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4-H Summer Updates

Last Updated: June 26, 2020

Upcoming 4-H opportunities statewide

  1. WVU virtual computer science workshops
  2. Summer virtual statewide Cloverbud Clubs
  3. Eco-Adventures Environmental Learning Club
  4. Energy Express seeks volunteers for summer 2021
  5. Don't miss your chance to join Camp URL this summer
  6. Archived videos of 4-H workshops

WVU virtual computer science workshops

Throughout the month of July, youths will have the opportunity to participate in several unique workshops using a variety of platforms such as Scratch, Code.org, Tinkercad and Godot. Youths can register for one or multiple workshops. Virtual workshops will be held twice a week using Zoom for two hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 – 3 p.m. EST starting July 7th and ending July 30th. Please note the age restrictions for each workshop.

Workshop schedule and descriptions:

  • July 7: Scratch - Create your own drawing program
    • For youths going into 4th-8th grade
    • Beginner level
    • Youths will create a Scratch account and learn how to use the drag-and-drop programming language to create a program that allows them to draw.
  • July 9: Code.org’s Minecraft
    • For youths going into 4th-8th grade
    • Beginner level
    • Youths will use a drag-and-drop programming to write code that runs in the Minecraft world.
  • July 14: Tinkercad - Code a Charm Bracelet
    • For youths going into 6th-12th grade
    • Beginner level
    • Youths will use Tinkercad’s codeblocks (drag-and-drop) to design their own 3D charm bracelet.
  • July 16: Godot Engine Game Design
    • For youths going into 8th-12th grade
    • Intermediate level (prior experience with drag-and-drop programming and knowledge of loops and conditional statements)
    • Youths will write code to create their own video game using Godot.
  • July 21: Scratch - Create your own music program
    • For youths going into 4th-8th grade
    • Beginner level
    • Youths will create a Scratch account and learn how to use the drag-and-drop programming language to create a program that allows them to make music.
  • July 23: Code.org’s Web Development
    • For youths going into 6th-12th grade
    • Beginner and Intermediate level
    • Youths will learn what web development is and how to create their own web page.
  • July 28: Repeat Workshop: Tinkercad - Code a Charm Bracelet
    • For youths going into 6th-12th grade
    •  Beginner level  
  • July 30: Repeat Workshop: Godot Engine Game Design
    •  For youths going into 8th-12th grade
    •  Intermediate level

Register online WVU virtual computer science workshops.

Summer virtual statewide Cloverbud clubs

We are offering virtual 4-H Cloverbud clubs for our youths who have completed Kindergarten - 2nd grade (youths with birthdates between Oct. 1, 2011, and June 30, 2014). Each club will meet virtually for six sessions. The weekly sessions will run June 22nd - July 30th, 2020. The purpose of these clubs is to create an environment for families to come together and participate in learning activities that engage the whole family while spending time together as a multi-family club.

Space is limited to 25 families per club, so please make sure you are available to participate in all six sessions before you register. Please only register for one club at this time to make sure that we can reach as many Cloverbuds across this state as possible.

There are six club options:

Plants and Animals Club

Time: Mondays from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Dates: June 22nd, 29th. July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Club meeting topics include:
  • Growing in the Garden
  • Down on the Farm
  • Birds and Plants
  • We Love Pets
  • Visit to the Zoo

Wildlife Club

Time: Tuesdays from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Dates: June 23, 30. July 7, 14, 21, 28.

Club meeting topics include:
  • The Nature of your Neighborhood
  • Bird Beak
  • Animal Tracks and Traces
  • Designing a Species
  • The Web of Life
  • Designing an Ecosystem

Family Consumer Science Club

Time: Tuesdays from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Dates: June 23, 30. July 7, 14, 21, 28.

Club meeting topics include:

  • In the Kitchen
  • Kitchen Safety
  • Cooking Methods
  • Nutrition
  • Money Matters
  • Sew Happy

Healthy Snacks Club

Time: Wednesdays from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Dates: June 24. July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.

Club meeting topics include:

  • ChooseMyPlate and Fun Vegetable Snacks
  • Recipe Book, Tools, Hand Washing and Fruits
  • Measuring and Whole Grains
  • Oven Safety and Protein Foods
  • Calcium, Exercise and Goals
  • Choosing Healthy Snacks

Earth Science Club

Time: Thursdays from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Dates: June 25. July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

Club meeting topics include:

  • Our Environment
  • Rain
  • Ocean Life
  • Dinosaurs
  • Weather
  • Natural Disasters

Plans and Animals Club

Time: Thursdays from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Dates: June 25th. July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th.

Club meeting topics include:

  • Growing in the Garden
  • Down on the Farm
  • Birds
  • Plans
  • We Love Pets
  • Visit to the Zoo

Eco-Adventures Environmental Learning Club

Are you interested in the environment? Join Eco-Adventures Environmental Virtual Club. Each week we will learn about organisms and their habitats, environmental stewardship and the best practices to protect the environment. Guest speakers from West Virginia University and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will share their expertise on topics including living organisms around us, wetlands, soils, invasive species, water, upcycling, and your ecological footprint.

  • Who: All youths ages 8 - 16 are welcome. 4-H membership is not required.
  • When: Every Tuesday from June 30 - August 11, 2020
  • Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
  • Where: Virtual Zoom club sessions
  • Cost:   Free

All materials will be provided. Most materials will be everyday household items. Registration is open now and closes on June 26, 2020.

Register online for Eco-Adventures Environmental Learning Club

For more information, Contact  Suzanne McDonald or  Jason Filhart.

Energy Express seeks volunteers for summer 2021

Energy Express is still recruiting children for its summer reading program. While the program will not be meeting in person, it is free. The program runs June 22 - July 31, 2020. It is open to children entering 1st - 6th grade as well as repeat Kindergartners. More information about the program and registration can be found at WVU Energy Express.

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Don't miss your chance to join Camp URL this summer

County camps

An important part of the 4-H experience is making connections. Connecting with people, places and activities that provide our young people with valuable skills, life lessons, friendships, unique experiences and cultural awareness.

Although our traditional 4-H camps won’t take place in-person this year, we will connect 4-H’ers via Camp URL (You Are Linked). There are activities, education and events geared toward all age groups, and all the activities are free to West Virginia youths.

Our Camp URL programs officially kick off June 15, 2020, but dates of camps will vary by county, so contact your county Extension agent for more info. These activities will be a fun learning environment using online, at-home and self-paced formats to engage youths.

State camp

We’re excited to announce the CAMP URLinked 2020 “Best of” week of State Camp.  Our Program Directors from each camp have combined their efforts to offer an online, virtual 4-H camp that showcases the “best of” OMC, Alpha I and Alpha II.  The virtual cam p will take place the week of July 6 – 10, 2020.  All participants that log in and complete a minimum of six activities will be eligible to earn a special, one time only chief headband, commemorating the year of virtual camping in West Virginia 4-H.  The camp is free and will give participants and opportunity to check out some of the best that the other state camps have to offer.

We look forward to “seeing” you there. Register for state camp here. 

Learn more about Camp URL

Videos of archived workshops

If you missed one of our virtual 4-H workshops or wanted to review the activities, you can register to watch archived videos.