Congratulations to our 2023 Idaho team for finishing in fifth place at the 2023 National LifeSmarts Championship!

Welcome to LifeSmarts! Here you’ll learn about consumer issues that impact your everyday life – everything from managing your finances, making smart consumer choices, understanding emerging technology, preparing for the workforce, staying healthy and safe, and helping the environment – all with the goal of putting you in charge and making your future LifeSmart!

Coaches are invited to register (or log back in if you registered in the 2023-2024 season) and create new teams or update existing teams. Students may register and compete online. Coaches have access to many free lesson plans and other educational resources to help make LifeSmarts a great classroom activity. Click on the LEARN tab to view them.

New(er) to LifeSmarts? Be sure to download our updated Coach’s Guide.

Students, we hope that you’ll check out the resources you find here, test your knowledge with practice quizzes, use TeamSmarts and LifeSmarts U, and compete online.

Contact the LifeSmarts staff with any questions.

To join the state Varsity and JV competitions, please complete the following before the closing date for your specific grade division.

VARSITY DETAILS (Grades 9-12): Varsity Teams are made up of students in grades 9-12. All students are eligible to compete in LifeSmarts Varsity competitions including those in our partner organizations (4-H, BPA, FBLA, FCCLA, SkillsUSA, etc.). The State champion Varsity team earns the opportunity to compete in the National LifeSmarts Championship in San Diego, CA, April 18 – 21, 2024.

BPA, FBLA, FCCLA, and SkillsUSA Chapters have their own special LifeSmarts competitions but are also eligible to compete in our state varsity level competition. 4-H teams compete as Varsity or Junior Varsity teams and also have a special 4-H summer challenge. Students are eligible to be on one state varsity team and also on two other organization teams. Team coaches should download the specific group instructions from the Coaches Page.

Teams should study as much as possible then complete the final online competition quizzes between October 16, 2023- February 10, 2024. Qualifying teams will be invited to complete in the Vitual State LifeSmarts Championship to determine the State Varsity Champion on February 16, 2024.

Varsity competition opens November 15, 2023
Varsity closes 2/10/2024
The State LifeSmarts Championship Quiz will be February 16th online.
National LifeSmarts Championship: April 18 – 21, 2024, San Diego, CA

JV Details and Dates: Junior Varsity Competition is open October 16, 2023 – April 5, 2024 .
The top-scoring Junior Varsity team in our state will receive an invitation to compete in the NEW virtual National LifeSmarts Junior Varsity Championship May 9-10, 2024.

Junior Varsity competition opens November 15, 2023
Junior Varsity competition closes March 2, 2024 – Tentative
Virtual National LifeSmarts Junior Varsity Championship – May, 9-10, 2024 for state winning JV team

Steps for Coaches
Step 1: Coaches should register as a coach ASAP so that we can communicate next steps with you. Competition officially opens yearly on August 1. Teams can be created or updated after that date.
Step 2: Students register or log back in and take the pre-test as soon as possible (20 multiple-choice questions) – required before you can access step 5
Step 3: Coaches create teams, or update teams to be certain students are on the appropriate team (Teams are 4-5 students and you must select a team captain)
Step 4: Study, study, study using practice quizzes, the resources section and any other resources you have accessible. Monthly TeamSmarts competitions are also a great option.
Step 5: Opening October 16th: Students must take the five individual topic quizzes (20 multiple-choice questions each topic) – required before you can access step 6.

Contact us at with any questions! Additional information is also available here:

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Competition Dates
Contact Your Coordinator
  • Jennifer Bywater
  • University of Idaho Extension
  • Send Mail     Phone: (208)436-7184