A 4-H project is 3+ kids, 6+ hours, and a goal. Almost any interest/curiosity can be turned into a project led by youth and supported by adult volunteers. A sampling of what Oaktown 4-H youth are exploring this year:
CREATE it: Art, Drawing, Culinary Arts, Table-setting, Floral Design, Sewing, Fiber Arts, "Chopped"/Throw-Down Dessert/Snack Challenge, Mini-Gardens
STEM it: Rocketry, Gardening, Sketch-up for Beginners, Vet Science, Backyard Chickens, Raising Rabbits, Video for Youtube, Geocaching
IMPACT it: Environmental Science, Citizenship, Youth Leadership, Cultural Literacy, Harvest/Gleaning Community Service
SHARE it: Photography, Game Night, Book Club,
MOVE it: Archery, Hiking, Yoga, Camping, Dog Care
"Learn by Doing" goes virtual. Looking for socially-distanced and/or virtual extracurricular activities? Oak Town 4-H is welcoming new (and old) families to our re-imagined community club. This year our club of 40-ish youth ages 5-18 gather in a community club emphasizing belonging and community impact. Smaller groups meet as "projects" typically around a learning objective, but we are developing groups around making friends with shared interests. To register for the 2020-2021 4-H Program year visit the "Enrollment: page of this website.
At their February meeting, the Veterinary Science learned microscopy to study parasites and canine cancer cells in Dr. Fisher's lab.
Thanks to everyone who made Oaktown's annual holiday party a huge success! As always, the decorations, music, food, and games were awesome.
Congratulations to Oaktown members participating at the CSRCBA convention this weekend! Placings in 3 divisions in the youth Royalty contests, Champion Breed Identification, Champion 2018 Achievement, 5 Best of Breed winners, and a Best in Show Finalist.
Great fun at our annual club potluck, silent auction, and community service projects.
Oaktown members were everywhere for the 3 weeks of fair--small animals, crafts, photography, music, gardening, and more--we all had an awesome time showing off everything we'd worked on in our projects. Can't wait for next year!
The Environmental Stewardship project volunteered with Friends of Sausal Creek on Sunday, November 20th. We went to the Bridgeview Trailhead in Oakland to help restore the nature, by planting native species to attract pollinators. It started pouring halfway through, but we finished planting anyway!
“Creating A Leader”
Leadership Training Conference
V.I.P. Unlocking your Rhythm of Leadership
January 27, 28, 29 2017
Dear Alameda County 4-H Youth Delegates:
You are cordially invited to attend the 27th annual C.A.L. Conference at Walker Creek Ranch on January 27, 28, and 29, 2017.
C.A.L. is a former sectional 4-H event and members from all Sections are encouraged to attend. This conference is for interested 4-H members 11 years old – 17 years old. Participants share their knowledge, exchange ideas and information, and have the chance to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Each attendee is expected to participate fully.
Registration is accepted on a first come, first served basis. Each county is allotted 15 youth delegate spaces. The Conference fee is $165 ($82.50 for Alameda 4-H Youth) which includes room and board on Friday and Saturday night, all three meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday; the cost is $175 ($92.50) for Alameda 4-H Youth) if you would like to purchase a conference T-shirt. You must complete the following forms and turn them in to your county office to reserve your spot at the conference by November 29, 2016:
1. Registration form
2. Medical Treatment form (you also should carry a completed form when traveling on the trip)
3. State 4-H Code of Conduct
4. C.A.L. Conference Event Rules
5. Check for $82.50 made payable to Alameda County Leaders’ Council (or $92.50 to include a conference T-shirt)
Many leadership opportunities exist both before and during the Conference. If you are interested in assuming a leadership position before the Conference you may enjoy being your county contact. The responsibilities associated with this position include conducting a county orientation prior to C.A.L. Conference. Suggested orientation topics will be sent to you if you check the space on your registration form. You also will be the main contact between the Conference and your County; just in case your county delegates have any questions or if the C.A.L. staff needs to contact your county. Please indicate your interest on your registration form. You can contact Kyle M. at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Another leadership opportunity available is serving as a cabin leader. We ask that all cabin leaders have attended C.A.L. Conference for at least one previous C.A.L. Conference and be in the 8th grade or above. As a cabin leader you will be responsible for ensuring everyone in your cabin gets to know each other, is aware of each day’s events and are on time to all activities. If you are interested in a cabin leader role please indicate it on your registration form. There will be a training held for this position on January 7, 2017 10:30am to noon place TBD. You can contact: MacGarrett O. at email@example.com or Sarah D. at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We also ask that you consider being a workshop presenter for the C.A.L. Education Program. Each session will be offered 5 times for 50 minutes. A training workshop for presenters is being offered on Saturday January 7, 2017 from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. place TBD. Contact workshop coordinator Kari M. at email@example.com for more information.
We hope that you are excited about the Conference and that you consider accepting a leadership role. Thanks in advance for being a part of this innovative Conference. We know that you will benefit and have much to share upon returning to your own county and club.
For forms and information please go to http://4halameda.ucanr.edu/Events/Sectional_Events_and_Activities/
If you have any questions about the registration form or the Conference, please don’t hesitate to contact the co-chairs.
Sincerely, CAL Co-Chairs,
Lianna Webber- Education & Assembles
Jesse Osman- Logistics & Recreation-
Oaktown 4-H had our first Environmental Stewardship meeting on Sunday, October 30th. We wrote in our journals and discussed what it means to be an environmental steward. We took an online quiz to find out what our ecological footprints are. I got 5.3. This means if everyone in the world lived like I did, it would take 5.3 Earths to sustain us all. We then watched a video about why compost is good for the environment. Did you know that all the trash in landfills emits methane, which harms the atmosphere? By composting, we can reduce the waste that goes into the landfill. We made our own compost jars filled with food scraps, dirt, and leaves. When we had filled our jars, we drew and labeled a picture of them in our journals. We are going to monitor their progress until the next meeting. New members are still welcome to join us!
We're having our first Video Project meeting next week on Tuesday the 11th at George and Barbara's house from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. We'll discuss the project and general video production processes. Please let us know if you will be attending.
Oak Town 4-H Club Meeting Monday, October 10, 6:30pm @ Dimond Recreation Center
Fall Costume Fashion Show: Dress up in your favorite costume for a festive costume fashion show at the October Oak Town 4-H Club Meeting. The officers will be MC'ing the show and small prizes will be given to participants. Come in costume and join in the festivities!
T-Shirt Sale: A small number of Oak Town 4-H T-Shirts will be available at the October Oak Town 4-H club meeting for purchase for $10. There are various sizes but only a limited supply.
Informal "Parent Info Session": New family parents with questions are invited to stop by Dimond Recreation Center before the 6:30 pm meeting start time. From 6-6:30 someone will be available to answer any questions you may have about the club or 4-H. This is not a formal meeting but just a chance to connect and get questions answered.
Today we had our first Gardening project meeting. We figured out what to plant for the winter. We seeded paper towel squares with carrot, beet, radish, lettuce, kale and spinach seeds and planted them. When we planted them we found lots of worms. We picked cherry tomatoes and pumpkins. We won $108 from the Fair from our project group entries, mainly for window boxes and wine barrel gardens. We are planning on using the award money for awards at Garden Field Day this spring.
Ali, Rylee and Shayla
The Videography project is looking for new members (Ages 11 and up) If you are interested in working behind or in front camera, this project is for you. They're looking to start meetings SOON so if you might be interested let us know. They're looking to meet twice a month and can flex the meeting schedule around the kids who are interested.
Oaktown 4H to the rescue!
The second part (and most exciting part) of this community service event is that on Sunday the 25th at 10 am we will go to the SPCA to bring the donations and receive a tour of the facility. Signup here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4FABAD2AA4FB6-community
Alice and Andrea
Oak Town 4-H Families, our first meeting of the new year will be this coming Monday, September 12 at 6:30pm. We will try to be set up a bit ahead of that for taking in the forms and fees to complete the enrollment process and will continue, outside on the patio at Dimond Recreation Center, through the meeting.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION & PROCESS
Hopefully BEFORE the meeting you will have
BRING TO THE MEETING 9/12 6:30pm
ONCE the enrollment is complete (ALL forms and fees in AND online registration complete) you can fill out the Project Selection Form and turn it in.
Lists of all forms and links in on our club website: http://www.oaktown4h.org/oaktown-4-h-enrollment.html
The officers have a great meeting lined up. They are asking that all members who went to the Alameda County Fair this summer bring ONE thing that they exhibited and want to show people. If you attended but did not exhibit, bring something that shows one of your fair experiences.
There will also be
OakTown 4-H Families, the online registration system is now open• for the 2016-2017 year. The link is here: https://california.4honline.com
The instructions for registering are on our "Oak Town 4-H Enrollment" page.
It's important for our adult volunteers to get registered as soon as possible . However, the youth can wait until September to enroll and won't be approved until all paperwork and fees and such are received.
* 8/24/16 The online Registration site is now OPEN
*8/19/16: The online registration system is temporarily unavailable for maintenance. This note will be removed when the system is back up. In the meantime, all the links to forms and documents on the "Oak Town 4-H Enrollment" page are current and you can go ahead and print, read through them and complete them while waiting for the registration site to open back up.
This past July, in partnership with 4-H, Fenton's gave 25% of the profits of the sundae of the month to the Alameda County 4-H Program to help those who need it with registration fees.
OakTown's Rabbit project made plenty of noise at the Fair, sweeping 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in first year Rabbit Showmanship. Congratulations to Alice, Mickey, and Jessica, who won in their first year showing. Bailey took home Reserve Champion in Advanced Showmanship. Oaktown's 3 Rabbit Bowl teams had a strong showing, with Bailey's senior team taking the gold medal. OakTown Rabbits, including Nora, Mabel, and Evie may receive some more recognition at this evening's Small Animal Awards.
OakTown Rabbits will be on display at the fair through Saturday, 6/25.
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