Youth Member Resources
Welcome New Students
To help you in your first years in 4-H, the New 4-H Family Handbook is a handy guide to help answer some of your questions. As always, please don't hesitate to talk to your club leader, project superintendents, or the Extension Office. We are all happy to help.
2019 4-H Citizenship Seminar
The 2019 Montana 4-H Citizenship Seminar will take place from January 20-22, 2019 in Helena at the Delta Hotel (formerly Radisson Colonial). This CIA (citizenship-in-action) event is designed to educate Montana youth about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
Where: Activities will take place at the State capital complex and the Delta Hotel (formerly Radisson Colonial) in conjunction with Legislative Breakfast.
When: Sunday, January 20, beginning at 2:00 p.m. - Tuesday, January 22 sometime in the early afternoon.
Eligibility: 4-H members must be 13 years of age by October 1, 2018 and must NOT have attended Montana 4-H Citizenship Seminar previously.
Registration: Due December 1, 2018. Counties should register youth and adults using 4-H Online.
Cost: There is an $85 registration fee per adult and youth to offset program costs. The Montana 4-H Foundation contributes $2,500. The program fee includes all meals except dinner on Sunday, January 20. The fee also includes attendance at Citizenship Seminar and Montana Legislative Breakfast. Please send one check that includes all registration materials, to the State 4-H Office by December 1, 2018.
Chaperones: Each delegate must have a designated (adult) chaperone. Counties may combine with other counties. Chaperones will be asked to participate in the event by acting as lobbyists during the legislative process.
Housing: Each county must make its own housing arrangements. A block of rooms is reserved at Delta Hotel (2301 Colonial Drive, Helena) under “4-H Citizenship Seminar.” The block will be held until December 21, 2018. The rate is $101.00 per room plus tax (double occupancy). Call (406) 443-2100 or make reservations online using this link: Book your group rate for Montana 4H Center for Youth Development Because we have worked out a deal for meeting room space, meals, and rooms, it is required that all delegations stay at the Delta Hotel.
Transportation: Transportation to and from the seminar and shuttling youth between activities is the county’s responsibility.
Leadership: Up to four people can serve on the Leadership Team (LT) which does not affect county delegate numbers. The LT assists with program planning and implementation, has special roles in the legislative process and members serve as role models and mentors. Preference is given to those who have attended Citizenship Seminar in the past. Deadline to apply for the leadership team is December 1, 2018. Leadership team must commit to 1-2 virtual meetings in December 2018 and attendance at the event in January 2019 (application attached).
Bills: Each delegate is expected to sponsor one “bill” for the 4-H Legislature. This should be submitted, electronically, to Stephanie Davison (email@example.com) or Catherine Schafer (Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 1, 2018, along with your other registration materials (or you can upload it into 4-H online). The bills will be reviewed and grouped by topic area into committees prior to the event. Please see the attached template for information on how to write a bill.
Service Project: Each delegate and county can contribute to a service project that is yet to be determined.
History Bowl: Teams of two individuals from each county may compete in the Montana History Bowl. A preliminary written test given on January 20 will determine the teams that participate in the final event.
Legislative Breakfast: If you are planning to send a delegation to Legislative Breakfast, please include in your numbers any youth that are also attending Citizenship Seminar. For example, if you usually send six youth to Legislative Breakfast and there are two youth who want to attend Citizenship Seminar, please register two for Citizenship Seminar and four for Legislative Breakfast.
Forms: The following forms are required for all participants: Medical Release (youth or adult), media release
Checklist: Please complete the following by December 1, 2018
_____Registration through 4-H online
_____Submit payment to the 4-H Center
_____Email your mock legislative bill to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
_____Reserve your hotel room by 12/21/2018
Record books are how a 4-Her tracks their year. It is very important to their 4-H experience and teaches kids how to set goals, tracks their community service (great for things like scholarship applications), and helps them learn the cost of their project.
Record books are due to club leaders by August 31. Electronic forms can be downloaded below or on the Montana 4-H website. Hard copies are available through your club leader or the Extension Office for a small cost.
- Record book checklist - goes in front of your record book.
- Record Book Example
- A calendar template - for easy record-keeping throughout the year. Stick it on your fridge or bulletin board!
- A Record Book App - on Amazon, if you want to keep everything at the ready.
- My 4-H Year
- For the Record: A Guide for Completing 4-H Records
- My 4-H Non- Animal Project Journal & Financial Record
- My 4-H Animal Project Journal & Financial Record
- Cloverbud Record Book pages
For more information on how to use the resources above, please watch the following video.