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.
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.
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.
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 2020 State Contest Hunting Skills Division will be open to 4-H members who qualify in ANY of the 2020 Mail-In Tournament disciplines. For the 2020 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.
2020 State Contest Registration Information (Coming Soon)
2020 Schedule (Coming Soon)
Link to Online Registration (Available Spring 2020)
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.
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.
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!
Experience Oregon's natural resources first-hand navigating the countless miles of trails on all terrain vehicles (ATV). Youth ages 9 to 19 can explore Oregon with the ATV project.
All 4-H ATV leaders are required to complete an Online Safety Education Class and Oregon ATV Safety Youth Rider Endorsement Program Instructor training. All youth ages 9 to 19 are required to complete an Online Safety Education course and youth ages 9 to 15 are also required to complete a hands-on ATV evaluation.
Please use these resources to learn more about the ATV safety requirements for both young people and adults. If you are interested in starting a 4-H ATV club in your area, please contact Dr. David J. White.
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.