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We are trying something new this year – bring the whole family and join us for our 1st 4-H Family Fun & Recognition Night!  It will be held on October 10th at the Fairgrounds in Building #3 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  We are planning on having a BBQ Dinner, Jump House, a DJ for Dancing as well as some time to recognize some of our 4-H Leaders, Members and Clubs.

It is very important that if you are planning to join us (which I hope you are) that you RSVP by October 1.

 September 15, 2014
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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

 February 13, 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]


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


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