4-H Youth Development Program
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4-H Youth Development Program

Events & Conferences

The events listed below are open to 4-H'ers statewide. They are generally held during the months listed. For specific dates and event details, please click on the links below to go to our Events Calendar, which also lists other events not organized by the state 4-H office.

Year-round

Shooting Sports Workshops

The California 4-H Shooting Sports Program instructs 4-H youth on the skills and discipline of shooting sports. Participants learn about the safe handling of firearms and archery equipment while developing self-confidence and leadership abilities.

  

January

Youth Summits logo-thumb

Youth summits are three day weekend leadership conferences hosted in multiple locations throughout the state. Youth are welcome to participate in any Summit. One summit is held in each Area. Sponsored by the California 4-H Management Board.

 

 

California 4-H State Horse Field Day

 

The 4-H Equine Field Day is an educational event for youth and adults. 

 

 

 

March

In the spirit of color runs, Color Me Green 5K Runs refer to the green powder splashed on finishers, or runners can wear green in support of 4-H.

In the spirit of "color runs", the theme, "Color Me Green" refers to the green powder used to splash runners who complete the 5K run. Color Me Green 5K Runs can be scheduled throughout the year, but most are during the month of March.

  

WRLF 2018 logo

The Western Region Leaders' Forum (WRLF) is a leadership conference for volunteers and staff of the 4-H Western Region. The 13 states in the region are Alaska, Alberta (Canada), Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. WRLF is hosted by California 4-H in San Diego, March 1-4, 2018!

 

Ag Day at the Capitol

Ag Day at the Capitol is held yearly on the grounds of the State Capitol in Sacramento. Sponsored by the California Department of Agriculture, this event celebrates the contributions of the agriculture industry in California. 4-H is an active participant in this event to engage legislators and the public with our youth and their ag projects. 

 

April

National 4-H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4-H Citizenship, providing the opportunity for young people to connect, learn, engage, lead and

National 4-H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4-H Citizenship. National 4-H Conference delegates engage in personal development experiences that increase their knowledge, resources, and skills while they discuss topics affecting youth and 4-H programming nationwide.

 

The 4-H Camping Conference is a biannual event. It provides 4-H teen leaders, volunteers and staff the opportunity to improve their camping programs

The 4-H Camping Conference is held every two years. 4-H teen leaders, volunteers and staff learn ways to improve their camping programs through interactive workshops and activities. The next conference is on April 6-8, 2018.

 

May

The Animal Science Symposium is a train-the-trainer professional development conference with educational sessions on animal welfare and animal health.
 

The Animal Science Symposium is a train-the-trainer professional development conference with educational sessions on animal welfare and animal health led by specialists on animal welfare, animal health, and species-specific issues. This event is for 4-H staff, adult volunteers and Future Farmers of America supervisors/teachers.

 

June

California Focus logo

 

California Focus brings together 4-H'ers from across California to experience California’s government in action with participation in the legislative, political, and judicial processes in our State Capitol, Sacramento. 

 

   

Citizenship Washington Focus is an educational conference for youth ages 15 to 19.

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is more than a Washington, D.C. field trip – it’s an opportunity for high school 4-H’ers to learn how to be citizen leaders and make a difference in their communities. 

 

 

State Field Day 2018 Logo by Ashley Rosilez
Cerro Alto 4-H Club, San Luis Obispo County

The annual California 4-H State Field Day is the largest and most comprehensive educational event for 4-H youth members and 4-H volunteer educators. 4-H'ers from throughout the state come together to compete at the state level for various competitions. Learn more about the individual contests and activities below and on our State Field Day event page.

   

July

Leadership Washington Focus is a 4-H leadership program for youth entering grades 7 through 9.

Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) is for middle-school aged 4-H'ers. It has a focus of life-long civic empowerment and engagement. LWF brings together 4-H delegations from across the country to engage in civic discussions and problem solving, giving participants the chance to learn about different experiences and perspectives.

  

The annual 4-H State Leadership Conference brings together youth from across California for a four-day leadership training

The popular 4-H State Leadership Conference (SLC) brings together youth from across California for a four-day leadership training, networking, and learning experience. The entire conference is planned by volunteer youth and young adults.

  

Cooking Competition at the State Fair

4-H Cooking Competition at the State Fair

Three-member teams have 15 minutes to prep and 60 minutes to cook a healthy three-course meal using a surprise secret ingredient. The competition is held in front of a live audience at the State Fair.

 

August 

Horse Classic logo

The annual California 4-H Horse Classic allows 4-H members to showcase the culmination of their efforts n their equine projects throughout the year. It includes a State Championship Horse Show and Educational Contests. 

*Qualifying event for the Western National Roundup held annually in January in Denver, CO.

 

October 

4-H National Youth Science Day is the world's largest youth-led science experiment.

4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) is the world’s largest youth-led science experiment. Every year thousands of youth take part in the National Science Experiment focusing on important STEM topics and issues.

  

Livestock Quiz Bowl is open to both 4-H and FFA members. It is designed to test each team's knowledge on a variety of livestock related topics.

Held annually during the Grand National Livestock Exposition, Horse Show and Rodeo at the Cow Palace, the Livestock Quiz Bowl is a contest for 4-H and FFA teams.

*Qualifying event for the Western National Roundup held annually in January in Denver, CO.

   

November

At the Mindfulness Retreat, increase and gain personal skills in leading a healthy lifestyle and to be a healthy advocate in your community.

 

At the 4-H Mindfulness Retreat, increase and gain personal skills in leading a healthy lifestyle and to be a healthy advocate in your community.

 

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Don't miss a deadline! Add the Registration and Application Deadlines to your calendar with the iCal link.

 

Chaperone Information for overnight 4-H trips.

Chaperones

Adult chaperones are needed for all overnight activities. See the requirements, responsibilities and applications to become a chaperone for various events offered by the state 4-H office.

 

Gift Certificate Program

California 4-H Gift Certificates

Give the gift of a 4-H experience! You can give 4-H'ers a gift certificate good towards leadership and healthy living conferences.

   

Healthy Living Event Checklist

4-H Healthy Event/Club Assessment 

By implementing the tips provided, you can ensure that you are doing everything possible to help your 4-Hers grow up able to form lasting relationships, deal with stress and their emotions, make healthful dietary choices, engage in physical activity to promote optimal growth of minds and bodies, and avoid unnecessary risks. These areas are found to be some of the most important for success in life.

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