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2020 Events

Updated 6/1/2020

The State 4-H office has moved all of its programming to a virtual format until further notice. For the status of county-based programming, please check with your University of California Cooperative Extension County office.

Guidance for Event Planners

Our priority is ensuring the safety of the young people in the 4-H program, their families, and our community.

Changes to 4-H state and national events

(as of 12/8/2020)

All California 4-H events and national 4-H events are being held virtually.

County 4-H Events

Please check with your county on the status of county events and activities. Each county is following the directive of their county public health agency as well as the state (CDPH) and national (CDC) guidance.

4-H Day and Resident Camp Requirements during COVID-19

June 18, 2020

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, additional measures must be taken to ensure the health and safety of those involved in 4-H day and resident camp programs across the state.

These measures reach beyond the existing policies and procedures contained in the 4-H Camp Safety Guidebook and the 4-H Camp Emergency Plan.

Camp will look different this year (and that’s okay)



Presentation (6/18/2020) - Day and Resident Camp Requirements (PDF) - Presented on June 18, 2020, this presentation gives on overview of the requirements for 4-H day and resident camps

Additional Guidance for Operating 4-H Resident Camps during COVID-19 (PDF) - This document was adapted from the American Camp Association’s Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance.

CDC Camp Decision Tree (PDF) - The purpose of this tool is to assist directors or administrators in making (re)opening decisions regarding youth programs and camps during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.

COVID-19 Day Camp Industry Guidance from California Dept. of Public Health, effective June 12, 2020(PDF)

Pre-camp Health Screening Form (PDF)

Health Screening Form (PDF)


We have received many questions about the status of county fairs. We acknowledge the stress and uncertainty that families are going through because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our 4-H staff are working hard to keep you informed and create new learning experiences to support the learning and growth of our 4-H youth.

Please see the April 3 letter from Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty, 4-H Youth Development Program Statewide Director.

Please contact your county 4-H Program Representative about the status of county fairs near you.

Additional information:

Junior Livestock Auction Guidelines

Hiring third party vendors for 4-H Virtual Alternative Livestock Market & Showmanship Events

Market Animal Sale Options in 4-H