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Curry County 4-H Programs
What is 4-H?
4-H is the largest out-of-school youth program in the United States. There are more than 6 million 4-H members nationwide, and thousands of young people participate in Oregon 4-H each year. Through 4-H, young people learn and grow in partnership with caring adults to develop the skills and confidence needed to become contributing, productive, self-directed members of society. Because 4-H uses an active, learn-by-doing approach, young people see how their actions make a difference in the lives of others and the world around them.
4-H is also the only nationwide youth organization administered through land-grant universities. In Oregon, 4-H is affiliated with Oregon State University. At the local level, OSU faculty members who live or work in the community they serve provide leadership and oversight of 4-H. These faculty members have extensive training in youth development principles and also are in touch with the needs of the community’s young people. Volunteers who work with 4-H are invited to do so only after they undergo extensive background checks. They must also participate in training that includes topics such as club organization, risk management, and working with youth.
At the national level, 4-H is administered through a special office of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
Who Can Participate?
4-H membership is open to all youth enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or marital/parental status. 4-H eligibility ends on December 31 of the year in which a young person turns 19. Certain 4-H experiences, such as handling large animals and participating in competitive events, are limited to youth of specific ages. A young person must knowingly participate in at least 6 hours of positive youth development experiences annually to be considered a 4-H member. These experiences must be planned, organized, and conducted by faculty, staff, or volunteers of the OSU Extension Service. The Extension office serving the county in which the young person is enrolled maintains documentation of enrollment.
In addition to the paid faculty and staff who provide leadership to 4-H, more than 5,000 adult and teen volunteers offer their time and talents to Oregon 4-H. These volunteers often have considerable project-based knowledge, and many also have extensive experience working with young people. However, such knowledge and experience are not required. New volunteers receive a comprehensive orientation and training specific to their role with 4-H.
Volunteering is not a one-size-fits-all experience. There are hundreds of different volunteer roles available in 4-H. Some volunteers assist with a single event or activity annually, and others commit to ongoing service as mentors, coaches, or club leaders. Some volunteers coordinate other volunteers or serve on advisory councils and planning committees.
New Programs in Curry County
This summer we piloted 4 outdoor stewardship surf camps throughout the county. They were a huge success thanks to all of the community support and amazing volunteers who spent time in the water with the kids. Clubs are forming in Brookings, Gold Beach and Port Orford. As the summer months close the water gets colder but the waves for the fall season start rolling in. If you like being active and are interested in marine biology, tide pooling, ocean geology, hiking or just being on the beach….this is the club for you! 4-H is still looking for more parent volunteers to help organize the clubs, you don’t have to be a surfer to volunteer. Contact the extension office to find out more about the soon to be available club in your area.
Last school year we had the opportunity to partner with Mrs. Carrillo in her class while she piloted the Robotics program. The program was open to 3rd-5th grade students at Kalmiopsis with the stipulation that they had all their school work completed. We met once a week to learn about lego robotics and how to program and build them from the ground up. This summer was an exciting time for Mrs. Carrillo’s group at the Curry County Fair. They put on a wonderful demonstration for fairgoers and the KASPER summer program kids that came up for a fieldtrip. The robots on display varied from car alarms to robots that could draw patterns and move through a plotted course. 4-H is very excited to be partnering with Mrs. Carrillo’s class again this year as well as starting a Lego Robotics club that would travel and compete at 4-H events. This club is currently 3rd -5th grade kids, but we have had volunteers from the high school assist throughout the year. If you are interested in this club or starting one of your own for any age level, please let us know as we have materials and funding to get this going in various parts of the county.
Videography- School Enrichment Program
The youth media school enrichment program is a new pilot program designed to help students develop their communication skills through fun and engaging processes such as videography and photography. 4-H provides curriculum and works with teachers to implement the program in their schedules. Last year we reached over 75 kids with the “tell your story” project and we hope to reach more this year. There are many opportunities for kids to gain valuable experience in broadcast journalism, photojournalism, photography and more through the 4-H program. It is our hope that through these school enrichment programs we can develop a strong group of inquisitive youth leaders that want to make a difference in the community.
The Brookings Livestock Company will be transforming into a community club throughout this year. The basic idea behind this club is that kids do not have to focus on one project area to be in the club. They are welcome to choose any project area they would like and are in charge of finding people in the community willing to help them learn more about it. Parents would take on some of the basic club volunteer rolls, such as organizing basic enrollment paperwork for the club and attending the monthly leader’s meeting to keep up to date on what’s going on. The hope for this club model is that if everyone does a little bit then one leader isn’t taking it all on. The kids are the ones who decide what projects they want to focus on for the month or for a certain amount of weeks, or what fundraiser they would like to do. The ultimate goal is to have at least one of these clubs in each area of the county, so youth have the opportunity to branch out in their project areas.
4-H Cloverbuds (K-3rd grade)
4-H Cloverbuds is an informal educational program designed specifically for children in grades K-3. It appeals to these children’s natural curiosity, enthusiasm for learning, and high energy level by providing an opportunity for active learning in a noncompetitive environment. The experiences children have in 4-H Cloverbuds help them to:
Develop a positive self-concept
Develop competencies in life skills for self-understanding, social interaction, decision making, learning to learn, and mastering physical skills
Gain knowledge in sciences, literature, and the arts through the experiential learning process
Develop positive attitudes about learning
Develop ongoing relationships with caring adults and older youth who serve as positive role models
Explore family and community relationships
Develop an understanding of and appreciation for social and cultural diversity
The subject areas in the 4-H Cloverbuds projects are: Off to Adventure, About You and Me, After School Club, Earth Connections, 4-H Outdoor Discovery, Explore the World of Small Animals, Kaleidoscope, Nutrition for K-3, Recycling Adventures, and Talking with TJ.
The 4-H Horse project provides opportunities for youth to develop into competent horsemen and gain vast equine knowledge while participating in a wide range of activities. Some clubs focus on traditional showing while others emphasize trail riding, gaming, or ranch work. Members may take part in equine judging, hippology, horse bowl, presentations, or public speaking. There are even opportunities for members without horses to learn about the project. Join a club that meets your interests and start having fun today!
In Brookings there are currently two Horse clubs available, Talk to the Hoof and Rail Riders. Both clubs have members that participate at the Curry County Fair at the end of July, but also have members who participate year around in a non-competitive manner.
Talk to the Hoof focuses on traditional showing and competitive horsemanship. Members learn etiquette in and out of the show ring, how to ride with proper form in English and Western Equitation as well as basic horse care.
Rail Riders is a predominantly trail focused horse group. The club focuses on trail safety, English and Western Equitation, as well as proper horse care and safety on and off the horse.
In Gold Beach there is one Horse club available, Rogue Riders. Many of the Rogue Rider club members’ board their horses at the Curry County Fair Grounds. They work year around on traditional showmanship as well as trail riding. This club offers a range of equine programs for youth to participate with their horses.
Large Animal: Beef, Dairy Cattle, Goat, Sheep, Swine, Veterinary Science
Small Animal: Guinea Pigs (Cavies), Pigeons and Doves, Poultry, Rabbit, Veterinary Science
There are currently two Livestock Clubs in the County, Brookings Livestock Company out of Brookings and Livestock Unlimited out of Gold Beach. Both focus in small and large animal husbandry. The clubs are run by the members and are a blend of animal science and leadership skill building. Members raise money throughout the year to go on various field trips such as touring Wall’s Sheep Ranch in Langloise but also reach out to the community, participating in various projects to help those in need. These two clubs are more livestock focused but also allow members to participate in other program areas such as photography, cooking, sewing, and art.
The Super Stitchers are a sewing club based out of Brookings, this club is currently full but we are looking to start another club and have sewing machines available for use. In these clubs youth learn the ins and outs of quilting and sewing as well as some of the fiber arts. Port Orford Sewing has a club based out of Quilters Corner in Port Orford. Both clubs work with the quilter’s guild and learn from experienced quilters the art of sewing.
We currently have one dog club based out of Brookings, Biscuits and Bones and are trying to get one going in Gold Beach. The dog clubs work with the members and their dogs in obedience and showmanship. The Biscuits and Bones 4-H club has been instrumental in helping run the Dog/Car wash that helps raise money for premiums at the county fair. If you are interested in getting involved with dog projects in 4-H, the extension office has a variety of materials available to get you started.
Leadership and Civic Engagement Club- Countywide Program
Middle School and High School age Youth Get INVOLVED! Want to be a counselor or junior counselor at the Lobster Creek 4-H Summer Camp? This is where it all begins. The club is made up of 6th- 12th grade students from Curry County. Throughout the year youth participate in community service programs while training to work with elementary school kids in the summer. This club is a great way to meet more kids your age while gaining that valuable community service for your college resume. This club is not just for camp training, it is a way to build your leadership skills and make a difference in this community! For more information on how to get involved in this club, contact Michelle Carrillo the 4-H Youth Development Coordinator.
Contact 4-H at their website extension http://extension.oregonstate.edu/curry/4h or at facebook.com/curryoregon4h
Michelle W. Carrillo
4-H Youth Development Coordinator
Curry County Extension Service
29390 Ellensburg Avenue
P.O. Box 488
Gold Beach, Oregon 97444
Phone 541-247-6672 / 541-247-2875
Toll Free 1-800-356-3986
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