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Club to Club Exchanges

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, 4-H Canada will not be offering Club to Club Exchanges in 2021. 4-H Canada’s priority continues to be the health, safety and security of our youth members, volunteer leaders, families, and the communities 4-H impacts. For more information, please see our latest update on the outbreak. 

Club to Club Exchanges

4-H Canada’s Club to Club Exchanges, offered in partnership with Canadian Heritage, provides the opportunity for 4-H clubs to explore Canada’s rich history while experiencing all that our country has to offer. 

How it works

In groups of eight to 10 delegates, 4-H members between the ages of 12 and 17 are twinned – paired together – with 4-H’ers from another province. Together with two chaperones, the delegates take part in a reciprocal homestay exchange.

Club to Club Exchanges take place during the summer months and typically last seven to 10 days.

Groups are matched based on their application, demographics in each group, activities and community involvement.

What’s in it for you?

4-H Canada creates experiential learning opportunities that ensure a safe, fun and inclusive environment with the support of caring adults. Club to Club exchanges aim to:

  • Broaden your knowledge and understanding of Canada
  • Connect you with 4-H members from another province
  • Enhance your appreciation of the diversity of the Canadian experience.

What’s in it for your club?

You can tell your stories and share your experiences with other 4-H’ers, helping to increase their understanding of Canada’s history and their appreciation of how other Canadians live, work and play.

See where 4-H clubs travelled in 2019 with this interactive map.

Click through the map to learn more about each of the 20 clubs who participated.

Annapolis Valley 4-H

The Annapolis Valley 4-H Club is a group of eight members and two leaders from the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. This Club to Club to Exchange group is made up of 4-H members who live in Annapolis, Kings and Hants Counties. They are excited to make new friends and to share the Highest Tides in the world with members from the Prairies.

Youth Service Leader: Sydney Milne, NS

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See linked club: SW District 3-4

Anola Northern Lights 4-H Club

This exchange group is made up of members from two neighbouring clubs. The Anola Northern Lights is a multi-purpose club running out of Anola, Manitoba. The club has been around for many years and currently has 35 members. Members are working on projects in many areas including geocaching, outdoor living, babysitting, equine, and small animals. The Sunset Riders were established in 2018 and operate out of Cloud 9 Ranch in Steinbach, Manitoba. Over 40 members are learning about horses in this club, including health, feeds and feeding, riding, care of, transportation, training and more.

Youth Service Leader: Karissa Duquette, SK

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See linked club: Brant County 4-H

Barlow Creek 4-H Club

Barlow Creek 4-H Club is nestled deep in the heart of British Columbia and has 35 members. Barlow Creek is close to many tourist attractions, including Cottonwood House Historic Site and Barkerville Historic Town, which made a name for themselves during the Cariboo Gold Rush. The Barlow Creek 4-H Club is part of a 4-H district that is composed of three clubs and around 100 members. Over the years, members have participated in a variety of projects to give back to their community, who graciously support them at the annual Show and Sale.

Youth Service Leader: April Marr, BC

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See linked club: Lorette Busy Bees

Big River 4-H Multiple Club

Big River 4-H Multiple Club has 26 members, 11 leaders, and eight projects: beef, sewing, photography, painting, everything outdoors, movie & film, nailed it through Pinterest, and tower gardens. The club enjoys getting together and do fun activities. Members are also happy to have a couple of members from Canwood, one from Leask, and one from Oxbow joining them with the exchange.

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See linked club: Wellington County 4-H

Bluffton 4-H Beef Club

The Bluffton 4-H Beef Club consists of 29 members who are very active in the community in volunteering, from running gates for the local rodeo to a senior tea and bingo. The beef projects wrap up the year in the spring with the interclub show and sale which is always a good time. The group that is participating in the exchange program is getting excited to go.

Youth Service Leader: Amanda Hardman, AB

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See linked club: Headingley 4-H Club

Brant County 4-H

The Brant 4-H Exchange group is comprised of members from age 13 to 17 with a variety of interests in both livestock and life skills clubs. Brant County is a small rural community surrounding the city of Brantford. Members either live on a farm or have a very strong rural connection to the agricultural community. The club is very fortunate to have the best of both country and city accessible and looks forward to sharing the culture and beauty of Brant County with the twins from Manitoba.

Youth Service Leader: Kylynne Sheffield, NS

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See linked club: Anola Northern Lights 4-H Club

Chilliwack 4-H District

The Chilliwack District Exchange group is made up of nine members from the Chilliwack Lamb 4-H Club and Behind the Bit 4-H Horse Club. All members have years of experience with different projects in the 4-H program. The club is excited to do this exchange because it is an opportunity to learn more about the country, different 4-H cultures and themselves. This opportunity will provide members with a chance for personal growth in areas such as leadership and decision-making but also grow stronger as a group through experiences.

Youth Service Leader: Jazmin Lukinuk, MB

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See linked club: Truro-North River (TNR) 4-H Club

Cranbrook and District 4-H Clubs

This exchange group consists of two clubs in the district: South Country Crafts and Critters and Cranbrook Multi-Club. They are located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The district has four clubs with 65 members. The group projects are swine, lamb, beef, crafts & sewing, foods, small engines, junior leadership, and photography. Both groups are active in their communities: putting on community dinners, volunteering with the Salvation Army and Fort Steele Heritage Town, and helping with the Cranbrook Public Produce Garden. The club is excited to connect with other 4-H'ers across Canada and share new experiences.

Youth Service Leader: Greg Penner, MB

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See linked club: Rocklyn 4-H Calf Club

Durham West 4-H Exchange Club

The Durham West 4-H Exchange Club 2019 is very excited to participate in this year's exchange! The club is comprised of nine members and two chaperones from the North Durham region, just an hour northeast of Toronto, Ontario. There are six boys and two girls ranging in age from 13 to 16 years who are active members in 4-H and the local agricultural community, including dairy, horse, and sheep.

Youth Service Leader: Courtney Schmidt, NS

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See linked club: North Forty Mile 4-H Club

Headingley 4-H Club

The Headingley 4-H Club is known as the Red River 4-H Travel Club. It is a group of small 4-H clubs from Southern Manitoba who have come together with a common interest in travelling and exploring other communities in Canada. Last year, the group was lucky enough to go to Nova Scotia! This year, the exchange will be with Alberta. Even though the clubs are scattered, they all have one thing in common: the Red River. If you follow it, you’ll find them and their unique little towns and cities! They can't wait to meet other 4-H members in Canada!

Youth Service Leader: Megan MacCarthy, NS

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See linked club: Bluffton 4-H Beef Club

Lashburn Ridge Riders

This exchange is made up of three different clubs within the district. The Maidstone Gully Multiple 4-H Club has been around for many years and a couple of members are fourth-generation members! Projects include sheep, beef, dairy, light horse, extra light horse, leather making, cooking, art, photography, outdoors, Cloverbud, archery and many others. Durness Multi 4-H Club is based out of Lloydminster. Projects range from beef, light horse, mini horse/driving, canine, blacksmithing and bunnies. Manitou Lake Multiple 4-H Club is from the Neilburg, SK area. They have a variety of projects consisting of beef, sheep, crafts, light horse, oxen team, small pets, blacksmith, archery and riflery.

Youth Service Leader: Allison Pepper, ON

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See linked club: Oxford 4-H

Lorette Busy Bees

Lorette Busy Bees has 14 members, eight of whom will be participating in this fantastic exchange experience. The club is located in Southern Manitoba and offers a variety of projects ranging from crafts, cooking, welding, woodworking to small animals. The members also like dancing, baseball, hockey, lake LIFE and spending time with family and friends. They are excited to travel, see another part of Canada, enjoy new experiences and meet new friends.

Youth Service Leader: Sophie MacDonald, PEI

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See linked club: Barlow Creek 4-H Club

North Forty Mile 4-H Club

The North Forty Mile 4-H Club began 65 years ago as a beef club in southeastern Alberta in the north end of the County of Forty Mile in and around the towns of Bow Island and Burdett. The North 40 Mile 4-H Club currently has 21 members of which eight are beef projects, seven sheep projects and six cleavers. Achievement Day is held annually in June at the Burdett Arena. The club is very active in the community with volunteer work such as fundraising for those in need and assisting at benefit events.

Youth Service Leader: Kianna McGregor, AB

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See linked club: Durham West 4-H Exchange Club

Oxford 4-H

Oxford County, located in the heart of Southwestern Ontario, is the dairy capital of Canada with some of the country’s most fertile and productive agricultural land. This exchange group is from mostly the north and west parts of the county and live on various types of farms. The Oxford County 4-H Exchange Club is a group of eight girls and one boy, plus two chaperones chosen to participate in the Club to Club Exchange program. Members mainly participate in life skills clubs and/or dairy calf clubs. The group is excited to be travelling to Lashburn, Saskatchewan this summer.

Youth Service Leader: Nicole French, ON

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See linked club: Lashburn Ridge Riders

Rocklyn 4-H Calf Club

Rocklyn, home of the Calf Club, is a small hamlet in the middle of Grey County, Ontario. The club has been running for a long time, and some of the leaders used to be members! The Rocklyn 4-H Calf Club has nearly 50 members from both rural and urban settings. It is one of the largest clubs in the county. Projects include horse, sheep, swine, goat, rabbit and various life skills. Many members graduated from the club and went on to do great things in life. 4-H is alive and strong in Rocklyn and the club can't wait to meet its twin group from Cranbrook!

Youth Service Leader: Kyle Nussey, ON

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See linked club: Cranbrook and District 4-H Clubs

Silver Valley 4-H Riders

Silver Valley celebrated its 25th year as a club in 2018. The club is a light horse in both Western and English styles. Members meet for monthly meetings and at least once per month for rides. There are clinics and rides at the Calnash Trucking Ag Event Centre in Ponoka as well as clinics such as bomb proofing and equitation events at other barns/arenas in the area. The club currently has 15 members.

Youth Service Leader: Brookelyn Felske, AB

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See linked club: Sunrise Trail 4-H Club

Sunrise Trail 4-H Club

Sunrise Trail 4-H Club is entering its 38th year. Members come from many parts of the county of Pictou, from Seafoam all the way down the Sunrise Trail to Lismore. Sunrise Trail is one of the largest clubs in Pictou County with 59 members including eight Cloverbuds and 26 leaders, with most leaders having been former 4-H’ers themselves. The kids are involved in projects ranging from crafts, cake decorating, woodworking and small engines to light horse, dairy, sheep and rabbit, with many members taking on multiple projects. They also participate in a public speaking rally and activities such as woodsman teams and Tug-of-War.

Youth Service Leader: Nicolle MacDonald, PEI

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See linked club: Silver Valley 4-H Riders

SW District 3-4

In this exchange group from Southwestern Saskatchewan, there are kids from three separate clubs (Val Marie Lighthorse, Mankota Beef, and Aneroid Multiple) ranging in age from 13 to 17. A lot of the very southwest corner of the province is covered with respective communities, which all have farming and ranching ties. The families involved are all rooted in agriculture, and most of their primary income comes from the agriculture industry.

Youth Service Leader: Chelsey Fitzsimmons, SK

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See linked club: Annapolis Valley 4-H

Truro-North River (TNR) 4-H Club

Since 1989, the Truro-North River 4-H Club is known as "The Family Club" because every family member is engaged to support their club member. The "T" in TNR originally stood for Tatamagouche but now stands for Truro. Members come from all over Colchester County. This club has three general leaders, 23 projects, 19 leaders and 73 members with many parents and grandparents involved as well. Some community projects include serving dinner at the Fire Brigade banquet, fundraising for the food bank and homeless shelter, canvassing for the Canadian Diabetes Association, and taking a group of nursing home residents to the local wildlife park.

Youth Service Leader: Thalia Tobin, NS

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See linked club: Chilliwack 4-H District

Wellington County 4-H

Members of the Wellington County 4-H Exchange Club come from a variety of 4-H backgrounds and have completed a variety of agricultural clubs including beef, dairy, sheep, poultry and veterinary. They have also participated in many other clubs including maple syrup, cooking, Lego, woodworking, Go for the Gold, and art. Some members have attended the 4-H Ontario Discovery Days and Youth Adventure Camps. The group is excited about its exchange with the Big River Saskatchewan Club.

Youth Service Leaders: Nicole French, ON and Kyle Nussey, ON 

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See linked club: Big River 4-H Multiple Club