South Carolina 4-H and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update February 12, 2021

Dear 4-H Families, 

We hope this note finds you and your family well. South Carolina 4-H is excited about the New Year and great learning opportunities/programs/connections coming up in 2021. We continue to monitor the pandemic through SCDHEC. We are optimistic about the future of in-person programming and encourage you to stay in contact with your county agents for virtual/in-person programming opportunities in the future. We also ask that you help your community to continue the fight against COVID by washing your hands, social distancing, and wearing a mask. This has been a challenging endeavor, but we are extremely proud of the connections 4-H agents made with youth and volunteers throughout this past year. 

During this time, our agents have worked hard to innovate engaging hands-on activities for youth across our state. They have transformed camps, clubs, school enrichment, and short-term interest programs into distance-learning programs that families could complete safely in their homes. As we look forward to returning to in-person programming, we celebrate all that has been accomplished this year. We remain focused on our mission to help youth gain the knowledge and skills to be responsible, productive, and contributing members of society through a learn-by-doing approach. 

In the coming months, we hope to advise you of our re-opening plans but encourage you to take full advantage of our amazing distance-learning opportunities for now. Thank you for your doing your part and helping us make the best better here in South Carolina. 

For more information on the Clemson Extension COVID-19 resources, please visithttps://www.clemson.edu/extension/covid19/index.html

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.

    • 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 the 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 berry7@clemson.edu or 803-940-3190.

      Course Syllabus (PDF)

    • 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.

      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 taberp@clemson.edu

      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://www.clemson.edu/extension/4h/programs/healthy-lifestyles/quest.html

      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.

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