Camp Dates: June 30 through July 5, 2013,
Application deadline: May 24, 2013
For more information: http://oregon.4h.oregonstate.edu/
June 17-22 at the 4-H Center
Scholarships Available for Lane County 4-H Members!
Find information, registration forms, and class sign-ups:
June 26-29 at OSU Campus
Scholarships are available!
The program went into limbo in 2010 following loss of county funding and the subsequent failure of a ballot measure that would have funded the Extension office, but thanks to our many community supporters and a fantastic group of volunteers, we've been able to restore the program with private funding. Youth in grades 4-12 can now enroll in community clubs, and we're working diligently to expand the number of clubs and to implement programs for younger children in grades K-3.
4-H provides hands-on learning opportunities for youth in grades K through 12. It relies upon community volunteers, trained as 4-H leaders, who provide positive learning experiences in a safe environment. Youth involved in 4-H work as partners with adults to develop important life skills, engage in meaningful community service activities, and have a real role in decision-making.
4-H in Lane County is being rebuilt around the nationally recognized and successful community club model. Lane County 4-H community clubs meet on a regular basis to facilitate youth governance and community service. Each community club is committed to offering a wide range of project opportunities, and youth will be encouraged to participate in multiple projects. Youth interested in a project not offered in their local community club will have the opportunity to engage through another club. In addition, 4-H will organize and offer countywide, regional and statewide specialty events that encourage youth to build their expertise and expand their horizons.
Since we lack public funding for 4-H in Lane County, our program must be self-funding. The annual enrollment fee is $100* per child, and scholarships are available to assist youth from families with financial need. Enrollment fees cover only part of what it costs to run the 4-H program, so we augment them with strategic local sponsorships of Lane County 4-H by the communities hosting community clubs. Many generous local sponsors have stepped forward to provide the seed money necessary to get the program going again. We will continue fund raising efforts as the program grows and anticipate achieving a self-sustaining program within a few years.
*Note: Fees for the October 2012-October 2013 4-H Year will be $50 per 4-H youth and $25 per Cloverbud youth to reflect the fact that 4-H Club Activities will be officially underway starting April 1, 2013. Youth who have already enrolled at the $100 rate will be refunded. The new 4-H year begins October 1st, 2013. Documents will be updated by Friday March 22, 2013 to reflect fee fee adjustment for 2013.
Teams of 4-H volunteers are working together to organize a network of community clubs throughout the county. Six community clubs are currently accepting enrollment. Each club has a team of volunteers who can offer a wide range of educational projects. We recommend youth enroll in the club nearest their home.
To enroll in 4-H, contact the community club of your choice to find out about its projects and activities. Complete the Enrollment Packet for 4-H Youth and submit it to the club's leader. If you have questions, please see the "More Information" section, below, or call a club leader or the Lane County OSU Extension Office.
We are building a group of adult volunteers who will organize 4-H clubs and serve as mentors for youth. This is really where the rubber hits the road: volunteer leaders are the foundation of the 4-H program. If you believe youth learn best through practical, hands-on activities; that youth should be partners with adults in the educational process; and that youth benefit from being fully engaged in decision-making processes - then we'd like to encourage you to become a Lane County 4-H leader! Please read the "Information for Leaders" section that follows, then fill out the 4-H Volunteer Application Packet and register for a Leader Training class. We need both returning leaders and new leaders to make this the best 4-H program possible.
Becoming a 4-H Leader (overview of process for becoming 4-H volunteer)
4-H Volunteer Application Packet (Includes forms and information on training)
4-H Recruitment Brochure (prints on legal size paper)
Cloverbuds is the 4-H program specifically designed for youth in grades K-3. We need Cloverbuds Leaders. To become a Cloverbuds Leader you need to complete the regular 4-H leader application and training process (see above) and then take the Cloverbuds training session.
Kate Hammarback is our new Lane County 4-H Coordinator! She started on February 8.
Kate grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and visited her grandparents in Eugene every summer. She fell in love with the area and moved here 6 years ago. Kate loves working with adults and youth and looks forward to using her experiences in education, community development, and the outdoors to be an enthusiastic partner in building 4-H in Lane County.
Kate will be working with 4-H leaders to get community clubs up and running, and helping with member recruitment, leader training, and development of projects and activities.
Other Ways to Help with Fundraising:
Lane County 4-H says "THANK YOU!!!" to Coastal Farm & Ranch and many other community supporters for providing the seed money to get 4-H going again in Lane County. We are making steady progress toward our fundraising goals.
Enrollment Packet for Lane 4-H Youth *See note above about fee adjustment for 2013.
Financial Aid Form for Youth Enrollment *See note above about fee adjustment for 2013.
Lane County 4-H Factsheet (info on community clubs, fair, auction, publications, enrollment)
Can I Participate in More than One County? [New factsheet on "dual" enrollment options]
Publications (project curricula, record-keeping materials, club activities, etc.)
Resources: 4-H Statewide Youth Development Program