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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:

  1. Icebreaker Activity (for early arrivals)
  2. Simple Business Meeting (15 minutes)

    1. Call to Order
    2. Pledge of Allegiance & 4-H Pledge
    3. Roll Call
    4. Announcements
    5. Adjourn

  3. Recreation (15 minutes)
  4. Show & Tell or Demonstrations (15 minutes)
  5. Lesson (30-60 minutes)
  6. 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.

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.


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Center for 4-H Youth Development
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7251
Campus address: FLC 219
Physical/delivery address: 1400 Centennial Blvd, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 7280 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: 4-H

Last Updated: Friday, November 15, 2013 2:48:18 PM
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