South Carolina 4-H Volunteers' Newsletter

February 2021 - Volume 6:2(2)


Dear 4-H Families,

We hope this note finds you and your family well. South Carolina 4-H is excited about the New Year, and great learning opportunities/programs/connections coming up in 2021. We continue to monitor the pandemic through SCDHEC. We are optimistic about the future of in-person programming and encourage you to stay in contact with your county agents for virtual/in-person programming opportunities in the future. We also ask that you help your community to continue the fight against COVID by washing your hands, social distancing, and wearing a mask. This has been a challenging endeavor, but we are extremely proud of the connections 4-H agents made with youth and volunteers throughout this past year.

During this time, our agents have worked hard to innovate engaging hands-on activities for youth across our state and transformed clubs, camps, school enrichment, and short term interest programs into distance-learning programs that families could complete safely in their homes. As we look forward to returning to in-person programming, we celebrate all that has been accomplished this year and remain focused on our mission to help youth gain the knowledge and skills to be responsible, productive, and contributing members of society through a learn-by-doing approach. In the future months, we hope to advise you of our re-opening plans, but encourage you to take full advantage of our amazing distance-learning opportunities for now. Thank you for doing your part and helping us make the best better here in South Carolina.

For more information on the Clemson Extension COVID-19 resources, please visit

Monthly 4-H Club Activity Idea

Each month, this e-newsletter gives you a monthly activity idea that you can try with youth in your club/community.  Special attention has been given to make these activities easily conducted on a budget, during a distance-learning or in-person 4-H club setting, and adaptable for multiple age groups. 
Click for Recycled Bird Bungalow Activity
Senior Teen Weekend
SC State Teen Council invites youth to Senior Weekend for Saturday and Sunday, March 6 & 7, 2021. This event is open to all youth ages 14-18 years old. Youth will not have to be a 4-H member to participate. This Hawaiian theme, the 2-day virtual conference offers fun, education, and fellowship. A $10 registration fee includes a kit with supplies and a t-shirt. The deadline to register is Feb. 15th. 
Click here to Find Out More
Mars Landing - Couch Conversations
The Mars Perseverance rover will touch down on Mars on Thursday, Feb. 18, at approximately 3:55 p.m. EST. Visit the South Carolina 4-H STEM group from 2:00 - 5:30 to join the live 4-H watch party and ask questions! Landing on Mars is no easy task! During landing, the rover plunges through the thin Martian atmosphere, with the heat shield first, at a speed of over 12,000 mph. A parachute and powered descent slow the rover down to about 2 mph. A large sky crane then lowers the rover on three bridle cords to land softly on six wheels. 
Join the STEM Group
Horse Academy
Introducing the Horse Academy! South Carolina 4-H Horse Project will teach lessons over Zoom beginning Feb. 23rd. Youth will gain knowledge and be better prepared for upcoming educational contests by participating in these programs offered on Tuesday evenings.  Cloverbud and Junior/Senior versions are available through 4HOnline. 
Click for Horse Opportunities
4-H Pinckney Leadership Program
Applications for the 2021 4-H Pinckney Leadership Camp (middle school) are open!  Return them by Monday, April 12, by 6 PM. If you are interested in the conference for high-school youth, join our waitlist
Click to Find out More
4-H Virtual Volunteer Conversations
The volunteer specialists of the Southern Region will be hosting quarterly virtual volunteer conversations for 4-H volunteer leaders to share ideas, build regional connections, and learn from other volunteers throughout the country. Open to all 4-H volunteers and professionals. Dates: 04/27, 07/27, and 11/30 at 7:00 PM ET.
Click here to Register
The Great Backyard Bird Count
Join us Feb. 12-15 for the Great Backyard Bird Count!  By observing birds for just 15 minutes once during February 12th-15th, you can be part of a worldwide citizen science effort!
1. Report your sightings using the eBird phone app, Merlin BirdID app, or on eBird's website. Links can be found at 
2. Share your results with SC 4-H by filling out the survey – You will be entered for a chance to win a prize! 
Share your Results
4-H Pullet Chain Project
Registration for the 2021 SC 4-H Poultry Projects is now officially open!!!! Find out all of the details for both the Pullet Chain and Laying Flock projects at the South Carolina 4-H Youth Poultry website.  The deadline for Pullet Chain Project registration is 10 AM on March 1st; the deadline for Laying Flock Project registration is 10 AM on May 3rd.  
Click for Poultry Projects
WHEP Informational Session
Calling all 4-H parents, volunteers, Ag teachers, and more!!! Join us on Monday, March 1 at 4 PM ET to learn more about the upcoming opportunities from the Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP).  This program will offer a virtual contest for youth ages 9-18 years across multiple activities related to wildlife knowledge and management practices.  Register by Feb. 28th to guarantee a spot in this informational session! 
Click here to Register
Small Garden Project
The Small Garden Project is an independent-study project that educates youth of South Carolina on where and how their food is grown using hands-on, in-the-garden experiences. Open to youth 5-18 years of age.  Individuals or groups of five or more are welcome. Register by Friday, April 2nd. 
Click here to Register
Healthy Lifestyles Video Contest
We want to see your best homemade cooking videos each month! Videos will be shared on the SC 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Facebook group. Entries will be entered into a raffle to win 4-H cooking prizes. A green vegetable of your choice is the ingredient of the month for February; peanuts (or peanut alternatives for those with allergies) for March!
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4-H in the News!!!


Upcoming Events

February 5     SC 4-H Honey Bee Project - Registration Deadline
February 12-15 Great Backyard Bird Count
February 13   SC 4-H Junior Saturday 
                      State Jr. Presentation Contest 
February 15   4-H Senior Weekend - Registration Deadline 
                      Sr. Presentation Contest Registration Deadline
February 18  Mars Landing Couch Conversations - 2-5:30 PM
February 22   4-H Hippology & Horse Bowl - Registration Deadline
February 28   HLS Video Contest submission due for February

March 1         Pullet Chain Project - 10 AM registration deadline
                      WHEP Informational Session - 4 PM 
March 6         SC 4-H Senior Weekend (Saturday and Sunday)
                      SC Senior 4-H Presentation Contest 
March 12       SC 4-H Horse Project Creative Contest - deadline
March 21       State 4-H Horse Judging Contest - registration deadline
March 30       Horse Academy - 6:30 PM (Cloverbuds - 5:30 pm)
March 31       HLS Video Contest submission due for March


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