4-H Ranch Life and Western Heritage
Weekend Training and Sports Roundup
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’s and other traditional rural western sports such as fly fishing and outdoor cooking.
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 2013 4-H Urban-Rural Exchange scheduled for April 4-9, 2013. During the roundup youth will be introduced to :
- ATV riding and safety certification
- Cowboy ActionShooting sports safety and responsible use of firearms (rifle and pistol)
- Fly fishing in the Crooked River, Fly fishing casting techniques and fly tying
- Outdoor Cookery
- Western Heritage traditions
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.
Since January 01, 2012, a hands-on endorsement and an operator's permit are required by Oregon Administrative 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.
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:
- complete the online ATV Safety Course and waiver
- complete a 4-H Member enrollment, health card and code of conduct.
- Assist with daily chores of group living including group outdoor dinner cookouts.
- sleep at the Deschutes County 4-H Fairgrounds
The weekend training roundup will be held in beautiful Central Oregon. Classes will be held at the Cyrus ranch, a working ranch located in Sisters, OR. Youth and adult chaperons will sleep at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds 4-H Building. Since youth and adults will be sleeping on the floor, sleeping bags will be required.
The cost for this three day weekend roundup is $95.00. This price include:
van transportation to and from Sisters, Oregon
6 meals and snacks
2-nights lodging at the Deschutes County 4-H fairgrounds (bring a sleeping bag)
all equipment and supplies for program activities
Instruction from certified 4-H Instructors
How to Register
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 Roundupmust 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 activites or tours.