The Richmond County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.
Through educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, we help the people of Richmond County improve their lives.
We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Developement, and Community Viability.
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4-H Grows Camper-Camp Registration is Open Now
Registration is open and spaces are available for 4-H Jr. Camp. Westmoreland and Richmond County boys and girls ages 9-13 can attend 4-H Jr. Camp at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center from July 13-17, 2020. 4-H Camp is a week of fun, hands-on experiences where children "learn by doing". 4-H camp is cooperative group living in a natural enviroment that focuses on developing life skills, social, spiritual, mental and physical development in young people. Camping experiences include swimming, canoeing, campfires, new friends and playing games all under the supervision of caring adults. Only $250 (paid in full by May 4, $270 otherwise) covers everything-all meals, lodging, programs and transportation. Financial aid is available. To register, request a brochure or scholarship application or to ask guestions, visit either office's webpage (Westmoreland: https://westmoreland.ext.vt.edu/; Richmond County: https://richmond.ext.vt.edu/) or contact your county's extension office. Westmoreland County-804-493-8924, Richmond County-804-333-3420.
4-H Camp grows life skills. An electronic survey completed by our campers on the last day of 2018 camp shows that campers increased their capacity to make new friends, make their own decisions, try new things, enjoy nature, express his/her opinions, communicate with adults and teens, recognize bullying and undertand/demonstrate the six pillars of character. Campers felt that camp participation increased their communication, leadership, goal setting and community service life skills.
Our 4-H Center occupies a beautiful 16- acre riverfront site near the Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg. Facilities include air-conditioned lodges and cabins, dining hall, recreation hall, health clinic, pool and aquatic resource center. 4-H camp staff extension agents and trained volunteer leaders provide camper supervision, instruction and support. The Jamestown 4-H Educational Center has earned the American Camping Association accreditation for its standards of safety and excellence. American Camping Association accreditation is the seal of approval for camping facilites and programs.
Jamestown 4-H Educational Center and its programs are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). What does that mean? ACA is the only organizaton that accredits all types of camps, with up to 300 national standards for health and safety. ACA camps have undergone a thorough review of operations. This includes things like staff qualifications and training to emergency management. Safe environments promote positive youth development . ACA camps provide: healthy, developmentally-appropriate activities and learning experiences, discovery through experiential education, caring and competent role models, service to the community and enviroment, and opportunities for leadership and personal growth.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices or other accomodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Westmoreland Extension Office at 804-493-8924/TDD* or the Richmond County Extension Office at 804-333-3420/TDD* during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accomodations 30 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.
Leadership Opportunity for Teens – Applications Available Now
The Westmoreland/Richmond County 4-H program is now recruiting teens who are interested in serving in a leadership role at 2020 4-H camp. Youth interested in serving as Teen Leaders must be at least 14 years old by 1/1/2020 to be eligible to apply and must be available to serve for the Westmoreland and Richmond County’s camping week – July 13-17, 2020.
Teen leaders serve a critical role while at camp. They are responsible for supervising children during the camping session, providing for the safety and well-being of each camp participant; assisting with camp classes, programs, and activities and being ontime and present for all assigned activities. Teen leaders should be able and willing to treat each camper, staff person, and their peers with respect and dignity at all times and should show a genuine concern for children by communicating, advising, assisting, and establishing a warm, friendly relationship with them. Teens must demonstrate a willingness to work as a member of a team with other staff persons, teens and adults, summer camp staff, and under the supervision, guidance, direction, and leadership of the Extension staff in charge of the 4-H camping program. Teens should be able and willing to accept and perform leadership roles (being a “leader”) as a 4-H camp teen counselor, and be able and willing to work as a member of the team when others are in the leadership position (being a “follower”).
Applications and reference forms are available now at the Extension Office or electronically by request. Deadline for application and references is February 7, 2020. Application does not guarantee selection. Training is required and provided by Extension Staff. An orientation session will be held in the evening on March 12. Please contact Wendy Herdman if you have any questions or concerns.
If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodation, please notify the Westmoreland Extension Office at 804-493-8924/TDD* or the Richmond County Extension Office at 804-333-3420/TDD* during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.
Virginia Cooperative Extension Summer Internship Opportunity Virginia Cooperative Extension in Westmoreland and Richmond Counties will be hiring an intern for the 2020 summer. Applicants must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an accredited college or university in a course of study relevant to the mission of Extension (agriculture, education, etc.…). The intern will work closely with the Westmoreland Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent and the Westmoreland/Richmond County 4-H Extension Agent on projects like corn and soybean variety trials, 4-H camp, monitoring insect populations in sweet corn and organizing 4-H events held at the Richmond County Fair.
For more specific information and to apply, visit: https://ext.vt.edu/internship/counties/westmorland-richmond_northern_neck.html
Please note that applications are not handled through local Extension offices; all interested individuals must visit the website listed to apply. Applications are due March 6, 2020 by 5:00 pm to the State Extension office in Blacksburg. For more information, please contact Stephanie Romelczyk or Wendy Herdman at the Westmoreland Extension Office at 804-493-8924.
Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN)
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