Participation, safety, personal development, learning and fun in a cooperative, non-competitive setting are the priorities of the Maine Cloverbud program.
Goals of the Cloverbud Program
- Develop a positive self-concept
- Practice life skills of: sharing, cooperation and social skills, decision-making, self-esteem, personal safety and responsible citizenship.
- Develop a positive attitude toward learning.
- Master new physical skills and gain knowledge in the 4-H curriculum areas through age-appropriate experiential learning.
- Develop on-going relationships with caring adults and older youth who serve as positive role models.
- Experience success and fun in their program and aspire to continue on in 4-H.
Policies for Cloverbuds and Animals
The national 4-H policy states that for safety and developmental reasons, 5 through 8 year olds may not have animal projects, but recognizes along with Maine 4-H that engaging 5 to 8 year olds in activities with animals builds long-term interest in working with animals. Therefore, carefully structured, well supervised activities with animals are encouraged.
- Cloverbud animal activities are designed to introduce 5 to 8 year olds to various kinds of animals and to develop safe basic care and handling skills.
- One-on-one supervision by an adult or experienced older teen who maintains ultimate control of the animal is required any time a 5 through 8 year old is working with any animal regardless of size.
- This policy has been created for the protection of our youth and our volunteers and staff.
- The policy will help us make sure that our programs for our youngest members are safe and developmentally appropriate.
- This policy, which complies with the national Cloverbud policy, insures that volunteers who are following the policy will be covered by University liability coverage.
- Volunteers acting outside the policy cannot be assured of this coverage.
To be Safe on Horses, Cloverbuds must…
- Have one on one supervision by an experienced adult or older teen
- Wear an ASTM standard SEI-certified, fitted helmet and proper equestrian footwear
- Ride only in a controlled and contained area
- Ride horses with quiet, calm dispositions
- The needs of 5-6 year olds are usually different than those of 7 and 8 year olds and every child is different;
- As Cloverbuds go through these ages, they are able to do more on their own;
- Our goal is for 9 year members to be ready to ride safely independently and have the skills and confidence to begin to show if desired.
Animal Activities Should Cover all 4-H Curriculum Areas
- Plants and Animals,
- Citizenship and Civic Education,
- Healthy Life Styles,
- Personal Development,
- Science and Technology,
- Communications and Expressive Arts,
- Family and Consumer Sciences,
- Environmental Education/Earth Sciences
- Cloverbud animal activities are designed to introduce 5 through 8 year olds to various kinds of animals and to develop safe basic care and handling skills.
- The focus of Cloverbud animal activities is on learning through activities other than livestock showing such as clinics, skill-a-thons, and pairing up with older 4-H member “animal buddies” to learn about the care and training of the animals.
- Because Cloverbuds do not do projects, they do not have project animals and are not permitted to have Animal Approval Forms.
Horse Activities for Cloverbuds
- Learn horse breeds, colors, patterns
- Learn horse body parts
- Learn about horse nutrition and health and compare to their own needs
- Learn about safety around horses and other animals
- Learn horse care tools and techniques
- Learn about tack parts, uses, and care
- Draw horses and do other horse related art and craft projects
- Read and write stories about horses
- Create model horses
- Learn about horse shows by using model horses
- Learn about horse related jobs
Cloverbuds and Fairs
- Cloverbuds may not participate as competitive exhibitors in any 4-H events, however, they are encouraged to participate in fairs and other county events in other ways
- 8 year old members may participate in a non-competitive “demonstration show” with one-on-one supervision
- 5 through 7 year olds may participate in a clinic, skill-a-thon or other educational activity with one-on-one adult supervision
- All Cloverbud participants receive the same ribbon or other reward
- North Carolina 4-H Cloverbud Record Book
- Minnesota 4-H Model Horses
Download a copy of the 4-H Cloverbuds and Horses PowerPoint Presentation.