Cloverbuds, the youngest participants in the 4-H Club Program, are enthusiastic, curious, creative, robust and resilient young people who are growing physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally through a period of rapid and often uneven development.  The 4-H Cloverbud Program has been designed to meet the very special needs of these five to eight year olds.

The Purpose of the Cloverbud Program

The overall purpose of the 4-H Cloverbud Program is to foster the development of life skills (described below) that are essential for the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical maturation of five to eight year old children.  Specifically, this program aims to provide participants with opportunities to: 

  1. develop self understanding, social skills, decision-making skills, learning skills and physical skills;

  2. gain knowledge in the sciences, literature, and the arts through the experiential (hands-on) learning process;

  3. develop positive attitudes about learning

  4. develop on-going relationships with caring adults and older youth who serve as positive role models;

  5. explore family and community relationships

  6. develop understanding and appreciation for social and cultural diversity.

To find a 4-H club in your area, contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension Office.