REXBURG - The 4-H Youth Development Program empowers youth to reach their full potential with the help of caring adults.
“Youth who participate in 4-H will learn to become positive, responsible and productive citizens as they learn important life skills. 4-H uses research-based curriculum in its programming,” said Kandee Boice, the coordinator of 4-H.
Some of the upcoming events in Madison County 4-H include:
Spring “Fly High with 4-H” Day Camp—March 24
4-H Ambassador Leadership Retreat—April 20-22
Shooting Sports Instructor Certification—April 27-28
Pig weigh-in—May 5
District Horse Contest—May 30
4-H Enrollment Deadline—June 1
Sheep/Goat—June 9, 2018
Alpine Overnight 4-H Camp—June 13-15
Project Camps—June-July (different camps weekly)
Two-Day Camps—July 9-10
Cloverbud Day Camp—July 12
To participate in 4-H, a child must be 8-18 years of age by and apply by January 1 of the current 4-H year.
In Madison County, different projects that youth can participate in are livestock projects, family and consumer science projects, and horse projects. The cost of enrollment is $10 on all projects except horse, which is $16. This enrollment fee allows youth to participate in as many projects as they would like.
The deadline for enrollment is June 1 or prior to the 1st meeting or weigh-in. In a limited number of clubs, such as archery, there is a small additional cost to participate to help cover the cost of materials. There is also an additional fee to participate in camps.
“Because it is a non-profit, the success of 4-H rests on the availability of volunteers,” said Boice.
Volunteers in 4-H must be certified. Certification includes an application process which includes a background check and a short online course on protecting minors.
Adults can also participate in the program as a club leader, resource volunteer and project camp volunteer. In Madison County, current volunteer needs for adults include, but are not limited to, cake decorating, sewing, cooking, rabbit, horse, crochet and shooting sports (both rifle & archery).
Boice said many people think that in order to participate in 4-H you have to live on a farm or show livestock.
“While livestock is an integral part of 4-H, STEM and non-animal projects are becoming increasingly popular in our community," she said. "This year we are offering dog 4-H in a club setting.”
Some other projects being offered in the week-long project camp series include fun with science, rocketry, cake decorating, theater, horse, babysitting, hiking & outdoors and sewing. Other shorter day camp projects include drones, string art, bicycling, spa day, archery, lego robotics, cookies, and computer science.
4-H holds camps, clinics and events year around. The majority happen in the late spring and summer. The Madison County Fair, which is held at the end of the year on August 15-18, 2018, is where youth can exhibit their projects they have worked on throughout the year.
If you have youth that are interested in participating in 4-H or if you would like to become a volunteer in the program, call or stop by the University of Idaho Extension office, located at 134 E. Main, #202 in Rexburg.
For more questions about the Madison 4-H program, contact their office at 208-359-6251. You can also follow their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MadisonCounty4HIdaho.