South Carolina 4-H and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Update April 28, 2020
South Carolina 4-H has received many calls and emails regarding summer programs, such as camps and state events. We are happy to hear that so many of you are planning to attend our programs and/or events this coming summer. However, in light of a recent directive of Clemson University, all in-person, statewide 4-H programs must be canceled through August 8. While we understand the disappointment you feel related to this decision, please know that the safety and health of our 4-H members, families, volunteers, and employees are always our highest priority. We will continue to determine ways we can provide valuable opportunities for engagement through virtual experiences; so, stay tuned! Although statewide experiences are canceled, we plan to provide local 4-H programming as possible in alignment with the state’s reopening process.
We have also put together an article on "Why No 4-H Meetings and Events?" Please take a minute to read it to help keep you, your family, and your club family safe.
How to Run an Online 4-H Club Meeting
We have put together some information and tips on How to Run Your Online 4-H Club Meeting. If you need additional help, please reach out to your local 4-H Agent.
4-H Activities to do at Home
Looking for ideas to do while at home with youth? Check out the following ideas.
- 4-H @ Home
Welcome back to 4-H@Home! This month, youth will learn the science behind water-powered boats, solar-powered ovens, pinwheels, and more. Don't forget to use the hashtag #SC4HatHome to share photos of your work for a chance to win a 4-H prize pack! If you are not on social media, please e-mail your photos to Lauren B. Venegas at email@example.com.
Scroll down to the bottom of this e-mail to access the Journey to Mars themed activities from last month to prepare your child to watch the launch of the next Mars rover on July 30th.
- Face Masks by 4-H
If you are interested in making face masks for your medical personnel in your community or for your family, we have put together some information and resources to help you make the right decision on what kind of face mask to make. Not every medical facility uses the same kind of mask so click on the attached PDF for more information. After you make some and send them to your local medical facility, come back and let us know what you are doing in your community. There is a face mask care card. Print it off and include one with each of your masks. Thank you for YOUR help through this pandemic.
- Horse Institute
Horse Institute is a course designed to enhance the understanding of horses and horse-related items from any aspect of the horse industry. Students will develop a deeper understanding of breeds of horse, the history of the horse, tack, body systems, equine management, and much more. The course uses an online platform called Schoology to provide students with lessons, resources, and discussion questions. Youth may register for this online course by using 4-HOnline.
If you have concerns or questions, please feel free to contact Katie Shaw at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-940-3190.
Course Syllabus (PDF)
- How do You 4-H?
South Carolina 4-H is asking 4-H members to make and post tutorial videos about their different project areas. For example, a 4-H'er could demonstrate how to do the 4-H pledge, show a rabbit, how to saddle a horse, how to do a line dance, how to shoot an arrow, how to make a smoothie, how to show a chicken, how to walk across a pageant stage, how to ride a bike, how to perform a science experiment, etc. and so on. You are only limited by your creativity. So "How Do YOU 4-H?"
The short (3-5 minute) Videos should all begin with the youth, agents, families saying their NAME, COUNTY, STATE and be sure to tag your video post with #howdoyou4h
Include the 4-H logo in some form or fashion (a drawing, a sticker on a t-shirt, etc.) We can't wait to see all the ways that YOU 4-H! Here are some tips on how to shoot a great video using your phone.
Thanks to the Upstate Region of South Carolina for coming up with this great idea.
- Journey to Mars
This summer, we are embarking on a Journey to Mars with five interactive lessons. After completing this mission, youth will not only know what it takes to travel to another planet and live there, but will also have sharpened their problem-solving skills.
- Lesson 1 - Introduction and Decomposition
- Lesson 2 - Pattern Recognition
- Lesson 3 - Abstraction
- Lesson 4 - Algorithm Design
- Lesson 5 - Conclusion and Go
You can use the hashtag #SC4HatHome to share photos of your work for a chance to win a 4-H prize pack! If you are not on social media, you can enter photos by e-mailing them to Ashley Burns at email@example.com.
Journey to Mars is made possible through support by Google:
4-H and Google are coming together for a first-of-its-kind collaboration to develop skills students will need for the future, like computer science, problem-solving, communication and collaboration to kids across the country, establishing a 4-H Computer Science (CS) Career Pathway. As the nation’s largest youth development organization, 4-H has the reach and the infrastructure to mobilize a career pathway for America’s youth and grow true leaders prepared with the skills they need. As such, we envision a future where 4-H has the capacity and resources to deliver high-quality computer science activities to youth from all communities around the country. Google shares this vision and believes that all youth should have the opportunity to be creators—not just consumers—of technology. Through Google.org’s generous grant Growing a CS Pathway for America’s Youth: Accelerator Award, 4-H will bring CS programming to kids across the county equipping the next generation with the foundational skills they need to lead, innovate and problem-solve in every discipline – from business to fashion to agriculture. Information was gathered from the Clemson University Cooperative Extension, South Carolina 4-H, National 4-H Council, and additional works as referenced.
- Quest 4 a Healthier You
Quest 4 a Healthier You is a series of healthy lessons on food facts, exercise, and delicious and simple recipes that can be used in school or at home. Each lesson provides instruction and activities linked to the South Carolina Health Education Standards.
Registration is Free.
To Register for the 6 topics and get the link for the lessons and videos that go with each topic, go to https://questforahealthieryou.eventbrite.com
South Carolina 4-H wants each person to make Healthy Choices every day of the year.
If you have any questions, please email Savannah Weeks.