WSU Extension

4-H Tuesday News

June 2, 2009
WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

In this issue. . .

  • Science and Service are The Big Picture
  • Archery Leader Training at Chatcolab
  • Survey Summary on 4-H Volunteer Training
  • 2009 Washington State Forum Poster
  • 2009 eXtension National Conference - Call for Abstracts/Presentations 
  • Webinar: Engaging Youth in Entrepreneurship
  • Applications Open for Spotlighting Positive Youth Development!
  • National 4-H Headquarters newsletter


Science and Service are The Big Picture
--Michael Wallace, WSU Whatcom County Extension

Geospatial Mapping for Youth Leaders: June 8, 17 or 19. Cost $25.00

Michael Wallace has been a partner with ESRI and award recipient for several years.  His work has been recognized in numerous after school venues.  He has presented workshops to help adults with little or no geospatial experience initiate meaningful geospatial activities for young people throughout Washington. 

“A lot of resources packed into a really short period of time. I feel like I can do this now!” ~4-H leader

“I used to just geo-cache with a GPS for fun.  Now I make maps and discoveries.” ~ former 4-H youth 

Workshop Dates:
Monday, June 8 - Central Lutheran Church, 925 North Forest St., Bellingham  4:00PM – 5:30PM
Wednesday, June 17 - Central Lutheran Church, 925 North Forest St., Bellingham  7:00 – 8:30PM
Friday, June 19 - Central Lutheran Church, 925 North Forest St., Bellingham  4:00PM – 5:30 PM

Limited class sizes. Call to reserve a spot today at: 360-676-6707 ext 50287.  

Archery Leader Training at Chatcolab
--Janet Schmidt

For a mere $25, 4-H leaders can attend Chacolab for two days, June 15-16, 2009 and receive their 4-H Shooting Sports Archery certification!  Lunch is included in this fee!  Chatcolab is scheduled for June 13-19 at Twinlow Camp and Retreat Center, Rathdrum, ID.  This training is good for volunteers in Idaho, Washington and Oregon.  4-H leaders can attend just the archery training or they can participate in the entire Chatcolab experience.  This is a great opportunity at a very reasonable price! 

For more information and to request a flyer, contact Janet Schmidt at: or 509-397-6290.

Survey Summary on 4-H Volunteer Training
--Submitted by Ann Hennings

Target: 4-H Educators in each of 39 Counties
Instrument: electronic Survey Monkey
Completed: March 2009
Investigator for VDAT: Kelly Fisk

Complete results from this survey are available by contacting VDAT (Volunteer Development Action Team) Ann Hennings at:

  1. 74% response rate
  2. 96% of counties responding provide face-to-face training Online e-learning is the second most used method of delivery at 62%.
  3. More than 50% of counties have volunteers complete 3-6 hours of training.
  4. 48% do not require existing leader training on a yearly basis.
  5. Five counties provide advanced training in other areas such as project leadership, conflict management, event or camp leadership, etc.
  6. 90% of counties know where to find the Staff Guide for Volunteer Training online and more than 50% say it works for them.
  7. In guiding VDAT to improve the units, surveyed Educators recommended more than 10 areas of focus. VDAT selected three areas for focus during 2009-2010:
    • Intentionally link VDAT staff to counties (monthly calls, program days, Core training, 4-H Talk,).
    • Provide more interactive pieces to Staff Guide for Volunteer Training (ie, teaching activities, experiential sets, etc.).
    • Offer workshops or short training pieces in Counties needing support in training volunteers
  8. Six counties have materials they would like to share with VDAT for state-wide use.

VDAT would like to say "Thank You" and that they appreciate your feedback!

2009 Washington State Forum Poster
--Pat BoyEs

I am very excited to share with you all a terrific poster promoting the 2009 edition of the Washington State 4-H Forum. I like to refer to our state 4-H Forum as our annual family reunion. All parts of our 4-H program—club leaders, teen leaders, parents, adventure education, OMK, after-school educators, staff, parents - come together for a year's worth of learning, fun and fellowship. We are being hosted by the SW District and they have selected a marvelous family - friendly site for us - the Great Wolf Lodge at Grand Mound. With its indoor water park and animatronics it will be an adventure for even the youngest family members.

Below will find a poster that the State 4-H Advisory Board team, led by Susan Linn, has created for you to use in promoting the 2009 State 4-H Forum. Please display the poster in our office, at leader's meetings and certainly during your fair. Please think of all of the great locations that you can use this poster to promote this marvelous educational and fun opportunity.


2009 eXtension National Conference - Call for Abstracts/Presentations 
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Mark your calendars! The 2009 eXtension National Conference will be held in St. Louis, MO on October 20-23 and we are looking for anyone interested in eXtension including Institutional Team members, CES faculty & county staff or others to present abstracts about eXtension implementation at the state and local level, effective use of eXtension tools and technologies or other relevant topics. 

General conference information can be found at:  

Abstracts are due by June 10, 2009 and information about submission and the submission forms can be found at: Please note that eXtension will reimburse the conference registration fee ($225) to the lead author/presenter of each presented abstract! 

If you have questions please contact Carla Craycraft, Conference Planning Committee Co-Chair, at:

Webinar: Engaging Youth in Entrepreneurship
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

On Wednesday, June 10 at 11:00 a.m. PST the eXtension Entrepreneurs & Their Communities webinar topic will be Engaging Youth in Entrepreneurship.  Join Mary Emery, Iowa State University, Laura Allen, Career Education Coordinator, Michigan State University Extension, Debra Kantor, University of Maine, and Patricia Fairchild, Nebraska 4-H Curriculum Design and Youth Entrepreneur Specialist for an informative session on how to engage youth in entrepreneurship. The session will introduce the Youth Entrepreneurship Community of Practice and their project to create a matrix of youth entrepreneurship programs. Patricia Fairchild will introduce the Nebraska curriculum and Laura Allen will present on the Beyond the Lemonade Stand PROJECT which used the curriculum Be the E.

Help spread the word about this session. No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to participate. About 10 minutes prior to the start time simply go the Adobe Connect Pro meeting room at: You will be presented with a login screen that has an "Enter as Guest" option. Enter your first name, last name and state, then click "Enter Room" to join the conference. To hear the audio of the workshop and participate in the Q&A portion of the workshop we will be using a built-in teleconferencing capability of Adobes Connect Pro conferencing software. Once you log into the meeting you will be presented with the option to enter your call-back number, your phone will automatically be called. After entering your number you will be automatically called and joined into the audio portion of the Web conference on your phone.

Applications Open for Spotlighting Positive Youth Development!
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Supporting the positive development of America's young people is a critical priority if we are to ensure their success as adults. Building Partnerships for Youth announces a professional development opportunity that will facilitate the development of state or community teams from education, health, faith-based and voluntary youth serving organizations that will commit to work together to promote adolescent health and well-being through the integration of positive youth development approaches into policies and programs, and the coordination of youth services across sectors. 

APPLY NOW! for Spotlighting Positive Youth Development. The Kickoff Event will be February 3-5, 2010 at Chevy Chase, MD.

Benefits for You:

Benefits for Your State and Community:

Basic Requirements to Apply:

Ready to get your team together? To learn more, and download an application, please visit

This project is funded through Cooperative Agreement # U58/DP000456 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The contents are solely the responsibility of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

National 4-H Headquarters newsletter
--Pat BoyEs

The June, 2009 National 4-H Headquarters newsletter will provide a quick update on the new personal at National 4-H Headquarters.



Just a Reminder!

When you have new Extension staff that will be working in some capacity with 4-H, please let Nancy in the State 4-H Office know. They will be added to mailing lists, added to the 4-H Talk list serve, sent a 4-H Welcome Packet, and be assigned a state 4-H staff person as a point of contact, as appropriate. 4-H News is sent via the 4-H Talk list serve each week. Archived copies of previous weeks “Tuesday 4-H News” are available on the 4-H web site: Please send submissions by Friday of each week to Tiffany Boswell, State 4-H Office, Detailed event information and registrations forms can be found on the 4-H web site.

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