Cowichan 4-H Club members work on small engines in a socially distanced setting. (submitted)

Cowichan-Cobble Hill 4-H District endures COVID-19

“Just like the motto says we all sat down and came up with a way to continue with the program”

Submitted by Cowichan-Cobble Hill 4-H District

Members of the Cowichan 4-H club found themselves sitting in a large circle on rounds of wood in a farmer’s field, working on chainsaws or lawnmowers. The project leader stood in the middle of the marked off circle and gave help from there as required.

This was the club’s COVID-19 pandemic approach to the club’s small engine project, which will be presented to a judge at an Achievement Day in September.

This has been a very tough year for everyone with the pandemic and the isolation, say 4-H leaders. Can you imagine the difficulties for a youth group with a motto “Learn to Do by Doing”?

“Just like the motto says we all sat down and came up with a way to continue with the program,” say leaders.

The members and leaders came up with a unique way of instruction and workshops like the one for the small engine project. 4-H members in all areas came up with ways to keep their clubs going.

The Cowichan 4-H Horse Club held a contest within their club for the braiding of horse manes as an activity for members to do while confined to their home barns.

Showing off their stylish locks are chestnut-pinto horse Prince with a running braid, chestnut Kabreeze rocking a banded Western mane, bay-pinto mare Abby pretty in a running braid, chestnut Freya and gray pony pal King sporting English style scalloped braids, and gray-roan filly Fiona fancy in a running braid. Thank you to Equine Emporium for donating prizes for this contest as well as for the At-Home Scavenger Hunt that the members worked on when other activities were postponed.

Most of our 4-H District Clubs have been able to carry on with making education boards (information displays) and having public speaking events, all keeping in mind distancing while showing their skills at the club and district level. We had a successful District Level Public Speaking Event at Evergreen School, in a socially distanced format, allowing the members to get that ever so important practice and competition in front of an audience, even if it was very small due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Thank you to Mary Noakes, Colleen O’Dell and Clare Tompkins for their assistance with District Level Public Speaking Event.

The Public Speaking scores were:


Nishaa Dhami 84

McKenna Breuker 82.66

Winter Nedelec 81

Sabine Rocque 80

Holleigh Grounds 76.66


Angus Tromblay 87.33

Caillum O’Dell 76.66

Impromptus event (topic was “what does it mean to be kind?”)

Winter (for fun) 78

Sabine (for fun) 65

Angus Tromblay 77.66

Caillum O’Dell 66.66

District judges were Angela Bailey, former 4-H leader, Scott West, former 4-H dad, and Tasmin West, former 4-H member and current university student.

Our seniors advanced on to the Vancouver Island Regional Public Speaking competition on Aug. 6 at the Cowichan Exhibition grounds.


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