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4-H is a dynamic youth organization across America where young people learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills by participating in 4-H and community activities.  In Fond du Lac County there are over 600 4-H members that belong to one of the 19 community clubs.

Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Care to Share Form
This form has been designed to provide valuable input to Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development programs. Once completed and submitted, this form will be distributed to the most appropriate individual or group to address the issue or concern. All sections (including contact information) must be completed.

There are two things that I want to make sure everyone is clear on.

First, we are not allowed to have in-person programming until we are further notified. The “50 people or less after June 1st” guidance is no longer in effect. WI 4-H’s intent was to give us 4-6 weeks notice for scheduling changes, but due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, this was not possible for the month of June.

Second, resumption of in-person programming will be done in stages. The first stage will allow for “necessary” in-person events with less than 10 people. Additionally, these events will require a thorough plan for maintaining safety guidelines at the event, and the event will need pre-approval to take place. There are numerous committees and groups through state 4-H and the University working on clarifying what “necessary” means, what the safety guidelines include, and what the approval process will look like.

I will keep you all informed as I hear more. As you know, information is changing very rapidly and everyone is doing their best to make decisions based on the information they have.

If at all possible, virtual programming and education is encouraged.  We have had a few clubs in Fond du Lac County try online monthly meetings.  Here is a link to some information if you have questions about how this may be done:  https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/wi4hvolunteers/delivering-4-h-through-technology/  If anybody would like help setting up a first virtual meeting I would be happy to help, just email me at tracy.keifenheim@wisc.edu.

I will continue to share information with you as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience.

Tracy Keifenheim
4-H Program Educator



  • During this month of June, the preferred method of program delivery is “virtual/online” and most planning efforts should focus on these types of programs for the remainder of the summer.
  • In June, we are also allowing some in-person but “No-contact” programs. “No-contact” programs are defined as programs that:
    • cannot be conducted virtually
    • are held outdoors
    • have only one youth or household engaged at a time (Note: household members may help ensure a child is never alone with an adult)
    • are staggered so there is no contact, if more than one youth/household is engaged, and  any shared equipment is sanitized between uses

Some examples include:

    • one-at-a-time/staggered times dog obedience training, horse riding lesson, or individual animal project work
    • one household-at-a-time/staggered times community gardening and service projects
    • supply sharing and sales using curb-side pick-up/delivery methods.
  • Activities that clearly meet the “no-contact” guidelines will move forward.  Work with your 4-H Educator to seek organizational approval.  These will be the exception and not the rule. They will be limited to things that cannot be accomplished virtually.

WHEN READY – and no sooner than July 1, 4-H programs may begin for Small Groups with an approved plan

  • We are currently planning to move to “small-group” meetings and activities of 10 or fewer people that allow social distancing.  Before we can move to this phase, both staff and volunteers must be trained on safety procedures. Plans will need to be created using the Extension template and shared with the 4-H Program Educator who will seek organizational approval.

NEXT STEPS — Anything can happen, and we are open to making changes as conditions improve. We hope to scale up to larger groups of no more than 50 by the end of the summer.  And it seems unlikely that 4-H will organize programs or participate in any activity or event with more than 50 participants for a considerable time.

REMINDER: Overnight camp and travel programs are cancelled through August.

Contact Extension Fond du Lac County
400 University Drive, Room AE-227
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Telephone: (920)929-3170
711 for Relay
Fax: (920)929-3181

Tracy Keifenheim
4-H Program Educator

Pam Bartoli
4-H/Administrative Assistant




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