Many people have become “a person of character” by guiding their thoughts and actions from the sage advice of tried and true maxims. To learn more about maxims, youth may participate in the SD 4-H Quotes to Live By Essay Contest which youth will select a maxim and write how this essay impacts their life or our world. Additional information can be found in the State 4-H 2017 Official Contestant Packet Quotes to Live By Essay Contest.
View South Dakota 4-H state and national event dates and deadline reminders. Check back regularly throughout the 4-H year for updates and new information.
Record keeping is a rewarding process. For a youth, it may be a daunting process. It can be time consuming to complete. Youth participating in 4-H are encouraged to keep records annually through a 4-H Recordbook. The primary purpose of completing a recordbook is for youth to develop the skills necessary to set goals, work toward achieving those goals, reflect on his/her experiences, and set new and higher goals for themselves.
4-Hers who enter photography exhibits at the South Dakota State Fair have the opportunity to be featured in the annual South Dakota 4-H Calendar. The 2017 calendar will include images from 46 different 4-H youth, ages 8 to 18 from 27 different South Dakota counties, and is available for purchase at the iGrow Store.
Many youth and adults in South Dakota drive to and from school and work each day. Some of these trips are later in the evening. Being prepared for winter driving conditions could help save your life. Let’s look at some safety precautions that should be part of winter travel plans for youth and families.
This week’s intense heat wave has many people reminding themselves about how to keep themselves safe from the heat and humidity – but people should consider those measures for their pets as well. Heat stress signs serve as an alert to animal owners that their pet’s body is working hard to cool itself down, and that more severe problems – such as heat stroke - may result if help is not provided.
The 4-H FOCUS is the official "You Heard It Here First" newsletter of the SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program.
SDSU Extension and South Dakota 4-H participated in the 24th annual Big Sioux Water Festival on the campus of SDSU, May 10. Students from area schools were engaged in many area of the festival. The festival is a one day water themed event where youth can apply their knowledge of water education they have learned in their classrooms.
Attending the State 4-H Shoot is an exhilarating and sometimes scary experience, because it is such a large event. The first time you walk through the door, you may feel intimidated; just take a deep breath, and put on a smile, because you will soon be meeting some very friendly folks! Each archery age group has its own range in the EXPO Building. If you are unsure you are on the correct range, just ask, someone will be happy to direct you.
Dale Foiles serves as the range officer on the CMP range during the State Shoot in late April. He shares the following tips and reminders for coaches with youth shooting in the CMP competition.
The 4-H Strategic Futures report provides guidance on direction, goals, and action ideas to strengthen the 4-H program.
Dogs and cats are often considered part of the family, so attention to their health is important. Animal health is determined by environment, nutrition, and preventive medicine including routine examinations and vaccinations. When one of these fails, the pet’s health may be jeopardized. The easiest of these to control is nutrition.
Mining Engineers are responsible for the efficient development of mines and other surface and underground operations used to extract natural resources. Their responsibilities require them to understand their environment as well as the structures in which they work. They are involved with everything from initial surveys to the final closure and land rehabilitation.
Materials engineers develop, process, and test materials that can be used to create a wide range of products. These products can be used everywhere from the medical industry to the grocery store. Metallurgical engineers focus on the development of metals. They work with every stage of the metal making process: extraction, refining, and recycling while solving issues of corrosion and product strength.
Mechanical Engineers combine the principles of materials, energy, mathematics, and physics to design and manufacture machines utilized in all aspects of life. Mechanical engineering is a very broad field encompassing research, design, development, and manufacturing. Many of its sub-disciplines spill over into other fields of engineering.
Electrical engineers work with the development and manufacturing of electrical systems and equipment such as motors, communication systems, power generation equipment, and electronics. Electrical engineers design circuits to perform specific functions that allow electronic devices to run safely, reliably, efficiently, and predictably.
Civil engineers are those that work with built environments. This includes but is not limited to roads, bridges, buildings, and water and air systems. Some highlighted specialty areas include: transportation, structural engineering and environmental engineering.
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers come from a variety of different backgrounds and from numerous locations across the globe. Let’s take a moment to meet some from right here in South Dakota.
4-H is at the forefront of programs that provide opportunities for youth to partake in experiential and inquiry-based learning. When a spirit of innovation, creativity, and curiosity is added to this, you have an ideal setting for engineering education. Not only does that structure of 4-H lend to an ideal setting for engineering education, but engineering lends well to the 4 H’s of youth development.
We live in a society where technology allows us to communicate with friends and family around the world, deposit checks without ever going to the bank, shop in our pajamas from the comfort of our couch, and find the answers to almost anything with just the click of a button. But in the midst of all these connections, it is easy to loose sight of the potential risks of these actions.
For several years, there has been a push for science education. National 4-H launched a campaign to train a million new young scientists by 2013. New programs, camps and out-of-school opportunities started all over the country, and not just for high school students. Companies such as Lego Education created new kits and curriculum to engage youth as young as kindergarten in things like wind power and simple machines. Engineering and math activities became central to many of these programs. Why so many, and why so young?
South Dakota 4-H hosts camps and conferences to provide youth with positive educational experiences. A variety of options are available throughout the year. Visit this page often for updated information and registration materials.
SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development offers support to multi-state competitions held in South Dakota that offer opportunities for 4-H members.
Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a week-long 4-H citizenship program for 4-H’ers, thousands of which come to the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD, each summer, to learn about the democratic process, their role as citizens, and experience our nation’s capital. The 2017 South Dakota Delegation will travel to CWF June 17 – 25, 2017.
The 2016 State 4-H Skill-a-thon was held September 16 and the Livestock Judging Contest was held September 17 on the South Dakota State University campus in the Animal Science building.
The South Dakota State Fair is the result of countless hours of dedication by 4-H members, parents, volunteers and staff. This page has been created as your go-to source for all of the information you need for 4-H exhibits at this year's fair.
The 4-H Shooting Sports program develops safe shooting habits in youth ages 8-19. Students practice under the guidance of certified instructors and coaches who have received over 15 hours of training in the areas of safety, techniques, coaching and youth development
South Dakota 4-H dog project members exhibit their accomplishments durin the State 4-H Dog Show, held annually in Mitchell, SD.
The Mitchell Trap Club will host the Fall State 4-H Shoot September 10-11, 2016 in Mitchell, South Dakota. Youth qualify by participating in a qualification match in their home county, and then registering for the shoot by August 31, 2016.
The 2016 State Horse Show was held July 18-21 in Huron at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.
This summer 4-H members in teams of sophomores, juniors or seniors (from 2015-16 school year) in high school along with a supportive adult mentor now have the opportunity to bring the popular SD 4-H Teens as Teachers program to their community! Teenaged youth participating in this program will make a difference in their communities while teaching others, deepen their own learning, and will be supported by caring adults to empower them.
Volunteers have been an integral part of the South Dakota 4-H program from its very beginning. However, due to changes in society an increased vigilance in the protection of our youth that we serve has changed the way volunteers in South Dakota are managed.
The South Dakota 4-H Volunteer Hall of Fame was established in 2002 as part of the 100th birthday celebration of 4-H. Its purpose is to recognize and celebrate adult volunteers in South Dakota who have dedicated themselves to making significant contributions to the development of the SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program in the areas of: Character, Citizenship, Leadership, and Career Accomplishment.
Everyone likes to be recognized for doing a good job – including volunteers! Volunteer recognition does not need to be formal, public, or expensive. This article features a list of recognition ideas which can be used to recognize Extension Volunteers.
The 4-H Volunteer Work Agreement has been updated to help volunteers fill out and submit the forms properly to their county office. All new volunteers must complete the updated SDSU 4-H Volunteer Work Agreement Form found on iGrow.