4-H grows future leaders. From teaching younger 4-H members to participating in regional, state, and national events, 4-H provides opportunities for young people to build life-long leadership skills.
4-H Leadership Resources
Spring Classic (formerly Spring Horse Classic)
New Date this year: May 17-19, 2019
Spring Classic now includes the following statewide contests (* signifies that a National contest is available for Senior members/teams):
- *Horse, Dog, Rabbit, and *Poultry Judging
- *Horse, Dog, Rabbit, Livestock, and *Avian Quiz Bowls
- *Livestock Skills
- Presentations, Team Presentations and Public Speaking in
- Small animal (dog, rabbit, cavy, poultry, pigeon)
Spring Classic Rules & Information:
- Study Resources
- Rabbit/Cavy Judging Contest INFO (NEW)
- Spring Classic General Schedule
- Need a team member or looking for a team?
- Notable Changes in Spring Classic for 2019
- Communications Contests
- Quiz Bowl Contests
- Judging Contests
- Livestock Skills
- Oregon Bowl Procedures
- Hotels in Redmond
- Health Form
- Dinner at the Event
- Order a Shirt?
- June 26-29, 2019
- Held on the beautiful OSU Campus
- Registration fee only $200 - many counties cover part of this cost
- Registration will open May 15 at 6:00 am
- Registration is done online. You will need to get a password from your county extension office in order to register. Contact your county office for details on your county's registration process. Detailed registration instructions are posted and can be found in the "resources" section below.
Summer Conference is an opportunity for youth grades 7-12 to travel to Corvallis, explore campus life, make new friends, learn, and have a lot of fun. While here, participants attend workshops on a wide variety of subjects. Over 80 classes are offered including dog agility, a logging site tour, animal anatomy, fly fishing, origami, and etiquette.
In addition to attending workshops, participants will hear a nationally acclaimed speaker, participate in a Community Service project, and enjoy many fun activities such as a pool party and dance.
Members arrive on campus early Wednesday afternoon, either through their own transportation or on the summer conference charter buses, then stay in a campus dorm and eat at a dining hall. The conference is capped off with a closing program Saturday morning where new state ambassadors and national congress delegates are announced.
Questions about Summer Conference can be directed to Roberta Lundeberg.
- Informational Flyer - English, Español
- Summer Conference Facebook page
- Fees and Funding
- Class Proposal Form
- Class Descriptions and Schedule
- Bus Information
- Route 1 - Central Oregon (John Day, Burns, Bend)
- Route 2 - Northeast Oregon (Lostine, Island City, Pendleton, Hermiston, Arlington, The Dalles, Wilsonville)
- Route 3 - Troutdale
- Route 4 - Southern Oregon (Lakeview, Klamath Falls, Central Point, Grants Pass, Sutherlin, Springfield)
- Route 5 - Cancelled
- Route 6 - Oregon Coast (Astoria, Hillsboro, McMinnville)
- Climbing Wall Waiver
- Registration Instructions - Youth, Chaperone
- Participant Information
- Chaperone Information
The world is constantly changing. What happens in other countries and on other continents affects each of us in some way, and our collective survival depends on awareness of the world and its peoples. You can learn more about this by participating in 4-H global citizenship and many exciting cultural immersion opportunities.
4-H International Exchange Ambassador Programs
Oregon youth have the opportunity to participate in both outbound and inbound international exchange programs through the 4-H Global Citizenship Program. Oregon families can apply to host youth ages 12-19 from Costa Rica, Finland, Japan, Norway and potentially other countries such as S. Korea and Taiwan for a four week summer exchange, or can also apply to host high school age youth from Japan, S. Korea, Eurasian or Eastern European countries for an academic year.
Oregon youth also have the opportunity to apply to go outbound on four or eight week summer or academic year exchanges to Japan, Costa Rica, Finland, Norway and S. Korea through 4-H International Programs. Scholarship funds are also available that can help off-set the cost of the trip by anywhere from 30-75%. There are also opportunities for older, college-age youth as well as adults to apply for chaperone and internship opportunities in many of these countries. Have a once-in-a-lifetime experience and apply to get out there and see the world or bring the world to you through 4-H International Programs!
Outbound Programs, Academic Year Programs (AYP), Summer Inbound Non-Japan Programs
Contact: Brenda Coleman
- Costa Rica - Outbound - Program Details, Informational Flyer
- Japan - 4 Week Outbound - Program Details, Informational Flyer
- Japan - 8 Week Outbound - Program Details, Informational Flyer
- Norway & Finland - Outbound - Program Details, Informational Flyer
- South Korea - Outbound - Program Details, Informational Flyer
- Becoming a Host Family
- Costa Rica - Program Details
- Finland-Norway - Program Details
- Japan - Program Details
For Coordinators and Staff
- Inbound Host Family Recruitment Flyer—Japan
- Summer Inbound Hosting Checklist
- Summer Program Host Family Interview Guidelines
- Summer Program Host Family Interview Report Form
- Summer Inbound Camp Request Form
- Summer Inbound Incident Report
Oregon 4-H International Program Teen Counselor Program
The Oregon 4-H International Exchange Program is seeking youth in 8th - 12th grade to assist with summer programs. Interested teens may provide assistance at Japanese Delegate Orientation, or Japanese Departure Programs. Leadership duties vary by program. Japanese Delegate Orientation requires the most youth assistance which includes leading/teaching Japanese delegates. Applications are due June 15 each year.
Summer Inbound Japan Program
Contact: Shana Withee
4-H Cloverbuds Program
Oregon’s 4-H Cloverbud Program is an informal education program designed for youth ages 5-8 as of September 1st of the current 4-H year. It supports young children’s natural curiosity, enthusiasm for learning, and high energy levels by giving them an opportunity for active learning. Cloverbuds encourages children to have fun, develop friendships, and learn about their world all while promoting social, mental, emotional, and physical development.
Cloverbuds introduces youth to cooperative learning in areas such as healthy lifestyles, expressive arts, plants and animals, science and technology, and personal development.
The Cloverbud program is developmentally-age appropriate and focuses on:
- Activity centered learning
- Developmentally age appropriate
- Leader directed
- Fun and positive
- Group centered
- Recognizes participation
Because of the developmental differences, Cloverbuds are not allowed to have contact with large animals or participate in shooting sports as part of their 4-H experience. Even though they may not compete, Cloverbuds can exhibit in noncompetitive ways. Check with your county 4-H program to see what opportunities they provide for Cloverbuds.
Contact your county 4-H faculty for information about leading a 4-H Cloverbud Club in your area.
- Animal Policy for Cloverbuds
- Online Cloverbud Leader Training Cloverbud Leader Training
- NOTE: It takes about 20 minutes after you “register” to be able to access the course.
- Visit the National 4-H Curriculum to find the Big Book of 4-H Cloverbud Activities and other useful curriculum
- Check out the 4-H procedure manual to read other policies/guidelines about Cloverbuds