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,
Spring is here! At least the calendar says so, but the robins in my back yard are not sure. I have a dove that has built a nest in a pine tree I planted from a seedling that I got when Oklahoma hosted the National Ag in the Classroom conference several years ago, and I hate to go to the storage shed because she always leaves her nest, and I worry that her eggs won't hatch. Before long it will be hot, and we will wish for the cool days again! Spring is also gardening time. Hats off to those of you who ordered Burpee seeds to grow military gardens! I hope you will share photos of the vegetables and flowers that come from this project.
Soon it will be time to kick off another Tractor Supply Paper Clover campaign. This is like getting money without working for it! No candy to sell or deliver and a great opportunity to market the county 4-H program. A message has gone to counties with TSC stores, to the staff, volunteers, adults and youth from those counties identified as helping with the event. This is a great way to let youth and volunteers take the lead on a good project.
Have a great month,
Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development
Oklahoma State University
Below is some information regarding the upcoming 4-H Roundup, July 24-26, 2013. Roundup registration information and forms are being posted to the 4-H Website at http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/events/roundup.htm as they become available and should all be up and ready by the first week in May
- The deadline for registration is 5 pm, June 21. Because of delayed campus mail delivery, registration that is mailed must be postmarked by June 17. Counties whose registration fails to meet this deadline may not be accepted. If they areaccepted, they will be assessed an additional $10 fee per delegate. This is a VERY FIRM deadline!
- FYI.....Roundup registration forms are worked in the order they are received! To make sure your delegates get the workshops they want, please send early!
- Wednesday lunch will be on your own. No meal will be provided in the Dining Hall.
- Registration times will be Tuesday, July 23, from 4-7 pm, and Wednesday, July 24, from 9-11 am.
- Counties will be REQUIRED to bring a corresponding chaperone for each gender of youth they bring. If the county has male delegates, it must bring a male chaperone. If a county has female delegates, it must bring a female chaperone.
- Groups may choose to stay in either Kerr Drummond or the Village Suites again this year. Registration cost will be based upon that choice ($111 for Kerr Drummond and $125 for Village Suites). Counties must choose only one housing location (i.e., cannot split group). Note: Res Life will do housing assignments for the Villages. Therefore, we cannot guarantee location, who you are next to, etc.
- Beds in the suites are full size. Beds in Kerr Drummond are XL twin.
- There will be a Partial Linen Service option offered for $5 per person per night. This charge will not be included in registration; however, reservations must be made in advance. If you choose this option, you will pay Residential Life upon arrival, and it must be for your ENTIRE group. Partial Linen Service means that Residential Life will provide linen packets at the end of each bed, and the delegates make up their own beds. Linens included are sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, and a bar of soap for the duration of the camp.
- The cost for Tuesday Night Out is $21 for Kerr Drummond and $28 for the Village Suites. This does not include linens. To make arrangements for Tuesday Night Out, please call Residential Life at 405-744-4771 before July 12, 2013. Payment must be made by check upon arrival. They are NO longer able to accept cash. Checks need to be made payable to OSU. Make sure to ask for a receipt.
If you have questions, please contact Tracy Beck at 405-744-8891.
"It is not the fear of dying, nor is it the fear of heights or flying, and rule out the fear of creepy, crawling critters. It is the fear of public speaking and gloss phobia is the technical label. For the many who have the affliction, there is intense anxiety at the mere thought of having to speak in front of any sized group. When the comedian Jerry Seinfeld heard about this fear, he quipped, 'In other words, at a funeral, the average person would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy.'" 2011 http://newsitem.com/news/the-number-one-fear-of-the-american-public-1.1210946
I almost always hear 4-H members, volunteers and Extension educators list public speaking as one of the top three 4-H life skills taught and learned through our youth development efforts. The conviction is so much so that many districts now have begun District Communication Contests to provide increased opportunities to sharpen skills.
Over the past three years an average of 78/700 youth have taken advantage of the communication contest at Roundup. Attached is summary of the categories and participation numbers.
The second attachment is a copy of the Communication Event Guidelines from the Roundup Notebook. Please note that there is a $50 cash award for first place in all categories. Even better are the cash awards for the Conservation categories. A total of $350 is awarded in each of the three categories: PowerPoint Presentation, Speech and Illustrated Presentation.
As youth participate in county or district events, encourage their continued participation at Roundup. Even if a 4-H'er has not competed at the county or district level, he or she is eligible to compete at Roundup, as long as the presentation has been conducted in front of a group prior to Roundup.
The 4-H Community Action Teams/STEM Institute is about applying new information, technology, research-based applications to Service Learning and Community Service. The objectives are to form a Youth-Adult Team that will select a community need or issue, attend the STEM Institute in one specific track and then return home to apply the new knowledge through setting up a demonstration, creating awareness through media, or teaching workshops.
In keeping with the Service Learning model, each activity should be followed up by Showcasing the teams outcomes and Celebrating the final results.
This year we are offering tracks in Agriability, Digital Media, Robotics, GPS/GIS, and iGreen (environmental projects), plus the new addition of Entomology. For the summer of 2013 we are planning two STEM Institutes in order to accommodate more teams and avoid scheduling conflicts.
Participants should be a core leadership group that is willing to follow through with their selected projects and an adult who is willing to work with the teens and help facilitate the process. Participant ages are generally 13 for all tracks except robotics, which will accept younger youth.
Dates will be:
June 20-21, 2013
July 11-12, 2013
May 1, 2013
For registration and more information go to: http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/scitech/4H_STEM.html
As you plan your summer camps, day-camps, and other events, don’t forget all the resources that are available to you. If you would like to add a little science to your program think about:
- Power of Wind
- Hot Air Balloons
- Solar Cars
- Bionic Arms
- Digital Media
- Water Rocketry
For more details Go to: http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/scitech/ScienceKits.html
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.