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Documents on this page:

  1. 4-H Membership Enrollment Instructions
  2. 4-H Horse Helmet Form
  3. Shooting Sports Release Form
  4. Structure for Families Brochure
  5. Flathead County Welcome Packet

Welcome! We are so happy you are interested in joining 4-H!

Enroll in 4-H Enrollment System Link

 4-H Project Descriptions

4-H Membership Enrollment Instructions

Printable version of 4-H Membership Enrollment Instructions (PDF)

Montana 4-H is excited to make the switch to a NEW, more user friendly and updated, 4-H enrollment system. Beginning October 1, 2020 families can access their account and re-enroll using ZSUITE.

Below are the steps to find your family or household ZSuite account and enroll in 4-H for the new, 2020-2021 4-H year.

  1. 2.               3.         4.


Using your computer,        Click SIGN UP.                                                      Arrive at your

smart phone or other        Complete all of the fields. Use the FAMILY            HOUSEHOLD

device go to                      email address from 4honline as the ADULT      DASHBOARD. Click on

www.4h.zsuite.org.       EMAIL to connect your previous                        the name of the family

enrollment with ZSUITE.                                    member you want to re‑

If you are not sure what your "family email"            enroll, click on the blue

is contact your MSU Extension office and                 "start enrollment" button

they can tell you. Click LET'S GO.                          and follow the steps.



4-H Horse Helmet Form

Printable version of 4-H Horse Helmet form (PDF)

4-H Horse Helmet Policy & Signed Form

Acknowledgement of Education

is Required


4-H YEAR from: to:


Participant Name: Birth Date: MM/DD/YYYY

Montana State University Extension: 4-H Horse Helmet Policy

A certified equestrian helmet with safety harness fastened in place is required in over fence classes and gymkhana events, activities, and practice sessions. Gymkhana refers to horseback speed events (timed or un-timed) that do not use livestock. Events that usually fall in this category include, but are not limited to: barrel racing, pole bending, keyhole races, stake races, rescue races, pony express race, etc. Events that are not intended to be included in this policy are events such as calf roping, team roping, goat tying, and team penning that may be timed but use


Participants in the 4-H Horse Project are required to attend a helmet education workshop and/or view the video

"Every Ride Every Time" once as a junior 4-H member (9-13) and once as a senior 4-H member (14 and up).

It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian of the 4-H member to see that the headgear worn complies with such standards and is in good condition. The Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development encourages the use of ASTM certified/SEI approved safety helmets in all equine events. Protective headgear may be used in all classes and shall not be discriminated against.

Helmet use is encouraged in all 4-H horse activities any time a 4-H member is around a horse. Counties may establish more stringent policies regarding helmet use.

I have read, understand, and agreed to adhere to the above Montana 4-H Horse Helmet Policy in order to participate in the Montana 4-H Horse Project.

Participant Signature: Date:

signatures are required yearly

Montana State University Extension:

4-H Acknowledgement of Receiving Horse Helmet Education

I have attended a 4-H horse helmet safety workshop and/or viewed the video “Every Time, Every Ride”. I

acknowledge that helmet education is required twice during my 4-H membership - first in my junior years, 4-H age

9-13, and again in my senior years, 4-H age 14 and up, unless I joined 4-H as a senior member whereas I need only

receive training once.

Participant Signature:

Date of Education:

Printed Name of Parent or Legal Guardian:


Shooting Sports Release Form

Printable version of Shooting Sports Release Form (PDF)

Flathead County 4-H Shooting Sports

Release, Assumption of Risk & Agreement to Hold Harmless

 I am aware that my child’s participation in 4-H Shooting Sports events can be a dangerous activity involving many risks to injury. I fully recognize, appreciate and understand the dangers and risks inherent in 4-H Shooting Sports events, and during transportation to and from the 4-H event site included, but are not limited to, death or serious bodily injury. I understand that the dangers and risks of participating in 4-H events and/or travel may result in not only serious injury, but in a serious impairment of my child’s future abilities to earn a living, to engage in other businesses, social and recreational activities and generally to enjoy life.


In consideration of my child’s being permitted to participate in 4-H Shooting Sports events and/or travel, I hereby assume all the risks associated with participation and necessary travel and agree to hold MSU Extension, Flathead County, their trustees, officers, employees, agents, representatives and volunteers harmless from any and all liability, actions, causes of action, debts, claims, or demands of any nature whatsoever which may arise by or in connection with my child’s participation in 4-H events and/or travel. The terms hereof shall serve as a release and assumption of risk for me, my heirs, estate, executor, administrator, assignees and for all members of my family.


I, the undersigned parent(s) and lawful guardian(s) hereby execute the foregoing Release and to Consent for and on behalf of my minor child and/or ward. I have carefully read the foregoing release and consent and sign on my own free act. I hereby certify that I am lawfully empowered to enter into this release and do consent to bind my child and myself hereby.


Parent/Legal Guardian Printed Name __________________________________



Signature ____________________________ Date _______________________



Child’s Name _________________________  Date of Birth _________________


The Montana State University Extension Service is an ADA/EO/AA/Veteran’s Preference Employer and Provider of Educational Outreach.

Structure for Families Brochure

Pritable version of Structure for Families Brochure (PDF)

Being a 4-H Parent

Montana 4-H Youth Development

Your Role


Parent’s Role in Project Work

  • Aid in selecting, financing, and managing.
  • Guide and support work without doing it for them.
  • Encourage follow-through and completion.
  • Give praise and encouragement.
  • Assist in gathering tools and supplies.
  • Encourage record keeping.
  • Provide support and transportation.
  • Assist organizational, project and activity leaders.
  • Become a project or activity leader.
  • Serve on committees to plan and implement club activities or project meetings.
  • Become a certified 4-H volunteer.


Family’s Role in 4-H

Encourage participation in 4-H programs at the local and county level and to assist in the development of the 4-H member.

Support local and county 4-H program through time, talent, and financial support.

Work cooperatively with other families and 4-H volunteers.

Participate in Parent-Volunteer Training to enhance personal knowledge of 4-H .


Guide 4-H project work.

Doing it for them does not develop life skills.


4-H Project Work

Consider the following when guiding a child in selecting a 4-H project.

  • Interests, needs, and capabilities of the child
  • Opportunity for sufficient challenge and growth
  • Family situation
  • Availability of adequate financing
  • Availability of equipment and space
  • Availability of leadership for the project


4-H Projects provide opportunities for:

  • Participation
  • Developing communication skills
  • Keeping records
  • Productive leisure time
  • Sharing ideas
  • Recognition

4-H provides a world of opportunity.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Montana State University and the Montana State University Extension Service prohibit discrimination in all of their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status.



4-H is a family affair.

4-H helps develop family unity by providing an opportunity to do things together.

4-H families become part of a larger extended family.


Members benefit when parents are involved in 4-H. Parents and volunteers who take time to learn about and understand 4 -H are of greater assistance to their child and the 4-H program.


Members need parental encouragement to see project work through. Keep members focused on what they are learning, not just winning.


Your time, talents, and assistance strengthen the total 4-H program.


Parents are important people.

The time, talents, and assistance provided by parents strengthen the total 4-H program.

Parent participation strengthens the local 4-H club.

Parents are needed to chaperone and provide transportation for local and county 4-H events. 4-H members may need your assistance to provide refreshments at club meetings.


Parents are needed to assume leadership roles.

A healthy club requires more than one organizational leader providing leadership for everything and everyone. As a vital link in the 4-H leadership team, parents will be asked to serve on local and county committees. The committees will plan and conduct events and activities. Adults are encouraged to create healthy youth-adult partnerships within the committee structure.


A parent may be asked to share subject matter knowledge with a project group. The subject matter could include a hobby or occupation. It may even include scheduling a tour or field trip. This may even lead to a parent serving as project and activity leaders for other 4-H members.


Parents must stay informed.

Communication is vital in supporting your child’s 4 -H experience.

It is the family’s responsibility to read and respond, in a timely manner, to the newsletter, yearbook, and written correspondence received from local and county programs.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions of local and county volunteers and extension staff.


Parents receive many levels of satisfaction from 4-H.

They enjoy seeing their children and other children grow and develop.

Parents grow personally through new experiences and challenges.

Parents also have the satisfaction of serving the community through 4-H.

4-H Pledge

I pledge

My head to clearer thinking,

My heart to greater loyalty,

My hands to larger service, and

My health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.

4-H Parents Pledge

I pledge my Head to give my child the information I can, to help him/her see things clearly and to make wise decisions.

I pledge my Heart to encourage and support my child no matter whether he/she has success or disappointments.

I pledge my Hands to help my child’s club; if I can-not be a leader, I can help in many equally important