Showing posts from 2011

Holiday Closures!

We want to wish a happy holiday season to everyone! 2011 is almost over and next month there will be a lot of new events and information to share with everyone.

Look for more information in January on the following events:
Ice Fishing (January 14)Super Saturday (January 28) Beekeeping Essay (February 1)Cavy & Rabbit Clinic (February 11)College Scholarships
So for now, have a great holiday, enjoy the season and look for us soon. The Ada County Extension Office will close Friday, December 23 at noon and re-open Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Teen Mania!

If you're in 6th grade through 12th grade this event is for you! Attend workshops, have lunch, meet new friends.

Here's some of the workshops that will be presented:
science and chemistryline dancingduct tape walletsetiquettepublic speakingwoodworking So, mark this date and join in the fun! Saturday, January 21, United Methodist Church, Caldwell. The cost is $10 and this includes lunch. The registration deadline is Friday, January 13. Call 459-6003 for more information. You don't have to be in 4-H to attend, so bring all of your friends.

You are also encouraged to bring a donation of canned goods for the Idaho Food Bank.

Wanna Take an Animal Project - But don't have room?

Not all animal projects require lots of room. Check out these projects you can take with just a small area:

Pocket Pets:
This project covers everything from mice and hermit crabs to fish and birds and everything in between. Learn how to care for your snakes, turtles, ferrets, and hamsters.

Learn all about rabbits from care, feeding, breeding, and showing.

You can also learn about these pets. Learn about caring for your cavies, including the proper food, housing, and more!

Cats and Dogs:
Your cats or dogs are also great project animals. the more you learn about your pets the better equipped you are to care for them!

You can learn about any or all of these animals by taking these projects. You can also take these projects if you do not own the animals!

Visit a Foreign Country

Every year 4-H members ages 14 to 18 have the opportunity to travel to another country and stay with a family there and learn about their culture, make new friends, and go sightseeing!

This summer you can travel to Japan, Norway, or Australia. You will spend four weeks with a host family and experience everything from trying new foods to exploring a different country.

Applications are due to the State 4-H Office by January 15th. Scholarships are available to help with the cost for this trip.

Hosting Families: Teens will also be visiting and need host families for their visit. If you are interested in hosting a teen this summer you will need to have a child of the same gender and approximately the same age.

For more information on both traveling and hosting go to International Programs.

Multimedia Contest - Document Your Environment

In the 1970's the Environmental Protection Agency hired photographers to document environmental issues and challenges across the country.

Now there is a contest to document your environment! Youth ages 13 and up are encouraged to use one of the original photos for inspiration to create your own Documerica records. There are 3 categories and 3 ages groups (13-15, 16-18, 18 and up students)


Graphic Art: Use any type of graphic art including scans of painting, photos, cartoons, etc.

Video: Create a video less than 2 minutes in length for your environment.

Poetry: Any form of poetry is accepted, but there is a 300 word limit.

Go to Documerica for the original photographs and contest information.

Teen T.A.L.K. Retreat

Come and learn about event planning, setting and reaching goals, personality dynamics and more. this two year event offers one session this year and the final session the next year.

Teen T.A.L.K. is open to youth ages 13 to 18 and limited to the first 48 youth who apply. The early bird deadline is Saturday, February 25 and the registration fee is $40.00.

The current session will be offering:
Event planningsetting and reaching goalscompleting job applicationsresumes and interviewsphotographyTeen T.A.L.K Registration Form
Next year will be concentrating on:
posterspresspersonality dynamicsphotography

Projects: Photography

The Photography project can be used with digital cameras, disposal cameras, or any other kind of camera you want to experiment with.

Learn to take great pictures by using these techniques:
focus and lightingphoto compositionsequencing photosflash techniquesusing different view pointsusing lenses and filters Build you skills in using color, capturing depth, and telling a story!

Help a 4-H Family for Christmas

As many of you may already know, one of our 4-H members was in a serious accident in April. Jessicca is still in the hospital in Portland and will be for at least 6 more months.

This is hard on their family and so Chicasaw Choctaw 4-H Club is asking other Ada County 4-H clubs to help by adopting one person from this family and provide a gift card or two for that person. We know the other children aren't expecting much if anything at all. With your help we can make a difficult holiday season a little better.

To learn more about how your club can help this family please email or call 287-5900.

Teen Builders Club

Meet with other Ada County teens to learn leadership skills, provide community service, and participate in other fun activities!

4-H members in 8th grade on up meet at the Ada County Extension Office once a month for great activities. Teens do everything from make pizzas, go snowboarding, get lost in corn mazes, and make hats.

To join call 287-5900 for the next meeting date and time.

Camp Counselors

Camp Counselors are a very important part of our camping staff. Camp Counselors help create lasting memories for the youth who attend 4-H Adventure Camp! To be a part of our camping staff you must:

Have completed 9th grade through 12th grade by this summerHave an interest in working with youth campers Complete the registration application and interview with the Camp Director
4-H Adventure Camp is held every summer on Cascade Lake near Donnelly. This overnight camp has two Kid's Camp geared towards youth completing grades 3rd through 5th and a Teen Camp for youth completing grades 6th through 8th

Camp Counselors must attend planning meetings and trainings in the spring and attend Camp Retreat in June. First year counselors will also attend a Basics Training.

Applications will be ready around mid December. If you have questions about becoming a Camp Counselor please call 287-5900.  Regular camper registrations will be available in a couple of months - be sure to check back for more…

Outdoor Adventure Projects

Living in Idaho makes the following projects fun and easy! Outdoor Adventures can help you learn about our environment.

Hiking - Learn how to dress for the weather, pack what you'll need and explore Camping - Learn how to set up camp, what to take with you and set out for the nightBackpacking - Learn how to pack the right supplies, care for injured hiker, and take care of the landSportfishing - Learn how to identify fish, tie knots, rig lines and more. Fish lakes, rivers, and mountain streams. These projects teach outdoor skills and an appreciation of the recreational activities available in Idaho.

National 4-H Conference

National 4-H Conference allows 15 to 18 year olds the chance to have a say in the future of 4-H. Your opinions are important!

Over 300 delegates from across the country will meet in Washington, DC to help shape the future of 4-H. Meet with people from federal agencies and National 4-H.

Applications are due Thursday, December 1st. For more information go to the Idaho 4-H website

March 24 to March 29, 2012Washington, DCApplication deadline December 1, 2011

4-H Project Spotlight - Art

The new 4-H year has begun and now is a good time to choose your projects for the 2011-2012 4-H year. We will spotlight different projects to help you with your decisions! Call the Extension Office to learn more about these projects, to find out what clubs are offering these projects, or learn how you can help with these projects. We can always use help from parents and leaders.

Art is more than just drawing pictures.

Palette of Fun - Explores different aspects of art media. Using the elements and principles of design, members will create art using painting, drawing, fiber, 3-D construction and more.Scrapbooking and Cards - Learn how to make scrapbooks, cards, invitations, and projects using basic methods used in scrapbooking.Skechbook Crossroads - This project concentrates on three areas - drawing, fiber arts, and sculpting. Learn how to incorporate these skills in art work.Portfolio Pathways - Learn about painting, printing, and graphic design. Learn new ways to combine activities f…

Citizenship, Washington Focus

Citizenship, Washington Focus is a national event for teen 4-H members ages 15 to 19.

This unique programs allows teens to see how their individual actions can make a difference in our world! Highlights of this trip include:
educational workshops                                             seminarsmeeting with members of congress                            tour national historic sitesdiscuss current issues government operations
This trip will be Sunday, July 1 to Saturday, July 7, 2012. Interest applications are due Tuesday, November 15th. Scholarships are available to attend this event and other events offered! To learn more or fill out the interest application go to the State 4-H website.


There will be a silent auction and live auction at the State Leader Forum on Saturday, November 5 at the Boise Doubletree Riverside.

The silent auction starts at 8:00 am and will go until 6:30 pm.
The live auction starts at noon.

If you have items to donate for either auction bring them to the Leader's Meeting on Thursday, November 3rd or bring them by the Extension Office before that date.

All donations will benefit the State Leader's Forum. Thanks for your help!

Activities for Teens

Are you looking for activities where you can meet new people and have fun? 4-H has lots of events going on throughout the year.
We'll post a series of articles about some of the upcoming events starting with Know Your Government (KYG).
This annual event is open to youth in the 8th and 9th grades and is held in Boise on Presidents Day weekend (Saturday, February 18 to Monday, February 20) Here's some things you can do with KYG:
meet people from around the state learn how the state government decision making process works learn how teens can participate politically in influence state government learn how the state judicial system works learn what is involved in bringing a case before court observe the legislative process in action Participate in a mock trial or mock legislative sessions. The registration deadline will be in December and the registrations forms will be posted here when available.
Keep watching for more information on Know Your Government!


Check out these playdays! The only bad news is that they are both on Saturday, October 22nd. Both playdays have games and races and loads of fun! Here's the details so you can decide:

Halloween Playday
Ten Mile Riding Club
9:00 am

Desperado's will be hosting this event and raising money to help their club. There will be games and prizes. The cost is $4 per game, $20 for the day, or $45 for a family.
Arena race
Barrel and stake
Phonebook race
Boot race
"Heads" in a bucket
Team ribbon race

Fall Playday
Optimist Arena
11:00 am

Proceeds from this playday will go towards the local food banks in Mountain Home. Wild Vaqueros 4-H club is hosting this event. There will be games and races  and fun!
Eat a cracker, whistle race
Ribbon race
Ride a buck
Timed roping

So, come out and enjoy this great fall weather and ride your horse!

Time to Enroll in 4-H

The next 4-H year has begun and now it's time to fill out the 2011-2012 enrollment form for members and leaders. It is very important to enroll in 4-H before attending any 4-H events. Events include Horse Judging, Ambassador Retreat, and national contests and events. By enrolling you will be covered by our insurance in case of an accident during a 4-H event.

The annual dues are $12.00 for leaders, $14.00 for members taking the horse project, and $10.00 for everyone else.

Enrollment forms are available here.

Thanks for being part of the Ada County 4-H program!

Ambassador Retreat

This Ambassador Program is designed for teens who are high school freshman or older and who have completed at least two years of 4-H club work. Ambassadors promote 4-H to others in their communities.

The retreat is Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 20 at Camp Ida-Haven in McCall. The cost per delegate is $90.00 and applications are due by Thursday, October 17th.

Scholarships are available to attend the retreat.

The Ada County Endowment Board offers scholarships to 4-H events. They usually provide around half of the cost of the program. (this varies based on the program though) This form has to be filled out by the applicant (4-H member) and the 4-H leader. Scholarship form:  form. Return the scholarship application by Tuesday, November 8th to the Ada County Extension Office to be considered for a scholarship.

Click here for the registration form for Ambassador Retreat.

State Leader Forum

This year the State Leader Forum will be held in Boise! This means little or no travel time and no hotel fees. This is a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of the great workshops and events and save money too.

The early bird registration deadline has passed, but it's not too late to register for this event. The cost is $90.00 for adults and $80.00 for teens. Yes, teens are welcome to attend this event too!

The workshops are informative and the tours and other events are fun and interesting and this counts towards your annual training requirements as a leader.

There will also be a silent and live auction to benefit the State Leader Forum. So, please donate an item or come and bid on something. The auction will be Saturday, November 5th. The silent auction runs from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. The live auction begins at noon.

Click here for the registration form.

National 4-H week!

Sunday, October 2nd through Saturday, October 8th is National 4-H Week!

We will be holding an Open House on Monday, October 3rd from 5 to 8 pm at the Ada County Extension Office.

Please come and see what the Ada County 4-H Program has been up to. There will be animals outside to visit with and inside we will have projects that showcase the talents of our 4-H members. This is also a great time to join 4-H. Staff members will be on hand to answer questions and help find a 4-H club for you!

Help us celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Idaho!


Who doesn't like coupons?

The 4-H Mall is offering online coupons good until Monday, October 3rd. Coupons are available on hoodies, totes, and clearance items. What a way to start off National 4-H Week.

Click here for your coupons.

Remember we're celebrating 100 years of 4-H in Idaho, so buy some gear and celebrate!

Shooting Sport Training

Great Falls, Montana is hosting a Shooting Sports Training on September 9th and 10th. All disciplines will be offered as long as at least 3 people sign up.

The cost is $60.00 for the training and registration deadline is September 6th. Click here for the registration form.

Wanna Make a Video?

The Society of American Foresters is hosting a video contest. Your video must answer the question, "Why trees are the answer"

To enter make a 60 or 120 second video and submit it by Friday, September 30th.
For more information go to:

Working Ranch Horse

This program is designed to teach youth about the skills, traditions, and values of cattle ranching in the west.

The Working Ranch Horse (WRH) program is open to all youth enrolled in an organized youth horse association. There will be one clinic a month from October through May (except December) held at various locations.

There is a mandatory meeting on Saturday, September 24 at the Payette County Fairgrounds, New Plymouth. To learn more about this program please call Joan at 642-6022

Cascade Lake 4-H Camp Clean-up

Help us get the camp ready for winter. Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28th at Cascade Lake 4-H Camp in Donnelly.

Anyone wanting to help with fall clean-up, close up and winterization should join us at camp. there will be good food and good people.

This would be also be a good community service project. RSVP by calling Kathy Lauer at 467-3237 or Lori Walker at 365-3259. All youth under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

Horse Events

Are you ready for fair? Here's some more opportunities to prepare for the Western Idaho Fair:

Ranch Cow Working Clinic
Saturday, July 30th at Spencer Training in Eagle at 9:00 am
There will be ranch riding, single cow penning, and team sorting.  This will be a qualifier and also a fundraiser for the Ada County 4-H Horse Council.
All classes $10 each, team sorting $10 per person. Day total $25.
You must pre-register by today, Thursday, July 28th. Call Rich 941-9616 or Jane 794-8105

Fair Warm Up/Fuzzy Show Tuesday, August 2 at Western Idaho Fairgrounds, 5:00 pm This is your chance to practice while experiencing the fair environment! You can practice Western and Bareback fair classes. You will also have the chance to check tack and rule clarification. The cost is $4 per class, to receive a discount bring or fax (287-5909) your entry form by Tuesday, August 2 before 5:00 pm Call Jane 794-8105 with questions

Fair Passes

Fair passes are available now at the Extension Office. Bring in a copy of your fair entry form if you have already turned it in, or pick up your passes when you turn your entry form in.

Fair passes will be avail be here until August 19 (the start of the fair) so no need to make a special trip here to get your passes.

Passes are also available for parents at the Premium Office on the fairgrounds. These 5 day passes are $14 for the first pass and $6 for the second pass. There is a limit of 2 passes per family. These passes must be purchases before the fair opens on the first day.

Ada County 4-H leaders who have met their leader requirements may also pick up their fair passes at the Extension Office.


The July/August newsletter is available by clicking here.

The newsletter has lots of information to help you get ready for the Western Idaho Fair.

If you have not already picked up a copy of the Fairbook you can find one here:

Ada County Oral Presentations

It really is that time of year again. Join us July 19, 20, and 21 at the Ada County Extension Office. Call 287-5900 to schedule your appointment no later than Friday, July 15.

If you have never participated in the Oral Presentations this is a great time to share your knowledge with others. There five (5) categories that you may participate in.

1) Demonstrations: A demonstration is showing how. It is making or doing something. There may even be an end product! It is also explaining and doing.

2) Illustrated Talk: An illustrated talk is talking, telling how, and you may also show pictures, charts, model equipment, and other visual aids.

3) Speech: A speech uses only the spoken word and gestures while presenting a topic. A speech does not include visual aids.

4) Dramatic Reading: Words and actions used to present material to either entertain or educate. May use your own material or another authors published material. Costumes, make-up, or props are required.

5) TV Commercials: Use a pres…

Fishing Camp

Do you like to fish? Want to learn more about fishing? Do you like free?

You have got to see this Fishing Camp on Saturday, July 9 at Sawyers Pond in Emmett. The fun starts at 10:00 am

Learn about different kinds of tackle, visit the fly tying station, and learn about bug spray! This is a fun and educational event! Call 365-6363 for more information.

And We Still Have Day Camps!

Don't forget if you're bored we still have day camps!

Island Treasure Hunt
July 25
Ages: 10 to 14
Use GPS to find treasures at Eagle Island State Park. Learn how to use GPS, find treasure, and have a great time at the park.

Bug Out
July 26
Ages: 9 to 13
If like bugs this camp is for you. Explore the world of insects by finding and studying them. Learn what makes them unique!

Can't wait to see you at our day camps

Canyon County Fair

Wow it's really fair time! It came way too fast so here's a couple reminders for those who will be showing at the Canyon County Fair.

Today, July 1st is the deadline to turn in livestock fair entry forms. These forms must be turned in to the Canyon County Extension Office by 5:00 pm. Call 459-6003 if you have questions. The forms are available at the Ada County Extension Office along with the Canyon County Fairbook.

Check the fairbook for final weigh in times and which gate to use.

Canyon County Fair is July 28 to 31 and market livestock sale is on the July 30.

Dog Shows

Check out these dog shows! Great practice before fair.

Lone Star 4-H Club's Annual 4-H Dog Match
Saturday, July 9

this event s being held at Luby Park on the corner of Indiana/Marble Front in Caldwell.
The entry fee is something that can be donated to the Canyon County Animal Shelter, like old blankets, old towels, toys, collars, leashes, etc

Register at 8:30 am. Obedience and showmanship classes will be offered.

4-H Show and Go
Monday, July 11

This show gives you an opportunity to show case what you've learned in the 4-H dog Project. The classes will include fitting and showing, obedience. Must be enrolled in the Dog Project to participate.

This event will be held at 10164 Elvera Ln, Nampa from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Call 473-8313 to enter, the deadline to enter is Tuesday, July 5

More Day Camps

We still have Day Camps with openings. Not a lot of openings, but if you hurry you can enjoys the following camps:

Junior Planters
July 13
Ages 5 to 8

This is a lot of fun for budding gardeners! We'll be playing in the dirt and learning about plants. There will also be fun games, crafts, and your own plant to take home with you.

Small Treasures
July 14
Ages 5 to 10

Make your own small treasures at this camp. Also learn to sew small items. A great camp full of crafts and fun!

There's even more camps still open! Just call 287-5900 to learn more. You can also comment to request brochures.

State Livestock Skill-a-Thon Contest

Check out this new state contest! This contest is for anyone interested in livestock production. Guidelines are still being put together for this contest and should be available by Friday, July 1st. Guidelines will be emailed to people already on the email list, but the guidelines will also be posted here!

The Skill-a-Thon will be held at the Jerome County Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 19th.

So, what is the skill-a-thon and what are the objectives?
To provide youth with the opportunity to blend knowledge and skills acquired in livestock judging, demonstrations, care, and exhibition of animals into one activity.To provide youth who have no opportunity for livestock ownership to learn about the importance of livestock and their products to the environment.To encourage youth to continue expanding their knowledge and participation.To recognize youth for their total involvement in and comprehension in the livestock industry.To instill ethical values, good sportsmanship and product eva…

CPR Training

Would you know what to do in an emergency?

This training will teach life saving skills and teach you what to do in an emergency. You will learn how to preform CPR on adults, children, and infants.

You will also receive a CPR card after completing this training. This is a recommended training as a companion to the Babysitting training.

Ages: 12 - 15
Thursday, June 30
9:00 am t 5:00 pm
Ada County Extension Office
Cost - $20.00

There is limited room so enroll now! Call 287-5900 for more information and class availability

Babysitting Training

What makes an effective babysitter?

This class will teach you what you need to know to be a great babysitter! Learn games to play with children and snacks you can provide for them too! You will also learn what to do in an emergency.

This class covers important information to prepare you for babysitting. Earn extra money using the skills you'll gain here. Participants in this class also receive a CD containing all class materials and resource materials. CPR is being offered as a separate class on a different date.

Ada County Extension
Thursday, June 23
9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Ages 12 to 16
Cost $16.00

Click here to see registration forms and information! This class is brought to you by Operation Military Kids as part of our Summer Day Camp series.

Jackpot Show

The Treasure Valley Swine Spectacular is Saturday, June 18 at Expo Idaho.

Entry fee is $20 per head and 100% of the entry fees go into the Jackpot!

You can bring your pig after 9:00 am and the weigh-in is at 10:00 am. The show begins at noon.
For more information on this show call Travis at 919-5387.

Judging Clinics (And not just animals!)

Check out these fun "judging" clinics being held this month. All clinics are FREE! So, you have to bring your own snacks and drinks to these events.

Free Modeling Clinics
Every Friday for the month of June
4-H Building, Gem County Fairgrounds
Ages 8 to 18 - you don't have to be in 4-H to come!
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Consumer Decisions (Choices in the non-animals world!)
Thursday, June 16
4-H Building, Gem County Fairgrounds
Ages 5 to 18 and families - Bring a friend too
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

And finally, just when you thought that none of these judging clinics had anything to do with animals there's this last clinic!

Judging, Dairy Cattle, Beef Cattle, Swine
Thursday, June 23
4-H Building, Gem County Fairgrounds
Open to currently enrolled 4-H and FFA youth
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Youth Pig Camp!

Do you want to learn more about your pig? This camp is for you! The cost is $25 for youth and $8 for adults. Call Stephanie Etter for more information at 459-6003.
Idaho Youth Pig Camp Expo Idaho Friday, June 17 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (lunch included!)
Some of the topics covered at this camp include swine nutrition, housing and proper care, breeds, animal selection, live judging and discussion, showmanship, and more! 

Get Creative with Scrapbooking

Friday, June 24
9:00 am to Noon
Ada County Extension Office

Let's make something! Design cards to make every occasion memorable! You can get as fancy as you want to and turn loose your creative spirit.

Your cards can be used for holidays or anything else you can think of. Take the techniques you learn at this camp and use for them for other projects, the possibilities are endless.

This camp is for ages 9 to 14 and the cost is $13.00. Sign up now, camps fill up fast! Here's the camp brochure!

It's Almost Time for Teen Conference

It's almost time for teens all across the state to converge on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow! This annual event starts Monday, June 13th.

It's too late to sign up for it this year so if you're interested be sure to sign up early next year!

If you're wondering why everyone wants to go to this event, let us tell you about it:

See the campus and experience the university settingMeet new people and make new friends for life!Attend dances or enjoy movies with your friendsDistrict CompetitionsVariety ShowClover BanquetAnd the Track Workshops!So what do they do at the track workshops? Learn about yourself and others, self defense, theater, cooking, livestock, finance, fashion and more! The fun never stops in the fast paced week.

All teens in 8th through 12th grades are invited and bus transportation is provided for an additional cost. So, if we missed you this year - catch us next year.

If you're already going to Teen Conference the bus is picking up in Meridi…

Hurry! Camp Counselor Opportunity!

A great opportunity just came up for teens who are interested in becoming camp counselors with the Operation Military Kids (O:MK) Camps this summer. You have to act fast on this one and email Sue Philley by Wednesday, June 8th at

This opportunity is open to 4-H members ages 14 to 18 to help with the camp on June 24-26 near Coeur d'Alene. Training for this camp will be held Saturday, June 11 at the Ada County Extension Office from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Transportation is provided to and from camp for the counselors. A fee of $10 will be charged and this includes t-shirt and materials.

If you can't make this camp there is also another O:MK camp held in Ketchum July 22-24. Training for this camp will be held Saturday July 9 and Saturday, July 16 at the Ada County Extension Office.

There is also a possibility for 12 to 13 year olds to help as counselors in-training for these camps too. Contact Sue Philley for more information on this! Please fill out the appli…

Aim for this day camp!

Tuesday, June 21
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ages: 12-15
Cost: $13.00

Want to learn to shoot a bow and arrow? The targets are ready! We're waiting for you to come to this day camp.

Learn new skills or brush up on your bow shooting. This camp is taught by a certified instructor who will help everyone develop new skills.

There's still room in this camp, so hurry up and sign up. Special thanks to Operation Military Kids for making this camp possible.

Showmanship and Fitting Clinic

Friday, June 10th at Weaver's Arena, Star ID, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

There will be fitting demonstrations, showmanship practice, and Hoof Trimming. (there will not be hoof trimming at Meridian Dairy Days this year)

Be sure to check out this great clinic! It's being sponsored by the Treasure Valley Dairy Heifer Replacement Project.

Click here to see the brochure and don't forget to RSVP!

Artists Wanted!

Are you an artist or just looking to learn more about various art projects? We have day camps for all ages using different techniques and themes!

Painting Monday, June 13 and Wednesday, June 15 9:00 am to noon Ages 10 - 14 This two day camp will teach you different fun and easy techniques! Learn about things like tole painting and other methods to make your art work special! You will make and take home different projects to share with friends and family. Cost: $16.00

Dinosaur Art
Monday, June 20 and Monday, June 27
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Ages 8 - 13
This amazing two day camp will let you create your masterpieces using plaster, paint, and drawing. These new techniques can be used for more than just dinosaur eggs! Expand your knowledge of art projects at this camp.
Cost: $18.00

Small Treasures
Thursday, July 16
9:00 am to noon
Ages 5 - 10
If painting is not your thing come to this camp where you will learn other craft techniques and put them together to make your own small treasures! Learn about s…

Shooting Sports

More Shooting Sports Training coming up!

Rifle shooting sports training will be held in Salmon, ID Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 21. Registration fee is $30 and includes breakfast and lunch on Tuesday, snacks, and resources. The deadline to register is Monday, June 6.

This training is a must have for any 4-H leader that would like to teach the shooting sports project in rifle. For more information call 287-5900 or click here to see the brochure!

Fun Match

Oodles of Animals is hosting their Fun Match again on Saturday, June 11 at the Dairy Barn Arena by Storey Park and Meridian Speedway. Registration starts at 9:00 am and the show begins at 9:30 am.

This a great opportunity to practice showmanship and prepare for fair! There will also be a quilting contest. Lunch will be available for purchase. If you're new to 4-H and this will be your first time at the fair this Fun Match is a great experience!

Showmanship contests will be held on various small animals and market lamb. To learn more about this event contact Jennifer at

Give a big thanks to the Oodles of Animals 4-H Club for all of their hard work putting this event on every year!

Just for Sheep

Southern Region Sheep Field Day

Learn about your sheep and how to care for them! Check out the topics being covered:
NutritionQuality assurance in lamb productionDisease diagnosticJudging
Field Day will be held Tuesday, June 7 at the Payette County Fairgrounds in New Plymouth from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Pre-register to Gem County Extension by Friday, June 3rd by calling 365-6363 or email:

The fee of $2.00 per person will be collected at check in.

Spotlight on Day Camps

Iron Chef Wednesday, June 8 to Friday, June 10 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Do you know someone who likes to cook? Campers will learn new methods to transform healthy ingredients into fantastic dishes!
Come join in and see the magic! Share the magic with your family on the final day of camp at a luncheon held for families!
But wait there's more!               Can you handle a team cook off? Show off your new skills in this cooking competition! This intense competition will show case everything you've learned at camp. See you at camp! Ages: 12 - 16. Cost: $30.00

Day Camp Spotlight!

We are offering a new day camp this year!

WeDo Robotics!
Robotics isn't just for big kids anymore! This day camp introduces the younger crowd to the Lego Robotics program.
You will learn to build a Lego robot and program it! Campers will work together to create a story and use their robot to bring it to life. What a great way to learn teamwork as the campers work together on their projects.
This two day camp will be held Monday, June 6 and Tuesday, June 7 from 9:00 am to noon at the Ada County Extension Office. The cost is $16.00 and open to ages 6 to 9.

Spring Clean Up Weekend

This weekend is the 4-H Adventure Camp Clean Up Weekend!

We're getting camp ready for the 2011 camping season. Volunteers will be helping with maintenance on the camp and the grounds after the long winter.

If you are unable to help this weekend donations and materials are always welcome.

As the 4-H Adventure Camp approaches its 50th year their Camp Board is gearing up to a fundraiser to finance upgrades and improvements to the camp to see it through the next 50 years! 
Check out the camp website here to learn more about the campaign!

Extension Classes!

There are some great classes coming up taught by our Extension Educators. These classes are geared towards adults and are informative and fun.

Whole Grain Artisan Bread Class: Thursday, May 19, 7:00 pm, Ada County Extension. Learn how to make whole grain breads. Hands on class, bring a 5 to 6 quart container. Make your own Artisan Bread!

Growing and Using Herbs: Thursday, May 26, 7:00 pm, Ada County Extension. Learn how to grow your own herbs and how to use them in your cooking!

These classes are $8.00 each and you still have time to register. Look at our website for information or call 287-5900.

Mystery Box!

Mystery Box? Who can resist the mystery?

Spend $25 at the National 4-H Mall (click here to go!) and receive a box with $20 worth of 4-H merchandise inside.

Let us know what's in your Mystery Box!

4-H Adventure Camp!

Have you ever been to 4-H Adventure Camp? If not, come see what everyone is doing at camp!

Want to shoot a bow and arrow? They're doing it!  Want to take a canoe on the lake?  Or take a swim in the lake on a hot summer day? They're doing it! Do you like to fish? Make cool crafts? Hang out around the campfire?
They're doing it!
Come to 4-H Adventure Camp! Bring your friends or meet new ones!

Here's our brochure!

Native Plants

If you're interested in plants this is an interesting field day and tour!

The University of Idaho, Aberdeen Research & Extension Center in Aberdeen is holding a Field Day on Thursday, June 30 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Tour native wildflower and shrub evaluation plots, see grasses, penstemons, mints, columbines, and many other plants.

There is also a hardy rose garden and lawn and turf research area. Call 208-397-4181 for more information.

Market Animal Weigh In

Don't forget the weigh in dates are coming up fast for sheep and swine! If you are showing sheep or swine at the Western Idaho Fair use the following weigh in dates only:

Swine: Tuesday, May 10, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Expo Idaho (Western Idaho Fairgrounds)
Sheep: Thursday, May 19, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Expo Idaho (Western Idaho Fairgrounds)

If you are planning on showing at the Canyon County Fair please use these weigh in dates only:

Sheep: Tuesday, May 17, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Canyon County Fairgrounds
Market Goat: Tuesday, May 17, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Canyon County Fairgrounds

Don't forget your COOL form! See you at the weigh in.

Check out the Summer Day Camps!

The Summer Day Camp brochure is now here! Click here to view it.

The camps fill up fast so register now! Look for new camps this year like Kayaking, Treasure Hunts, CPR, and more. The cost for each day camp may vary and the ages limits also vary so check the requirements for each camp.

We can always use teen helpers at our day camps. If you would like to help with a camp contact Kelton at 287-5900.

Summer Day Camps

Are you ready for our Summer Day Camps!? The brochures will be out soon, look for them posted here and on our website by Monday, May 2.

But if you want an early peak at our brochures Kelton will be at the Camp & Education  Fair on Saturday, April 30 at Expo Idaho. The brochures and registration forms for 4-H Adventure Camp will also be available.

The event is free and there will be hands on events for the kids. So, come get our brochures early and sign up for the camps. There is limited space available and they will fill up fast.

May 4-H Newsletter

Our May newsletter is now available! Click here to view it.

If your club has any information to share about activities, fund raisers, or stories please submit them for the newsletter to email: or fax: 208-287-5909.
Also, please let us know what you would like to see on this blog, Facebook, or Twitter by using the comments section or email! We would like to use all formats available for you to receive important information.

Wells Fargo/First Security Watch Award

Every year a wrist watch is given to an outstanding 4-H member! We encourage 4-H members to apply for this award or if you think that someone in your club deserves recognition encourage them to apply for this award!

Applicants must have completed 3 years or more in 4-H and have passed their 14th birthday at the time of application. Their 4-H leader must write a recommendation and the 4-H member must write a short statement (100 words or more) about their leadership acheivement.

Applications are available at the Extension Office and due Monday, May 16.

Educational Carnival

Play games and win prizes at the Educational Carnival on Saturday, May 21 at the Western Idaho Fairgrounds. Show up at 8:30 am for the fun!

There will be all kinds of great games! Have fun learning while earning prizes. For every correct answer you receive a ticket for the prize drawing. See how many right answers you can get.

There will be all kinds of small animals like cats, dogs, cavy, rabbits, and more!

This is going to be a lot of fun for everyone, it's free too. Cloverbuds (ages 5 to 7) are welcome with a parent.

Spring Horse Shows!

Spring is here and we're seeing a lot of Horse Shows!

Saturday, April 30: Canyon County Horse Leaders are hosting a spring show at Birt's Arena in Nampa. Registration begins at 8:00 am and show begins at 9:00 am. Cloverbuds are welcome to participate on stick horses!

Saturday, May 14: Saddle Tramps  4-H are hosting a show at Birt's Arena in Nampa also. Registration begins at 8:00 am and the show starts at 9:00 am. Bring canned food items and receive raffle tickets for a drawing to held during the show.

In June look for a date and time for Eh Capa's English Horse Show! Information will be available as soon as possible!

If you have any questions about the shows call 287-5900.

National 4-H Dairy Conference

The 4-H Dairy Conference is held annually in Madison, Wisconsin.

This event is open to 4-H members with an interest in the dairy industry. One of the requirements is involvement in the 4-H Dairy Project for 3 years or the Dairy Foods Project also for 3 years. Participants must be at least 15 years old and not older than 19 as of January 1, 2011.

There will be tours of farms and businesses, and workshops, and the chance to meet new people!

Click here for applications!

Spring Lego Robotics

The Ada County 4-H Program is starting a spring Robotics Program for ages 9 to 14!

This program will feature the Sumo Bot challenge. The program starts Friday, April 15 and runs through Friday, May 27 at 4:15 pm to 6:00 pm at the Ada County Extension Office

If you're interested in this program call 287-5900 or email

Livestock Judging Clinics

There is a Livestock Judging Clinic on Saturday, April 30 at the Elmore County Fairgrounds, Glenns Ferry. Youth are free and there is a $2 adult jackpot. The registration deadline is Monday, April 25. Click here for the registration form.

Treasure Valley Community College is offering a Livestock Judges Class on Tuesday, May 10 at the Malheur County Fairgrounds. Teams of 3 to 5 people cost $25, individuals $6. Lunch is included. Click here to see the flyer.

Upcoming Extension Classes

The Ada County Extension Office is offering some great classes this month!

Seafood - For Health Conscious Consumers. Tuesday April 26 and Tuesday, May 3, 7:00 pm at the Ada County Extension Office. This class covers the health benefits of seafood, dietary guidelines, and recommendations, Learn how to select, store, and safely cook freshwater fish and seafood. Cost is $8.00

Whole Grains - More Than Bread. Tuesday, April 19, 7:00 pm, at the Ada County Extension Office. Learn how to add whole grains to your diet without adding more bread! Whole grains are a rich source of nutrients for a healthy diet. Learn about meal planning tips, information, and taste a variety of whole grains that you can add to your menu. Cost is $8.00

Both of these classes still have some room. To register for these classes or to see more classes go to the Ada  County Extension website.

District II Horse Camp Scholarships

District II Horse Camp is a great opportunity to learn about horses and horsemanship while having a great time camping! It's held annually in Donnelly, ID. Families are also welcome to attend camp. This year Horse Camp is Thursday, June 23 to Sunday, June 26.

There are scholarships available for Horse Camp. The District II scholarship form is included with the Horse Camp registration packet and is due on Friday, April 8th.

The Ada County Endowment Board also offers scholarships and is due on Tuesday, April 12th.

Here's the forms:
Horse Camp registration packet
Ada County Endowment Board scholarship forms

April newsletter

The April newsletter is available here! To view it click here.

It will also be mailed soon.

Host Families for Japanese Delegates

There are three boys and three girls that are looking forward to visiting Idaho this summer! They need host families as soon as possible so that they can plan their trip!

Host families should have a child of the same gender and approximately the same age as the visiting child.

To learn more about hosting Japanese delegates click here!

National 4-H Conference

National 4-H Conference starts Saturday, April 2 thru Thursday, April 7 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

This event is held annually and is open to 4-H youth ages 15 to 18 (age as of January ) This conference is a strategic planning conference for the future of 4-H. Delegates meet in consulting groups to discuss plans for 4-H and the Cooperative Extension System. Delegates also have a chance to tour national monuments, the Capitol, and other events.

A few of our Ada County 4-H members are getting ready to go to this conference this week! If you can see yourself going to this conference next year and helping to shape the future of 4-H look for the applications forms to be available at the end of the year (November to December)

To learn more about the conference click here!

College Scholarship Deadlines

The deadline for the Ada County Endowment Board college scholarship application is Friday, April 1st.

The application is available at the Extension Office. You can also send an email to request the application to

You can mail the completed application to 5880 Glenwood, Boise, 83714 or fax: 208-287-5909 or by email!

If you have any questions please give us a call at 287-5900!

State Horse Bowl Contest

Several Ada County 4-H members recently competed in the District II Horse Bowl held on March 5th.
The top three teams from this competition are qualified to compete at the State Horse Bowl Competition July 6th and 7th in Blackfoot.

Everyone who competed did an incredible job and congratulations to the Riata Riders Junior Team, Riata Riders Senior Team, and the Just Horsin' Around Senior Team.

These three teams are qualified to compete at the State Contest!

Shooting Sports Trainings

There are three Shooting Sports Trainings coming up in April! All registration forms will be available at the Extension Office or on the website.

Handgun/Pistol Training: April 2, Parma, ID. Registration deadline for this training is Friday, March 25th. The cost is $65.00, this includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and resources

Archery Training: April 9, Jermone, ID. Registration deadline is Friday, April 1st. The cost for this trainings is $65.00. This includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and resources.

Shotgun Training: April 16th, Marsing, ID. Registration deadline is Friday, April 8th. The cost for this training is $40.00. this includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and resources.

There is an online training module that must be completed before the trainings.

Teen Conference

Teen Conference is held annually at the University of Idaho campus in Moscow. This event is open to all youth (you do not have to be enrolled in 4-H to attend!) finishing grades 8 through 12.

The 2011 Teen Conference is Monday, June 13 to Friday, June 17, 2011. You will stay in dorm rooms and attend fun and educational workshops! The track workshops will be available soon, but some of the past workshops have included dancing, sewing, learning about fashion, challenge events, leadership, fitness, self defense and more!

The cost is $225 if paid by April 15th and $250 after April 15th. Scholarships are available! The District II scholarship is due on March 23rd fill this form out and return to the Extension Office

4-H Dollar Days

The 4-H Mall is having a big sale until March 11, 2011!
$1.00 items are $.75 and $1.50 items are $1.00

Here's the link to the 4-H Mall!

Dynamite Feed Mill Tour

Tour the Dynamite Feed Mill on Wednesday, March 30th at 11:00 am. The address is 611 N Main St, Meridian.

Lunch will be served and there will be door prizes! Call 287-5900 to RSVP by March 21th.

Smith Lever Bill

Senate will be voting on reducing the Smith Lever 3b&c funds by the end of this week. We encourage everyone to read this letter and contact your representatives concerning the reduction in funding to Extension.

A cut in this funding will impact the Ada County 4-H Program and the Ada County Extension Office. It will also impact the State 4-H Office.

If you have any questions please contact us at 208-287-5900

March Leader's Meeting

The next Ada County Leader's Association Meeting is Thursday, March 3rd, 7:00 pm.

Everyone is invited to attend the Leader's Meetings! Thursday's meeting will include a guest speaker from Central District Health. Come and hear what she has to say about Skin Cancer in Idaho.

After the general meeting there will be a training offered on Healthy Lifestyles using the 4-H Project "You're the Chef" This training will be held at 8:00 pm.

Happy Friday

Today is the fundraiser dinner and auction! Hope to see everyone there! Many wonderful items will be auctioned off tonight. Dinner starts at 5:00 pm at the Maple Grove Grang #244.

See our Facebook page for pictures of auction items.

Our March Newsletter is now available. Hard copies will be mailed out next week.

New 4-H Guides

The Ada County Extension Office has just received new 4-H Guides that you may find helpful with your projects. These book are available for check out only with a $20.00 deposit.

The following 4-H Guides are available:

Digital Photography

Dog Training & Dog Tricks

Raising Chickens

Training Horses

Shopping at the 4-H Mall

If you've been thinking of buying anything online, by phone, or fax with the 4-H Mall, do it now!
Shipping on all orders is One Cent until Tuesday, February 22nd.

You can buy CCS project books, clothes, accessories, stickers and other fun stuff.

You can't beat this deal! And you can get the popular books that the Extension Office sells out of for almost no shipping!

Just go to the 4-H Mall

College Scholarships

If you are a graduating senior and looking for more scholarships give the Extension Office a call!

The requirements, application deadlines, and amounts to be awarded vary, so check with our office soon.

One scholarship offers up to $25,000 per year, a few are offering $1000 per person, and some are only offering $100 but they all help!

Please share this information with anyone who may be interested!

Dinner & Auction Fundraiser

The annual Leader's Association fundraiser will be held Friday, February 25th at the Maple Grove Grange #244.

Dinner and the silent auction will begin at 5:00 pm. The live auction will begin at 6:00 pm
Dinner is $6.00 for a pulled pork sandwich, sides, and a drink.

Invite everyone you know to this event! All proceeds help our Ada County 4-H Program.

Be sure to check out the flyer and share with friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors! Hope to see everyone there!

All clubs are responsible for providing two baskets for the auction. The baskets and descriptions need to be turned in by Friday, February 18th

More Extension News

Check out the following classes offered at the Ada County Extension Office:

Cooking Up Savings: Thursday, March 24, 7:00 pm. Cost: $8.00.
Learn how to save time and money preparing meals at home. Learn
to use pressure canners and crock pots to save money!

Whole Grains - More Than Bread: Tuesday, April 19, 7:00 pm, Cost: $8.00
Learn how to include whole grains in your diet without eating bread.Grains are a
rich source of nutrients and provide immediate and long term benefits to a
healthy diet.

These classes fill up quick! Registration forms are available at the Extension Office

Shooting Sports Trainings

There's great Shooting Sports Trainings coming up this spring! All 4-H leaders must be certified in the shooting discipline they are teaching.

Shotgun certification training will be held Saturday, April 16th at the Marsing Rod & Gun Club, Marsing, ID.

Archery, rifle, and handgun trainings will be offered at different times. Information about these trainings will be posted when available.

The registration form for this training will be on our website by Friday, February 11th . Click here.

Spring Break Day Camps!

Here's the brochure for the Spring Break Day Camps!

The camps fill up fast, so register early!

Extension News

The Ada County Extension Office does more than just 4-H - check out the free landscaping classes!

University of Idaho, Ada County Extension, City of Boise, and United Water, Idaho are holding a series of Free Landscaping Classes, Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The classes are held at the Boise Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd.

February 9 Choosing the Right Plant  February 16 Water-Wise Landscape Design
February 23 Caring for a Water-Wise Landscape
To register email:

CSI Livestock Judging Contest

4-H clubs are invited to participate in a livestock judging contest on Saturday, February 12 at the College of Southern Idaho Exposition Center, Twin Falls.

Registrations are available at the Extension Office and are due by Monday, February 7. However, walk-in registrations are accepted on the day of the event.

This is a great event for anyone interested in livestock judging!

There are a lot of deadlines and events coming up quick!  Following is a list of some of the deadlines to watch for:
February 4th: Horsemanship Award Application due February 5th: Senior Horse Bowl February 7th: First Year Camp Counselor Applications due February 7th: Registration due for CSI Livestock Judging Contest February 7th: New Leader Training

Adventure Camp Counselors!

4-H Adventure Camp is held on Cascade Lake, Donnelly, ID every summer. There are two Kids Camps for grades 3rd through 5th and one Teen Camp for grades 6th through 8th.

Youth who will have completed the 9th grade by the June Kids Camp (June 26th) are invited to become a Camp Counselor. The registrations packets and counselor training dates are available here. The registration deadline for new counselors is Monday, February 7, 2011. The registration deadline for returning counselors is Monday, March 7, 2011.

Camp counselors are an integral part of 4-H Adventure Camp! Counselors help with camp activities, workshops, campfires, and more! Call 287-5900 if you have questions about becoming a counselor or to learn more about 4-H Adventure Camp!

Rabbit Clinic

Join us for the Rabbit Clinic on Saturday, February 12th at the Ada County Extension Office from 9:00 am to Noon.

Lance Higbee will be talking about basic rabbit care, breeds and varieties of rabbits, and showmanship. He will also be available to answer questions!

All youth participants must have a parent or leader attending the clinic. Members are welcome to bring their rabbits. If you choose to bring your rabbit, here are some things to remember:
Please use a leak proof carrierNo shaving, hay, or straw allowedIf you need bedding in the carrier please use wood, paper pellets, carpet square, or towelBring a carpet square or towel to practice showmanshipYou will need to clean up after your rabbit before leaving.Contact Dana Kolstad with questions at 287-5900


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Thank you, and welcome to our Ada County 4-H Blog February Newsletter