Cloverbud Corner

4-H Cloverbuds

The 4-H Cloverbud program exists as a distinctive component within the total 4-H youth development program. It is designed as a nonformal approach to developing the confidence, social skills, decision making abilities, subject matter knowledge, and physical skills of 5-7 year old youth. As youth begin their 4-H Cloverbud experience, they take part in a unique blend of activities and opportunities specially designed for their age level.

Any St. Joseph County youth, ages five to seven as of January 1, may enroll in the 4-H Cloverbud program. With guidance from adult volunteers, they may participate in animal demonstrations and still projects.


Cloverbuds Livestock Policy

The focus of the St. Joseph County 4-H Cloverbuds Program (ages 5 -7 years old as of January 1 of the project year) is on non-competitive, safe and enriching project area that pique young members curiosity and interest in the 4-H project areas. Since safety is of the utmost priority, direct handling of 4-H livestock other than equines or rabbits is prohibited during any 4-H sponsored activity or club meeting. This policy protects 4-H Cloverbuds from injury and leaders and other members from potential liability issues.

Cloverbuds are eligible to show one rabbit, one goat, one swine and/or exhibit in one horse class: Showmanship, Equitation or Gymkhana. All Michigan State University 4-H Youth Development rules and regulations apply to Cloverbuds.

St. Joseph County 4-H Cloverbud Animal Policy


Cloverbud Still Projects

St. Joseph County 4-H Cloverbud Still Projects