Tuesday, December 1, 2020

4-H Know Your Government

Hello 4-H members!

We've attached a flyer for an opportunity to learn how our government works.  This program is open to 4-H members in grades 7 - 12.  Please let us know if you have any questions or are interested in this great program.   

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Bainbridge Island 4-H projects are getting started!


For the 2020/2021 4-H year, Bainbridge Island 4-H Project Leaders will meet virtually with enrolled members via Zoom.  

Project leaders follow guidelines from WSU and Kitsap County and there will be no in person meetings (no General Meetings either).  

Enrolled members also have the opportunity to participate in virtual classes with Kitsap County 4-H.  Please check the website at BainbrideIsland4h.org for updates.  Bainbridge Island 4-H club is part of Kitsap County 4-H and you can find additional 4-H information here:  Kitsap County 4-H

Below you will find information on what projects are offered this year and how to get started.    


Please enroll in 4-H at:   Enroll here.  All members are required to enroll online in order to participate in 4-H.  Interested youth are able to attend one project meeting before enrolling online.  Please ask your project leader if you have any questions. 


There is a $25.00 fee per member for the 2020/2021 year.  This fee is payable online when you enroll.  If you would like scholarship information, please contact the Bainbridge Island 4-H Treasurer, Mike D. at BainbridgeIsland4h@gmail.com.  

Parent involvement

4-H requires all Zoom meetings to have two adults present.  Your project leader will ask parents to participate in meetings as needed.

Virtual Projects Offered

The following virtual projects are offered for the 2020/2021 year.  Please check your email for leader contact information or email BainbridgeIsland4h@gmail.com and we'll put you in touch with a project leader.  


  • Becky and Marianne are leading virtual Zoom meetings.  For dates, information, and what you'll be cooking, please contact Becky or Marianne.  The first meeting is November 14th.


  • Becky will lead hand sewing only.  No machine sewing will be led virtually.  For dates and information, please contact Becky.

Expressive Arts

  • Becky will lead Expressive Arts.  For dates and project information, please contact Becky.

Dogs – Care and Training

  • Debbie and Cheryl will lead Dogs.  For dates and project information, please contact Debbie.

Poultry (Breeding, Companion, Market) and Gardening

  • Jenni will lead Poultry and Gardening.  For dates and project information, please contact Jenni.


  • Bainbridge Island 4-H Teen Leadership will meet the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month via Zoom from 7:00 – 7:45pm.  This project is open to current 7th – 12th graders.  The focus of this project is elections and current event leadership.  Please contact leader Susie with questions.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Kitsap County 4-H: Youth Art Experiences

From Kitsap County 4-H:  Kitsap County 4-H is excited to be offering a new opportunity to youth in our community. Due to COVID we are not able to meet in person at this time so we have decided to offer 8 week experiences.

Starting Oct 22nd we will be offering weekly art activities for youth via Zoom!
Open to ALL youth 5-18 years old. $10 per activity.
For more information: Registration and information

Experience Washington 4-H: Virtual Zoom Classes


Experience 4-H is a monthly 40 minute introduction to 4-H programs and projects, offered to interested youth and families without obligation. Curriculum and instructors from many 4-H sources will be used. One or two sessions will be offered per month; topics will vary. This is a great way to try something new! Whether you are new to 4-H or a longtime member, you are invited to join Washington 4-H and find your spark! FREE Zoom classes are open to ages 6 – 18, unless otherwise specified. Parents must attend with youth under the age of 9. Please pre-register. After registering, you will receive an email confirmation and class supply list.

Active Registration Links:

October 24 – Low-Cost Robotic Hand
Robotic hand registration

November 14 – Kids in the Kitchen – Bread in a Bag
Bread in a Bag registration

November 28 – Kids in the Kitchen – Turkey Leftovers
Turkey Leftovers registration

Contact Toni Gwin at tgwin@wsu.edu

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

October 2020 update


Hello 4-H Community, 

The impact of Covid-19 continues to create uncertainty and concern.  

Washington State University is still adhering to a no in person 4-H model.  WSU and Kitsap County 4-H are determining the next steps for 4-H clubs for the 2020/2021 year.  As soon as Bainbridge Island 4-H learns more, we'll keep you                                       posted.  

Thursday, August 6, 2020

In regards to Fall 2020...

Hello to our current (and interested) Bainbridge Island 4-H families,

Whether you are sewing masks, cooking in the kitchen, working in your garden and feeding chickens, taking your dog on walks or photographing your surroundings, we hope you're practicing the four H's and engaging your head, your heart, your hands, and your health this summer.

Washington State 4-H Youth Development stopped all activities in March and our club has not held project meetings since then.  Both the Kitsap County Fair and Washington State Fair were cancelled for the summer.  As stated by Washington State 4-H, "Washington 4-H Youth Development Program is not meeting face-to-face until your county reaches Phase 4.  When we are in Phase 4, some social distancing and other requirements will need to be followed for in-person activities."

Bainbridge Island 4-H has no meetings scheduled at this time.  We will keep members apprised as we receive updates from Kitsap County 4-H and Washington State 4-H.  If you are interested in joining Bainbridge Island 4-H in the future, please email your contact information and we will keep you informed of a meeting.

Thank you,

Bainbridge Island 4-H

Learning links: 

Newsletter:  In case you didn't sign up to receive 4-H newsletters, below is a link to the latest.  It includes information on how to participate in the virtual still life exhibits.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

We're having a 4-H Zoom General Meeting on May 25th!

Spring photo by Cate

Join us for a virtual end-of-year 4-H meeting on Monday, May 25, 2020 at 7:00pm.  

We will be voting on the budget and voting on officers.  We'll wrap up our meeting with a fun and short Bainbridge Island 4-H video that our leadership project has been working on.

Please look for Susie's email with details on the Zoom meeting!

Monday, March 23, 2020

4-H Community Service

While exercising social distancing, our members helped to reduce pollution on the Island.  Although our community service event was cancelled, you can see below how members picked up trash from neighborhoods, the Grand Forest, Country Club Road and a few beaches.  Cate even had a supervisor from high above!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

WSU 4-H recommends all meetings be postponed due to Corona Virus

Photo by Sabrina

At the recommendation of WSU Extension, we are going to pause our Bainbridge Island 4-H projects until further notice.  

We will not hold the beach clean up on March 21st and we will keep you posted as we learn additional information.

Below is a portion of the notice from Kitsap County's 4-H office:

Dear 4-H Community,

WSU Extension is committed to continuing its Land Grant mission and services, while mitigating risk to WSU personnel, program participants, and the public.
Due to the quickly changing status of COVID-19, and in an effort to slow the spread and reduce the number of individuals infected, we are recommending that all 4-H events be postponed at this time.  This is a fluid situation and we will continue to monitor and follow the health departments recommendations.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

March General Meeting

Photo by Piper
Update as of Monday, March 9th:  

Please note that at the General Meeting we will not be serving snacks or drinks and will have hand sanitizer available.  

As per the Kitsap Public Health Department, people who are at higher risk for serious illness, including people with underlying health conditions, older adults and pregnant women, should consider avoiding large gatherings to reduce their risk of getting sick. 

If you are sick, please rest and stay home and we'll see you next month.  We also understand if you choose not to attend.

Hello 4-H Members,

We hope you will join us for the March General Meeting which is this Monday, March 9, 2020 at 6:30 pm. 

This is our member recognition evening where yearly pins will be distributed!  We also have a fun game planned!

See you then!

Monday, February 17, 2020

4-H Judges are needed for public presentations

Below you will find the link to sign up for judging 4-H public presentations.  
There is a educational video that you can watch that will teach you how to judge...you be also paired with an experienced judge.  
Listening to public presentations is one of the best ways to volunteer in   4-H.  If you have any questions, please let us know!

Thank you for supporting our youth!

Teen Clerk positions available for Public Presentations

If you have given a public presentation before and are interested in helping a judge, you are welcome to sign up to be a 4-H Clerk. 

Clerks are responsible for escorting 4-H members to the presentation room where they will be judged on their presentation.  Remember how nervous you were the first time you gave a public presentation?  You have the ability to help make a new or younger member's public presentation experience a good one by being friendly and welcoming!  You will also be responsible for keeping track of presentation time and help record vital information for the judges.  

If you're interested in this great position, please sign up here:  

Clerk sign up here

Community Service Project

Photo by Piper

Beach Clean Up!

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 2:00 - 3:00pm. 

Members of  Bainbridge Island 4-H voted to clean up our beaches for our community service project.  We'll announce the location at the March General Meeting.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

General Meeting

Photo by Riley
Our next General Meeting is Monday, February 10, 2020 at Yeomalt Cabin!  We'll see you all at 6:30 pm.  Our teen leaders have been busy planning the agenda and activities. 

Please bring your 4-H record books.

See you then!

Monday, February 3, 2020

4-H Public Presentations

Photo by Riley

4-H encourages its members to expand their life skills which includes the ability to do public presentations.  As a result, once a year, they offer a 4-H Public Presentation forum where members get the opportunity to do public presentations on topics they are interested in.

We encourage all members of Bainbridge Island 4-H to deliver public presentations!  The dates for the Kitsap County 4-H Public Presentations are Friday afternoon, March 6, 2020 or Saturday morning, March 7, 2020.

Through Kitsap County's 4-H public presentation forum, our members can earn blue ribbons, earning the chance to give their presentation at Kitsap County Fair or Washington State Fair.

Below are some common questions from our 4-H members:

Q:  What should I talk about?

A:  Choose a topic that is of interest to you.  If you need ideas, talk with your 4-H friends and leaders.

Q:  Will other kids be watching?  Can my parent be there?

 A:  No other 4-H members are in the room with you unless you invite them.  Your parents are welcome to observe.

Q: How long do I have to speak for?

A:  If you are a Junior (8 – 10 years of age):  3 – 8 minutes
If you are an Intermediate (11 – 13 years of age):  5 – 15 minutes
If you are a Senior (14 to less than 19 years of age):  8 – 20 minutes

Q:  Do you have any hints or tips on delivering my presentation?

A:  --Have a catchy introduction
--Your time starts when you give the title of your presentation.
--End with a conclusion and your sources.
--Remember that EVERY word on your posters need to be readable from 10 feet away.
--Don't forget to ask your audience if they have any questions, then always repeat the question back to the judge.
--Practice, practice, practice!!

Q:  What is the cost?

A:  Normally, there is a $2.50 charge per presentation but Bainbridge Island 4-H is paying for  members enrolled in our club.  When you check in for your presentation, please tell them you are a member of Bainbridge Island 4-H.

Q:  Can I bring my dog?  I'd like to include my pet in my presentation.

A:  Unfortunately, you may not bring any live animals.

What should I bring with me?

A:  There will be an easel for you to use during your presentation.  You should bring everything you need for your presentation, including visual aids.  No projectors or screens are provided.  If you are using Powerpoint, please bring everything you need with you.  When you check in, please tell them if you are using Powerpoint.

Q:  Where do I give my presentation?

A:   Liberty Bay Presbyterian Church in Poulsbo.  The church is located across from Poulsbo Inn on Hwy 305.  The address is 18561 9th Ave. NE, Poulsbo, WA  98370