Welcome to MARION COUNTY 4-H CLOVERBUD PROGRAM
Welcome to one of the most exciting, educational, hands-on youth development programs in the United States!
WHO CAN JOIN CLOVERBUDS IN MARION COUNTY?
Cloverbuds is an educational program that develops competency and skills through the use of non-competitive projects, events, and activities for youth kindergarten to second grades living in Marion County. Urban youngsters as well as rural or suburban young people can find a place in 4-H Youth Development. Cloverbuds participate in a variety of venues including clubs, classrooms, community centers, county-based workshops and other activities. There is something for every Cloverbud to learn and have fun.
HOW DO I JOIN CLOVERBUDS IN MARION COUNTY?
You can join Cloverbuds by visiting the Marion County website and click on enrollment information. There is lots of information on the site to help you learn about 4-H.
4-H Club Membership
Cloverbuds are youth grades Kindergarten to second (2nd). They attend and participate in club meetings. Cloverbuds may not be judged at any event and will receive a participation ribbon for all exhibits. Cloverbuds do not pay the $15 state membership fee.
PARENTS OF CLOVERBUDS
Your role is very important in helping your youngster enjoy the fun and educational activities of Cloverbud 4-H. Here’s what is expected of you to help your child have a great Cloverbud experience:
- Focus on the learning skills you want your child to develop.
- Help your child stay organized.
- Assist your child with the projects, but DON’T do the project for them.
- Put the important 4-H dates on your family calendar.
- Reinforce the importance of following directions.
- Support your local and county 4-H volunteering.
- Above all, model the behavior you want your child to exhibit in public settings.
-This record sheet is not required, but is good place to keep track of important information. It also helps your 4-H'er get in the habit of keeping records that will be helpful when they enter the traditional 4-h program in third grade.
CLOVERBUD 4-H NON-COMPETITIVE POLICY
Cloverbud 4-H is a program designed to encourage positive development of children in kindergarten to second grades.The goal of Cloverbuds is to help young children explore friendships outside the family; explore the way in which things work; practice their newly acquired skills; and learn how to work on teams.
The NON-COMPETITIVE learning environment for Cloverbuds includes:
- Planned learning activities in which children are invited to be active and explore materials and ideas without pressure of completing a specific product or exhibit.
- Low adult/leader to child ratio that fosters the learning environment and allows time for adults/leaders to provide individual positive encouragement and assistance.
- Simple, yet challenging and interesting experiential learning activities that are also fun.
- Encouragement of children to participate in a group activity by sharing and/or display their activity projects.
- Rewards for every child and exhibit are identical and/or ribbons are the same for every child. Cloverbud projects are not judged at the fair, but the Cloverbud may be given constructive comments to help them improve in the future. Cloverbuds may also participate in some Conference Sharing opportunities for their projects. Again, the Cloverbud will receive the current Cloverbud ribbon for all projects.
- Cloverbud exhibits are NOT eligible for the exhibit at the State Fair.
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR CLOVERBUDS
- All 4-H members are encouraged to attend their local club meetings.
- The number of projects in which a 4-H member enrolls every year should be determined by the 4-H member with guidance from parents and the 4-H leader. Each child’s ability will vary.
- All 4-H members are encouraged to complete the projects in which they enroll. Participation in the experiential learning activities is an important, ongoing part of youth development. Enrolling in a project is considered a commitment to complete project requirements and associated record keeping. Exhibiting the completed project(s) at county fair is an important option.