Last Update: March 30, 2020

 

In light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, 4-H Nova Scotia has made the disappointing, but necessary, decision to suspend all 4-H activities across the province until 15 April 2020.

This page will continue to be updated as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold.

PLEASE NOTE: On 22 March, the Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The state of emergency will be in effect for 14 days and may be renewed. The emergency order is valid until noon on 5 April 2020. We strongly advise all members, volunteers, and staff to take precaution and follow the directives set out by the Government of Nova Scotia during this time.

We want you to know the health and well-being of our youth, leaders, families, and employees continue to be our top concern.

It is important to come together as a community to do what we can to support each other while maintaining a safe distance. Please refer to our external links below for resources to help guide you through the days ahead.

Please direct any 4-H Nova Scotia comments, questions, or concerns relating to COVID-19 (Corona Virus) to c19@4hnovascotia.ca but first, check out our FAQs below!

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 until April 15, 2020, when we will reassess.
  • 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 - Suspended until April 15, 2020.

  • Clubs must suspend any in-person events/activities until April 15, 2020 (this includes general meetings, project meetings, fundraisers, Achievement Days, community service activities, etc).Clubs or project groups can 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 - Suspended until April 15, 2020.

  • Club and County Public Speaking events are to be postponed.
  • County Meetings must be postponed or transitioned to a conference call (please contact Shannon in the 4-H office for assistance if required). 

4-H Nova Scotia
Event Cancellations & Postponements

 

  • Kevin Grant Tour (March 16 - 17, 2020) - Cancelled.
    Communication has been sent out to all participating members with further instruction and information.
  • Atlantic Members Conference (March 27 - 29, 2020) - Postponed (April 24 - 26, 2020)
    Communication has been sent out to all participating members with further instruction and information.
  • 4-H Weekend (May 1 - 2, 2020) - Cancelled.
    Based on recent notification from Dalhousie University regarding their cancellations, 4-H Weekend is cancelled for 2020. This includes all Public Speaking, Demonstration, Ambassador, and Woodsmen Competitions.
  • St.F.X. Leadership Conference (May 8 - 9, 2020) - Cancelled.
  • Chocolate Bar Fundraising Campaign - Extended (June 15, 2020)
    The Chocolate Bar Fundraising Campaign will be extended to 15 June 2020. PLEASE NOTE: On 22 March, the Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The state of emergency will be in effect for 14 days and may be renewed. The emergency order is valid until noon on 5 April 2020. We strongly advise all members, volunteers, and staff to take precaution and follow the directives set out by the Government of Nova Scotia during this time. The counties will be expected to submit payment, along with the names for the random draw, no later than 1 July 2020. 4-H Nova Scotia will keep you informed if a further extension is advised.

4-H Canada
Event Cancellations & Postponements

4-H Canada’s current priorities are to determine the 30 and 60 day programming plan for national programs. They will continue to assess risk on an ongoing basis and are following recommended steps from public, local, and federal government agencies. We are continuing to communicate regarding this issue. 

 

  • US National Conference - (March 28 - April 2, 2020) - Postponed (September 26 - October 1, 2020)
  • Hands to Larger Service & Youth Service Leader Training (April through August) - Postponed (2021)
  • Citizenship Congress (May 5 to 10, 2020) - Postponed. (Date to be determined)
  • Careers on the Grow Internships (May through July) - Postponed (Summer 2021)
  • Club to Club Exchanges (June through August) - Postponed (Summer 2021)
  • Going Global Exchanges (June through August) - Postponed (Summer 2021)
  • Canada Wide Science Fair - Cancelled.

FAQs

With 4-H Nova Scotia programming being suspended, we know our membership has a lot of questions. We want to do our best to answer all of your questions to the best of our ability. We will continue to update this list as more questions come in.

Since we cannot meet in person, what can we do?

  • Hold virtual meetings (Skype, Zoom, Facetime, etc.)
  • Work at home with parental supervision on your projects.

Can we still complete our 4-H year?

  • Yes, all 4-H in-person events have been temporarily suspended. Please use technology to your benefit to host virtual meetings. The 4-H office will provide support to all of our stakeholders as information becomes available.

Can I still complete Commit to Kids?

  • Yes, Commit to Kids is an online training so this is an excellent opportunity to scratch that off your to-do list!

Can we work on our projects?

  • Yes, please continue to work on your project work with parental supervision. Please DO NOT hold project meetings. If you have animal projects, please continue to ensure that your animals are cared for.

Is this for all 4-H activities?

  • Yes this includes all 4-H activities.
  • This includes general meetings, county meetings, project meetings, all public speaking, judging, and any other event held within the current exclusion dates. Please check back often for any further updates.

What does this mean for club events?

  • All in-person club events must be suspended until April 15, 2020.
  • Consider hosting virtual meetings. Use teleconference systems like Zoom or Skype to virtually get together with your entire club from the safety of your own home.
    Zoom actually has a great page with resources on how to connect and meet using their services during this challenging time.

How can we vote? How do we conduct club business?

  • If you must conduct club business you can use digital options like a Doodlepoll to vote during virtual meetings.
  • Send agenda items to your general leader and club president to add to the next agenda.

What 4-H activities can we still do?

Can my club still do fundraising?

  • No, please do not host any in-person fundraising events. This includes selling lottery tickets.
  • Currently active or planned virtual fundraising is acceptable.
  • Our chocolate bar fundraising campaign has been extended to June 15, 2020, with final submissions to the 4-H office by July 1, 2020, to accommodate this down time.

Can we still move forward with Achievement Days or Regional Rallies?

  • As of now, 4-H Nova Scotia programming is suspended until April 15. If your Achievement Day or Regional Rally is after this date, it can still continue as planned.
  • The Board of Directors will continue to monitor the situation, and determine whether further suspension of programming is required beyond April 15, 2020.
  • If further suspension is required, we will communicate at that time.

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