Welcome to Lewis & Clark County 4-H!
Welcome to the Lewis & Clark County 4-H website! Current members, leaders and parents check out the tabs on the left side of the page for current information, forms and notices. This page offers information for prospective 4-H members.
What is 4-H?
In 2012, Montana 4-H is celebrating 100 years of making a difference in the lives of youth in Montana. 4-H is the largest out-of-school youth development program in the state and nation. The organization provides educational opportunities for youth to build life skills, including decision making, communication, leadership, sportsmanship, and responsibility through service learning, club work, and hands-on projects. 4-H has the ability to give youth confidence in themselves and opens the door for many opportunities. Projects allow youth to work in specific areas including Aerospace, Swine, Woodworking, and Robotics, just to name a few. 4-H involves the entire family and offers something for everyone. The program is administered through Montana State University Extension.
Who can join?
4-H is for everyone! People of all ages can get involved. To be a full 4-H member, youth must turn 9 during the 4-H year (Oct. 1 - Sept. 30) and not have turned 19 prior to Oct. 1. The Cloverbud program is for youth 6-8 yrs and offers non-competitive, hands-on activities to help youth understand the concept of 4-H.
4-H also utilizes many adult volunteers, who are the heart of the 4-H program. Adults can join to support the program through project work, clubs, acitivites or events. Adult volunteers serve as a guide and mentor by teaching youth practical life skills. Volunteers working with youth have completed a background check.
How can YOUTH get involved?
Start by calling your local Montana State University Extension Office in Lewis & Clark County at 406-447-8346 for more information. One way to be involved in Lewis & Clark County 4-H is to be part of an organized club. A list of clubs can be found here or at the Extension Office. Choose a club that best fits your family's interests, schedule and location. The next step is to contact the club organization leader to express interest and confirm meeting information. With the help of the leader, you will next need to fill out an enrollment form, sign up for projects and pay dues. Dues are $10.00 for a each member, Cloverbud and leader. Get involved today and start taking part in 4-H activities!
Youth may also be involved in 4-H activities other than organized 4-H clubs and project groups. Click here for a list of all of the summer camps being offered in 2012. Contact the Extension Office to learn about 4-H Afterschool, camps and other activities open to all Lewis & Clark County youth.
How can ADULTS get involved?
4-H is built on a foundation of adult volunteers. The program is made possible through their dedication and support of youth. Adults can join to support the program through project work, clubs, activities and events. Adult volunteers service as a guide and mentor by teaching youth practical life skills. Volunteers working with youth have gone through a background check and orientation of the 4-H program. To see example position descriptions visit the 4-H Volunteer Resources page. To become a 4-H Volunteer, fill out an application and return it to the Extension Office.
Programming for 4-H is made possible at a low cost to its members through community support. If you would like be a Lewis & Clark County 4-H Sponsor, please fill out a sponsorship form. To be listed as a sponsor in the 2013 Fair Exhibitors' Handbook, please send form by January 31, 2013 to be included.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Montana State University and Montana State University Extension prohibit discrimination in all of their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status. Issued in furtherance of cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Jill Martz, Director of Extension, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717