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4-H Ranch Life and Western Heritage

Weekend Training and Sports Roundup

March 21-23, 2014

Open to Middle School Youth

 

 

 

Come learn about the Ways of the Rural West . . . past and present and learn safety skills in Shooting sports, ATV’, horsemanship and other traditional rural western activities such a outdoor cooking.

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Program Overview
This weekend is designed as an introductory course and safety certification program for Portland boys and girls in grades 6-8. Priority is given to youth who intend to participate in the Spring 2014 4-H Urban-Rural Exchange scheduled for April 3-8, 2014. During the roundup youth will be introduced to :

  • ATV riding and safety certification
  • Cowboy Action Shooting sports safety and responsible use of firearms (rifle and pistol)
  • Horsemanship and Rider Safety (this is separate track from the ATV and Shooting Sports)
  • Outdoor Cookery
  • Western Heritage traditions

Youth will sign up for one of two tracks: 

 

 

All participants will participate in the Western Heritage traditions program.

Throughout the weekend, participating youth will also be introduced to how some of myths and legends from Hollywood that have shaped our perspective of the American frontier so much so that an accurate picture of the Old West is hard to find. Throughout this weekend, the history of the American West comes to life through hands-on activities and demonstrations about living in the rural West. In addition to safety classes, youth will be given a broad overview of the firearms, gun leather, cowboy gear and clothing available to settlers of the West and how these artifacts have evolved over time to present day.

A program of the 4-H Urban-Rural Exchange

In addition to learning about the lifestyle and history of the rural West, this program is designed to provide youth interested in participating in the spring program, the 4-H Urban-Rural Exchange, the opportunity to complete their Oregon ATV Safety - Youth Rider Endorsement and shooting sports safety training.  Youth who complete the ATV Youth Rider Endorsement Program and the 4-H Shooting Sports Safety Class will be eligible to participate in ATV and shooting sports activities with their 4-H Host family during the Spring 4-H Urban-Rural Exchange.

What to Expect

 

Participating youth will be expected to:

LOCATION:

The weekend training roundup will be held at the 4-H Education Center in Salem, OR. Youth and adult chaperons will sleep in the cottages at the 4-H Center.  Sleeping bags will be required.

Cost

The cost for this three day weekend roundup is $160.00.  This price includes:

  • van transportation to and from Salem, OR

  • 6 meals and snacks

  • 2-nights lodging at the 4-H Center (bring a sleeping bag)

  • all equipment and supplies for program activities

  • Instruction from certified 4-H Instructors

How to Register

  • complete the 4-H Western Heritage Registration
  • Adult Chaperon registration (coming soon)
  • attach a Check for $160.00
  • mail to:  4-H Western Heritage, 3421 SE Salmon, Portland, OR  97214

Schedule and Packing List

Adult Chaperons Needed:

This is a great learning opportunity for adults as well. Contact the 4H office for more information on adult leadership.  There is no charge for chaperons. All adult chaperons must complete the 4-H Volunteer application and undergo a background check.

4-H Exchange Chaperones

Chaperone Information and Expectations

Becoming a chaperone for the 4-H Western Heritage Sports Roundup is a wonderful opportunity to work with youth and learn more about the diversity of Oregon from an urban and rural perspective.

4-H Exchange Chaperones for the Western Heritage Sports Roundup must be at least 21 years of age, register as a 4-H leader and have completed the 4-H Education and screening process.  In addition, 4-H Chaperones must have a valid driver's license and have completed the on-line Oregon State Van Driving certification  program.

4-H Exchange chaperones help drive a van with youth participants to the program site in Sisters, OR.  There are two adult drivers for each van. During weekend, chaperones are on call to handle any emergencies or problems that may arise.  4-H chaperones also at the Deschutes County 4-H Fairgrounds and participate in scheduled group activities or tours.

For those with financial need some limited scholarships are available

(scholarships available)

 

Horsemanship Track

 

Today, managing cattle from horseback isbecoming less common. Ranches are more and more automated, using four-wheelers and other machines instead of horses. Many of the skills once learned out of necessity are being lost.
The 4-H Horsemanship track is established to help introduce these skills and traditions. Its purpose is to teach safe, appropriate techniques for using horses on a ranch, including:

• Riding the trail
• Handling horses from the ground
• Demonstrating equine obedience and horsemanship skill


4-H Ranch Horse should not be confused with rodeo. Ranch Horse work is not about speed. It is about skill, technique, and horsemanship. The 4-H Ranch Horse events in the Oregon program were designed to promote the skills a person might need
on a working ranch.

 

Schedule for Horse Track

 

Friday, March 21st

   

2:30 pm Depart in vans from Sunnyside Environmental School (3421 SE Salmon Portland, OR)
4:00 pm Arrive at 4-H Center in Salem
4:00 pm Unpack and get settled in cottages
5:00 pm Welcome and Orientation
5:30 pm Dinner
6:30 pm Western Heritage Introduction to "Ways of the Cowboy"
8:00 pm Evening Group Activity with both Tracks (TBD)
10:00 pm Prepare for Bed
10:30 pm Lights Out

 

Saturday, March 22nd

7:00 am Rise and Shine
7:45 am Breakfast
8:15 am

Deaprt for Horse Camp

 

noon Lunch at horse camp
1:00 pm Continue Horse program
5:30 pm Break and time in cottages
6:00 pm Dinner
6:45 pm Evening Program with both Tracks

 

Sunday, March 23rd

7:00 am Rise and Shine
7:45 am Breakfast
8:30 am

Depart for Horse Camp

 

noon Lunch at main camp
1:00 pm Return to Portland
2:30 pm Arrive in Portland

 

ATV Rider Certication and Cowboy Action Shooting Sports

 

ATV Rider Training and Certification

Since January 01, 2012, a hands-on endorsement and an operator's permit are required by Oregon Administrativehttp://www.rideatvoregon.org/ Rule (OAR) 736-004-0085 (2)(d), for anyone less than 16 years old..  Oregon ATV Safeties - Youth Rider Endorsement Program plays an integral role in helping young (6 - 15 years old) ATV (4 wheeler)riders get endorsed so they can have fun and stay safe while riding on Oregon public lands. Attending this class does not guarantee endorsement. All youth must be able to demonstrate his or her safe riding skills to receive their endorsement..

In order for youth to particpate in the ATV Riding Certification youth to complete the online ATV Rider Certifcation Class.  Please allow 3 hours to complete the online course. Visit the Oregon ATV Course Registration page.

 

  1. Register as a new user (create username and password)
  2. Allow2- 3 hours to complete the course (you can save your work and complete it in sections)
  3. complete all 11 units
  4. once you have completed the course print out the course completion certificate and bring to the 4-H office (hand delivered, email, or fax: 503-916-2676)
  5. DEADLINE FOR COMPLETING THE ATV COURSE: March 17th.

 

Schedule for ATV and Shooting Sports Track

 

Friday, March 21st

   

2:30 pm Depart in vans from Sunnyside Environmental School (3421 SE Salmon, Portland, OR)
4:00 pm Arrive at 4-H Center in Salem
4:00 pm Unpack and get settled in cottages
5:00 pm Welcome and Orientation
5:30 pm Dinner
6:30 pm Western Heritage Introduction to "Ways of the Cowboy"
8:00 pm Evening Group Activity with both Tracks (TBD)
10:00 pm Prepare for Bed
10:30 pm Lights Out

 

Saturday, March 22nd

7:00 am Rise and Shine
7:45 am Breakfast
8:30 am ROTATION ONE: Youth will rotate through each of the twoe program areas: ATV Rider Training and Certification,  and Cowboy Action Shooting Sports
noon Lunch at main camp
1:00 pm ROTATION TWO
5:30 pm Break and time in cottages
6:00 pm Dinner
6:45 pm Evening Program with both Tracks (TBD)

 

Sunday, March 23rd

7:00 am Rise and Shine
7:45 am Breakfast
8:30 am Archery
noon Lunch at main camp
1:00 pm Return to Portland
2:30 pm Arrive in Portland

 

 

 

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