4-H Update
September 2020 View as Webpage
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From the Director
Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty
Happy 4-H New Year!

I'm looking forward to another amazing year of 4-H programming, events, conferences and building new memories. Thank you for picking 4-H to guide you through these experiences!

We closed 2019-2020 with many new learning opportunities and ways to serve our communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I'm so proud of your commitment and determination to persevere in challenging and unknown circumstances. From participation in virtual State Project Field Day, 4-H Camp and State Leadership Conference to making protective masks for front line workers and community members. The 4-H pledge to serve my club, my community, my country and my world is not only alive, but thriving.

Looking to the new year we will continue to support 4-H experiences virtually and when appropriate in small groups. As such, I'm happy to announce the 4-H Virtual Toolbox with information and resources for conducting meetings, connecting to technology and delivering 4-H in virtual and small group settings. Bookmark the page and visit often as we will be adding new resources over time.

I realize we are all eager to gather for face to face meetings, conferences and events, however your safety is our utmost priority. As a result, the State 4-H Office has made the decision to not participate in any face-to-face multi-state events including, but not limited to: National 4-H Conference. Citizenship Washington Focus, Leadership Washington Focus, National Competitions (western round-up, animal science, shooting sports, fashion revue, etc.) and State exchange programs. If available, we will support participation in these events virtually.

Additionally, the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program will not implement the Mindfulness Retreat, Youth Leadership Summits, 2021 CalFocus, non-summer camping programs and overnight retreats in person and will offer virtual options for participation instead. We will make determinations about 2021 summer camps, State Leadership Conference and Horse Classic prior to contract deadlines and on the reassessment of the health and safety consideration.

Lastly, as the team at the state 4-H Office begins preparing our 2019-2020 annual report, I would like to invite everyone who made masks during the COVID -19 pandemic to report their accomplishments and share photos with us so we can highlight your amazing accomplishments!

Have a great year!

Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty
4-H STEM Challenge: Mars Base Camp
Join the 4-H STEM Education Advisory Committee for a webinar introducing the 2020 4-H STEM Challenge: Mars Base Camp.

We’ll show you what you’ll receive in the educator kit and the family kit. Learn how to participate, program, and teach these activities. We’re offering the webinar at two different dates and times:
Sept. 10, 2020 from 6-7pm PDT
Sept. 15, 2020 from 3-4pm PDT

Mars Base Camp
Purchase a Mars Base Camp kit - for Families & Educators
The 2020 STEM Challenge kit is now available for Families and Educators.

Featuring four hands-on activities that can be enjoyed with or without internet access and individually or all together.

The challenge teaches kids STEM skills like mechanical engineering, physics, computer science and agriculture.
Mars Base Camp kit
2020 Virtual Horse Classic
Registration is open until Sept. 11 for the 2020 California 4-H Virtual Horse Classic.

Featuring classes in English, Western, Ranch, Miniature and Dressage. Open to all California 4-H Horse project members ages 13 and up. Novice, Junior and Senior levels.

See the Horse Classic event site for details on the virtual contest and participation requirements.
2020 Horse Classic post
National 4-H Volunteer Conference
4-H Volunteers: Lighting the Way
September 24-26, 2020
We are excited to offer this year's national 4-H volunteer conference virtually September 24 -26. The conference, coordinated by the Volunteer Conference of Southern States, provides a variety of educational, engagement, and networking sessions for 4-H volunteers and staff.

With this year's platform, we will offer both digital (pre-recorded) sessions and virtual sessions (that are recorded as delivered). Sessions will be archived for on-demand delivery through November 30th. This format provides participants the opportunity to participate with other volunteers during the conference and also refresh and review content on their own time.

With our Volunteer Advisory Team, we have planned lots of opportunities to engage participants in our virtual conference. Each registered participant will receive a Conference Starter Kit with tools to connect during the conference. Additionally, breakouts for networking and sharing are planned and we are also connecting through social media. Our goal is to provide a similar experience to our past conferences with great sessions, great connections, and great fun.

Register by TODAY! September 4, 2020

Registration levels:
Candlelight - $10
Lamplight - $20
Spotlight - $30

Registration includes a general session each evening, as well as four workshop sessions, two networking sessions, and a create and connect session and some content in our digital (pre-recorded) library. Each registration also provides access to the recorded session at their registration level through the end of November.

Our lamplight and spotlight registration also includes a curricula session, additional networking, and speakers as well as more content in the digital library.

Learn more and register at 4Hvcoss.com.

Two new State 4-H Advisory Committees:
Make a Difference in 4-H!
The State 4-H Office has added two new Advisory Committees:

The State 4-H Advisory Committees provide leadership and offer insight, review, and input to the Statewide 4-H Director for the operation and management of the 4-H Youth Development Program.

THANK YOU to the staff, youth and adult volunteers on our Advisory Committees who have spent their time in many Zoom meetings and discussions to develop updates and adapt activities to share with everyone.

Your work is helping 4-H continue to give youth life skills.

Applications open until October 15

Youth (ages 14 and up), Adult Volunteers (ages 18 and up) and County Staff are encouraged to apply!

See the full descriptions of these new Advisory Committees:

California 4-H Grown blog
2020 Virtual Code Camp a Success!

Published on: August 26, 2020 The California 4-H Computer Science Pathways team hosted a 5-day virtual code camp, July 27 to 31st. Attendees included 50 youth and 30 volunteers (some from out-of-state and one from Canada!). The camp consisted of...

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4-H Drive-Thru Sign Up Night

Published on: August 28, 2020 In Fresno County, the Blossom Trail 4-H Club transformed their annual membership "Sign Up Night" into a "Drive-thru Sign Up Night". Normally, their Sign Up Night event includes stations for each project where new and ...

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Save the Date
National 4-H Week
October 4-10, 2020
National 4-H Week is coming up October 4-10, 2020. Start making plans for how you're celebrating being a part of 4-H!

This year's theme is #Opportunity4All.
2020 National 4-H Week logo
Please check the Brand Toolkit regularly as we upload resources to promote National 4-H Week.
Celebrate National 4-H Week
Fall Tractor Supply Paper Clover
October 7 - 18, 2020
The fall Tractor Supply Paper Clover campaign is still going forward as in previous years.

As we did before, a percentage of funds raised in California will go towards the State Leadership Conference and counties will receive their share raised in their county to enable youth to participate in camp and leadership conferences.

This year, because of the COVID crisis, TSC is requesting no physical presence from 4-H programs at their stores, including outdoor spaces like parking lots.