4-H and Youth

2017 4-H Event Dates to Remember

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WVU Master Calendar for booked 4-H State events in 2017.

WV 4-H Volunteer Leader Weekend

“the FORCE of Volunteers”

The purposes of this conference are to provide leadership training, and recognition for adult 4 H volunteers and to focus on the enhancement of leadership abilities and skills for working with the 4-H program. The 4-H volunteer recognition program is part of the Volunteer Leaders’ Weekend.

Adult 4-H volunteer leaders, 18 years and older, who serve as volunteers with the West Virginia 4 H program should be invited and encouraged to attend. Agents must sign the registration form to verify participant.
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WHEN: November 5, 2016

WHERE: WVU Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp

$35 – Saturday participant (all meals included) post marked by September 23rd
$55 – Saturday participant (all meals included) post marked after September 23rd

$15 – Banquet Only

Scholarships – for those who register by the online or postmarked deadline of midnight, September 23, 2016 the VLW scholarships are $20.00 for the full-time package.

2016 award recipients attend for FREE (discount code applies, please check with your county office).

Those who do not pre-register by September 23rd will pay the entire cost. Please note that Extension Agents do not qualify for scholarships.

Anticipated Workshop Categories:

  • 4-H Club Activities and Support
  • Civic Engagement
  • Creative Arts (including Crafts)
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • STEM

Outstanding Volunteer, Friends of 4-H, and 45 & 50 Year Recognition nominations are due
August 25, 2016.

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Shooting Sports Instructor Training

To certify adult volunteer leaders who wish to become instructors to teach in their respective counties. Each person attending can be certified in only one area of competency at this workshop.

Adult volunteer leaders, must be 21 years of age on or before January 1, of the current year. Extension Agents verify that the attendees have their permission to attend and that they have all necessary documents pertaining to the individual’s volunteer file completed (Volunteer Application, Up-to-Date Signed Code of Conduct, and Child on Campus Training Certificate). All participants attending the weekend training, must successfully complete the instructor training sessions administered by the State 4-H Shooting Sports Committee and demonstrate competent knowledge of curriculum material and instructional techniques to be measured through a written test and teaching practicum. A minimum score of 70% is required on the test and practicum.
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WHEN: September 30 – October 2, 2016

WHERE: WVU Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp

$135 – Full-time participant with dorm lodging (includes meals, and curriculum)

If an upgrade to private or lodge housing is needed, please contact Jackson’s Mill directly at (304) 269-5100 for prices and availability.

The registration postmark deadline for Shooting Sports Training is Monday, September 19, 2016.

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Back to the Basics

Test your skills in the backcountry and live the primitive style. Cook on an open flame, sleep in a tent, fish, hike and get warm by the campfire. Each session will have a different shooting sports activity based on camp directors’ skills and certifications. camping

Who: Those who want to learn more about backcountry camping that will be accompanying youth in primitive-type camping.

Space is limited to 12 campers per trip, one camp per person.

Cost: $40 (includes all camping equipment and food)

September 23-25, 2016—Ages 14-17—(camping, fishing, TBD) Registration is closed

October 22-23, 2016—Ages 18-21—(camping, fishing, service activities) This is now a free of charge service weekend. Camping, fishing, and service activities will be completed instead of shooting sports and boating. Register free of charge at https://extapps.wvu.edu/registration/index.cfm?conf=63