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Ohio 4-H Youth Development

Ohio State University Extension




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The Cloverbud program is a great introduction to Ohio 4-H. Cloverbuds participate in non-competitive activities either in club meetings or county wide opportunities. Cloverbuds are able to:

  • Make new friends
  • Take part in new learning experiences
  • Be a part of a 4-H club
  • Have fun

Eligibility for Cloverbud participation begins when a child is age 5 and enrolled in kindergarten and continues until they are eligible for project membership. Membership requires enrollment in an authorized Ohio 4-H club or group under the direction of an OSU Extension professional or an approved adult volunteer.

Cloverbuds explore areas of healthy lifestyle, earth/environment, citizenship, plants and animals, consumerism and family science, science and technology, personal development, and community expressive arts.

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How are groups organized?

Cloverbud members are members of organized 4-H community clubs and often meet separate from the 8-19 year-old members while doing Cloverbud activities. 

How do Cloverbuds participate?

Cloverbuds participate through age appropriate lessons that cover a variety of subjects. Cloverbud meetings are hands-on and designed for our youngest learners.

Can Cloverbuds exhibit at the county fair?

Yes! Cloverbuds are encouraged to exhibit something from their approved curriculum at the county fair. However, Cloverbud exhibitions must be noncompetitive and for an exhibition only.

Formal scoring of Cloverbuds or competition of any kind between Cloverbuds and 4-H members 8-19 is not permissible. Any fair participation recognition system, special prizes, or awards must be given equally to all Cloverbud members.

May Cloverbuds go to camp?

Cloverbuds may attend camps specifically designed for the unique developmental characteristics and needs.

Who teaches Cloverbuds?

Cloverbud meeting are guided by an approved and trained Ohio 4-H adult Cloverbud specific volunteers.

Can Cloverbuds participate as a club officer?

Competition with self and others is inappropriate for the 4-H Cloverbud grade level, and therefore 4-H Cloverbud members are not eligible for any competitive events and are not eligible to serve as club officers.