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4-H Policies

El Paso County Policies for Success

All 4-H Members and their families are expected to be familiar with the El Paso County Extension 4-H Policies, as well as the Colorado 4-H Youth Development Policies from Colorado State University Extension. It is necessary that 4-H members and their families read and understand both sets of policies as each policy addresses state and county standards that are equally essential to administering and facilitating a successful 4-H Program. The Colorado State Extension 4-H Policies supersede the El Paso County Extension 4-H Policies when something is not addressed in this document.

Enrollment

4-HOnline 2.0, the new 4-H online registration website has just been rolled out and we are still trying to work out the kinks. Please bear with us as we work to make improvements!

Click here to access the new 4-H Enrollment website:

We would like to make families aware of the following issues that we are trying to troubleshoot but currently are not resolved:

  • Once a member/youth enrollment is submitted, you CANNOT
    1. change or delete their projects
    2. upload docs like hunter safety cards
  • Families must email the extension office staff to request these changes
  • So please, 
    1. if applicable, make sure that hunter safety cards are uploaded before hitting submit
    2. Carefully consider the projects your members select
  • The system is not yet set up for members to do Animal ID’s 
    • State will let us know when this is available
  • 4-H Leaders (adults only) who didn’t have birthdates in the prior system cannot register in the new system
    • These leaders received an email from me earlier today asking them to send me their birthdate or call me with their birthdate
    • These volunteers will not be able to register until their birthdate is updated in the system, at this time only staff have been able to make this update
    • Many volunteers should not have this issue

Project Resources

20-21 4-H Resources for new and returning families– here we have combined a variety of resources for families. Contact the extension office with any questions!

Project Resources

Shooting Sports Project Resources

Animal Project Resources

Livestock Project Resources

Livestock Project Help Guide: This helpful guide was designed for families new to or currently enrolled in the livestock project areas. The guide reviews breeding livestock, producer classes, market classes, tag-ins, county/state fair nomination forms, requirements for classes at fair, requirements for livestock project youth members, animal record books, 4-H project completion requirements, and county fair.

Meat Quality Assurance (MQA)

4-H Projects

All 4-H members are required to participate in at least one project per 4-H year.

Project Meetings

  1. It is expected that each 4-H member will attend at least three project meetings in order to gain understanding in a specific project area.
  2. If a club does not offer project meetings, 4-H members should attend project meetings associated with a different club or seek out educational opportunities to supplement project work.

Project Units

In order for a 4-H member to compete in a 4-H project, the member must be enrolled in that project. Multiple units may be associated with specific projects. 4-H members must enroll in the specific unit(s) within a project.

  1. Within a specific project, a 4-H member may enroll in and complete, the same unit multiple times, resulting in a different end-product each time.
  2. A 4-H member may enroll in and complete, multiple units of the same project in the same 4-H year.
  3. Specific project units do not have to be completed in any particular order; however, it is highly recommended that the 4-H member progress through the units in a chronological way.
  4. 4-H members may exhibit all project units in which they are enrolled, but exhibition is not required for project completion.

NOTE: Clubs may have additional participation requirements for continued participation in their club and to maintain active status within the club. This is different and separate from county and state project completion requirements and may vary from club to club.

4-H Project Manuals

Families are encouraged to buy manuals for the projects that members are enrolled in to supplement their understanding of the project. When the enrollments are complete on 4HOnline, the 4-H members can pick up their project manuals from the El Paso County Extension Office. Each resource book does vary on pricing.

4-H Leader and Member Manual Recall

4-H members and volunteer-leaders are asked to please return all unused and borrowed 4-H project manuals to the El Paso County Extension Office.

Animal and Livestock Manuals

All animal projects (i.e., Beef, Sheep, Swine, Goat, Llama/Alpaca, Horse, Rabbit, Poultry, Dog, and Cat) are meant to be used throughout the 4-H member’s participation in the animal and livestock projects. If a replacement copy is needed, 4-H members will need to purchase a replacement manual. The premier exhibitor tests will be written from information in the resource manuals.

Excerpted from the El Paso County Extension 4-H Policies for Success (pg 12)

Fair

Record Books

Record Books

Family Consumer Science/Shooting Sports

Animal Record Books

  • Click Here for Record Book Templates from the state website
  • 4-H members in animal projects must complete an enterprise E-Record book. This means that only one record book per project area (Example: Companion animals, horse, dog, breeding livestock, and market livestock). This means you wi ll combine species within project areas  
    • Examples: breeding rabbits and breeding beef in one book (breeding livestock record book) ; market swine and market goat in one book (market livestock record book); companion rabbit, llama, and cavy in one book (companion animal record book).
  • Breeding projects and market projects must be kept in separate books due to supplementary forms.
  • Click here for Supplementary Form Templates from the state website
  • 4-H members are encouraged to use 4-H E-Record folders, which can be purchased at the El Paso County Extension Office, or thin covers, not 3-ring binders as they take up too much space.

Overall Policies (Applies to all record books)

  • 4-H members must complete an E-Record for each project the 4-H member is enrolled in and receive a score of 70% or above.
  • The official rubrics and score sheet should be used when grading E-Records. Rubrics and score sheets are posted on the El Paso County Extension website on the Leader Toolbox page. If a record book is graded using the wrong rubric or does not follow outlined policies than it will not move onto further outside grading.
  • Club organizational leaders are responsible for collecting  and ensuring the following record books are graded by the deadline set by the El Paso CSU Extension office:
    • Animal record books
    • General/Family and Consumer Science/Shooting sports record books that were not submitted for grading at El Paso County Fair
  • Organizational leaders can delegate the grading of the record books to project leaders or other knowledgeable 4-H Volunteers
  • If a 4-H member turns in an unsatisfactory E-Record, they should be given one week to revise the E-Record to reach a score of 70% or higher. If E-Record revisions are required and completed, the 4-H member will not be eligible for end-of-year E-Record awards, but the satisfactory revisions will meet the completion requirement. Members that choose not to make the necessary changes to reach a score of 70% or higher will not meet the completion requirement.

Excerpted from the El Paso County Extension 4-H Policies for Success (pg 13)

Officer Books

Club Officer Handbook

Scoresheets

Scholarships

El Paso County 4-H Foundation Scholarship Application

This application is due by 5pm on March 15 and must be mailed to

El Paso County 4-H Foundation,
c/o Kathy Hisey, President
24 Circle C Road
Fountain, CO 80817

Or email to epc4hfoundation1@gmail.com

El Paso County 4-H Request for Foundation Funds
  • This form is used to request funds from our El Paso County 4-H Foundation. Fund requests can go toward a variety of 4-H activities like paying for a 4-H event, membership dues, fundraiser supplies or anything 4-H-related.

Please mail your application to:
El Paso County 4-H Foundation,
c/o Kathy Hisey, President
24 Circle C Road
Fountain, CO 80817

Or email to epc4hfoundation1@gmail.com

Colorado 4-H Senate Scholarship Form 
  • This form is used to request funds from the Colorado 4-H Senate. It is used for State Conference, LDC, CLC and Youth Fest. Form must be complete and received (not postmarked) 10 days before the event registration due date.

EPC 4-H Virtual Team


El Paso County 4-H Virtual Team

4-Hers in El Paso County aren’t taking a passive stance towards the Covid-19 pandemic.  Rather than just standing by, 4-Her’s came up with a unique way to involve youth and families in our county.  4 youth members, Richard Brinkman, Bella Moore, Arilynn Johnson, and Helen Rhymer have formed the EPC 4-H Virtual Team.  The team is advised currently by Mr. Dan Hagmaier (4-H Photography Project Leader) and 4-H Extension Agents.  The team’s purpose is to encourage and engage in unique ways during this uncertain time.  The team will achieve this by fostering and continuing a learning environment for 4-H, present activities to engage and challenge our youth, and strengthen and bring our 4-H community together through virtual technology.  There are 4 components to this project: informational & educational videos, trivia & challenges, activities, and published demo/speech videos.  We are working with an established publication schedule of Monday (informational/educational videos, trivia and challenge release), Wednesday (family activities), and Friday (request from 4-H members for video content).

Share Your 4-H Demos & Speeches!

Guidelines and Upload Instructions

Challenge Videos

Activity Videos and Instructions

Demonstration Videos

Trivia Questions

Click here to upload and submit your trivia answers!

Animal Project Video Resources

Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.