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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Virtual 4-H Resources

Program Contact: Kathy Fuller, 4-H Program Coordinator
(360) 427-9670 ext. 681 • fuller@wsu.edu

Virtual 4-H Showcase

The purpose of the 4-H Showcase is to give 4-H members enrolled in the Grays Harbor and Mason County 4-H Programs the opportunity to have fun sharing and showcasing what they have been learning and working on this 4-H year. Exhibitors will be awarded virtual ribbons and a unique Showcase t-shirt, and in most cases, will receive feedback from judges.
There is no cost to participate in this event.

Process for Entering Exhibits:

1. Check out the Virtual 4-H Showcase Exhibitor Guide
Exhibitor Guide

Provides details about how many photos, files, or links you will need to upload for each class.  There are even special bonus classes that have been created just for the Showcase, like LEGOs, Family Campfire Meal, and Poetry & Essay!

2. Explore Resources and How-to Videos
https://pubs.extension.wsu.edu/ (WSU Extension Publication Site)
Provides a variety of project-specific resources so you can find out more about projects such as how to plan for a table-setting activity, which tack is appropriate for safety in each horse project discipline, etc.

3. Submit entries and upload files at
http://graysharbor.fairentry.com
Log in with your 4HOnline email address to upload digital photos, files, and links from a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

How-to Videos
Logging in to FairEntry with 4HOnline profile
(FFA & Open are not an option for this event)
https://fairentry.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360003360154-Managing-Entries-4HOnline-Login-2-30-

Entering exhibits
https://fairentry.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360003119713-Managing-Entries-Entry-Process-for-Families-video-3-min-

Creating “unlisted” videos in YouTube to provide a link
https://fairentry.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360049604733-How-to-Make-a-Youtube-Video-Unlisted

Virtual Resources

PDF Edition of Virtual Resources

Great Websites & Apps to use for virtual club meeting activities

Ways to stay connected

4-H Skill Builders

4-H Facebook Live Streams

  • Texas 4-H Virtual Experience: @texas4h
  • LSU Ag Center Virtual Daily Recess & Clover Challenges: @LSUAgCenter
  • Virtual 4-H Art Camp for Teens (Mondays starting 3/23): Register at https://forms.gle/YWXpyG6SUtkvmSEv7

A Few More Fun Ideas

Comprehensive list of resources and activities: https://extension.wsu.edu/king/4-h/learning-links-4-h-and-more/

Inspire Kids To Do Activity Guide: https://4-h.org/about/inspire-kids-to-do/

Possible 4-H Activities at a Distance:

  • Practice Public Presentations & Demonstrations
  • Independent Community Service Projects
  • Letter Writing (to nursing homes, doctors, grocery store…)
  • Exhibit Hall Arts & Crafts
  • Photo Scavenger Hunt
  • Practice Judging/ Oral & Written Reasons
  • Hold a Book Club

Essential Elements

Still the Base of 4-H

A note from Kathy Fuller  – 

Schools are shut down, people aren’t gathering in groups of 10 or more, and many businesses are shutting down or changing how they operate. We all recognize that we’re operating in uncharted territory and uncertainty.

WSU Extension is committed to keeping our communities safe and the 4-H Program is as focused on providing positive Youth Development as ever, regardless of the delivery mode.  I want you, our leaders and families, to think about how we can help support each other.

  • Recognize that our youth are experiencing stress, which may build up to a level of trauma, so are many of us adults.
  • Stress/Trauma effects our brains in different ways and children may start changing their behaviors. Respond to the cause of the behavior with compassion, not to the actions of your children.
  • Stay connected safely! We are happy to help clubs figure out ways to stay connected electronically.

 

Belonging –Help show others that you miss them and find ways to connect.

  • Zoom call to check in and hear about everyone’s projects or plans.
  • Start a group Facebook chat, SLACK room, or Google Hangouts. (Remember to practice safety online and ask parental permission.)

Send snail mail!

Mastery –Time out of school can be used to learn or build upon skills and interests.  Check out https://extension.wsu.edu/king/learning-links-4-h-and-more/

  • Think Hands-On!
  • Take Virtual Tours

Master skills to help with stress management like deep breathing, stretching exercises, dance to their favorite music, or take a short walk outside.

Independence –Help youth set their own goals for the next 6 weeks and build support for them to work toward those goals.

Here’s a resource on helping youth set S.M.A.R.T. Goals https://4-h.org/about/blog/goal-setting-for-the-new-year-ask-a-4-h-member/

Generosity –4-H Members already practice caring for their communities.  Talk about the importance of social distancing as a way that we think about protecting those more vulnerable than ourselves.   Look at practicing good hygiene as a way to care for others.  Write letters to those in Senior Care Facilities or Community Living Facilities.