Montana 4-H is the MSU Extension youth development program and the state's largest out-of school program.  4-H reaches over 27,000 youth (ages 5-19 years) each year through more than 200 projects and educational activities.  Nearly 1 out of 6 Montana youth choose to participate in and benefit from 4-H programming.


Montana 4-H helps give kids the extra edge for life success, by teaching leadership, citizenship, and other life skills.  4-H is a program you can trust to help kids learn through fun, hands-on experiences.  As 4-Hers, today's young people become tomorrow's leaders, creating a positive vision for the future.  

If your family is interested in joining the 4-H program please call the Extension Office.  We will happily connect you to one of the 20 different clubs that are located in Flathead Valley .  Our 4-H year runs from October through September.  To be a 4-H member, you must be at least 8 year's old by October 1st of the current 4-H year.  We also have a Cloverbud program for younger members (age 5 by October 1st of the current year and up).  Please contact us also, if you are an adult interested in volunteering your time to this worthwhile program.  For more information, be sure to read our newsletter and keep an eye on our web site for future information regarding 4-H County Congress, State 4-H Congress, 4-H Summer Camps, and of course the Northwest Montana Fair. 

 

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New 4-H Members

Flathead County 4-H Welcome Packet              4-H Age of Participation              Structure for Parents

4-H Member Re-enrollment Online Instructions       4-H New Member Enrollment Online Instructions  

Enroll in 4-H Online Link

4-H Enrollment Form    2016-2017 Clover     2016-2017 Media Release Form     2016-2017 Animal Project Form

Upcoming 4-H Events and Programs

For other upcoming events check out our MSU Extension Flathead County Calendar below. The MSU Extension Flathead County Calendar includes 4-H and AG events.

       

4-H Ambassador Program

ATTENTION all 4-H Members 13yrs and Older!!

What is the 4-H Ambassador program??

We Need You as an Ambassador

It's a leadership program for any 4-H member 13yrs & older who would like to help others to get "plugged-in" to 4-H. And it's REALLY fun!

4-H Ambassadors are official envoys, representative spokespersons of the 4-H Program. A 4-H Ambassador is a self-motivated, enthusiastic leader who promotes the 4-H program to fellow members, area residents, community leaders, elected officials and non 4-H youth. A 4-H Ambassador serves to strengthen the 4-H program through public relations.

Ambassadors receive training and demonstrate their skills in leadership, citizenship, and civic engagement through public presentations, life skill development workshops, and service learning projects. These youth exemplify the "learn by doing" credo of experiential learning and advance the 4-H motto, "to make the best better."


What does the commitment to be a 4-H Ambassador look like?? - There will be approx. 4 meetings a year with Samantha Braaten and each meeting should last about an hour or so. Then we'll have a few voluntary events and activities that you can sign-up for throughout the year to help with; such as: Foods Fair, County Congress, Livestock Weigh-In's, Board Meetings, NWMT Fair Barn Dance, and other activities.

 

Flathead County 4-H Shooting Sports

Flathead Shooting Sports

Flathead County 4-H Shooting Sports is a short term club that starts in November and ends in February. Enrollment for Shooting Sports begins in October and space is limited. Enrollment dates are announced in the newsletter and through email, or Contact the Extension office for the contact information. You can find other Shooting Sports Event documents in "Downloads/4H and Youth Development/Shooting Sports Projects" (there are too many to put directly on the website) more information is in "Downloads/4H and Youth Development/Shooting Sports Projects" . 

January 21, 2017 - Lewis & Clark County 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational.

2017 Lewis & Clark Official Results-Archery     2017 Lewis & Clark Official Results-Air

January 28, 2017 - Flathead County 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational.

2017 Flathead Invitational Archery Results

February 4, 2017 - Ennis 4-H Archery Shoot will be held at the Ennis Elementary Gym (101 Charles stree, Ennis, MT) starting at 8:00 a.m.

February 18, 2017 - Big Timber Archery Shoot will be held at the Big Timber Civic Center (111 W. 3rd Ave., Big Timber, MT) starting at 8:00 a.m.

February 18, 2017 - Bittterroot 4-H Archery Shoot was be held at 3662 Hwy 93 North, Stevensville, MT, starting at 6:00 p.m. Click here for the results.

February 18, 2017 - 4th Annual Shooting Stars Invitational is hosted by Carter County and Fallon County and will be held in Baker, MT starting at 8:00 am.

February 25, 2017 - Chouteau County 4-H Archery Shoot at the Community Bible Center (917 16th St., Fort Benton, MT) starting at 8:00 a.m.

March 3-5, 2017- MT State 4-H Shoot for Archery, Air Rifle, Air Pistol, and Small bore.

MT State 3D Final Scores   MT State Target Final Scores   MT State Air Gun Results   MT State 4-H Record Holders

April 9, 2017- MT 4-H National Archery Qualifier Practicum, 8am-5:30pm located at the Park County rod and Gun Club in Livingston, MT. Entries due by April 3, 2017.

MT 4-H National Archery Qualifier Registration

April 23, 2017- MT 4-H National Muzzleloader Qualifier, 8 am located at the Park County Rod and Gun Club in Livingston, MT. Entries due by April 17, 2017.

MT 4-H National Muzzleloader Qualifier Registration

May 7-11, 2017 4-H National Shooting Sports Workshop will be held in Ranton New Mexico at the NRA Whittington Center. Click on the links below for more information.

4H Ntnl Shooting Sports Workshop Letter   4-H Ntnl Shooting Sports Workshop Agenda   4-H Ntnl Shooting Sports Workshop Registration

June 25-30, 2017 - 4-H National Championships will be held in Grand Island, NE this year.

August 1-3, 2017 - National 4-H Western Heritage Conference & Invitational Shoot will be held in Fort Benton MT, registration begins April 1 online at www.4-Hwesternheritageproject.org. Click on links below for more information.

Ntnl 4-H Western Heritage Conference & Shoot Flyer   Ntnl 4-H Western Heritage Conference & Shoot Proposal  

Ntnl 4-H Western Heritage Conference & Shoot Demo Contest

Montana 4-H Archery Rules R12     Montana 4-H Archery Qualifier Rules and Procedures R-2

4-H Shooting Sports Release Form                                    4-H Shooting Sports Record Sheets


Citizenship Seminar and Legislative Breakfast

The Citizenship Seminar was held January 15-17, 2017. The Legislative Breakfast was held on January 17, 2017 from 6:30 am to 7:30 am at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena. Thank you to all who participated in this event!

4-H Foods Fair

Foods Fair

The 4-H Foods Fair was held on January 21, 2017 at the Kalispell Center Mall beginning at 9:00 a.m.. Many brought their favorite recipes. Club participation is encouraged. This year's theme was "Back in the Hey-Day". There are classes for Cloverbuds, Juniors, Seniors, and Adults. Your recipes may turn up in a cookbook someday! Thank you to all who participated! All of the dishes looked delicious!!! Thank you to the volunteers who helped make the event run smoothly! We look forward to next year's event!

Eastern Montana Sheep Symposium

Monday February 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Richland County Extension Meeting Room located at 1499 N. Central Ave, Sidney MT. See flyer for details.

Eastern MT Sheep Symposium

Spring Fling Junior Beef Show

Saturday March 18, 2017 in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at Deer Lodge MT. For more information click on the links below.

Spring Fling Jr Beef Show Flyer     Spring Fling 2017 Entry Form

Montana 4-H Horse and Livestock Forum

Flathead County is hosting the Montana 4-H Horse and Livestock Forum this year at the Red Lion Inn in Kalispell will be reschedules the dates are TBA.

MT 4-H Horse & Livestock Forum Class Description    

 Montana Rec Lab

This state event will take place this year March 31-April 2, 2017. The theme is "It's a Jungle Out There!" More information in the links below.

Rec Lab Registration Information     Rec Lab Registration Worksheet     Rec Lab Worksheet Descriptions

Participants must be 13 years old by Oct. 1.

Week of Service

Usually takes place in April.

The Montana Ambassador Officer Team challenges you and our county to participate in the annual Montana 4-H Week of Service. This is to encourage 4-H youth to make a positive impact in the community and share what you are doing. It's simple! Plan a service project, get people involved, implement the project during the Week of Service, and report the project at www.mt4hservice.org. Project photos can also be posted to the website. To upload your project photos, please email your photo as an attachment to email address pbm+brett-schomer-3oww+jjekpm@squarespace.com. Click the links below for more details.

County Congress

April 29, 2017 at 8:30 am to 2:00 pm located at the Flathead County Fairgrounds. Awards Ceremony to follow. Registration form due April 17, 2017, click the link below.

2017 4-H County Congress Registration Form

      

Hand to Heart Award

Hand to Heart

Usually takes place in April

This award has two age divisions, 4-H ages 8-10 and 11-13 (member's age as of Oct. 1). Please fill in the application as thoroughly as possible. Feel free to add as much community service information and other helpful items that you would like to share. Applicants are required to interview for this award. Interviews will take place in the MSU Extension Office. You will be notified of your interview time previous to the event. Remember to dress as if you were going to a job interview. A Grand and Reserve Champion will be selected in each age division.

All Applicants will be informed of interview time. 
Will be Awarded at Flathead County 4-H Congress Event 
Application Deadline: Wednesday April 19, 2017
MSU Extension Flathead County Office

 2017 Hand to Heart Application

Interstate Exchange

Interstate Exchange

Interstate Exchange is a program for 4-H members to interact with other 4-H members in other states in the United States through visiting other states. This is done by fundraising and one fundraiser held is a silent auction at the NW MT Fair.

Another fundraiser is the Interstate Exchange Spaghetti Supper to be held on March 11, 2017 at the Eagles Lodge on 1st Ave. West, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. You can purchase tickets for the supper from a 4-H member or at the Extension Office. Ticket prices are usually $6 individual or $20 for family of four. Everyone is invited!

BioScience

Usually takes place in June on the MSU Campus.

BioScience is a week-long event on the MSU Campus for 4-H youth to learn about neuroscience, metabolomics, and infectious diseases from MSU scientists and lab assistants. This is a highly interactive and engaging experience for youth who are interested in science and who want to know what it's like to work in a lab environment.

State Congress

Will take place this year July 12-15, 2017 on the MSU Campus. Pre-Congress will begin on July 10-12, 2017.

For 4-H ages 13-19 (as of October 1st) to do Demonstrations and Illustrated Talks. There is also dances and games to fill the evening hours. There is also a dance workshop for those who want to improve their dance skills.                    

Little Chief Award

Little Cheif

Usually takes place in July.

The purpose of this award is to recognize an outstanding senior 4-H members who demonstrate exceptional Citizenship and Community Service. Winners must show evidence that they have acquired positive life skills through their activity record and stories. Winners receive a specialty belt buckle sponsored by Western Outdoor. Applications are due to the MSU Extension Flathead County Office.

2017 Little Chief Award Application

Montana 4-H Leadership Forum

September 29-30, 2017-2017 MT 4-H Leadership Forum is Hosted by District 4, located in Glendive, MT, Save the Date!

MT 4-H Leadership Forum Flyer

4-H Camps

 

Darrell Fenner 4-H Camp Lodge

Darrell Fenner 4-H Camp Lake Lodge

 

The Darrell Fenner 4-H Camp is located on Loon Lake in Bigfork and consists of thirteen cabins and a lodge. Each cabin houses eight people. The lodge contains a commercial kitchen, fireplace, bathrooms, and showers. There are many activities that can be enjoyed at the 4-H Camp. You can contact the manager for reservations at loonlakemanager@gmail.com.                                    

Winter Teen Camp

Winter Teen Camp is hosted by Ravalli County Extension and is for 4-H ages 13-18. Winter Teen Camp is usually held on President's Holiday weekend in February. All counties are invited to attend. Click the link below for more details.

2016-2017 Winter Teen Camp Registration

Shooting Sports Camp

Shooting Sports Camp is hosted by Lake County Extension and is a family camp. The 4-H member must be accompanied by an adult. The whole family may attend for an additional fee. Shooting Sports camp will be May 19-21, 2017 and all counties are invited to attend. This year the disciplines offered are Archery, Air Rifle, and Shotgun. Firearms and equipment are provided. This is a great chance to learn more about the 4-H Shooting Sports program without a commitment to the program. Click the link below for more details.

2017 Shooting Sports Camp Registration     2017 Shooting Sports Camp Events

Clover Bud Camp

Cloverbuds

Clover Bud Camp is hosted by Lake County Extension and is for 4-H ages 6-8. The 4-H member must be accompanied by an adult. Clover Bud Camp is held June 9 -11, 2017 and all counties are invited to attend. The theme is "4-H grows here". The fee for Clover Bud camp is $120 which includes lodging and meals for the Clover Bud and one adult, each additional youth or adults are $50 each. Registration is due to the Lake County Extension office by June 1, 2017.

2017 Clover Bud Camp Registration     2017 Clover Bud Camp Schedule

Flathead 4-H Camp

 Log Rolling

Flathead 4-H Camp is for 4-H ages 8-12. Members 4-H ages 13-18 may apply to be camp counselors. Applicants for camp counselor will go through an interview process to be selected as a camp counselor. Once selected as a camp counselor, the camp counselors meet for several weeks to plan the camp's week of activities. Flathead 4-H Camp will be held in July 24-28, 2017. Click the link below for more details.

Loon Lake-Bigfork

Loon Lake in Ferndale Montana

2015 4-H Camp Dance Video

2016-2017 Camp Counselor Application 

Camp Counselor Job Description

2017 Camper Registration

4-H Camper with Fish 

Market Projects

Beef     Lamb     Hog

4-H Animal Projects

Members of 4-H may enjoy participating in the market projects that include beef, lamb, and hog. Members must be at least 4-H age 8 to participate in lamb and hog, and 4-H age 10 to participate in beef. Other requirements are explained in the link below.

Market Livestock Requirements              Why do we have Scrapies tags?        Livestock Quality Assurance (LQA)

Lamb Nutrition       Swine Nutrition       Swine Seminar Presentation 2017        Swine Seminar Presentation 2016

Steer Nutrition       Steer Fact Sheet 2009       Steer Nutrition Hand Out

2016-2017 Market Livestock Sale Commitment Form         2016-2017 Drug Withdrawal-Commitment to Excellence Form

4-H Steer Seminar and LQA training are usually held in early October. Steer weigh-in for 4-H is every second Saturday in December.

4-H Hog Seminar and LQA training will be held on February 23, 2017 and March 24, 2017.

4-H Sheep Seminar  and LQA training will be held on March 24, 2017 at the Fairgrounds Country Kitchen starting at 5:30 pm.

All first year market members are required to attend a seminar in the specific species.

Flathead County Sheep School -  June 10th - 11th   Sheep School Registration Form   Montana Royal Entry Form

Market Results

Flathead County Steer of Merit 2016   Flathead County Lamb Ultrasound 2016  Flathead County Swine Ultrasound 2016

Overall MT State Steer of Merit 2016

 

Horse Project

Members of 4-H may participate in many levels of the horse project. When 4-H members first enroll they must start at level 1 and must be assessed by a certified horse leader and bring a copy of the level assessment to the Extension office to move up in levels. Members must be at least 4-H age 8 to participate in the horse project. Other requirements are explained in the link below.

Natural Nutrition for Healing Horses Workshops

March 25, 2017, 9am-4pm, located in Stevensville at RocknB Arena. See the flyer below for details.

March 26, 2017, 9am-4pm, located in Bozeman at EagleMount o f Bozeman. See the flyer below for details.

Natural Nutrition for Healing Horses Flyer

4-H Packing Clinics (Whitefish Equestrian Center): Other Horse Clinics:
April 23, 2017 -am-3pm Building Balancing Loads                  April 22, English Clinic 
May 21, 2017 Quick Release Knots, High lining, Trip planning April 22, Ranch Horse Clinic, @ CHS Arena, 10am-noon
  April 30, Horsemanship Clinic, @ RMR Saddle Club, 10am
  May 5-7, Horse Camp, @ Fairgrounds
  (TBA), Horse Judging

 Horse Project Requirements       Horse Card     

2016-2017 Horse Project Form with Helmet Release Form

4-H Horse Camp 

Flathead County 4-H Horse Camp  takes place May 5-7, 2017 at the Flathead County Fairgrounds! Registration and details below.

2017 Horse Camp Registration   2017 Horse Camp Chaperone Registration  

2017 Horse Camp Schedule   2017 Horse Camp Class Description

 

Project Record Sheets

My 4-H Year Record Sheets      4-H Animal Project Record Sheets       4-H Non-Animal Project Record Sheets

Cloverbud Project Record Sheets       Dog Project Record Sheets (additional to Animal Project Record Sheets)

 

Other Interesting 4-H Facts:

Top Ten Projects:  

Swine         Horse and Pony          Beef          Shooting Sports          Sheep

Foods and Nutrition     Clothing and Textiles      Dogs         Photography     Woodworking

 

 4-H Community and Leadership

 

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.  

4-H Motto:  To Make the Best Better.                                    4-H Slogan: Learning by Doing.  

The 4-H colors are Green and White. 
White symbolizes high ideals and purity, green represents life, springtime, and youth.  

4-H Inspire the Next Generation