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Outdoor Science, Education and Recreation

Many 4-Hers participate in various outdoor, recreational and educational opportunities, including natural science investigations, camping, shooting sports, hiking, biking, fishing and an array of other outdoor activities.

Outdoor Education & Recreation - The Oregon 4-H Outdoor Education & Recreation Program is education ‘in,’ ‘about,’ and ‘for’ the out-of-doors. Project areas like shooting sports, sport fishing, ATV, bicycling, field and water sports are designed to connect and in some ways reconnect youth and adults to the practices, customs, and shared beliefs of the outdoors that are part of our common culture.

Natural Science - 4-H Natural Science Projects help youth become better acquainted with the outdoors by providing opportunities to see and learn about the physical and biological environment. Youth can explore bugs, critters, plants and rocks; that’s just the beginning. The Junior Master Naturalist program is a good place to start, providing a sample of many activities across the project areas.

Challenge and Adventure - Youth actively seek sensation through experiences that engage their minds, bodies, and spirits in multiple ways. They willingly take physical, intellectual, psychological, and social risks to experience these strong and powerful feelings. The personal and team building activities associated with Challenge and Adventure utilize perceived risk to channel sensation seeking in meaningful and productive ways that take into account the biological, physical, intellectual, and social needs of youth in the context of families, peers, schools, and communities.

Camp Counselor and Staff Development Resources- 4-H residential camps are a big part of 4-H programming in Oregon. Residential camps provide a perfect context for positive youth development by immersing youth in a temporary living community, where they can experience high-quality learning experiences that promote thriving. Counselors and staff need on-going training, coordinated by the local 4-H Agents, to provide quality leadership. These resources are a combination of on-line modules which are to be viewed prior to an in person training session where more in-depth information is provided. They cover a wide variety of topics related to the jobs of camp counselors and staff.

Child Protection Training

This is an interactive program designed to teach high school age youth and adults who will be working with younger 4-H members and campers about some aspects of Child Protection. In this program you will learn about how to recognize child abuse and how to respond to it. You will learn about the systems in place to help you make a report of suspected child abuse to the Oregon Department of Human Service (DHS) and the Oregon State University (OSU) Office of Equal Opportunity and Access.

Be sure you are connected to a printer when you take the training. At the end of the training program you will take a short quiz. You must print the quiz and give it to your 4-H agent to show you have completed the training successfully. Be sure to use Firefox as your browser to take the training so you will be able to easily print your quiz.

Take the training.

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Tractor Safety Training

Youth Tractor Safety Training

Federal and state laws require youth 14-17 years of age, who are seeking employment in Oregon’s agriculture industries, complete an education, training, and certification program. The Oregon Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program typically offers classes beginning on or around spring break and continue through June.

Upcoming Youth Safety Training Courses

Tractor Safety Instructor Training

Each year several youth are not able to get the tractor safety education, training, and certification needed to work on Oregon farms and ranches. This is due to a lack of Community Lead Instructors. If you are over 21 years of age, interested in volunteering with the OSU Extension Service, and willing to invest in 12 hours of training, you can help provide the needed training in your communities. Please contact Andrea Leao to obtain more information about becoming an NSTMOP Community Lead Instructor (part of the Oregon’s 4-H Tractor Safety, Education, Training, and Certification Program).

Andrea Leao, NSTMOP Lead Instructor/4-H Program Coordinator, OSU, Linn County.

Upcoming Instructor Training Courses

Oregon 4-H Shooting Sports Program

The focus of all 4-H programs is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens. In the Shooting Sports Program, youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of hunting and archery, and much more. The activities of the program and the support of caring adult leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth, and environmental stewardship.

Oregon 4-H Shooting Sports Administration

  • Dr. David J. White, 4-H Youth Development Specialist and State Shooting Sports Coordinator
  • S. Todd Williver, Lincoln County 4-H and Assistant State Shooting Sports Coordinator

Western Heritage Project

Oregon 4-H Shooting Sports Registrar

For all things related to the National 4-H Shooting Sports Program visit the National 4-H Shooting Sports site.

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4-H Shooting Sports State Contest

Like the Mail-In Tournaments, the Annual Oregon 4-H Shooting Sports State Contest offers youth the opportunity to compete in an environment where they can safely interact with peers; learn to follow rules and rise to expectations; support and encourage other club members; engage in something that sparks their interest; develop and value morals and ethics; set and achieve goals; build life skills; and involve the entire family.

The State Contest consists of four divisions: Firearms and Archery, Hunting Skills, and Western Heritage Project. The Contest consists of courses of fire that test marksmanship skills as well as the opportunity for youth to be recognized for sportsmanship through an onsite nomination process.

Youth, ages 9 – 19, qualify for the Firearms and Archery divisions through the Oregon 4-H Shooting Sports Mail-in Tournament. The 2019 State Contest Hunting Skills Division will be open to 4-H members who qualify in ANY of the 2019 Mail-In Tournament disciplines. For the 2019 State Contest, youth wishing to participate in Western Heritage divisions are not required to pre-qualify.

The Firearms and Archery division is divided into two tracks: Entry Level (EL) Track and the National Championship (NC) Track. Intermediate and Senior youth competing in the National Championship Track may qualify to attend the next year’s National Championships.

Shooting Sports Project Resources

Many of the publications listed below are available electronically as downloadable PDFs. If you are unable to access these files via computer, please contact your county 4-H office for a hard copy. Some items are only available through your county office.

Discipline-Specific Project Materials

4-H Shooting Sports Advancement Guide

The 4-H Shooting Sports Advancement Guide is designed to accommodate youth participating in one or more of the shooting sports disciplines supported by the state 4-H program. The guide consists of a series of steps that allows 4-H members to set goals and learn at their own speed.

OSU Extension Catalog

4-H Archery Member Manual

Member manual for 4-H archery project.

OSU Extension Catalog

4-H Sporting Dog Project Member Guide

This guide helps youth learn the sport of hunting with dogs. It provides "learn by doing" activities that teach basic sporting dog training methods, including basic obedience, training for the field, and training in the field. It also includes an overview of sporting dog training equipment.

OSU Extension Catalog

Oregon 4-H Shooting Sports Newsletter

Oregon 4-H Shooting Sports

The focus of all 4-H programs is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens. In the Shooting Sports Program, youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of hunting and archery, and much more. The activities of the program and the support of caring adult leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth, and environmental stewardship.

Newsletter

Shooting Sports Statewide Leader Trainings

Upcoming Master 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Trainings

  • April 13-14, 2019, Madras, OR

Links to: Detailed Schedule and Information and Registration

The Oregon 4-H Youth Development Program recognizes and supports the following shooting sports disciplines: Archery, Muzzle Loading, Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Hunting Skills, and Western Heritage Project. To lead a Shooting Sports club, adults must complete the Master 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Training for the chosen discipline(s).

The Master 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Training provides leaders with information on:

  1. Age appropriate equipment and activities
  2. Risk management
  3. Equipment storage requirements
  4. Teaching skills for classroom and range

All equipment and materials for the workshop are provided. Safety is a primary concern.

Please bring your own eye and hearing protection

Mail-In Tournament

The Oregon 4-H Shooting Sports Mail-In Tournament offers youth the opportunity to compete in an environment where they can safely interact with peers; learn to follow rules and rise to expectations; support and encourage other club members; engage in something that sparks their interest; develop and value morals and ethics; set and achieve goals; build life skills; and involve the entire family. This is done through shooting sports disciplines such as archery, hunting skills, muzzle loading, pistol, rifle, and shotgun. Both marksmanship and sportsmanship are recognized.

The Mail-In Tournament is also the qualifying mechanism for the Oregon 4-H Shooting Sports State Contest held each year in June, which in turn qualifies youth for the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships held the following year.

Welcome to the 2018-19 Mail-In Tournament - Letter

NOTE: You will need to know the Track in which the youth is shooting - Entry Level or National Championship. This is determined by equipment type, NOT by how long a youth has been shooting. Please contact your leader if you are uncertain. Details about the different options can be found in the most recent State Contest Guide.

Link to Online Registration for Mail-In Tournament (youth and leaders must register)

PLEASE NOTE: All registrations made after February 1 will be assessed a $5 late fee.

Guide to Registering for the State Shooting Sports Mail-In Tournament

Safety and Sportsmanship Score Sheet (all disciplines) (460-07) revised 12-12

Submitting Tournament Scores - please remember to keep names in the same order each month to facilitate data transfer. Add new members to the bottom of the score sheet. And don't forget to include your safety and sportsmanship points (up to 100) each month. Please send your scores to: Todd Williver (todd.williver@oregonstate.edu)

General Mail-In Tournament resources

Discipline-Specific Mail-In Tournament Information

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4-H Bicycle Project

The 4-H Bicycle Project is a great way to get involved in a fun and active way! You can map your own route to the world of cycling and gain the confidence to navigate whatever comes your way. Bicycling is a path to independence, from the first ride and tire patch, to organizing your own bicycle ride event!

4-H Bicycle curriculum can be found in Shop 4-H.

Member Materials

For Leaders, in Addition to Member Materials

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Aquatic Ecology and Angler Education

The focus of all 4-H programs is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens. Youth develop skills, participate in leadership activities, in sustained and caring adult partnerships. Youth engaged in angler and aquatic education learn fisheries resource stewardship, fishing ethics, casting techniques, tackle crafting, rod building, and much more. They become part of an American folkway.

4-H Contact: Dave White

Member Materials

Many of the publications listed below are available electronically as downloadable files. (If you are unable to access these files via computer, please contact your county 4-H office for a hard copy.) Some items are only available through your county office and some are available for check out from the State 4-H Office.

First Year

Second Year and Beyond Includes All Materials Above, in Addition to:

For Volunteers, in Addition to Member Materials

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Oregon 4-H Aquatic Ecology and Sportfishing Advancement Program

The Aquatic Ecology and Sportfishing Advancement Program guide consists of a series of steps that allows 4-H members to set personal goals and learn at their own speed.

By Virginia Bourdeau, Janet Nagele | OSU Extension Catalog

4-H Rosa Raindrop Water Cycle Board Game

After playing this board game, learners will be able to explain the water cycle, list some of the places on Earth that water is stored, and understand that the Earth's water supply is finite. The game board is designed to print on 11 x 17 inch paper. Print a smaller version on 8.5 x 11 inch paper...

By Virginia Bourdeau | OSU Extension Catalog

Entomology

This 4-H Project area has an array of ways to engage youth in learning about insects. There are two complete curricula: (1) Teaming with Insects and (2) Project Butterfly WINGS. You can learn more about these curricula below.

Below these curricula at the heading, Entomology Project Materials for Youth and Adults, the traditional 4-H entomology project youth manual has been replaced by on-line interactive tutorials, interactive quizzes, videos and reference materials that provide the basic knowledge of insects youth need to succeed in this project. There are four Units covering Insect Anatomy, Insect Physiology: Respiration, Circulation, Digestion, Excretion, Molting and Metamorphosis, Insect Identification, and Collecting, Preserving & Displaying Insects

Teaming with Insects

Welcome to the fascinating world of insects. Insects are an important part of our ecosystem and a few, such as honey bees and silkworms, provide direct economic benefits. The Teaming with Insects series offers many educational experiences, from collecting and identifying insects to learning about integrated pest management and forensic entomology.

Project Butterfly WINGS

Engage youth in science while learning about butterflies and their role in the environment, and our connection with them. Youth will contribute to authentic, hands-on collaborative research with scientists and participate in youth-lead inquiry.

Member Materials

First Year, see also "Entomology Project Materials for Youth and Adults" below

Second Year plus, see also "Entomology Project Materials for Youth and Adults" below

For Volunteers, in Addition to Member Materials

Entomology Project Materials for Youth and Adults

An Introduction to the Oregon 4-H Entomology Project

The Oregon 4-H Entomology Project Units and their associated resources are provided below. References used in all four units are:

  1. 4-H Entomology Project Leader Guide 4-H3221L
  2. Getting to Know the Insects

Unit 1 Insect Anatomy

  1. Insect Anatomy interactive tutorial
  2. External and Internal Morphology
  3. Insect Anatomy interactive quiz

Unit 2 Insect Physiology: Respiration, Circulation, Digestion, Excretion, Molting and Metamorphosis

  1. Insect Physiology, Life cycles, & Metamorphosis interactive quiz

Unit 3 Insect Identification

  1. Insect Identification interactive tutorial
  2. Oregon 4-H Key to the Orders of Insects printed material
  3. Insect Orders, Meanings and Common Names printed material
  4. Insect Identification interactive quiz
  5. Insect Identification Game

Unit 4 Collecting, Preserving & Displaying Insects

  1. Collecting Insects tutorial
  2. Collecting Insects
  3. Essential Materials Needed for Storing and Displaying Insects
  4. Collecting Equipment for Insects
    1. 4-H How to make an Insect Net
    2. 4-H How to make a Killing Jar
    3. 4-H How to make a Relaxing Jar
    4. 4-H How to make Pinning Blocks
    5. Collecting Insects: Tools and Supplies
  5. Collecting Methods Videos
    1. Sweep Net Technique for Collecting Specimen
    2. Beat Sheet Technique for Collecting Specimen
    3. Traps and Lights for Collecting Specimen
  6. Preserving Insects - Handouts
    1. 4-H How to Pin Adult Insects
    2. 4-H How to Point Adult Insects
    3. 4-H How to Spread Winged Insect
    4. 4-H How to Preserve Immature and soft bodied insects
    5. Pinning and Labeling Insects
  7. Preserving Insects - Videos
    1. Pinning Medium and Large Insects video
    2. Purdue 4-H video How to pin a Ground Beetle
    3. Pinning Small Insects (using points) video
    4. Pinning Moths and Butterflies
    5. Purdue 4-H video How to pin a Silkworm Moth
    6. Purdue 4-H video How to pin a Hornworm Moth
    7. Purdue 4-H video How to pin a Damselfly
  8. Labeling and Displaying Insects
    1. 4-H How to Make a display box
    2. 4-H How to Label Insects
    3. 4-H How to Arrange Insects in a Display Box
    4. Insect Display Examples of Fair Exhibit Classes for Juniors, Intermediates and Senior
    5. Insect Orders, Meanings and Common Names
    6. Cut-out Insect Order Labels
    7. Cut-out Master for Insect Specimen Labels
    8. Cut-out Master for Insect Points
  9. Information on New Insects Form for Intermediate and Senior Exhibits
    1. Information on New Insects in Collection for Current Project Year

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Environmental Stewardship

4-H Natural Science materials that youth may use as part of any project are the 4-H Natural Science Project Record (4-H 303LR, online only). These data sheets give young natural scientists a place to record their observations about wildlife, soils, forests, habitats, marine/tidal areas, rangelands, and water. There also are sheets for photo monitoring and issue investigation.

The Backyards & Beyond Neighborhood Nature Clubs Community Organizational Guide and Tool Kit is intended for Club Leaders or others who would like to organize and start a club in their neighborhood. It includes A Club Leader Welcome, Five Steps to Start a Neighborhood Nature Club, Go Outside Tips, Club Explorers’ Commitment Pledge, Nature Event Calendar and Club Leader Forms.

The Backyards & Beyond Club Leader Curriculum is designed as a network of neighborhood “nature trails” with outdoor activities that are led by the Neighborhood Nature Club Leader. It includes four units with eight trails that progressively advance the connections youth make with the outdoors.

Member Materials

For Volunteers, In Addition to Member Materials

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Forestry

The Oregon 4-H Forestry Member Guide is designed to introduce learners to Oregon’s unique forest resources and their management. The manual provides basic information on tree parts, growth requirements and characteristics, tree identification, succession, dendrology, and the locations and species composition of Oregon’s forests. Then, learners put their knowledge to use by focusing on forest management. They gain skills in map reading, compass use, measuring trees, and taking an inventory. They also explore forestry-related career options. The Oregon 4-H Forestry Leader Guide provides specific ideas for extending the learning based on learners’ specials needs and interests and for creating educational displays for fair exhibits.

Member Materials

For Volunteers, in Addition to Member Materials

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Geology

Geology is the science of earth materials and their features. It includes the study of rocks, minerals, and the fossils of animals and plants. The 4-H Geology Member Guide supports the traditional 4-H Geology project including a four-level advancement program for self-directed study and information about preparing rock and mineral collections and displays.

The Oregon 4-H Earth Science Leader Guide provides activities for both junior (grades 4–6) and intermediate (grades 7–9) youth. The leader guide is designed for use in traditional 4-H clubs and camps and also for school enrichment delivery. Activities are keyed to 4-H Life Skills and Oregon Department of Education Benchmarks for grades 5 and 8.

Chapters are designed to be presented sequentially beginning with the “birth” of the eastern Blue Mountains as Mesozoic Island Arc Volcanoes and traveling over geologic time to recent events affecting today’s Oregonians. Each chapter develops key concepts in earth science with lessons that encourage inquiry. Suggested field trip locations are provided to enrich the learning experience.

Member Materials

For Leaders, in Addition to Member Materials

Enrichment Resources for Members and Leaders

The video and web site links below are provided to be used with the activities in the Oregon 4-H Earth Science Leader Guide (4-H 340L revised 2017). They will assist adults to prepare to lead activities and can be used by youth to enrich the activities.

Chapter 1. Oregon’s Geography—The Surface of Things

  • 1A – Mapping Oregon

Chapter 2. The Blue Mountains—Islands and Old Sea Floors

  • 2A- Convection Currents

Chapter 3. The Klamath Mountains

Chapter 4. Creations of the Cretaceous

Chapter 5. The Exciting Eocene

Chapter 6. Where Have all the Oreodonts Gone?

Chapter 7. Growing Mountains and Pouring Lava

Chapter 8. Glacial Ice and Giant Floods

Chapter 9. People on the Landscape

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Junior Master Naturalist

4-H Junior Master Naturalist Program Resources for Outdoor Schools

The Oregon 4-H Junior Master Naturalist Program invites you to share your love of the out-of-doors with your students! This new Oregon 4-H program is designed to provide teachers and students an engaging introduction to Oregon’s diverse ecoregions, ecosystems, and natural resources. Using the resources gathered in this program schools will easily provide students with the program characteristics and outcomes they need to meet the reporting requirements of the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School funding.

The program is divided into six units, each containing four or five lessons. All the lessons are provided on-line and can be downloaded at no cost. Some lessons are best done in the classroom, others in the field. Data collection sheets are provided for each unit’s field experience. There are even cool interactive tutorials featuring Ranger Jenny (right)!

Check it out at our website

  • Unit 1) The Place we call Home- An Introduction to Ecoregions
  • Unit 2) Geology and soils
  • Unit 3) Watersheds & Water Resources
  • Unit 4) Forests
  • Unit 5) Fish, Wildlife and Insects
  • Unit 6) Marine Habitats and Science

Questions: Virginia Bourdeau

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Of People and Fish

Of People and Fish: 4-H Natural Science and Cultural Discovery Program

The goals of this program are for youth (grades 4–8) and adults to understand the complex cultural and scientific history that has led to the “salmon crisis” and to become active citizens in the search for solutions within their communities.

Of People and Fish (4-H 3811L) is designed for school enrichment delivery. The seven teaching units are keyed to Oregon Grade 5 and Grade 8 Benchmarks for science, social science, and English. The program may be used in traditional 4-H clubs and 4-H camp programs as a stand-alone project or as an enrichment component with the 4-H Wetland Wonders, marine science, or sport fishing materials.

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Reptiles and Amphibians

AKA - Herptiles - This term is used to encompass both reptiles and amphibians, especially in situations where a member of either group of animals is meant without excluding the other.

Reptiles

Reference Books

  • Reptiles of the Northwest, Alan St. John, Lone Pine Publishing
  • Peterson Field Guide: Western Reptiles and Amphibians, Robert C. Stebbins
  • Reptiles of Washington and Oregon, Seattle Audubon Society, the Trailside Series, coordinating editors Storm and Leonard.

Web site references

Amphibians

Encourage youth in your community to discover native amphibians and their value to the ecosystem. Students will learn how to identify native amphibians and conduct field research. Youth will feel a sense of accomplishment and pride knowing that they are contributing data to local herpetologists that will aid in the conservation of these magnificent creatures.

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Water Resources

Water resource issues are a primary concern for many Oregon communities. Youth who under-stand how to maintain water quality and quantity can provide leadership on ways to keep Oregon’s water resources vital and healthy. Adults leading youth in the water resources track may choose to use the general community investigations of Give Water a Hand to focus on watersheds or wetlands, or to combine all the resources avail-able to develop a more comprehensive water resource 4-H program. Each of the leader materials may be used alone or in combination with other materials from this or any other Environ-mental Stewardship track.

Member Materials

For Volunteers, in Addition to Member Materials

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Weather and Climate

The 4-H Weather and Climate Science curriculum is for youth who enjoy learning about science, especially weather and climate.

  • Facilitators Guide - The Facilitator’s Guide is for all three levels. This guide contains activity facilitation and answers as well as a listing of the Next Generation Science Standards by activity.
  • Level 1 - Introduces basic weather words and ideas. Activities focus on understanding the signs of weather, and youth will also begin to learn the difference between weather and climate and how these ideas are related.
  • Level 2 - Discusses complex weather topics, understanding climate, and making and using weather instruments.
  • Level 3 - Delves deeper into weather and climate science concepts, such as air masses, windchill and heat index, drought monitoring, and the sun-earth relationship.
  • Complete set - all three levels and Facilitators Guide

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Wildlife Science

The Wildlife Science curriculum is for youth who enjoy learning about wildlife and exploring their habitats. Learn about mammals, birds, fish, and herptiles and the role humans play in conservation and wildlife management.

This set includes - Download link

  • Level 1 Youth Guide
  • Level 2 Youth Guide
  • Level 3 Youth Guide
  • Level 1-3 Facilitator’s Guide

This item is a digital download; you will download the book after purchase. You will not receive a print copy.

Purchasing this product gives you one download of this book. Purchase multiple quantities to receive the corresponding number of downloads.

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Challenge and Adventure

The core of Challenge and Adventure is the Experiential Learning Model. We believe that by allowing youth to work through this model, they begin to build the life skills that are vital to maturing into productive members of society.

The Oregon State 4-H Youth Development Program believes that any young person can benefit from Challenge and Adventure Programming. These programs do not have to be “stand alone programs”, but can be integrated into any county, regional or state based program. Youth and volunteers from a 4-H Beef Club can experience growth through participating in a Day Hike or Snowshoe outing.

The material in the guidelines can be used by any 4-H Volunteer to expand their clubs experience and get their members into the outdoors.

Challenge and Adventure Guidelines 2016

The forms and Activity guides contained in the document above can be downloaded individually here.

Contacts

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Outdoor School Lesson Library

4-H Outdoor School Science Resources for Teaching Soil, Water, Plants, & Animals

Resources for Planning your Outdoor School on our Website

1) Plants: Guiding Theme: The Carbon Cycle

Unit 1: Plants Introduction Document

2) Animals: Guiding Theme: A Web of Life Cycles

Unit 2 Animals Introduction Document

3) Soil: Guiding Themes: The Rock Cycle and the Nitrogen Cycle

Unit 3 Soils Introduction Document

  • Required for the Soils Unit in Mini-Modules 3a, 3b and 3c- Download the Oregon 4-H Earth Science Project Leader Guide (Revised April, 2017).
  • Mini-module 3a: Oregon 4-H Earth Science Project Leader Guide Activity 8B Soil: A Stop Along the Rock Cycle, pages 95-98. Read the Background information on pages 87-89.
  • Tip: Do the Activity 8B first to allow time for the soil to settle in the jar in Part 4 of the lesson.
  • Mini-module 3b: Oregon 4-H Earth Science Project Leader Guide Activity 1A Mapping Oregon Parts 1 and 2, pages 8-13. Read the Background information on pages 5-8.
  • Mini-module 3c: Oregon 4-H Earth Science Project Leader Guide Activity 3A Rock Cycle pages 29-30
  • Mini-module 3d: Organic Matter in Soils- Rotten Log Decomposition Investigation
  • Forest web of life visual
  • The Nitrogen Cycle

4) Water: Guiding Theme: The Water Cycle

Unit 4 Water Introduction Document

  • Download the publication Exploring Water Habitats: Wetland, Streams, Oceans which contains the lessons to be used in all the modules below. The publication is provided for use at no charge.
  • Note that there are lessons recommended for both inland sites and coastal sites. Use the lessons that best fit with the characteristics of your site.
  • Water lessons for inland Outdoor School sites
    • Mini-module Inland 4a: Exploring Water Habitats: Wetland, Streams, Oceans Chapter 1 Sun Power, pages 3-7.
    • Mini-module Inland 4b: Exploring Water Habitats: Wetland, Streams, Oceans Chapter 2 Rosa Raindrop, pages 8-11, and Water Cycle Activity card copy pages 99-105.
    • Mini-module Inland 4c: Exploring Water Habitats: Wetland, Streams, Oceans Chapter 7 What’s in a Stream- pages 33-37, and Stream Web of Life card copy pages 106-120.
    • Mini-module Inland 4d: Exploring Water Habitats: Wetland, Streams, Oceans Chapter 8 Water Quality Tests, and Aquatic Invertebrates card copy pages 121-125.
  • Water lessons for coastal Outdoor School sites
    • Mini-module Coastal 4a: Exploring Water Habitats: Wetland, Streams, Oceans Chapter 1 Sun Power
    • Mini-module Coastal 4b: Exploring Water Habitats: Wetland, Streams, Oceans Chapter 2 Rosa Raindrop, pages 8-11, and Water Cycle Activity card copy pages 99-105.
    • Mini-module Coastal 4c: Exploring Water Habitats: Wetland, Streams, Oceans Chapter 11 Ocean Tides Discovery Lessons, pages 55-64.
    • Mini-module Coastal 4d: Exploring Water Habitats: Wetland, Streams, Oceans Chapter 12 Waves and Tsunamis, pages 65- 76.

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Camp Counselor and Staff Training (CCAST) Resources

For Staff: How to Use the CCAST Program

  • Setting the Stage -
    • Creating Camper Constitutions Training  this module in the Setting the Stage unit of the Oregon 4-H CCAST Resource library participants will learn to use Camper Constitutions as a method to assist with managing camper behavior. They will also be introduced to the model for the Five Stages of Group Development which provides a kind of behavioral emotional road map to how campers and other staff members will behave over time.

    • Ages and Stages: How Children Develop This module will introduce counselors and staff to a useful framework, “Ages & Stages,” to understand how children grow and change physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually over time.  Understanding Ages & Stages can help counselors plan for Youth Program Quality Principles. 

  • Communication Props-
    • Phrases to Live by at Camp The Phrases to Live by at Camp Articulate Interactive Module introduces these phrases, words, and approaches for your counselor’s tool kit.
    • Non-verbal Communication Five key elements of non-verbal communication are presented in the module: Eye contact, Voice fluctuation, Position in the room, Facial expressions and, Hand gestures. Lessons and materials provided for the in-person session reinforce these concepts.
  • Bring out their Best Performance
    • Growing Mindsets at Camp: How to be a Growth Mindset Master: In this module participants will gain an understanding of how to use the theory of Growth Mindsets to help campers succeed at camp and how they can become a Growth Mindset Master. Having a Growth Mindset is one of the Thriving Indicators we look for in 4-Hers. People who have a growth mindset believe they can get better at things by working hard and putting in effort. Counselors can teach campers how to learn, grow and get better through effort.
    • My Brain Made Me Do It!: In this module participants will learn about some parts of the brain and how they work together. They will be introduced to the process of Mindfulness and gain an understanding of how to use the theory of mindfulness to help campers succeed at camp. Counselors can help campers learn to understand their emotions and manage them rather than letting anger or fear rule the day.
    • Understanding Emotional Intelligence: In this module we’ll talk about Emotional Intelligence and take a look at two important components: Empathy and Handling Relationships. Participants will gain an understanding of how to use empathy and compassion to help campers succeed at camp. Positive Emotionality is one of the Thriving Indicators. Counselors can help campers learn to express their emotions rather than hiding their feelings or expressing them in negative ways.