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. 


Office hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Closed 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm for lunch.


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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

2018-2019 Clover     Shooting Sports Release Form    2018-2019 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" . 




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

 Montana 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Training is September 28-29, 2018 in Dillon, MT. Registration Due Sept. 19, 2018. Registration form and Agenda below.

MT 4-H Shooting Sports Agenda              MT 4-H Stooting Sports Leader Training Registration

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 by November 29, 2018 and get an interview time scheduled.

Project Interview Application

Citizenship Seminar and Legislative Breakfast

The Citizenship Seminar was held TBA. The Legislative Breakfast was held TBA (check calendar above for dates). Thank you to all who participated in this event!

4-H Foods Fair

Foods Fair

The 4-H Foods Fair was held on TBA (check calendar above for date) 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 TBA (check calendar above for dates). Last year's theme was "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 (check calendar above for dates).

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. Check calendar above for date.

2018 County Congress Category Descriptions    2018 4-H County Congress Registration Form


Hand to Heart Award

Hand to Heart

Usually takes place in April, check calendar above for date.

This award has two age divisions, 4-H ages 8-10 and 11-12 (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 Awards Banquet
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 TBA (check calendar above for date). 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. Check calendar above for date

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 TBA on the MSU Campus. Pre-Congress will begin on TBA. Check calendar above for date.

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. Check calendar above for date.

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 28-29, 2018 MT 4-H Leadership Forum, located in Dillon, MT, Save the Date!


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. Check calendar above for dates

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. Check calendar above for dates.

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 22-26, 2019. Click the link below for more details.

Loon Lake-Bigfork

Loon Lake in Ferndale Montana

2015 4-H Camp Dance Video


2018-2019 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

2018-2019 Market Livestock Sale Commitment Form       

2018-2019 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. Check calendar above

4-H Hog Market Livestock Training (MLT) will be held on TBA. Check the calendar at the top of the page.

4-H Sheep Market Livestock Training (MLT) will be held on TBA. Check the calendar at the top of the page.

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 2018   Flathead County Lamb Ultrasound 2018

Flathead County Swine Ultrasound 2018



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. Also check calendar above for dates.

4-H Packing Clinics (Whitefish Equestrian Center): Other Horse Clinics:

 Horse Project Requirements       Horse Card     

2018-2019 Helmet Release Form

4-H Horse Camp 

Flathead County 4-H Horse Camp  takes place in May (check calendar above) 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 Sept 2018

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