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Our office is now located in the Snohomish County Parks & Recreation Administration Office at Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish, 98296.

Ready To Compete?

Posted by beth.wangen | December 1, 2023

Parents/Guardians/Adult Volunteers:  Sign up for this class March 23rd

What is “Ready to Compete?”

A two-hour workshop for adult leaders and parents that helps groups understand the developmental needs of youth related to competition, deconstruct the stress response in self and others in order to support safe competition, and discuss and define norms of group competition.

The 4-H club community is frequently comprised of parents, volunteer leaders, and parents who are volunteer leaders. The level of an adult’s engagement in the program, positive or negative, will have a lot to do with the success of our efforts.

For youth, self-efficacy and the development of self-confidence can be stifled or encouraged by how adults model coping in competition.


This training is designed to help parents and leaders find common language and direction when participating in 4-H competitive events. The objective is to help them deal with their own stress responses when their children are in competition, and choose positive engagement strategies that support the ongoing developmental needs that children have for increasing autonomy and self-efficacy.

Be prepared to facilitate and support discussions about sensitive subjects.

Facilitator:  Michael Wallace, Assoc. Professor
WSU Regional Specialist