Last Update: July 13, 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

A message from the 4-H Nova Scotia Board of Directors:

Until now, 4-H programming has, for the most part, taken place in person. Since we have suspended all 4-H regular in-person programming indefinitely, we are pivoting from that traditional in-person structure to a virtual environment so you can continue to engage as a 4-H family. To do so, we need to be safe and we need to have guidelines in place. Therefore, the Board has developed the 4-H Nova Scotia Instructions to Implement Communications and Virtual
Meetings in an Electronic Environment.

These Instructions have components which apply to all leaders and members who engage in communications and virtual meetings across the electronic environment. You are required to ensure that you follow all of those which apply to you. Throughout all of this, the 4-H Nova Scotia Code of Conduct continues to apply.

We are very much aware of the risks inherent in a virtual environment and intend to do everything we can to ensure the safety of everyone in 4-H Nova Scotia.  

Support

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

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 at Home

Weekly online 4-H programming.
NOTE: Please review virtual guidelines.

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? 

Office Operations

4-H Nova Scotia office operations during the pandemic.

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.

Clubs & Counties

Information on club and county activities.

PLEASE NOTE: On March 22, 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 July 26, 2020. 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.

Latest News

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. 4-H Nova Scotia will host Facebook Live Sessions as needed.

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 - Postponed for the remainder for the 2019-2020 4-H year.

  • Clubs must postpone any events/activities for the remainder of the 2019/2020 4-H year (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 - Postponed for the remainder for the 2019-2020 4-H year.

  • Club and County Public Speaking events are postponed.
  • County Meetings must be transitioned to a conference call (please contact Shannon 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.
    Communication has been sent out to all participating members with further instruction and information.

 

  • Atlantic Members Conference (April 24 - 26, 2020) - Postponed.
    Communication will be sent out to all participating members with further instruction and information.

 

  • 4-H Weekend (May 1 - 2, 2020) - Postponed.
    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) - Postponed.

 

  • Chocolate Bar Fundraising Campaign - Extended (June 15, 2020)
    The Chocolate Bar Fundraising Campaign will be extended to 15 June 2020. 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.

 

  • Camp Rankin (July 5 - August 7, 2020) - Postponed.

 

  • Nova Scotia Provincial Show (October 2 - 3, 2020) - Postponed.

 

  • Annual General Meeting (November 20 - 21, 2020) - As planned.

Competition Cancellations & Postponements

 

  • Public Speaking and Demonstrations (Remainder of 2019/2020) - Postponed.

 

  • Tug-Of-War (Remainder of 2019/2020) - Postponed.

 

  • Woodsmen (Remainder of 2019/2020) - Postponed.
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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 (December 1 - 6, 2020)

 

  • 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 - In-person cancelled - Virtual Fair (May 9 - 15, 2020)

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 - NEW
    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!