Think you’re too young to be in 4-H?
Our youngest 4-H’ers aren’t quite ready to participate in many of the project areas and/or activities that older children can, but there’s still plenty for them to do in 4-H, starting with fun!
The emphasis is on participation, learning and teamwork, not competition. They might learn about nutrition while helping to prepare simple snacks, plant seeds and learn what to do to help them grow, or help with animal grooming and feeding (with supervision).
Cloverbuds also provide opportunities for older youth to mentor and help a younger 4-H’er be successful, and start laying the groundwork for their future “career” as a 4-H member.
With Cloverbuds, safety comes first, and all of the activities are developmentally appropriate for this age group.
MSU Extension utilizes 4-H Cloverbud Camps as a developmentally appropriate experience that targets youth ages 5-8 years old. The following fact sheets are designed to help MSU Extension staff and volunteers, as well as other youth development professionals, plan a safe and positive experience for 5-8 year olds.
*Individuals not associated MSU Extension/4-H, please be sure to consult the policies and procedures related to programming with 5-8 year olds within your organization.
- Camp Program Policy Informatio
- Camp Planning and Logistics
- Camp Volunteers
- Camp Programming Details
- Camp Advertising and Communication
- Camp Resources and Partners
4-H’s mission is to empower youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. One goal to achieve that mission is to connect in-school learning with out-of-school-time opportunities that enhance learning. That’s precisely the focus of Heads In, Hearts In: A Delivery Approach to Family Enrichment 4-H Programming. These resources encourage youth and families to use their minds (putting their “heads in”) as a tool to expand their knowledge around variety of topic areas. By creating a shared educational experience, youth and their families will work, grow and learn together, putting their “hearts in” to the process.
To learn about Cloverbud participation opportunities in your area, contact your closest MSU Extension office.
Michigan State University Extension Educator
PO Box 439
December 6, 2017 | Katie Ockert | Basing 4-H cloverbud programs in specific learning activities is a great way to expose them to a multitude of opportunities.
November 14, 2017 | Kendra Moyses | Think of giving experiences instead of things to help make memories and build relationships.
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September 15, 2017 | Katie Ockert | Choosing the right 4-H project allows cloverbuds to experience and explore 4-H projects in a meaningful way.
July 26, 2017 | Katie Ockert | Help 4-H Cloverbud members have an enriching fair experience by being intentional about recognizing their developmental needs.
June 6, 2017 | Michelle Neff | A basic understanding of showmanship, no matter what species of animal you are showing.
December 21, 2016 | Katie Ockert | Promoting healthy development in 4-H cloverbud programming is the No. 1 goal. Highlighting five life skills is a great way to accomplish that.
July 6, 2016 | Katie Ockert | Ribbons are a symbol of hard work and dedication. What are you willing to spend?
April 6, 2016 | Abbey Miller | The Michigan 4-H Foundation has announced grant and award opportunities of up to $1,000 to support local 4-H clubs and county programs. 4-H volunteer leaders, members and staff members may apply for these funds.
July 23, 2015 | Katie Ockert | Programs for 5- to 8-year-olds offer an opportunity for Cloverbuds to experience a sample of what 4-H has to offer.