Flathead County 4-H
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
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??
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 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.
January 28, 2017 - Flathead County 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. Click the links below for more details.
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.
Hand to Heart Award
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 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.
Flathead 4-H Camp
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 in Ferndale Montana
Beef Lamb Hog
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.
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.
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.
Flathead County 4-H Horse Camp takes place May 5-7, 2017 at the Flathead County Fairgrounds! Registration and details below.
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 Motto: To Make the Best Better. 4-H Slogan: Learning by Doing.
The 4-H colors are Green and White.