4-H Cloverbuds are limited to participation in non-competitive activities. Although projects of 4-H Cloverbud members are not rated, these younger 4-H’ers are still recognized for their work. If judging is part of an event, the member may participate with the judge providing positive comments of encouragement, but no score or rating is given. They may receive recognition of participation, such as a green ribbon or small token, as well as end-of year certificates or pins.
Ideally, separate, age-appropriate learning activities should be offered to 4-H Cloverbuds that may eventually lead to their participation in full-fledged competitive events when they are at least nine years of age, if they choose.