Friday, December 20, 2013

4-H Adventure Camp Counselor Program

If you're in the 9th grade or higher and want to help with our camp this summer you can apply to our camp counselor program!

Our camp counselors work with youth at camp in a cabin setting, including staying in the cabin with a group of campers and helping with workshops and other events at camp.

To apply for this program fill out the application and return to the Ada County Extension Office, 5580 Glenwood, Boise, ID 83714 by Monday, January 13th.

All applicants are required to call 287-5900 and schedule an interview with the camp director by Friday, January 24.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Monthly 4-H Calendar

Check out 4-H events and deadlines for the month of December!

Monday, December 2: Outbound International Travel applications are due to the State 4-H Office. Teens have the opportunity to travel to another country and live with a host family for 4 weeks. Send applications to University of Idaho, 4-H and Youth Development, 975 Perimeter Dr MS 3015, Moscow, ID 83844.

Monday, December 2: National 4-H Conference applications are due to the State 4-H Office. This program is open to 4-H members between the ages of 15 and 18 (age as of January 1, 2014) the conference will be April 4 to April 10, 2014.

Friday, December 13: Applications are due to the Ada County Extension Office for the Know Your Government Conference. KYG is open to 4-H members in the 8th and 9th grades. Learn about how our government works from trials to passing laws.

Monday, December 16: Applications are due to the State 4-H Office for Citizenship, National Focus.  This event is open to 4-H members 15 and 19 and provides educational workshops and covers current issues.

Monday, December 23 - Wednesday, January 1: Extension Office closed for winter holiday.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Know Your Government Conference (KYG)

The annual Know Your Government Conference is held every year on President's Day Weekend (February 15-17, 2014) in Boise.

This event is open to 4-H members in 8th and 9th grade. Delegates can choose between two workshop options for the conference. The Legislative Workshop will give participants the opportunity to learn how a bill becomes a law including debating bills and lobbying for or against bills.

The Judicial Workshop concentrates on how the Idaho Court System works. There will be a mock trial with participants in the various roles.

The cost for KYG is $110 per person. Applications are due to the Ada County Extension Office on Friday, December 13. Scholarships are available through the Ada County Endowment Board.

Follow this link for applications and more information or call 287-5900.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Western Heritage Clinics

The Ada County Western Heritage Clinics are designed for youth to learn more about ranching, roping, working cattle, trail riding, branding, and more!

These clinics are open to any registered 4-H member. If you would like to attend the clinic and are not enrolled in a 4-H club, please contact our office at 287-5900 or email dhobbs@uidaho and we will find a 4-H club for you!  Our 4-H horse program is open to all youth ages 8 and up (age is considered the age of the youth on January 1, 2014)



The next clinic will be Saturday, November 16, 9 am at Jeff and Jane Spencer Training (10059 Highway 16, Eagle) This clinic will focus on desensitizing, roping, and cow work! 

All participants are required to wear a helmet, long sleeved western shirt, jeans and boots. Bring a rope if you have one and leather gloves. Breast collars and back cinches are necessary to participate in your qualified events.

RSVP to Lianna by text or phone at 908-2043. Email lianna5470@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

First Lego League (FLL) Robotics

Learn how to build Lego robots and program them to compete with other teams in various events.
The First Lego League is designed for youth ages 9 to 14 and new teams are forming now!

Youth teams will build and program their Lego robot while learning teamwork and problem solving skills.

We are having a parent and youth meeting on Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm at the Ada County Extension Office.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ada County 4-H Open House

Now that the fair is over it's almost time for our new 4-H year! We'll be kicking our new year off with an Open House event.

Everyone is invited to come and learn more about 4-H and what type of projects we offer. There will be 4-H clubs and leaders sharing information about their projects. You can also stop by the Western Idaho Fair from now until Sunday, August 25 at the Expo Building and see what projects our members completed this year.

Open House will be Monday, September 30th from 6 to 8 pm and Tuesday, October 1st from 6 to 8 pm at 5880 Glenwood, Boise.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Are You Ready for the Western Idaho Fair?

It's that time of year again! There are many deadlines and important dates coming up, be sure to check your fairbook so you don't miss any of them. Here's a few to watch for:

  • July 26th: Horse Fair Entry forms are due to the Extension Office by 5 pm. These forms can be faxed (287-5909), mailed, or emailed (dhobbs@uidaho.edu)
  • August 1st: All other fair entry forms are due to the Extension Office by 5 pm. These forms can also be faxed, emailed, mailed, or entered online at http://idahofair.com/
  • August 10th: Interview Evaluations for the Horse Project only. Interviews are held at the Double Nickel Ranch. Your 4-H club leader will notify you of your interview times.
  • August 13th and 14th: Interview Evaluations for all other projects. The interview is mandatory, call 287-5900 to schedule an interview time.
  • August 15th: Bring your animals to the fair. Refer to the fairbook for times to bring each species.
  • August 16th: First day of the Western Idaho Fair! Parents need to buy their parent passes before the fair opens to the public. You may purchase the passes at the Premium Office (287-5663).
  • August 20th: Picnic at the Fair! This is the Junior Exhibitor Picnic at 4 pm. You should have received a ticket with your fair pass. Parents may purchase tickets at the picnic for $5.
  • August 20th: Market Animal Sale - 6 pm.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

2013 Horse Fair Entry Forms

The 2013 Horse Fair Entry Forms are available for the Western Idaho Fair! The entry forms are due to the Ada County Extension Office on Friday, July 26 by 5 pm. You can also fax them to 287-5909.

The forms have been combined this year into a two page form. The Hi-Point election form and the Hunter Hack permission form are included. You will still need to include the breed awards and stall requests with the fair entry form. If you are entering the Versatility Classes the $10 livestock fee must be included with your entry.

Refer to the fair book for classes and more requirements.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Oral Presentations


Over and over teachers say they can pick out students who have been in 4-H because of their ability to give effective oral presentations.  In Idaho, an oral presentation is a required component to complete every 4-H project.

New, updated resource materials are available to help youth learn to refine their presentation skills.  Speak up with Confidence: Tips on Presenting in Nine Key Areas is available on the State 4-H website (http://www.uidaho.edu/extension/4h/pages/documents), then look under Project Publications.  Youth and adult volunteers alike may use this publication to learn more about how to become a confident, polished public speaker.  Each of the nine tip sheets in this publication can be used as a stand-alone document to practice and learn more about some element of a presentation.  Here’s a preview -

Tips on Presenting #1 – Putting Parts of a Presentation Together describes three basic parts of any presentation, components of each part, and how the presentation can flow from one part to the next.  This document also suggests how to choose appropriate visual aids.

Tips on Presenting #2 – Planning and Organizing a Presentation describes factors to consider when beginning to plan a presentation including identifying your audience, topic, and level of detail.  It helps you consider what type of presentation is most appropriate and discusses time management.

Tips on Presenting #3 – Types of Presentations describes six types of presentations and how to choose a type that best fits your audience and topic.  It helps you consider the most effective ways to get your message across.

Tips on Presenting #4 – Using Multimedia describes the effective design and use of multimedia in presentations and what to do if some part of the plan fails.

Tips on Presenting #5 – Mechanics of Presenting focuses on how individuals present themselves including use of body language, dress, voice inflection, eye contact, personal poise, and use of notes.

Tips on Presenting #6 – Getting Your Message Across with Posters describes factors to consider when using and creating posters for a presentation.  Learn to determine if using a poster is appropriate and, if so, how to create a poster that is effective, can be seen by the entire audience, and is attractive.

Tips on Presenting #7 – Creative Hooks describes how speakers can capture and hold the audience’s attention throughout their presentation by using a variety of verbal and non-verbal techniques.

Tips on Presenting #8 – Food Demonstrations describes special techniques and tools specific to presentations requiring food preparation.

Tips on Presenting #9 – Using Live Animals in Presentations describes safety concerns and special accommodations to consider when using animals in a presentation.

One of the most common fears among adults is speaking in public.  Youth and adults who learn to effectively speak in public become confident in their ability to speak in front of a group and thus gain an important leadership tool.  I encourage you to take a look at these tips sheets to help youth in your club become more confident!

Nancy Shelstad
4-H Extension Educator

Monday, June 24, 2013

4-H National Congress

This annual event is open to 4-H members ages 14 to 18 who have not previously attended. Applications are available here.

This event is an opportunity for 4-H members to exchange ideas and learn through workshops, culture events, and speakers.

4-H National Congress will be held November 29 - December 3, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. applications are due Friday, July 5, 2013.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Sumo Bot Contest

Can your team build a Lego robot that can beat the competition? Join us at the first annual Sumo Bot Contest at the Western Idaho Fair!

Following guidelines, teams of up to 5 members build a Lego robot and compete against other teams! Fair passes will be provided for each child participant and a pass for one chaperone per family.

For complete rules please contact the Ada County Extension Office at 287-5900 or ada@uidaho.edu

  • Registration due August 1, 2013
  • Contest will be held August 24, 2013 at the Western Idaho Fair
  • Ages 9 to 14 in teams of up to 5 members
  • Fair passes provided
  • Must submit a poster documenting your robot

Prizes will be provided for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

4-H Fundraiser

We're holding a fundraiser for the 4-H Afterschool Program on Friday, June 7 at Farmway Village in Caldwell from 5 to 8 pm.

There will be authentic Mexican food, music, and children's activities! Tickets are $8 for 10 tickets and can be purchased on the day of the event.

Everyone is welcome to come and support our Afterschool Program! For more information please call Marisol at 459-2232 or check out the flyer!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Public Speaking Contest

The first annual Idaho 4-H Public Speaking Contest will be held during the Idaho 4-H Teen Conference on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow.

Winners of this will be eligible to enter the national contest at the Western National Roundup in Denver January 9-21, 2014.

There are two categories of speeches: Impromptu and Prepared. If you would like more information call 287-5900.

Monday, May 20, 2013

4-H Adventure Camp

4-H Adventure Camp is an overnight summer camp on Cascade Lake near Donnelly. Campers will have a great time canoeing, swimming, fishing and more! There will also be archery, shooting sports, and craft workshops.


June Kids Camp
June 28 to July 1
Grades 3 to 5
Cost: $165.00 if paid by June 14

August Kids Camp
August 2 to 5
Grades 3 to 5
Cost: $165.00 if paid by July 19

Teen Camp
July 8 to July 12
Grades 6 to 8
Cost: $205.00 if paid by June 24

The cost includes bus transportation to and from camp with stops in Boise, Caldwell, Horseshoe Bend, Weiser, and Fruitland. Adult chaperones and trained teen counselors will be at all camps and on the bus too.

Scholarships may be available, call the Ada County Extension Office at 287-5900 to check on availability. We also offer payment plans with a small down payment. For registration information go to cascadelake4hcamp.com

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Looking for Something to do this Weekend?

If you want to do something fun, educational, or help with a community project this is a great weekend for you!

May 18-19 4-H Adventure Camp Clean Up Weekend. You can help prepare the camp, located in Donnelly for the summer camping season. It's too late to reserve a cabin, but it's not too late to help!

May 18  Ada County Field Day. Learn how to show large or small animals in a round robin type setting. No need to bring your animals, we'll provide them! No pre-registration required or fees, just show up at Expo Idaho (use the Livestock entrance) at 8:30 am.

May 18  Ada County Western Heritage Clinic. Bring your horse and explore the old time ranching ways. There will be packing and back country riding, skills training with roping, sorting, and penning. Come on out to 3007 Can-Ada Rd, Melba at 9 am

May 18  Silver Spurs Horse Show. You missed the pre-payment discount, but you can still pay and register on the day of the show. The classes are $9 each or $75 for the day. You must show proof of 4-H membership to attend. Go to the 3K Event Center at the north end of Bessinger Rd between Star and Middleton.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Ada County Field Day

This year's Field Day features a Round Robin of Fun! Learn how to show animals large or small on Saturday, May 18, 8:30 am at Expo Idaho.

There will be a large animal session and a small animal session. Animals will be provided, so no need to bring yours. No preregistration required - just come on out and join us.

Friday, April 26, 2013

2013 Ada County Summer Day Camps!

Looking for something to do this summer? Check out the Ada County Summer Day Camp Institute. Our day camps offer hands on learning and fun experiences for everyone!

We're offering day camps on
  • Baking
  • Decorating
  • Robotics - WeDo and Sumo Bots!
  • Electricity
  • Art
  • Archery
  • Geology
  • Kayaking
  • Science
  • Parent and Child fun camp

Each day camp is geared towards a specific age group, so you're sure to find the right camp for your children. Prices also vary and scholarships are available. See the Day Camp brochure for more information or call 287-5900!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Farmway Village 4-H Egg Drop

It's time for the 2nd Annual Farmway Village 4-H Egg Drop! All you have to do is create an ETV (egg transport vehicle) following some simple rules and see if your egg survives the fall!

Your ETV must be constructed of duct tape and straws (follow the directions on this flyer)
There will be prizes and a team award too. The entry fee is $5 per person and includes lunch. This contest is open to youth in grades 5 through 8.

There is also a naked-egg drop competition. Wearing protective gear participants attempt to catch an egg without breaking it. This is open to all school age youth and just for fun - no prizes.

Don't forget the Tech Wizard Day Camp too. A variety of fun science and engineering activities. The day camp is open to all school age youth.

Call 459-6003 for more details.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Summer Reading Skills - Online Program

The University of Idaho Extension is offering an online program to improve reading skills of youth this summer. This individualized program includes support from a professional reading teacher, effective materials, independent reading in great books, and engaging online instructions.

There are programs for students in 1st grade through 5th grade. These programs are geared toward each age group and are designed to improved fluency, comprehension, and a love of reading.

To learn more about this program or to register call 800-964-9974.

Friday, March 22, 2013

College Scholarships

There are some college scholarship applications due in April. If you haven't applied for these scholarships there is still time. All of these applications are available at the Ada County Extension Office, so call 287-5900 to request the applications or email to: dhobbs@uidaho.edu

Idaho Agri-Women: Two $500 scholarships will be awarded. Applicants must live or attend schools in Ada, Canyon, Gem, or Owyhee counties and have an interest in pursuing a career in agriculture and/or any supporting/allied industry. Application due on Monday, April 1, 2013.

Western Idaho Fair Agriculture Excellence: At least two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to 4-H/FFA members who participate in the Western Idaho Fair. Applications due on Friday, April 5, 2013.

Ada County Endowment Board: One scholarship will be awarded to an Ada County 4-H member. Application due on Monday, April 1, 2013.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ada County Western Heritage Clinic Series

The Western Heritage Clinic Series will focus on learning the "good ole'" ways on ranching, roping, working cattle, trail riding, branding, horsemanship, and much more!

The clinic kicks off on Saturday, March 16 at the Western Riding Club (6630 Riding Club Ln, Boise) at 9 am for the first Orientation Clinic.

The cost is $10 for each clinic and lunch will be available. The dress code includes a helmet, long sleeves, western shirt, jeans, boots. Western wear is a must! Bring a rope too if you have one.

Hope to see you there for this fun set of clinics! Check out the flyer for the Western Heritage Clinic

Monday, February 25, 2013

Livestock Weigh In

It's almost time for the initial weigh in for market animals. Don't forget to bring your COOL form to the weigh in. All 4-H members must be enrolled in 4-H before the weigh. This can be done online this year using 4-H Online. The enrollment fee still needs to be paid to the Extension Office. The fees are $14 for horse project and $10 for all other projects.

Ada County (WIF) Weigh In Dates
  • Beef - Saturday, March 16, Western Idaho Fairgrounds, 9 to 11 am
  • Swine - Tuesday, May 7, Western Idaho Fairgrounds, 4 to 7 pm
  • Sheep - Thursday, May 16, Western Idaho Fairgrounds, 4 to 7 pm

Canyon County Fair Weigh In Dates

  • Beef - Saturday, March 2, Treasure Valley Livestock Auction, 9 to 12 pm
  • Swine - Tuesday, April 16, Canyon County Fairgrounds, 4 to 7 pm
  • Sheep - Tuesday, May 14, Canyon County Fairgrounds, 4 to 7 pm
  • Market Goat - Tuesday, May 14, Canyon County Fairgrounds, 4 to 7 pm

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ada County 4-H Benefit

There will be a benefit for the Ada County Leader's Association on Saturday, March 16 at Center at the Park (1920 N Records Ave, Meridian) at 6 pm.

Tickets are $25 each or $40 for a couple. This includes a prime rib dinner, raffles, and a silent and live auction with all proceeds supporting the Ada County Leader's Association.

Some of the items up for auction include a signed Kellen Moore Detroit Lions jersey, signed George Strait cowboy hat, a John Deere bicycle, and couples night out gifts, wine lover deals, and other action packages!

There will also be a babysitting service for children ages 3-10 for $5 per child. See the Benefit Flyer for more information or call 287-5900 to purchase tickets.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Ada County Horse Bowl 2013

Ada County Horse Bowl will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Church of Christ, 2000 N Eldorado St, Boise.

Junior and Senior Ada County Horse Bowl will be held on the same day and the same location. Registration is $10 and due by Thursday, January 31, 2013.

Horse Bowl is a fun way to test your knowledge of horses! The top three teams are eligible to participate in the District II Horse Bowl contest. Horse Bowl is also an Ada County "A" qualifier for the horse project.

Registration forms and study packets are available on the Ada County website.