Last Update: April 29, 2021

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

4-H Nova Scotia's response to COVID-19

PLEASE NOTE:

As per NS Public Health, effective 8:00 a.m. April 28th, 2021, the following restrictions are in place:

  • Nova Scotians can only gather indoors or outdoors with their household bubble, which is the people they live with.
  • No unnecessary travel between communities; a community is defined as the municipality where you live - people should stay as close to home as possible when accessing essential or necessary services or products.

All 4-H activities that go against these guidelines, even those previously approved, should be cancelled, adjusted, or postponed until further notice. 

Thank you for your continued support and patience. We are doing our best to keep on top of these complicated government guidelines and restrictions as they are announced. When changes are announced, we will adjust accordingly and strive to provide information to you in a timely manner.

Planning an In-Person Meeting?

Follow these easy steps to ensure your next meeting runs smoothly.

Reopening 4-H Nova Scotia

Information regarding 4-H Nova Scotia's Phased Reopening Plan and guidelines to follow

Virtual Guidelines

Important guidelines and information to review prior to engaging with 4-H members electronically.

FAQs

Click here for an upated list of our frequently asked questions.

4-H Nova Scotia

Up-to-date information on 4-H NS events and activities.

4-H Canada

Up-to-date information on National events and conferences.

Support

Information on mental health, Kid's Help Phone, and other support.

Office Operations

4-H Nova Scotia office operations during the pandemic.

External Links

Please refer to our external links below for resources to help guide you through the days ahead.

Fun for Families

Craving ideas to help survive the days without the routine of school and extracurricular activities? 

Clubs & Counties

Information on club and county activities.

PLEASE NOTE: On March 22, 2020, the Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The emergency order has been extended until noon on May 2, 2021. We strongly advise all members, volunteers, and staff to take precautions and follow the directives set out by the Government of Nova Scotia during this time.

Planning an In-person Meeting?

As per NS Public Health, effective 8:00 a.m. April 28th, 2021, the following restrictions are in place:

  • Nova Scotians can only gather indoors or outdoors with their household bubble, which is the people they live with.
  • No unnecessary travel between communities; a community is defined as the municipality where you live - people should stay as close to home as possible when accessing essential or necessary services or products.

All In-person 4-H activities are suspended at this time. Events previously approved, should be cancelled, adjusted, or postponed until further notice. 

Let's start at the beginning. Have you read the "4-H Nova Scotia Programming in 2021" document?

We know it's long, but it's full of great information and will answer many of your questions! Think of this as your meeting guidelines.

Step 1: Plan! Plan! Plan!

Sounds easy, right? Read the Guidelines above and be sure to get familiar with the NS Government Guidelines, as well.

Step 2: Submit your Forms

This part is easy. Fill out the 4-H NS COVID-19 Meeting Form and send it to us at least 14 days in advance.

Step 3: Activity Request

If your event is considered high risk (ie: woodsmen, highway clean-up, etc) or is a multi-club event, you will also need to complete a 4-H Canada Activity Plan as reviewed in our leader training sessions at least 14 days in advance.

But what about my waivers?

Everyone who attends a 4-H Nova Scotia event has to fill out a COVID Waiver. The good news? You only have to fill it out once!

Now, it's important to fill your waiver out properly. We've created some great resources for you. First, there is an instructional PDF that you can print and have at your event. Secondly, we have a video that walks you through the process.

Don't forget that we have some great resources below that you should review before your meeting!

Reopening 4-H Nova Scotia: Five-Phase Plan

On September 4, 2020 the 4-H Nova Scotia Board of Directors released their five-phase reopening plan and launched phase one!

As of November 9, 2020, 4-H Nova Scotia has entered phase two!

Please review the documents below to learn about each phase and ensure you are following all guidelines, policies, and procedures.

 

**Please click your browser's refresh button prior to downloading any forms using the links below. This will help to ensure you are accessing the most up-to-date information.

 

Phases Outline

 

Forms and Waivers

 

Protocols and Guidelines

 

Posters and Info-Graphics

FAQs

These FAQs reflect what we know today, May 5, 2020. It is important to understand there is much that remains uncertain and as we receive updates some answers may need to be adjusted to reflect the new information.

Please continue to send your questions and requests for clarification to 4-H Nova Scotia.

Have more questions? Send them to us at c19@4hnovascotia.ca

4-H Nova Scotia Office Operations

 

We have established a strategy that will enable the 4-H Nova Scotia office staff to continue to work, with as little interruption as possible, from the safety of their homes.

  • The 4-H Nova Scotia physical office space will remain closed indefinitely.

  • Office staff continue to monitor their phone lines, emails, and faxes Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30am – 4:30pm.

4-H Nova Scotia Board Operations

  • The 4-H Nova Scotia Board of Directors will continue to meet monthly via conference call.

  • As the COVID-19 situation develops we will continue to make decisions in the best interests of our 4-H members, leaders, volunteers, and families. Information updates will continue to be released directly to County Council Presidents and Leaders.

Clubs & Counties

Club Events

  • Please refer to the 4-H NS COVID-19 Reopening Plan - Phases 1-5 on our COVID-19 Updates page by clicking the link in the green banner at the top of this page.
  • Club leaders must complete a COVID-19 Meeting Form and receive approval prior to hosting any events/activities (this includes general meetings, project meetings, fundraisers, Achievement Days, community service activities, etc.). Clubs or project groups can also meet virtually, provided there are two screened volunteers participating virtually.
  • Members, project groups, or clubs can participate in virtual challenges and activities.
  • Members can continue to work on their own individual projects with their own families at home (eg. Completing record sheets, working with project animals or on project articles or activities). Youth under 18 years of age must be under the supervision of their parent/guardian as individual work is not considered insurable 4-H activity.

County Events

  • Please refer to the 4-H NS COVID-19 Reopening Plan - Phases 1-5 on our COVID-19 Updates page by clicking the link in the green banner at the top of this page
  • Club and County Public Speaking events can be held in-person while following the provincial guidelines. Please refer to page 11 of the Programming in 2021 document.
  • County Meetings can only be held in person with an approved COVID-19 Meeting Form. Please see COVID Updates page using the link in the banner at the top of the page for further information. Meetings can also still be transitioned to a conference/ZOOM call (please contact Victoria in the 4-H Nova Scotia office for assistance if required). 
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4-H Nova Scotia

Event Cancellations & Postponements

  • Kevin Grant Tour (March 16 - 17, 2020) - Postponed to 2022
    Communication has been sent out to all participating members with further instruction and information. The information in this communication will be carried over into 2022.

 

  • Atlantic Members Conference (April 24 - 26, 2020) - Postponed to 2022
    Communication has been sent out to all participating members with further instruction and information. The information in this communication will be carried over into 2022.

 

  • 4-H Weekend (June 5-6, 2021) - Hybrid (In-Person & Virtual)
    Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we have decided to host our provincial competition in five regions across the province. Please refer to 4-H Weekend page for more information.

 

  • St.F.X. Leadership Conference (May 8 - 9, 2020) - Postponed to 2022

 

  • Chocolate Bar Fundraising Campaign - Cancelled
    In light of current COVID-19 restrictions, the Chocolate Bar Fundraising Campaign has been cancelled for the 4-H year. In the meantime, 4-H Nova Scotia has created a monthly Rafflebox 50/50 draw where counties take home 10% of ticket sales in their county. Contact Victoria Blakey for information on how you can promote sales for your county.
  • Camp Rankin (July - August, 2020) - Postponed to 2022.

 

  • Nova Scotia Provincial Show (October 2, 2021) - Virtual
    Considering the uncertainty of COVID-19, this year 4-H Nova Scotia will be welcoming you to our virtual end-of- year celebration in lieu of our Provincial Show. While we can't provide you with your usual weekend jam packed with competitions and catching up with your 4-H family, we can provide an entertaining event with new competitions, awards, interactive activities, and prizes! Please refer to Pro Show page for more info.

 

  • Annual General Meeting (November 2021) - Virtual.
    Communication will be sent out with more information regarding this year's AGM in the fall. Please refer to AGM page for more information.

Competition Cancellations & Postponements

  • Tug-Of-War (Provincial Competitions) - Postponed to 2022
    Please refer to Programming in 2021 document for more information.

 

  • Woodsmen (Provincial Competitions) - Postponed to 2022
    Please refer to Programming in 2021 document for more information.

Fun Ideas for Families

Craving ideas to help survive the days without the routine of school and extracurricular activities? We will continue to update this list as we find more great ideas. Feel free to share any you have as well at c19@4hnovascotia.ca

  • Global News - How parents are getting through corona virus isolation — without depending on screens.

 

 

 

  • Rebrickable - Combine your old LEGO® to build new creations

 

 

 

  • Gardening with Town of Truro
    Join Urban & Forestry Coordinator, Andrew Williams as he teaches some great gardening tips for those of us who don't have the space for a full in-ground garden!

Support

   We know that life can be tough, especially right now. Our team has compiled a list of resources that might be helpful for you.

 

The provincial Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24/7 for you or someone you are concerned about, (toll-free) 1-888-429-8167. 

In case of emergency, call 911.

Don't forget:

  • Eat as well as possible
  • Exercise regularly
  • Make time for hobbies
  • Get enough sleep
  • Stay connected with family and friends