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Super Saturday

Super Saturday is a great way for Ada County 4-H leaders to meet the annual requirements for trainings. There will be great workshops on everything from projects to going to the fair. Parents and teens are also welcome to attend the workshops.

Download the brochure and be sure to register fast, the classes fill up quick!

Ada County Senior Horse Bowl Study Guide

This is the most recent version of the Senior Horse Bowl study guide, revised as of October, 2014.

Anatomy Grooming Behavior Health Breeds History Colors Horse Judging Conformation Internal Parasites Digestive Jumping Diseases Miscellaneous Equine Activities Packing External Parasites

Ada County Junior Horse Bowl Study Guide

Idaho 4-H License Plate

Beginning in January , 2015 the Idaho 4-H License Plate will be available for purchase! Many people worked very hard across the state to make this a reality. $22 of the purchase price of the license plate will go to fund existing programs and provide funding for new educational activities.

We hope everyone shows their support of the 4-H program by purchasing these license plates.

Ada County Teens Meet and Bowl

"Come bowl with us and check out some great leadership opportunities!" The Ada County Teen Ambassadors are hosting a bowling night to introduce our teen program with an information session followed by BOWLING!! The Ada County Teen Ambassador group meets at the Ada County Extension Office and holds community service activities, fun and educational events, and acts as ambassadors for the Ada County 4-H Program. The group is open for all 4-H members 13 and up. You can also join 4-H and become an ambassador too! Hope to see you there! Tuesday, November 25 Westy's Lanes, 5504 Alworth St, Boise (near Chinden right by the Expo Building) 6 to 8 pm

4-H Monthly Calendar

The 4-H year is just getting started! Check out these events:

November 6: Ada County Leader's Meeting, 7 pm, Ada County Extension. The public is welcome to attend the leader's meeting.

November 7-9: State Leader's Forum, Lewiston. This is a great chance to meet 4-H leaders all over the state and exchange ideas and learn new ways of leading projects. There are workshops and trips around the area.

November 8: Deadline to register for the Ambassador Conference. Register on 4-H Online.

November 9: Deadline to register for National 4-H Conference. Register on 4-H Online.

November 11: District II Horse Council Meeting, 7 pm, Canyon County Extension.

November 13: Ada County Endowment Board Meeting. If you would like to attend this meeting please call 287-5900 for location. (The Endowment Board meets monthly and provides 4-H members with scholarships to attend 4-H events.)

November 14: Deadline to register for the 4-H Archery Certification training. The cost is $50.

November 15: Recognit…

Shooting Sports Trainings

We're always looking for new shooting sports volunteers. If you have an interest in helping youth learn about our shooting sports program which includes, safety, care for firearms, proper handling, and shooting there are trainings in this area this fall!

To help with our shooting sports program 4-H volunteers must take the 4-H certified trainings in each discipline they would like to help with. Check out these trainings:

Archery, November 22, Emmett. The cost of this training is $50 and the registration deadline is November 14Rifle, January 10, Emmett. The cost of this training is $50 and the registration deadline is January 2.Shotgun, April 11, Caldwell. the cost of this training is $50 and the registration deadline is April, 3.
The registrations are available on our website.

4-H Ambassador Program

4-H members make the best spokespersons for the 4-H program. the purpose of the Ambassador program is to promote 4-H to youth, parents, and the community.

4-H members who are in 9th grade or above and have been in 4-H for two or more years are eligible for this program. 4-H members with an interest in promoting our program and learning to improve their public speaking skills are encouraged to apply for this program.

The registration deadline is approaching fast! Saturday, November 1 is the deadline to register. The cost for the program is $95. If you would like to learn more about the program check out this website.

How to Join Ada County 4-H

It's the end of September and the new 4-H year begins on October 1st! This is a great time to join a local 4-H club and participate in upcoming activities and here's how you do it:

Attend our Open House on September 29 and learn more about our clubs, projects, and activities. You can also meet our staff and 4-H volunteer leaders.

       2. You can all the Extension Office at 287-5900 or email for more information about our program.
Information that will help find a club: Your children's project interest The area of the county that you live in Your children's ages as of January 1, 2015 For more information on projects offered please see this link!  

Important Dates for WIF

The Western Idaho Fair is almost here! Here's a list of important dates to remember:

Saturday, August 9: Horse Project interview evaluations at the Western Riding Club. Check with your 4-H leader for interview times.

Monday, August 11: Robotics posters are due to the Extension Office.

Tuesday, August 12: Interview evaluations for all projects, except Horse at the Expo Building from 9 am to 8 pm. Interviews are by appointment only, call 287-5900 to schedule.

Wednesday, August 13: Final day of interview evaluations. 9 am to 1 pm. By appointment only.

Thursday, August 14: Check in for livestock, check fairbook for details.

Friday, August 15 - 19: 4-H Fair at the Western Idaho Fair.

Be sure to check the fairbook for times, dates, and locations of events throughout the fair. Go to:

4-H REC Night

Is your record book ready for fair? If not, come to our 4-H REC Night clinic.

This clinic will have people available to answer your questions or use this time to complete your record book.

July 31 and August 12 - 8 pmAda County Extension Office
Call 287-5900 to RSVP. If you would like to help with the clinic please let us know!

Oral Presentations

4-H members can participate in the Ada County Oral Presentation contest held July 14, 15, and 16 at the Ada County Extension Office. This event is open to all 4-H members. Presentations can be given in following categories and blue ribbon winners can participate in the District II Oral Presentation contest held during the Western Idaho Fair.

A Demonstration is showing or demonstrating how to do something or make something.

Illustrated Talk:
An illustrated talk involves explaining something while using pictures, charts, or other visual aids.

A speech uses only words and gestures to present a topic. No visual aids can be used except note cards.

Dramatic Reading:
A dramatic reading includes words and actions to present material to educate or entertain. Presenter may use their own material or previously published material.

TV Commercial:
This is a presentation to convince the audience to buy an idea or product. Illustrations or products can be used if brand names are c…

Ada County Fashion Revue

Ada County Fashion Revue features 4-H members modeling their favorite outfit! This could be an outfit you purchased that shows off your style sense or that great outfit that you made or someone made for you.

All 4-H members from Cloverbuds to Senior members are invited to show their style in this event. Blue ribbon winners qualify to participate in the District II Fashion Revue too. To sign up for this event submit your narration form on or before Wednesday, August 13 to the Expo Building. You can turn this form in during the Interview Evaluation before the fair.

Canyon County 4-H is holding a practice for this event on Wednesday, July 9 from 2 to 5 pm. If you would like to attend this practice call 459-6003 to RSVP.

The Ada County Fashion Revue will be Saturday, August 16 at the Western Town Stage. Even if you are unable to participate come on out and watch our 4-H'ers in action!

Monthly Calendar June

Summer is almost here and there is so much to do! Check it out:

June 3: District II Horse Camp Orientation, Canyon County Extension, 7 pm. This is mandatory for everyone attending camp.

June 3: Sheep Field Day, Owyhee County Fairgrounds, 1 pm. Learn about your breeding project including nutrition, record keeping, and more! The cost is $2. Call 896-4104 for more information.

June 4: Swine Field Day, Gem County Fairgrounds, 1 pm. Centered on breeding swine. The cost is $2 per person. Call 365-6363 for more information.

June 5: Ada County Leader's Meeting, Ada County Extension, 7 pm. Leaders need to attend two meetings a year and there are only two left before the fair!

June 7: District II Horse Judging and Hippology. Must qualify at the county level to attend.

June 9-13: Teen Conference, University of Idaho, Moscow. If you missed this event this year it is held annually and open to all youth in grades 8 to 12. Look for info next spring!

June 13: Early Bird registration deadline for June …

Archery Class

Would you like to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow? At this class not only will learn about shooting, proper form and safety, you will also complete a 4-H project to take it to the Western Idaho Fair.

This class will be Tuesdays beginning June 3 to July 22 at Dead On Archery, 2006 E Franklin Rd, Meridian, 6:30 to 8:00 pm. The cost is $40. Participants must be 8 years by January 1, 2014.
Send the archery registration in by Friday, May 30.

May Monthly 4-H Calendar

Check out these events for the month of May!

May 6 - Deadline to turn COOL forms in for the Swine Project. Forms need to be turned in to the Ada County Extension Office by 5 pm. Include a picture of the pig with the ear tag, $4 per head. This is for any market swine showing at the Western Idaho Fair for 4-H or FFA.

May 9 - Registration due for the District II Horse Camp. Send to 5880 Glenwood, Boise 83714. This camp is open to all members of a youth horse organization.

May 10 - Rabbit and Cavy Workshop, D & B Supply, 12th Ave, Nampa. Check in at 8:30 am. There will be Royalty like activities and workshops. The cost is $6 per person. Call Michelle at 989-2405  ( for more information.

May 13 - Canyon County Sheep and Market Goat Weigh In. 4 to 7 pm, Canyon County Fairgrounds. This is for all market sheep and goats showing at the Canyon County Fair for 4-H and FFA.

May 15 - Ada County Sheep and Goat Weigh In. 4 to 7 pm at the Expo Idaho. This is for all market sheep an…

Update on Swine Weigh In

Due to the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus that has been diagnosed in Idaho and the risk
factors involved in bringing pigs to a central location at this time, there will not be an official
Western Idaho Fair 4-H/FFA initial swine weigh in for 2014. This decision was made with the
guidance of the Idaho Department of Ag by representatives of the Western Idaho Fair, Ada County Extension, FFA, Swine Supervisors, and the Junior Livestock Sale Committee.

In order to show and sell a pig at the 2014 Western Idaho Fair exhibitors must do the following:
 Have ownership and care of your animal(s) by no later than May 6.      Properly ear tag your animal(s). Numbered tag issued from the Ada County Extension Office should be in the pig’s left ear with the number on the outside of the ear. Several breeders in to area have agreed to help with this process when you pick up your animal; check with them first before you pick up ear tags at the office.     Submit a COOL form to the Extension…

4-H Adventure Camp

4-H Adventure Camp is held in Donnelly, ID every summer. There are camps for grades 3-5 and grades 6-8.

The camp is at Cascade Lake 4-H Camp which will soon be celebrating their 50th year! Kids get to enjoy swimming, fishing, canoeing, shooting sports, and other outdoor events. The kids stay in groups in cabins with their camp counselor. Bus transportation is available to and from camp.

This year we're offering payment plans so everyone can enjoy camp! Some county extension offices have scholarships available so be sure to check with your local extension office also.

Kids Camp: June 27-30
Grades - 3-5
Cost - $165 if paid by June 13
Cost - 4205 after that date

Teen Camp: July 7-11
Grades 6-8
Cost - $205 if paid by June 23
Cost - $245 after that date

Kids Camp: August 1-4
Cost - $165 if paid by July 18
Cost - $205 after that date

To register for camp fill out and return the Camp Registration Packet For more information on camp call 287-5900

4-H Monthly Calendar

Check out events and deadlines for the month of April!

Tuesday, April 15:
Horse Declaration forms are due to the Ada County Extension Office by 5 pm. You can email them or fax 208-5909 or bring them in! They're available on our website. Applications are due to the state 4-H office to host male Japanese delegates this summer. The boys are ages 12-13. Early bird deadline for Teen Conference. The registrations are on the state 4-H website, April 19:

3rd Annual Poultry Clinic at the Expo Idaho, small animal barn. 9 am to noon. Everyone is welcome. Bring your bird and have some fun learning about showmanship and more!

Saturday, April 26:

Ada County Horse Hippology Contest, Ten Mile Riding Club. Registrations will be available soon.Farmway Village Egg Drop. 10 am to 3 pm. Compete in ETV (egg transport vehicle) drop competition, naked egg drop just for fun, and the Tech Wizard Day Camp! Call 287-5900 for more information. Call 28…

4-H Healthy Living - Preserving with Kids

If you're thinking about a gardening project this year consider the food preservation projects too! You can combine two projects while enjoying your produce year around.

The 4-H Food Preservation project includes drying, freezing, canning, and pressure canning. These re-vamped project manuals are available through the University of Idaho.

We're also offering an extensive 4 hour workshop on these projects on Thursday, May, 1 from 1 to 5 pm at the Ada County Extension Office. The cost is $10 which includes manuals and supplies. The workshop is taught by Extension Educators from across the state. If you would like to attend this workshop pre-register by Thursday, April 24 to Donna Gillespie at or 208-436-7184.

Healthy 4-H Club Challenge

Join the Idaho 4-H Healthy Club Challenge! Learn about healthy habits, nutrition, and getting active!

The goals of the challenge includes encouraging youth and leaders to learn about nutrition and health. To practice what they learn with their families and teach others healthy habits. The criteria to participate in the Healthy 4-H club Challenge are:

During the year incorporate one nutrition idea/activity into at least 6 club meetingsElect a Health Office to conduct nutrition ideas/activities and record keeping4-H members are encouraged to complete the at home activitiesClub record sheets and completed fair display turned in to the Ada County Extension OfficeComplete a service learning project related to health and nutrition The winning club will receive special recognition at a later date! There will be an orientation held during the April leader's meeting for the youth Health Officers. April 3, 7 pm at the Ada County Extension Office at a separate location from the leader's …

4-H Benefit and Dinner

Saturday, March 15 is the annual 4-H Benefit Dinner. All proceeds will benefit Ada County 4-H.

Everyone is invited to attend and show their support for the 4-H program. There will be a tri-tip dinner, baked potato, and salad. Top off your meal with a desert raffle featured hand made and specialty deserts.

Local businesses and individuals have donated luxury items, themed packages, dinners at some of the best restaurants in Boise, and more. Along with the raffle there will be a live and silent auction.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm on Saturday, March 15 at Center at the Park, 1920 N Records Ave, Meridian. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for a couple. Tickets are available at the Ada County Extension Office. Call 287-5900 for more information.

Unfortunately, the tickets are no longer available for purchase online. Please call 287-5900 to purchase tickets.

Spring Break Day Camps

Are you looking for something to do during spring break? It's time for the 2014 Ada County 4-H Spring Break Day Camps.

We're offering camps on a variety of subjects for different age groups. You can sign up for the camps online at Camp Registration.

WeDo Robotics - March 24,  Ages 6-9, Cost: $13
Learn how to make and program a simple robot and create a story with your robot.

NXT Robotics - March 25, Ages 9-14, Cost: $13
Build a program a Mindstorm robot

River Scavenger Hunt, March 26, Ages 9-14, Cost: $13
Explore the Boise Watershed and go on a scavenger hunt. Filled with outdoor adventure!

Decorate Your Duds, March 27, Ages 7-14, Cost: $13
Add new life to your clothes, personalize them, and decorate them.

Eco-Bot Challenge, March 28, Ages 9-14, Cost: $13
Join an engineering team and program a robot to meet the challenge.

Shooting Sports Open House

Everyone is invited to come see what the Shooting Sports Program is all about!

Friday, March 284 to 8 pmCost $5Dead On Archery, 2600 E Franklin Rd #100, Meridian
Try your hand at archery or rifle while you're there! Adults are invited to learn about opportunities to volunteer with this program. You can also sign up for a shooting competition on Saturday, March 29th and Sunday, March 30th. Call 287-5900 for more information.

** This is event is open to all youth ages 8 and up. (as of January 1, 2014)**

Western Idaho Poultry Clinic

Birds of a Feather 4-H Club is once again hosting the poultry clinic on Saturday, April 19 at Expo Idaho Small Animal Barn at 9 am.

Everyone is invited to attend this free event. There will be information on preparing your birds for the fair and showmanship along with games and raffles. Refreshments will also be available. And of course, your bird is welcome to attend!

Fore more information call 287-5900 or email

Thanks to D & B Supply, Bark n' Purr, and Outpak for helping sponsor this event!

Idaho Horsemanship Award

The Idaho Horsemanship Award is a test of knowledge and skills in horsemanship. The award honors the most talented youth riders in Idaho!

The award is open to all youth 14 and up (as of January 1, 2014) and not more than 19 years old during the calendar year. Applicants must also be enrolled in an organized horse program. The applicant must manage or own the horse used to compete a minimum of 120 days before the performance test.

The application is due on Friday, February 7 to the Ada County Extension Office. The written test will be scheduled between the 24th and 28th of February. The performance test will be on September 14.

For more information call Dana at 287-5900. To apply download the application and return by the due date.

Small Animal Clinic

We're offering a health and grooming clinic for small animals at the Ada County Extension Office on Saturday, February 8.

Everyone is welcome to come and  learn more about the health of your project animal. Also, bring your grooming equipment along with your animal and learn new techniques. The clinic will be broken down into one hour sessions beginning at 9 am. The clinics are as follows:

Cavy - 9 amRabbit - 10 amPocket Pet & Cat - 11 amNoon - lunch break on your ownPygmy goat - 1 pm Poultry - 2 pmDog - 3 pm
Be sure to bring your grooming equipment and your project animals (except pygmy goat) Animals should be in crates and carpet square (as applicable) Do not bring shavings or hay.

Please RSVP by February 3 to 287-5900 or email with which clinics you will be attending.

Super Saturday!

It's time for the annual Super Saturday training for 4-H leaders and teens. Join us on Saturday, January 25 at the Meridian High School Technical Center at 8:30 am.

We're offering a series of workshops on a variety of topics. There will be three sessions with four workshops offered each session. The cost is $5 per person or $10 for a family. We're offering workshops on the following topics:

Club OfficersLearn how to welcome new 4-H families to your clubParliamentary ProcedureHealthy 4-H Club ChallengeManagement StrategiesWorking with YouthMentoringStress ManagementSmall AnimalsLeading new projectsLivestock WelfareWound Care Horses
It's not too late to sign up, but some workshops fill up really quick! Registration