4-H and Youth

Jackson’s Mill Challenge Course &
Monroe Council Circle Face Lift & Renovation
May 8, 9, & 10, 2014

Multiple strength and skill levels needed!!!
Projects for ages 10 & up.

  • Spread 5 to 6 tons of crusher run gravel around council circle Jackson's Mill Challenge Course  Monroe Council Circle Facelift
  • Wire brush and scrape loose paint off council circle
  • Replace old boards on benches and Challenge Course elements
  • Paint Monroe Council Circle (beside challenge course)
  • Shovel, Wheelbarrow and spread 3 to 4 inch layer of wood chips under all Challenge Course elements
  • Sand Challenge Course platform surfaces
  • Erosion control (move logs and limbs, digging and back fill)
  • Rake leaves and move debris

Flyer available for posting in your area.

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Are Your 4-H’ers Ready for Paper Clover?

By now you should be finalizing your 4-H’ers’ sign-ups for in-store participation in Paper Clover. 4-Hlogo-green Stores with 4-H’ers in-store during the promotion raise an average of 40% more than stores without it. So be sure to make the most of Paper Clover for your county by getting your 4-H’ers in store April 23-May 4!

NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium
6th Annual Aviation Summer Camp
June 11-13th, 2014

What: 3 days & 2 nights of Aviation Summer Camp

Who: 7th or 8th graders in West Virginia schools who are interested in science activities

When: June 11th, 12th & 13th (Wednesday to Friday)

Where: West Virginia University campus in Morgantown

Purpose: Engage students in science activities focused on hands-on learning

Day #1: Aerospace/aviation activities, NASA WV Space Grant Consortium
presentations and tours of WVU, and hands-on

Day #2: Travel to the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling for an on-site mission simulation

Day #3: Aviation hands-on prjects and presentations including one from WV Astronaut, Captain Jon McBride

Cost: Cost of the camp is $300 (few scholarships available for students who qualify for free or
reduced priced meals)

How: Application due March 21, 2014. Contact the Camp Director, Marcie Raol at (304) 677-3351

Camp Application

ATV Instructor’s Prep Training

WVU Extension Service will be offering an ATV Instructor’s training class to those agents/staff/ volunteers who are interested in being able to offer the ASI RiderCourse to 4-H youth and volunteer leaders. The Instructor’s training class will be held May 17 through May 20. The four-day workshop which will run from 8:00 am Saturday morning, May 17th through 3:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon, May 20th. Instructors have to be able to show competency in riding, pass an instructor knowledge test, demonstrate lessons from the RiderCourse and lead a student teaching experience before they are granted their certification from ASI. All of this will occur in the four-day training session. To become certified, you must attend the entire four-day training session. atv_2

If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email either Donna Patton (304-546-3738) or Mark Whitt Ext. 2).

What Do You See? 4-H Writing Exhibition Program

  • Do you currently have a 4-H poetry, short story or essay program in your county?
  • Would you like a no-cost, simple way to encourage youth self-expression and creativity?
  • Would young people in your community enjoy the opportunity to have their work exhibited statewide?

The “What Do You See?” 4-H writing exhibition program may be right for your county. Please read!

The 2014 Program
All of the necessary materials for participation in the 2014 program are attached along with a full description of the program with due dates and submission guidelines. There is no cost to participate and 2014 submissions will be exhibited statewide. Participants will receive recognition for their work in the form of certificates, ribbons and a book (or books), along with the satisfaction of knowing that their work has been read by individuals across the state.

Program materials may be provided to 4-H members, 4-H club leaders, participants of school and after-school programs and any West Virginia young people (ages 9-21) who would like to participate. The program works well when added to 4-H county roundup programs, and may be incorporated into camp or other county programs as desired.

The 2013 Program
What Do You See In 2013 entries were submitted by 4-H’ers from 9 counties across the state. Our 2013 entries were exhibited at State 4-H Days, the West Virginia State Fair and posted in an online West Virginia 4-H web page (link below). Participants received a letter of recognition, 4-H certificate, state fair ribbon and two manuscript books to be filled with future literary endeavors. The 4-H “What Do You See?” web exhibit is currently online and may be viewed at the following link.

Questions may be directed to Jenny Murray or Alicia Cassels

Creative WV Kids + Video Technology + Healthy Messages = Winning Videos!

To encourage 4-H’ers to show their commitment to the Health H, we’re again challenging counties and clubs to make their own videos. This year’s theme promotes eating healthy. Attached are the guidelines and the submission form. You’ve got all year to work on it – it’s due May 1, 2014. But now is the time to get your 4-H Health Officers, Teen Leaders, and others excited and thinking about their video ideas. With some creativity and learning-by-doing, your video can win a cash prize!

Good luck everyone. Contact Elaine Bowen if you have any questions.

4-H & Facebook

4-H, The Largest Youth Development Organization, Hits 400,000 Facebook Supporters

4-H’s Facebook Community Brings Together Teens, Parents, Staff and Program Alumni Worldwide

4-H is proud to announce a major milestone in its social media strategy—exceeding 400,000 supporters on the program’s Facebook page. With more Facebook engagement than any other youth development program, 4-H serves more than 7 million young people around the world with year-round, hands-on learning opportunities.

“The 4-H Facebook page launched in October 2005 with great interest, however it’s really taken off in the past year with nearly 50 percent increase in our fan base,” said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., National 4-H Council president and CEO. “We plan to continue to drive active engagement online among 4-H’ers, alumni, parents and supporters who are all incredible digital ambassadors for the 4-H program.”

Since February, 4-H has experienced a significant increase in engagement along with its growth in followers. In April, the organization experienced an average of 1.1 million unique impressions per week, including a seven-day high of 1.5 million in mid-April.

The consistent growth in followers has been attributed to the development of new, engaging content and outreach to current and past 4-H participants. For example, fun memes posted regularly have sparked engagement and have proven to be extremely popular with the 4-H audience. In a recent post, the organization inquired about their fans’ favorite part of the 4-H season. The post created such immediate engagement that it has since become one of the organization’s most popular memes on Facebook, reaching over 230,000 people and garnering 4,700 likes and 2,300 shares—including creating a buzz on Instagram.

As 4-H continues to create more digital brand ambassadors globally, the organization will strive to continue this positive momentum of engagement online. 4-Hlogo-green