In the Past Year
Last year, the state 4-H office cancelled in-person programming from March 2020 through August 1, 2020. Subsequently, we created the summer video series while the state offered virtual day camps. When in-person programming resumed on August 1st, things were very different as there were now several COVID-19 safety protocols in place.
In St. Johns County, our membership dropped by more than half, as did the number of clubs. This was a result of several families and volunteers deciding not to participate in 4-H this year because of COVID-19 related issues. For instance, wearing masks indoors and outdoors, group size limits, social distancing, travel restrictions, prohibition on serving food, and sanitation protocol, along with concerns about contracting the virus were some of the reasons given.
Coming Up in Summer 2021
After a year filled with limited countywide programming due to the COVID-19 restrictions, our office planned a fun-filled, dynamic, and educational summer day camp season. To accomplish this, 15 summer day camps taught by volunteers, 4-H faculty and staff, and St. Johns County Extension Faculty will be offered. Summer Day Camp topics include Cloverbuds, outdoor activities, plants, STEM, animal science, cooking, and sewing. The day camps begin June 15 and continue through the end of July. Most day camps are scheduled at Extension Office but one is off-property, and another virtual. Camps are from one to five days long and prices range from $23 to $85.
Registrations and credit card payments for currently active 4-H members will be accepted using the link sent to the family email beginning April 1, 2021. For all other youth, links for registration will be on the website beginning May 1, 2021. A list of all scheduled camps is on the St. Johns County 4-H website.
There is currently a statewide prohibition of overnight events. As such, Camp Cherry Lake Residential Camp will not take place this year and 4-H University will be virtual. We have not heard about 4-H Legislature.
Redeem Clover Awards
Clover awards earned in 2019-2020 are available to currently active 4-H members for use towards summer day camps. Clover awards earned in 2020-2021 are only good through July 31, 2021. No Clover awards will be redeemable past July 31, 2021. Clover Award applications, record books, scholarship applications, and portfolios are due in the 4-H office by 4:00pm on June 1, 2021. To meet the deadline, be sure to get your leader’s and agent’s signatures early.
Let’s Have Some Fun!
Sign up for one of our summer day camps and see what all the excitement is about! Take advantage of the chance to try something new and make friends while you are at it. Bring your sunscreen, lunch, and lots of water while you discover some of what St. Johns County 4-H offers. We hope you will spend some of your summer with us.