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Activities designed to teach K-3 children about life. Curriculum covers nature, animals, art, music, the environment, food, fitness, and health. [Penn State Extension]
Group photo of New Castle County 4-H Cloverbud youth


The 4-H Cloverbuds program is designed to introduce children age 5 to 7 to traditional 4-H programs. Cloverbuds learn by doing in this informal, non-competitive, educational program conducted by Delaware 4-H. Cloverbuds helps children get along with each other, explore many interests, practice skills and build self-confidence.

Who can be a Cloverbud?
The 4-H Cloverbud program is open to all youth regardless of race, color, sex, national origin or handicap. The curriculum is designed for children in kindergarten through second grade.

How can my child join?
New Castle County: (302) 831-8965
Kent County: (302) 730-4000
Delaware State University: (302) 857-6434
Sussex County: (302) 856-7303

Is there a cost associated?

It does not cost to join Cloverbuds.  4-H curriculum and training are provided to interested parents at no cost. Clubs can determine on their own whether or not to charge dues.

When do Cloverbuds meet?
Cloverbud clubs meet in members’ homes or neighborhood locations. Meetings, conducted informally by parent leaders, are typically held twice a month, but can be held more if desired. Meetings usually last one hour and include pledges, songs, games, learning activities and a snack.

What do Cloverbuds do?

In addition to regular club activities and meetings, Cloverbuds participate in a number of county- and state-wide activities, including the Delaware State Fair. Because the program is non-competitive, members are not evaluated on their efforts, but are recognized for their participation. Special Cloverbud day camps might be offered in your county.