Learn About ND Cloverbuds
To foster the development of life skills essential to the cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth for youth ages 5-7 years old.
Youth ages 5-7 participating in the North Dakota 4-H Cloverbud project will:
Participate! - by exploring interests and developing an understanding of an apprecation for social and cultural diversity.
Be Safe! - by developing ongoing relationships with caring adults and older youth who serve as positive role models.
Show Personal Development! - by developing competencies in life skills for self-understanding, social interaction, decision making, learning to learn, and mastering physical skills.
Learn! - by developing positive attitudes about learning while gaining knowledge in science, citizenship and healthy living through the experiential learning process.
And Have Fun! - by exploring family and community relationships.
4-H Cloverbud is the name of any North Dakota 4-H member age 5-7. These members enroll in the 4-H Cloverbud Project. Your county’s 4-H program will have policies on Cloverbud involvement at county events. Please speak with your local Extension Office to learn more.
- 4-H Cloverbud education is activity-based and leader directed.
- 4H Cloverbud learning is based on age-appropriate research and involves cooperative, experiential, and non-competitive activities.
- The 4-H Cloverbud program provides youth with a variety of activities at which they can be successful.
- 4-H Cloverbuds are given immediate, positive feedback for their involvement.
- Parents of Cloverbuds actively support the efforts of the Cloverbud club, helping with special events, refreshments, transportation, and leading activities.
- The recommended ratio of adults to youth is one (1) adult to six (6) Cloverbud members.
Cloverbuds can be integrated into a community club with older 4-H members or a separate club involving Cloverbud members only. Most clubs meet once or twice a month. Here is a simple meeting
Cloverbuds can be integrated into a community club with older 4-H members or a separate club involving Cloverbud members only. Most clubs meet once or twice a month. Here is a simple meeting format:
- Icebreaker Activity (for early arrivals)
- Simple Business Meeting (15 minutes)
- Call to Order
- Pledge of Allegiance & 4-H Pledge
- Roll Call
- Recreation (15 minutes)
- Show & Tell or Demonstrations (15 minutes)
- Lesson (30-60 minutes)
- Refreshments (15 minutes)
Each member is given an "I am a Cloverbud" member's book. The book is designed to have each youth make a record of their Cloverbud experience.
RECOGNITION AND AWARDS
4-H Cloverbud members are not eligible for competitive events or the North Dakota State Fair. In some counties, 4-H Cloverbud members may be eligible for premium funds, please check with your local Extension Office for more information on premium funds for Cloverbuds in your county. All 4-H Cloverbud members need recognition in some form. Any item that you provide to the entire group (not just the “best”) is great. Small items such as t-shirts, pins, certificates, bookmarks with the 4-H pledge, or 4-H rulers would all be appropriate and are enjoyed by youth this age.