4-H Update
April 2020 View as Webpage
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State 4-H Field Day
Going Virtual
State 4-H Field Day will NOT be hosted in person on May 30 at UC Davis due to the Corona virus pandemic. State Field Day announcement, April 1, 2020

Our priority is ensuring the safety of the young people in the 4-H program, their families, and our community. The event will be moved to a virtual format (with a few contests being cancelled). The planning team is preparing materials and event structures to use virtually.
Canceled contests

Judging Contest
Entomology Contest
Livestock Quiz Bowl
Outdoor Booths
All Area Presentation Days have moved
to a virtual format
We know that virtual contests do not solve the problem for every contest or every family. We also recognize that people have other serious priorities right now, and that 4-H participation may not be a priority at the moment. We also understand that not everyone has a home internet connection and may not be able to participate virtually.

Furthermore, we did not want to postpone events into the new program/school year. Our goal is to do the best we can in maintaining some normalcy and continuing the learning experiences for as many our youth as possible, honoring the work they have put in over this program year to prepare their presentations.

For those who cannot participate this way, we want to keep track and see what we can do.

So even if a young person cannot participate virtually, we ask them to complete the registration form and note this in the comments box.

Even if you already signed up for an in-person presentation day that was canceled, please register again with the links below.
State 4-H Fashion Revue Update
The SFR Committee regrets to announce that 2020 State Fashion Revue, scheduled for May 30, will not be taking place. The committee plans to assemble a virtual fashion show featuring all County Winners. This would be a showcase, without evaluation or awards. Our hope is that members can complete their outfits once meetings and shopping trips are allowed, and counties will reschedule local fashion revues. County Winners will submit information via the UC survey system. Watch for more in the next Updates!

We want to recognize the members and leaders on the SFR committee for their hard work on this year’s event. A big thank you to the 14 counties who sent contributions; those funds will be saved for 2021. The 2021 SFR committee could really use more volunteers! Contact Sue at 2moores.sue@gmail.com with questions or to volunteer.

There is an urgent need in California for face masks. If you have basic sewing skills, you can make these washable masks. It’s a great way to use up your stash of woven cotton fabric. Call your local hospital, care facility or fabric store to drop off the finished masks or give them to your family, friends, and neighbors. One yard of fabric plus ½ yard of interfacing is enough for 12 masks. See the State Fashion Revue webpage for complete instructions and links to the videos.
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1st Annual State 4-H Archery
Shooting Sports Tournament
May 9th, 2020*

Sponsored by the Merced County 4-H Council
River Oaks Range & Hosting Club, Weaver 4-H
Entry fees may be paid ONLY by check from the local 4-H council.
Make checks payable to Merced County 4-H, and send to: Merced County 4-H, 2145 Wardrobe Ave, Merced, Ca 95341

Questions regarding payment and entry procedures:
Darlene McIntyre – UCCE Merced County
(209) 385-7418 / dlmcintyre@ucanr.edu

Registration is due on or before April 24, 2020

*NOTE: This event will be rescheduled if current events dictate. 
Due to development challenges and a rapidly changing technological environment have led UC 4-H to difficult decision to sunset ORB on
July 1, 2020. 

Those who are currently using ORB for the 2019-20 program year will have access through December 31, 2020
to complete their record book.
Stakeholder Letter
For a comprehensive explanation, the timeline, and support help during the transition, please download the following ORB Stakeholder Letter.     

Informational Webinars
The California State 4-H Office will be hosting two informational webinars to provide direct information concerning the closure of the 4-H Online Record Book (ORB) and answer any related questions. These webinars will be recorded for viewing at a later time if you are unable to make one of the dates and times listed below.

  • Webinar #1 - April 25, 2020 9am - 9:30am

  • Webinar #2 - May 25, 2020 7pm - 7:30pm

For updated information and ongoing support related to the sunsetting of ORB, visit
Online learning with 4-H and Project Learning Tree
Are you in 5th-8th grade and looking for something new that can expand your learning experiences?

Are you interested in the natural world?

Do you like to explore new places and new things?

Are you ready to get outside and explore?
We have a new program that might be just what you are looking for!

CA 4-H and CA Project Learning Tree and pairing up to host weekly Zoom sessions that include an independent exploration where you will be the explorer and head outdoors to complete a challenge based upon the award winning material of Project Learning Tree.

Then you will have the opportunity to share your findings, learn what others have discovered, and collectively create a Stories From Nature Exploration that will be shared on the CA PLT website .  

Weekly 1 hour sessions starting at 3pm beginning April 7.  
No materials needed- just register to receive the link to join in your email.
YES, you can still REGISTER
for California Focus, until May 13, 2020
California Focus
June 19 - 23, 2020
State Capitol, Sacramento, CA
Registration is still open for Cal Focus! The deposit fee and cancellation policy has been waived for this event, due to these uncertain times.

You should still register if you are interested in participating in this unique state government-focused event. Registered participants will be notified FIRST of any changes to this event, or any adjustment to its format.

California Focus is only held in even years.

Experience state government in action by participating in the legislative, political, and judicial processes. California Focus combines hands-on participation in workshop s, de bates, simulations, tours, and fun activities.
Cost: $675

Deposits are waived.
Balance due June 12th.

Includes registration, lodging, polo shirt, and meals during the conference.