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Instagram Basics for 4-H Clubs

A sample instagram post from Washington County 4-HThere’s no one size fits all approach to marketing your 4-H club or letting people know the good stuff that’s going on in 4-H. But, it just got a little easier. Social media can be an efficient way to communicate with 4-H families and also recognize the great things 4-Hers are doing! Like Facebook, you can now have multiple Instagram accounts. I just created an Instagram account for Washington County 4-H, so naturally, I want to make it work for my 4-H program. Here are some tips to make your Instagram page stand out.

Which Type of Account?– Instagram offers three different types of accounts: personal, creative, and business. For 4-H Clubs, the best bet is a Business account.

Think Visual Impact – Facebook is a text/visual platform, Twitter is a text only platform, and Instagram is a visual platform. So use Instagram to share images and videos with your audience. Choose a single image that is impactful, that tells a story, that showcases one thing. Build your post around a single person, an event, behind the scenes, re-post from your followers, motivate, or educational posts on how to do or make something.

Don’t Overshare – Be choosy about which photo you share on Instagram. You might upload an entire album to Facebook, but use Instagram to feature your most dynamic photo. Stay away from posting similar photos, and don’t post more than once a day. 

Filters – When you upload your photo, you can enhance it using filters. You can also adjust brightness, contrast, structure, and warmth. Remember, you want that one photo to stand out and be impactful. 

Build Your Audience – Let your club members, parents, and supporters know where to find you. Include links to your pages in all of your emails, texts, marketing materials, articles, etc. 

Videos – You can also upload videos that are one minute or less in length.

Go Live – Here’s a great way to show what’s going on right now in your club. Share a 4-Her shooting skeet, showing livestock, taking a cake out of the oven, working on a sewing project or practicing a showmanship pattern.

Check out these resources to help you get the most out of Instagram. Be sure to review the UF policies on social media to protect youth privacy, or plan to attend our webinar March 18th at 6pm central/7pm eastern to learn policies, tips and tricks for using social media to enhance your club!



Summer Just Isn’t Summer Without 4-H Camp

Summer Just Isn’t Summer Without 4-H Camp

For years, kids and teens have enjoyed a week at 4-H Camp and have participated in day camps in their home counties. But this summer, those traditional activities have been put on hold.

graphic instructions to register for summer programs4-H Agents in the Florida panhandle know that summer just isn’t summer without 4-H camps. So, they are bringing summer camp to you with new camps introduced each week through the end of July! Beginning May 18th, registration is open for these virtual summer camps:

  • Range Ready Shotgun Camp
  • Culinary Arts
  • Tailgate Grilling
  • Lead with 4-H – Civic Engagement and Community Leadership
  • Graphic Design
  • 4-H STEM Challenge – Roller Coaster Science
  • Rabbits and Poultry
  • From Seed to Food and Plant to Plate
  • Having Sew Much Fun
  • #Beekeeper
  • W.O.L.F. Camp – Wildlife & Outdoors Leadership Focus
  • And more…

4-H Summer Adventure Camps are open to youth ages 5-18 years old, and you don’t have to be a 4-H member to participate. They are also free of charge!  Our website, pictured above, will give you a description of the camps, intended ages, and registration link. Click to view the camp description and registration page.

To register, you’ll enter your camper’s information, and choose your camps. Once your camper is registered, you’ll be contacted by email by a UF/IFAS Extension 4-H agent with a direct link to the camp page. All camps are formatted to work on computers, tablets, and smartphones.

For more information about 4-H in your county, find your local UF/IFAS Extension office.

Agri-Science Summit: A National 4-H Opportunity

Youth separating cheese curds

Participants cutting cheese curds at the 2019 Agri-Science Youth Summit, National 4-H Convention Center. Photo credit: Marie Arick

Are you interested in an in-depth exploration focused on agriculture, animal sciences, and wildlife biology?  The National Youth Agri-Science Summit is an experience for teens in 9-12 grade where you’ll explore different agricultural aspects through hands-on workshops and activities.  Held January 9-12, 2020, you’ll travel to the National 4-H Conference Center just outside of Washington, DC, for the event.

Ted McKinney, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agriculture Affairs, US Department of Agriculture, will kick off the event.  Also featured is a Career Fair panel that includes Park Rangers, Community Garden Specialists, Veterinarians, and various University Extension personnel. A small sample of session titles are:

  • The Magic of Digestion
  • Teens Teach Environmental Science
  • Exploring Dairy Science Say Cheese
  • Entomophagy: Food for the Future.

The experience wouldn’t be complete without being treated to trips into Washington DC – a trip to the Smithsonian and an evening tour of the National Mall.

This opportunity for teens in grades 9-12 will be held at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The youth participant cost begins at $610 per participant. Chaperone costs begin at $725. These costs cover all materials, activities, lodging, and meals. Other travel costs should also be considered. If you are interested in attending this event, contact your 4-H Agent.

4-H Chick Chain Project Coming to a Close

4-H Chick Chain Project Coming to a Close

girl holding a chicken

Learning responsibility is just one of the many skills learned through  4-H Chick Chain.

Since March, 4-Hers have watched their chicks grow day by day into pullets.  Spanning six months, the 4-H Chick Chain project teaches youth how to care for growing chickens.  They’ve learned all about nutrition, housing needs, and disease management along with showmanship preparation and practices.  Youth kept project books of their experiences, taking note of expenses, and breed information.  Youth who participated in the past 2018 project have continued to care for their chickens who are now laying eggs and providing a food source for their family.

On September 28th, youth will participate in the 2019 4-H Chick Chain Show.  For 2019 projects, youth will exhibit two of their best project pullets (a pullet is less than one year old at laying age), participate in showmanship to show off their handling skills, and enjoy a skill-a-thon to show what information and knowledge they’ve learned during the year.  For 2018 projects, those youth will bring their two best layers which are now in peak egg production.

youth display their awards

Best of Breed winners from the 2018 4-H Chick Chain

2019 4-H Chick Chain Show Details

For youth participating in the 2019 4-H Chick Chain Show, remember to register through your 4HOnline profile by midnight, September 13th.  Your project book and photography entries are also due to your 4-H agent that day.

Youth will earn awards in skill-a-thon and showmanship. Awards will be given to best of breed and overall champions will be named.

Here’s a timeline of events for the 2019 4-H Chick Show:
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Washington County Ag Center – 1424 Jackson Ave, Chipley, FL – check-in on the west end of the building.

  • If your flock is NPIP certified, bring your card to check-in
  • 8-8:30 am – District II Check-in (Walton, Washington)
  • 9-9:30 am – District III Check-in (Leon, Liberty, Jefferson, Wakulla, Franklin, Gadsden)
  • 10-10:30 am – District I Check-in (Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa)

As soon as birds are checked-in, youth will participate in showmanship and skill-a-thon with awards tentatively scheduled for 12 pm.


Welcome to the 2019-2020 4-H Year!

Welcome to the 2019-2020 4-H Year!

4-H officer campaign sign

Get involved as a 4-H officer!

August is an exciting time of year.  Shopping for school supplies, meeting new teachers, seeing old friends, making new ones AND getting ready for the 2019-2020 4-H Year.  Your 4-H agents and club leaders are ready to kick off the year with new clubs, returning clubs, and opportunities to make this a fun and educational year.

Here are some things to do now for the new 4-H Year:

Youth displaying a trophy they won

Show what you’ve learned through 4-H competitive events.

Upcoming NW 4-H District dates:  

  • August 20 – Re-enroll or enroll in your county 4-H program @
    Need a paper enrollment instead?
    Paper forms are available for families without internet access:
    Enrollment Form
    Participation Form
    Spanish Forms
    Update your contact information, clubs & projects
    • Pay the $20 Florida 4-H Membership Fee
      You’ll get an email after enrolling directing you to pay or pay here.
  • September 1 – 2019-2020 4-H Year begins
  • September 1-13 – Register for the 2019 4-H Chick Chain Show @
    • You’ll need to be re-enrolled with your fee paid to register
  • September 19-22 – Southern Region 4-H Teen Leader Conference 
  • September 28 – 4-H Chick Chain District Show

Questions?  Contact your 4-H Agent & get involved with 4-H!