Focus on Youth
News for OCES staff working with youth.
4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.
Dear Educators and Volunteers,
- Record books submitted? Check!
- Record books judged? Check!
- Interviews set? Check!
Can only mean one thing - It's time for 4-H camp!
4-H camp was always a time I looked forward to every year. I know. Crazy! There are many reasons I enjoy camp but it can really be boiled down to two:
- I think there is something magical about 4-H camp - the cabins, the counselors, campfires, lifelong friendships begin. For those who have been there, there is no forgetting the sights, sounds and smells of 4-H camp; and
- The life lessons learned during 4-H camp will benefit those who attend long after their 4-H career has ended.
Below is an excerpt from one of my favorite books, Camp, by Michael Eisner, former CEO of The Walt Disney Company. The book is a memoir of his experiences at summer camp and the life lessons he learned that helped turn him into the person he is today.
Camp Can Give You the Keys to Success
I remember my very first canoe trip. I was terrified. We were venturing out into what seemed to be uncharted territory, perhaps never to be seen again. Every aspect of it was intimidating ... but especially the idea that somehow our survival depended on us doing stuff and doing it together and doing it right. Of course, steadily, terror gave way to triumph, and I returned with an indescribable feeling of achievement.
Many years later, I was a counselor helping to lead one of these expeditions.
But, oh, the lessons I learned. On these canoe trips, we could never survive the first day if we didn't practice teamwork, show initiative, handle adversity, listen well and, not least important, maintain a sense of humor.
May I repeat that list: practice teamwork, show initiative, handle adversity, listen well and maintain a sense of humor. I'm sure it will surprise no one in this room that these five attributes don't just apply to canoe trips. They represent keys to success in one's career. Indeed, they are keys to success in life. And, you just can't learn them spending your summers playing video games.
Wishing you a happy camping season!
To every educator, volunteer, parent, support staff professional and 4-H member, we say "Thank You" for your commitment and dedication to Oklahoma 4-H!
State 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director, OCES
At the Oklahoma State Fair, there are several opportunities for youth to do both Food and Non-Food interactive demonstrations. The Food Demonstrations will be in the kitchen area of the Creative Arts Building on Sunday, September 20, from 10 am to noon and Wednesday, September 23, from 6 to 8 pm. Demonstrations will be 30 minutes each, including setup and cleanup.
The Non-Food Demonstration will be in the 4-H area of the Creative Arts Building on September 19, 20, 26 and 27. Demonstrations will be assigned in two-hour time slots.
Forms and guidelines are available at http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/oklahoma-state-fairs. If you need additional information, please call me at (405) 744-8891. The deadline for being considered is August 28, 2015.
The State 4-H Horse Show will be held June 18-20th at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Youth who finish in the top ten in their classes at the district shows are eligible to compete for top honors at the state show. District competition wraps up on June 10th in the Northwest District.
There are four reasons the month of June is an exciting time for 4-H families and volunteers interested in the 4-H dog project.
Reason #1 - Dog Daze of Summer Show
The Tulsa Paw Starz and Creek County 4-H Dog Club will be co-hosting a 4-H dog show at the fairgrounds in Kellyville, OK, on June 6, 2015. They will be having competitions in obedience, rally, agility, and showmanship. For registration and guidelines log on to http://okla.st/4hdogs for more information.
Reason #2 - Craig County 4-H Dog Show
The Craig County 4-H Dog Club will be hosting a 4-H dog show at the Craig County Fairgrounds in Vinita, OK on June 20, 2015. They will be having competitions in obedience, rally, and showmanship. For registration and guidelines log on to http://okla.st/4hdogs for more information.
Reason #3 4-H Dog Club Leader Workshop
On June 20, 2015, 9 am-4 pm, at the Logan County Fairgrounds, 4-H will be hosting a hands-on 4-H Dog Club leaders' workshop for 4-H dog club leaders and those interested in becoming 4-H dog club leaders. Topics will include basic training philosophies, 4-H dog show competitions, how to start and run a 4-H dog club, games your club can play to make training fun, citizenship project ideas, and other fun dog-related activities.
Classes will be taught by Steve Beck, Oklahoma 4-H companion animal program leader, and Alissa Cable, owner/operator of Sit, Stay and Go! dog school. The workshop costs $12/person, which includes lunch and snacks. Space is limited to 10 dog and handler teams (a team includes one dog and up to two handlers), and each county is only guaranteed one team. Additional teams will be listed as alternates and will be allowed to participate if the class does not fill.
After registering you will receive additional information, but be advised of the following requirements.
- Handlers must be able to maintain control of their dogs at all times.
- Proof of immunization against rabies (must be vet certified), distemper, adenovirus-parainfluenza, leptospirosis, and parvo virus is required.
- Only visually healthy animals will be allowed to stay on the premises. (Includes external parasite infestations.)
Reason #4 - Dogs are Cool!
You're on summer vacation and what better way to spend it then hanging out with a dog! Take your dog for a walk, teach him a new trick, join an obedience class, or just spend some time scratching him behind the ears. Make sure to take proper summer precautions for your pet. Here are few you should consider:
- Never leave your dog in the car.
- Make sure your dog has unlimited access to fresh water.
- Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside.
- Take walks during the cooler hours of the day.
- When walking, try to stay off hot surfaces such as asphalt.
- Visit with your veterinarian about a parasite control plan.
- Visit with your veterinarian about whether it would be beneficial to clip your dog's coat. (Some dogs are extremely susceptible to sunburn without their coats.)
Have fun this summer and make plans to spend quality time with your pets.
Leisure Lab is an event designed to provide training for teen leaders, adult volunteers and Extension educators to prepare them for various summer 4-H programs such as overnight camps, day camps and junior roundups.
Some of the activities that camp will cover include roles and responsibilities of counselors, various camp ceremonies, risk management, icebreakers, team building activities, crafts and games. We are expecting a large crowd and would like to have some educators help out with leading workshops.
Camp will be located near Stillwater at Saint's Grove on July 7-9, 2015. Mark your calendars today and plan to be part of this leadership experience.
Enrollment information can be found online at http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activitie.
Exciting opportunity for talented 4-H members who write music, poetry and stories, draw, paint, sculpture, perform, make movies, take pictures, landscape design, etc. Go to http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/what-do-you-see/2015-guidelines/view for a copy of the criteria and application. Youth submit their entries quickly and easily on-line. Exhibits are due June 1, 2015.
Art makes Science come Alive, Builds Literacy Skills, Connects Math and Art, and Connects to Culture, People and Places. Check out a free lessons which can be used at club meetings, project group meetings, day camp, camp and more. http://www.crayola.com/lesson-plans/k-12/science-ecology-and-technology-lesson-plans/
Want to become Real Colors certified? The Real Colors Facilitator Certification Training will teach your colleagues how to effectively facilitate and present the interactive Real Colors workshop when working with colleagues, staff, students, clients, and the community.
Real Colors certification training locations and dates are added throughout the year and can be viewed online at the Real Colors Certification Training page.
Your colleagues may register for certification training by visiting our Real Colors website or by calling toll free at (800) 535-6366.
November 13-15, 2015 a multi-state conference will be held at the State 4-H Center in Little Rock AR. This event is for 4-H volunteers, parents and Extension educators wanting to learn fun, creative, innovative and effective best practices in working with today's youth and families. It is also a great event to network with adults interested in growing youth, volunteers and the 4-H program. Sessions will be taught by experienced volunteers and Extension staff. Approximate cost is $185 and includes meals, housing and programming. Please consider sending a team, a volunteer as a form of recognition, or participating for professional development/continuing education. The conference is currently seeking workshop proposals. Proposals are due July 1.
All due dates listed in this publication are the dates that county staff are to have items in the state 4-H office or other designated location. Each county will establish due dates prior to the dates posted here. These dates are set to accommodate things like screening of applications, processing payments, and adequate mailing time. All forms should be submitted through your county Extension office unless otherwise indicated. Forms that require an Extension Educator's signature may not be processed if mailed directly.