volunteers and youth are truly affordable.  A complete registration packet and schedule can be found below.

Everything you need to know, from workshop descriptions and pre-Forum tours to securing space for table-top displays or submitting an auction item is all contained within the registration packet.  After reviewing everything being offered, we think you will find this Forum to be an excellent investment in your personal growth.  What do you think?

Forum Donors

We are grateful to those groups and businesses who are contributing their support to make the 2014 State 4-H Leader Forum a truly positive, educational experience for volunteers and youth throughout Idaho.  For more information on our three-tiered sponsorship program (Gold – $500 or more, Silver – $250-$499, or Green – $100-$249), please contact Kerry Sanford at 208-799-3096.  Gold level donors to date are noted below:

  • Nez Perce 4-H Leader’s Council

 

 

 March 6, 2014
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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
 

Kootenai/Shoshone Souper Saturday – February 22 at Lakeland Sr. High School – Begins at 8:00 am

This is a great way for leaders to get up to 3 hours of training on a variety of topics.  We will also have a Soup, Salad, Bread & Dessert contest for lunch.  It’s much like a potluck with an element of competition thrown in.  We are planning to be able to offer all of these classes, though the classes offered by the Panhandle Ambassadors may have to be canceled due to some of those youth having other obligations that day.  We hope that everyone attending will be able to find something to help them learn and grow though!  Souper Saturday 2014 schedule

Livestock Leaders meeting w/training – March 6 at the Kootenai Extension Office – Training begins at 7:30 pm

We will have a 1/2 hour Livestock Leaders meeting followed by a 2 hour training session.

Horse Leader Clinic – March 29 at Joy Richards Barn in Hayden – 2014 Horse Leaders Clinic Registration Form

This special training for Horse Leaders is a hands on clinic where they can learn new things to teach their members and how to teach them in a hands on environment.  There are a limited number of spaces, so preregistration is required.  Leaders can also audit this training if they don’t want to ride in it.

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]

E-Learning

Those leaders just needing 1 hour of training still may want to do the online volunteer e-learning modules.  There are 4 modules to this training.  All must be completed to get credit for 1 hour of training.  Please print off the certificates of completion and submit those to the Extension Office for documentation of your training.  These are provided by Washington State University in partnership with the University of Idaho.  Please follow this link for further instructions Idaho 4-H Leader E-Learning

 January 14, 2014
 
Organizational and Project Leaders

Organizational leaders work in an “advisor” role with the club officers and members to develop their annual club calendar, plan meetings and community pride activities, and also serve as the club’s adult liaison to the local UI Extension office.They also oversee club management, including enrollment, meeting minutes and financial records.

Project Leaders focus on providing the subject-matter expertise and guidance for members within a given area of interest (project). They typically secure the project curriculum, plus schedule project meeting times and locations, in consultation with members and their parents.

Explore these resources for more information:

{Note: For available training opportunities, select the “4-H workshops and training” tab in the upper right-hand column.}

Officers

Officers are elected by the club’s members and are entrusted to provide leadership for the club (i.e. planning meetings, developing agendas, establishing committees, keeping minutes and accurate financial records) while ensuring that all members have a voice and active role within the club.

Explore these resources for more information:

Annual Club Financial Responsibilities

By November 1st, the organizational leader and club officers are responsible to ensure that an Annual Club Financial Summary (from the back of the Treasurer Record Book) covering the most recently completed 4-H year (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30) is prepared, along with the Audit Committee Certification and Club Inventory Form. Signed copies of these documents must be submitted to the UI Extension, Kootenai County office by Nov.1.

Copies of these materials are available below:

 September 3, 2013
 

 

youthWhether you are a new or returning member, parent or leader, there is basic information related to the 4-H program that you should be familiar with.

The following materials provide answers to many of the most frequently asked questions, along with tools to help plan schedules and ensure everyone knows what is required to have a successful 4-H experience.

Explore these resources for more information:

 

County Oral Presentations Contest

This contest is open to all 4-H members ages 8-18, and all project areas.  This is a great way to show off you presentation polish and get a judges feedback on what you do well and areas you may be able to improve in.

 

Fair Related Materials

Fair is a big time for most 4-Her’s as it marks the completion and evaluation of most 4-H projects.  The North Idaho Fair is held in the later part of August with several aspects of project evaluation beginning in mid-August.  Below is information and forms that may assist 4-Her’s in successfully preparing for the fair experience.

Interview judging provides opportunities for youth to interact with the judges regarding their project work.  Listed below are several items that members and volunteer leaders will need to be well prepared for the interview judging experience.

Those members who will be exhibiting animals during the annual North Idaho Fair will need to complete and submit a 4-H Livestock Entry Form.  Families wishing to stay in the Camper Village area or to purchase additional Fair passes can utilize the second form below to do so.

 September 3, 2013