4-H in San Mateo/San Francisco Counties
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4-H in San Mateo/San Francisco Counties


4-H events take on a variety of different forms, such as field days, judging, presentation contests, and other educational activities.  These educational events:

  • Allow members an opportunity to showcase their work and receive feedback.
  • Introduce 4-H members to new topics and new skills.
  • Reinforce the learning cycle and allow members to apply knowledge gained in 4-H projects.

 Looking for the Main Calendar? Find it here 

County Council Meetings

County Council is the executive board that oversees the 4-H program. They provide program and financial guidance for the county programs. All 4-H youth and adult members are invited to participate in county council meetings, where many of the decisions regarding the 4-H program are made. Council meetings are held at Fox Elementary School – Middle Room, 3100 St James Rd, Belmont and meeting dates are below.

  • September 24, 2018
  • November 26, 2018
  • January 28, 2019
  • March 25, 2019
  • May 20, 2019

Presentation Day – February TBD – College of San Mateo

Public speaking is an invaluable skill that all 4-Hers learn during their participation in the program. Presentation Day is a fun opportunity for 4-H members to showcase their knowledge in a subject of their choosing. 4-Hers prepare a presentation that is judged on subject knowledge, presentation, organization, voice, manner and appearance, clarity, and the ability to answer questions.

Healthy Living Ambassador Teen Orientation – March TBD

The mission of the 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador program is to meaningfully engage teens in service learning activities that promote the health and well-being of their communities while providing them with skill building and leadership opportunities. Teens can earn up to 40 hours of community service through this 11-week program. 

Animal Field Day – April TBD

Animal Field Day is a county event where youths can learn about what it's like to raise and show a 4-H animal - from the small (cavies, rabbits, poultry) to the large (goats, sheep, swine, steer).  The event takes place at a 4-H farm and the information is presented by youth.  It's a one-stop event to learn about all the animals in one place and find out if you might want to consider raising an animal the following year.  All ages are welcome and no animal project experience is required! See flyer for details.

Please register here if you would like to attend. Registration deadline: Saturday, April 14.

Life Skills Festival and Field Day – April TBD

This event is an opportunity for 4-H members to submit items they have made for competition at the county level. 4-H members participate in sewing, food, and craft projects through-out the year, creating a wonderful array of hand made goods that are showcased during this event. Sewing projects are judged during the Fashion Revue on fit, modeling, and presentation. Gold medal winners are invited to complete in the State Fashion Revue. Competitors must be enrolled in a 4-H sewing project to participate. For the Favorite Foods Day competition, members must prepare a dish, place setting, and menu display. Each contestant should be knowledgeable about the preparation of their dish and the nutritional value of the entire menu. Competitors must be enrolled in a 4-H food project to participate. The Arts and Crafts Expo is a handcraft competition, open to all 4-H members, regardless of 4-H project enrollment.

For more details, click on the event.

Interested in attending, participating or volunteering? Click on the links below:

San Mateo County Fair – June TBD

The San Mateo County Fair is a week of fun for the whole family! 4-H members across the county compete in youth exhibition categories, including animal showmanship, arts & crafts, and food science. All 4-H youth members are encouraged to participate. Two fundraisers are also held during this event: Pen Pride and Cake Booth. Pen Pride is a market animal (steer, hog, sheep, etc) raised by local 4-H club members. During fair, the public guesses the weight of the animal and 4-H members man the Pen Pride booth. Each club also takes a shift at the cake booth to sell cake. All money earned goes back to our educational programs in our county.

Elkus Ranch Range Camp Presented by the California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management – June TBD

Range Camp is designed to offer an appreciation of the extent, importance, and value of California’s rangeland’s and natural resources. Range Camp fosters an appreciation for several fields of applied science and management through interaction with university faculty and experience professionals in classroom and field activities. Students 15-18 years old can discover the science and management of our natural resources during sessions and activities which have included: rangeland ecology, livestock production, fire ecology, wildlife management, forestry, plant ID, watershed hydrology, GPS/GIS Technology applications, and much more! 

San Mateo County 4-H Camp – July 14-19, 2019– Theme: TBD

Held at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch. San Mateo County 4-H camp seeks to promote an environment where children learn leadership, grow their personal self-confidence through trying new things, and feel part of a safe family - enduring themselves to the unique and special 4-H camp traditions. Campers participate in various outdoor activities including rock climbing, archery, swimming, hiking, zip line, group games, and canoeing, just to name a few! 

Page Last Updated: September 24, 2018

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