What is a Cloverbud?
Cloverbuds is a non-competitive 4-H program for younger members to learn through activities that cover a variety of topics. As a result, they learn life skills, discover talents, and learn about fairness in a non-judgmental environment.
Cloverbuds are youth who are ages five, six, and seven by January 1 of the current 4-H year, which runs October to September. To sign up for Cloverbuds first go to 4honline and complete the enrollment forms. Next, pay the enrollment fee for the year. After that you’re all set!
Extension staff, volunteers, and 4-H members may plan Cloverbud events. These can be workshops, day camps, cake decorating contest, creative cooks contest and 4-H Exhibit Day. Activity materials are available at the local Extension Office. For more information on upcoming events, check the latest newsletter .
Cloverbuds may participate in 4-H clubs when activities are appropriate for their age group. When choosing a club It’s best to talk to the 4-H Coordinator to find one that meets their family’s needs.
4-H Cloverbuds may exhibit non-competitively at fair. This could be something they made at a club meeting, day camp, or other 4-H activity.
Some 4-H activities are not appropriate for Cloverbuds. In that vein, Colorado State University 4-H programs do not allow the following for youth under eight years old:
- Large animal activities, including but not limited to cattle, sheep, swine, and horses (including horseback riding)
- Small animal projects and activities
- Shooting sports and model rocketry sports activities and projects