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 healthy living habits
- Take responsibility for community improvement
- Serve as world citizens
- Strengthen family relationships
- Join with friends for work, fun and fellowship
Leaders are adult and teenage volunteers backed by the county extension office and UI Extension who provide training and project materials.
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 October 1 to September 30.
4-H members ages 8 to 18 years are eligible to participate in all programs offered by 4-H, including competitive activities/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.
The maximum number of club members and type of projects offered will be established by individual club leaders. To qualify as a club, there must be at least five participants. Clubs composed of immediate family members are strongly discouraged. Each club requires a $3.25 enrollment fee per participants.
Out-of-state or out-of-county 4-H members who will be residents of Twin Falls County for 3 consecutive summer months will be allowed to participate in the Twin Falls County 4-H program and the Twin Falls County Fair, if the project requirements are met or if they are transferring a project from another state or county. Exceptions are youth from Owyhee County attending Three Creek schools and Elko County residents attending Jackpot schools.
Cloverbuds is a non competitive educational program for younger youth ages 5 to 7 years and is designed to introduce young children to 4-H in a fun, non-competitive way. Cloverbuds may not participate in large animal, ATV or shooting sports projects.
Cloverbuds attend club meetings/functions and use county or state publications. Children enrolled in the Cloverbud Program cannot display or sell animals at fair. They are not required to complete or exhibit their booked. A club display of Cloverbud books at the fair is acceptable, however, the books are not judged.
About 4-H Programs and Projects
What are 4-H Programs?
4-H programs are underneath 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 are inclusive of 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: 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 extension office and some are on the Web. Select 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 do do a little or a lot based on their interests and abilities. Project plans (goals) change as a member’s interests change.
How much time is spent on a 4-H projects?
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 more 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 on the Web. 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.
List of Projects
4-H Frequently Asked Questions
Who can join?
Youth ages 5-19, as of January 1 of current year, may join.
Where do I sign up?
Contact Teresa Tverdy to enroll today.
When should I sign up?
You may join anytime! To participate in the county fair, you must join by the county’s deadline.
What is there to do?
Members, age 8-19, select from vast array of projects, workshops and camps. Cloverbud members, age 5-7, participate in non-competitive activities exploring of fun, hands-on interest areas.
Does it cost anything?
Cost will include one or more of the following expenses:
- Project Book/Resources – Project books/resources may be available through your county Extension office, so ask your 4-H staff member.
- Project items – Supplies, materials, equipment, animals, facilities and other resources needed to complete the 4-H project learning experience.
- County Activity Fee – Per member fee determined by the County 4-H Program.
- Club Dues/Fees – Per member fee charged by some clubs used towards refreshments, project book costs, Fair pass, club t-shirt, supplemental insurance, etc. Please ask the club advisor about their 4-H club fee structure.
- 4-H Events and Opportunities – Fees charged for participation in events and opportunities such as camps, workshops, conferences, trips etc.
What are the benefits?
Members learn life skills, make new friends, enhance self-esteem, achieve personal goals, develop positive relationships with peers and volunteers, and have fun learning and sharing as a family and a club.
What is the meaning of the 4-H Emblem?
“The 4-H Name and Emblem is a highly valued mark within our country’s history. As such, it was granted a very unique and special status; it is in a category similar to the Presidential Seal and the Olympic Emblem. This federal protection makes it a mark into and of itself with protection that supersedes the limited authorities of both a trademark and a copyright. As a result, responsibility and stewardship for the 4-H Name and Emblem were not given to the U.S. Patent Office but were given to a higher level of the federal government, a member of the Cabinet, the Secretary of Agriculture. The Secretary has responsibilities for the 4-H Name and Emblem, at the direct request of Congress. The ’18 USC 707′ is the statement in the United States Code that outlines the protection of the 4-H Name and Emblem.” – From National 4-H Headquarters.
What are the 4-H Colors?
Green represents life, growth and youth, White symbolizes purity and high ideals.
What is the 4-H Pledge?
I pledge my HEAD to clearer thinking,
My HEART to greater loyalty,
My HANDS to larger service,
And my HEALTH to better living,
For my club, my community, my country, and my world.
What is the 4-H Motto?
“To Make the Best Better” – The 4-H motto encourages each member to do his or her best and improve the next time, so his or her “best” becomes “better.” Members stretch their abilities and capacities to reach their full potential.
What is the 4-H Slogan?
“Learn by Doing” – The 4-H philosophy is to provide youth with a hands-on experience to enhance learning.
Extension Educator/4-H Youth Development
Extension 4-H Program Coordinator