All About 4-H
Monthly Meetings: The monthly club meetings are led by the Redwood Valley 4H Youth Club Board. Information about County events and upcoming projects is presented. The meetings also have an art project, game or community service art project after the meeting. A couple meetings have a youth presentation or judging contest. They are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at the Boys and Girls Club in Scotts Valley from 4-6pm. Check calendar for months that 4H does not hold meetings (usually September, because of County Faire and December/January for the holidays).
Projects: Projects are at least 6 hours in length and can be on almost any subject. Some projects are just offered by Redwood Valley 4H Club and some projects are offered to all clubs in Santa Cruz County. This year, the Redwood Valley projects are Mad Science, Photography, and Flower Arranging. More projects are in the works, like Rocketry and Poultry. The County projects are Rabbits, Shooting Sports and Fashion Revue. CA State 4H has a list of possible 4H projects; the underlined project names have information on running that project (State Project Info Link). Redwood Valley welcomes parents to signup as a parent leader and lead a project, please talk to our club leader, Megan, for more information.
Events: The club participates in the Felton Remembers Parade in May. County events include the Santa Cruz County Fair in September and the smaller Spring Fair in May, Snow Camp (February), Presentation Day, and Summer Camp (July). The September fair is a busy time for the club since the club creates a booth, youth and adults volunteer at the Clover Deli and individual youth enter various items like flower arrangements, photographs, art, sewing, wood work, model rockets, etc. in the 4H Youth Department.
Community Service: Community Service is a big part of 4H. Previous community service projects have included making Valentine cards for seniors, beach cleanups, tying blankets for the Ronald McDonald House patients, etc.
Leadership: Youth are able to learn about leadership by being a Jr. leader for a project, holding a committee position (Snacks, Fair Booth), or a Board position (President, VP, Secretary, and Treasurer). Younger 4H members can start with one time acts of leadership by bringing/making snack and/or bringing up the US and 4H flags during the club meeting.
Public Speaking/ Communications: A significant part of 4H is the ability to participate in communication activities like writing an article for a Club Newsletter, writing to the local paper, being in a presentation project, and participating in Presentation Events. The presentation process gives youth the ability to progressively make presentations: first at project meetings, then at a club meeting, then at County presentation day. If the 4H member earns Gold at County, then they can participate in a Sectional Presentation Day. Then, if the youth earns Gold at Sectional, they can then participate in the State Presentation Day at UC Davis, where they can earn a Platinum Award. State Presentation Manual Link
AWARDS & Record Book: Youth can earn ribbons for entries at both fairs. Youth who submit a Record Book can earn a year stripe and pin. There are also various awards (usually pins for their hats) for Fair Participation, Presentation Day Participation, Board Position and Bronze Award Project pins. The Record books are fairly simple for Primary Members and then more complicated for Junior, Intermediate and Senior Members, that track all the activities of the year and count in 8 categories of participation to earn a Star Rank (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum). As the youth earns a rank, the appropriate Star is given to put on their 4-H hat. There are also Jr Leader and Teen leader patches for their hat. Record Book Manual PDF.
You can email questions about 4-H to our Club Leader at Redwoodvalley4h@gmail.com.
Our 4-H Santa Cruz County representative can also answer 4-H questions: