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A message form the director

Dear 4-H Families,

Welcome to the beginning of 106th year of 4-H in Montana!  The flexibility within 4-H to address today’s challenges while maintaining traditions, I believe, is the greatest strength of the program.  There is something new for everyone, and yet, many things recognizable by seasoned alumni.  As a result, all 4-H members, past and present, have a common bond and belong to an  empowering network of leadership, accountability, perseverance, civic duty, and responsibility.    It is a legacy we should all be proud of.

Todd Kesner
Director, Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development

from the 4-H center for youth development

Enrollment Tools

Volunteer Certification Resources

With the New 4-H Year upon us, counties are in the midst of enrollment, re-enrollment and volunteer certification. In order to assist county staff with the volunteer certification process, a new certification page was created. Visit it for all the necessary forms, and guides for the process. Remember that re-enrolling volunteers are to complete the Volunteer Agreement, Personal Background Form and the Extension Media Release yearly. If they re-enroll through 4HOnline the forms are included there. 

ES-237 Group Enrollments Reminders

  •  County staff have until October 15th to enter Group Enrollments from the 2016-2017 4-H year. Remember that at this point 4HOnline will default to the 2017-2018 4-H year. When entering Group Enrollments, be sure to change it to the correct year. Refer to the Group Enrollment Help Sheet and ES-237 Group Enrollment Definitions for more information.
  • There is not a need to enter activities/events with fewer than six contact hours as group enrollments.
  • There is no need to email or mail your ES-237 report to the Montana 4-H Center, as it is accessible by the Center through 4HOnline.


Citizen Washington Focus (CWF) dates are June 10-16 (travel on June 9)  CWF is for 4-H members ages 14-19.  It is a week-long citizenship program.  View

Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) dates are July 16-20 (travel on July 15).  LWF is for 4-H members in grades 7-9.  It is a leadership program for middle school students.  View

National 4-H Conference program dates are April 7-12 (travel may occur on April 6).  This is an in-depth leadership program for three youth (15-19) and one adult chaperone.  Delegates participate in roundtable discussions and meet with policy and decision-makers on the federal level.  Application deadline is February 1, 2018. 

Webinars offered by the USDA E-Academy on Diversity and Inclusion.  Learn more and register.

International Programs

Outbound apps for travel in 2018 are due November 15, 2017 (chaperones and delegates).  Travel for 4-H members, ages 14-18 is available to Costa Rica, Japan, South Korea, Norway, and, new this year, New Zealand!  Program dates, prices, and age requirements vary.  View

Travel for former 4-H members, ages 18-30, is available through IPYA for 3-6 months (countries vary).  The Montana 4-H Foundation pays up to 55% of the total fee for this program.  View

Hosting: if you are interested in hosting student next summer (2018), it’s not too early to apply.  Youth from Costa Rica, Finland, Japan, and China are available to host.  View

Volunteer Leaders

Alberta Leaders Conference applications are now being accepted from Montana 4-H Volunteer Leaders to attend the Alberta Leaders Conference, Scheduled for January 19-21 in Edmonton.  As a reminder Montana can send up to eight volunteer leaders to the conference.  See the informational letter and application for complete details.  The application is due “in hand” to the    4-H Center by October 16th.

Mark your Calendar for the WRLF March 1-5, 2018 in Sunny San Diego!  Don’t  miss out on this valuable and fun learning and networking opportunity!  The Montana 4-H Foundation supports the attendees with a total of $5,000 (up to $500 for each volunteer).  Check out the promotional video featuring the 2018 keynote speaker and beautiful San Diego.  Registration information will be shared when available.

Statewide Events

Montana 4-H Congress 2018

Montana 4-H Congress provides teens from across the state an opportunity to come together on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman for four days and participate in an event like no other. Congress offers both youth and adults a venue in which to learn, be challenged and most of all have a great time with their peers. Learn more.

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Montana 4-H Rec Lab

This event provides an opportunity for youth and adults to enhance their leadership, communication and team building skills in an action packed and interactive setting. Rec Lab programming is designed to provide participants with tips and tricks for being a better club, camp and community leader.

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District 1 invites you to submit workshop proposals for the 2018 Montana 4-H Rec Lab. Both Teen and Adult workshop presenters are welcome. Learn more and submit a proposal here.

Ambassador Fall Training REGISTRATION IS OPEN

Ambassadors and Teen Leaders are invited to participate in this annual leadership development retreat. The event is planned, implemented, and evaluated by the State Ambassador Officer Team. Youth will leave the weekend prepared and excited to take the knowledge and skills they have gained and apply them in their counties. It is also a great place to have youth leaders exchange ideas and create a statewide network of resources. Learn more.

Montana 4-H Foundation

Greytak Calendars are here!  4-H Greytak calendars are great fundraisers for your county and  4-H Clubs! Clubs and counties pay $7.50 for each calendar, which includes new artwork by Don Greytak of Havre.  It is recommended that calendars be sold for $10 each, which gives a twenty-five percent profit to your local 4-H program.  Proceeds from the calendar sales also support 4-H programs statewide.  Please complete this form and email, fax, or mail it in.

If you have a youth that is interested in being a youth member on the 4-H Foundation Board of Directors, applications are due November 1st.

People Partner Evaluations can be turned in now. Please let us know if you need help completing the form.  These are due November 1st.

The Harvest Dinner is November 3rd, 2017.  Join us for a night of friends and fun while supporting the youth of Montana 4-H!  Live and Silent Auctions.  View Invitation

Applications for Staff Development Grants and Innovative Program Grants are due November 1, 2017.  Eligibility and application process.


Montana 4-H Center for Youth DevelopmentMSU Extension logo
PO BOX 173580 . 210 Taylor Hall, Bozeman, MT  59717
Phone: (406) 994-3501 Fax: (406) 994-5417

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