Introducing 4-H Teams in Harper County!
In order to increase participation and learning, we are starting a 6 month contest that will challenge you to dive deeper into various 4-H projects. The goal is to create a more purposeful experience for young people in 4-H projects where they are team members accountable for each other to learn together, experience new activities together and grow through project work together. The team’s effort should dedicate time to community service and leadership.
Teams consist of three (3) 4-Hers(no more, no less, per team)
- Members may be of any 4-H age (in fact, older 4-Hers are encouraged to partner with younger members for mentoring)
- Members may be from any club in Harper County
- Group members cannot be family members/in the same household
- Members do not have to be enrolled in all project areas, but all three members must be present at the same “team” related event to capture points
- A 4-Her not enrolled in one of the project areas may participate as long as they are present with team members and actively learning and participating with his or her team
- No 4-Her may be on more than one team
How it works
- Teams will post activities to a private Facebook group where all participants in the team are part of the group/can see the posts.
- Activities are captured in a picture with all three of the team members in the picture. A caption detailing activity, including where and what was learned must accompany the picture to count.
- Activity must be posted on the day it happened to be counted (within 24 hours of event). (No creative double posting of the same activity)
- Each activity with properly documented picture and story will count for points (see point system)
- If the top teams are close in points, there may be an interview process to determine final placings.
- This is a learning opportunity, not specifically tied to a single project area.
Purposeful and meaningful team participation will be recorded from March 15 through Aug. 15, 2020.
- Teams may do the activity more than once for points in the same category, but cannot count the same activity for more than one category.
- The Facebook post must specifically name what point category the activity counts for and what was learned/experienced to count.
- Bonus points given to teams with age diversity (senior 4-Hers mentoring junior/intermediate 4- Hers)
Points are awarded and tabulated by the Extension Office with the best judgement of the guidelines published. Since this is the debut year, if rules must be adapted participants will be notified via the Facebook group.
1st, 2nd & 3rd place teams will be recognized at the 4-H Achievement Banquet in the fall.
(Teams must earn a minimum of 20 points to be considered for the top 3 placings, and there must be more than 5 teams to award the top 3 awards. If there only 4 teams earning 20 points or more, only the first and second place teams will be awarded. If there are less than 3 teams earning 20 points or more, only first place will be awarded.)
The Team 4-H contests will begin March 15 with registration open through April 15. But remember, you cannot earn team points until your team is officially registered, and no activities count towards the contest until March 15.
Use the same registration link to make your selection for:
Team 4-H Creative Arts (visual arts, photography, fiber arts, clothing)
Team 4-H Healthy Living (health & wellness and foods & nutrition)
Team Outdoor Adventures (wildlife, geology, entomology, environmental study, horticulture & plant science)
Remember team members cannot be from the same household (or manage small animals/livestock together, if applicable). This is a 4-H program learning opportunity, not specifically tied to one project area, but includes 4-H learning in the defined project areas of each team challenge.
4-Hers can be on more than one 4-H Team, but the same team members cannot make up a team in more than one 4-H Team area. (i.e. a Team 4-H Creative Arts team cannot also compete as the same team member in the 4-H Healthy Living challenge).
The challenges will begin as early as March 15, but registration can continue through April 15. However, there is no back dating activities for official points. Remember, all three members must be present at each activity for it to count for team points.