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

2017-2018 Clover      Shooting Sports Release Form     2017-2018 Horse Helmet Release 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 27, 2018 - Carbon County 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Shoot.

2018 Carbon County Archery Shoot Registration

January 27, 2018 - Flathead County 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational. Final Archery Scores 2018

February 10, 2018 - Fallon-Carter County Invitational Registration

March 2-4, 2018 - Montana State Shoot: 2018 Archery Information   2018 Archery Registration

                                                          2018 Airgun General Rules   2018 Airgun Registration

May 12, 2018 - 3D Nugget Shoot in Sheridan MT

State Shooting Sports Schedule 2017-2018

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


Project Interviews

At the end of each 4-H year 4-H members have the opportunity to participate in the interview process with the 4-H projects they enrolled in. Below is the application to complete and turn into the Extension office and get an interview time scheduled.

Project Interview Application

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 13, 2018 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 "Montana Grown". 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!

Foods Fair Application     2018 Foods Fair Winners

 Montana Rec Lab

This state event will take place this year March 23-25, 2018. The theme is "The Magic of 4-H" More information in the links below.

Rec Lab Registration Information     Rec Lab Registration Worksheet    

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 Project photos can also be posted to the website. To upload your project photos, please email your photo as an attachment to email address Click the links below for more details.

County Congress

County Congress is an annual 4-H public speaking, demonstrations, communications compitition.

Oral competition categories include:  public speaking, career communications, demonstrations and illustrated talks.

Fine arts categories include:  quilting, arts, crafts & photography and fashion review.  Fine art categories also include a speaking element.

2018 County Congress Category Descriptions    2018 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: Thurday, July 26, 2018
MSU Extension Flathead County Office

2018 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!


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 10-13, 2018 on the MSU Campus. Pre-Congress will begin on July 8-10, 2018.

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.

2018 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                                    

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 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.

2018 Shooting Sports Camp Registration

Clover Bud Camp


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 and all counties are invited to attend. 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 deadline information is on the registration form.

2018 Clover Bud Camp Registration     2018 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 28-August 1, 2018. Click the link below for more details.

Loon Lake-Bigfork

Loon Lake in Ferndale Montana

2015 4-H Camp Dance Video

2017-2018 Camp Counselor Application 

Camp Counselor Job Description

2018 4-H 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?   

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

Steer Nutrition       Steer Fact Sheet 2009       Steer Nutrition Hand Out

2017-2018 Market Livestock Sale Commitment Form         2017-2018 Drug Withdrawal-Commitment to Excellence Form

2018 Market Sale Flyer

4-H Steer Market Livestock Training (MLT) are usually held in early October. Steer weigh-in for 4-H is every second Saturday in December.

4-H Hog Market Livestock Training (MLT) will be held on February 23, 2017 and March 24, 2017.

4-H Sheep Market Livestock Training (MLT) 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 the MTL in the specific species. Every market member is required to attend MTL once as a junior member and once as a senior member.


Market Results

Flathead County Steer of Merit 2017   Flathead County Lamb Ultrasound 2017  Flathead County Swine Ultrasound 2017



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.

4-H Packing Clinics (Whitefish Equestrian Center): Other Horse Clinics:
 Clinic I-Jan 14, 9-noon @ Triple Lake Arena  Jan 18-Arena Etiquette
 Clinic II-Jan 28, 9-noon @ Triple Lake Arena  Feb 26-Horse Health
 Clinic III- Feb 11, 9-noon @ Triple Lake Arena  Mar 31-English Horsemanship
 Clinic IV-Mar 11, 9-noon @ Triple Lake Arena  May 19-Western Horsemanship
 Clinic V-Mar 24, 9-noon @ Triple Lake Arena  May 4-6-Horse Camp
Trail Ride & Overnight-Apr 13-14, Swisher Lake  May 11-Leader Assessment Training
Final Camp Out or Trail Ride-May 11-12  

 Horse Project Requirements       Horse Card     

2017-2018 Horse Project Form with Helmet Release Form

4-H Horse Camp 

Flathead County 4-H Horse Camp  takes place May 4-6, 2018 at the Flathead County Fairgrounds! Registration and details below. Silent Auction items are greatly appreciated.

2018 Horse Camp Registration   2018 Horse Camp Chaperone Registration  

TBA Horse Camp Schedule   TBA 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)


Flathead 4-H Updates:

Flathead 4-H Council Meeting Minutes 3/22/18

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