There seems to be some confusion regarding Clover Kids and their involvement in the Texas 4-H Program. It is critically important from a safety standpoint that we do not ignore the guidelines outlined in the 4-H Management Guide. Specific items to highlight from the guide are below:
- The 4-H program serves youth 9 years of age (or 8 years of age and in the 3rd grade) to 19.
- As an affiliated group, youth enrolled as 4-H Clover Kids have activities and programs suitable for their age group. Clover Kids are not eligible to participate in activities, recognition programs, and competitive events reserved for older youth. Competitive events and competitive judging are inappropriate for Clover Kids.
- Clover Kids may have animal projects; however, animal projects should not exceed a rabbit in size. Most standard 4-H accident insurance normally is not available for youth under 6 years of age or those 6 to 8 years old with animal projects larger than rabbits in size.
Please work with your club managers and club leaders regarding this matter. Also, inform your coworkers of these guidelines. We need to consistently communicate the guidelines outlined in the 4-H Management Guide.
If you have questions or need to discuss this matter further, please let me know.