4-H District Activity Day (DAD)
District Activity Day
District Activity Day (DAD) is a 4-H Presentation public speaking competition for youth to present information on the topic of their choice.
4-H Presentations are a huge part of North Carolina 4-H. It is one of the most successful way to help a young person learn how to do a public speech. It focuses on members teaching others what they know about a particular project/subject matter. They are sometimes called demonstrations or illustrated talk or a formal speech.
The speech/presentation should be between 5 and 12 minutes. District winners compete at the state level. State winners in sponsored categories receive cash awards! In specific categories, the State-winning seniors may go on to compete at the National level.
Virtual Presentations Due to County office by
June 12, 2020
- Videos due to our office by June 12. Any later submissions will not be eligible to participate or be judged by the County or District or State level.
- Rules will remain the same in regards to presentations. See guidelines…
- State 4-H Presentation Guidelines & Regulations & Categories
- 2020 Presentation Fact Sheet
- Videos of youth presenting their presentations
- Videos must be single cut – do not do several recordings and splice them together.
- SINGLE CUT ONLY – just as if youth are presenting live.
- Must see youth doing their presentations.
- Teams – use Zoom or something similar to record you both on the screen at the same time.(Use co-host to share the roles)
- Videos can not be bigger than 10GB – smaller is better
- Videos must be .mp4 file format or .mov as these are universal and we should be able to open them easily. We do not want links to a youtube channel or anything else. Please upload the video directly in Ms. Sara. I will send that out separately.
- Ms. Ann and I will be getting trained in helping you get the formatting correct.
- We will have a Zoom work day on May 8th to help you with your presentation. The link will be sent out at a later date.
- Be creative in how you manage this new way of doing things this year. An example of this is that we know you do not have “easels” at home so use a chair, use a person, whatever works to make a smooth transition from face to face to recorded videos.
- There will not be any Outdoor cookery at this time, it will be held sometime in the fall.
- 4-H Entertains will be postponed till the fall also.
- Hold your phone or table horizontal (long ways and NOT up and down).
- Make certain that you are in good light.
- Try to use a tripod, table or something to keep your device steady.
- Stand in front of a simple background ( a plain white or black sheet on the wall may work).
- Don’t have the camera right up on you. Have it a few feet away.
- Don’t Zoom in. If you need to, move your camera closer instead of zooming.
- Test your audio. Can you wear a set of earbuds with a microphone to improve your audio? Watch for background noises.
Important 2020 Dates
May 8 DAD Work Day at Office **Will be held virtually on Zoom**
June 12 *Mandatory turn in Videos* **Will be held virtually on Zoom**
July 30 Videos Due to State (agent will submit)
Benefits of 4-H Presentations
Teaches life skills. Increase public speaking skills. Increase self-confidence. Increase knowledge & interest in a certain subject matter.
Will help you in the long run with:
– Other clubs & projects
– College/post-secondary education
– Careers Giving a presentation is a good learning experience.
You can choose a topic from any project you have taken in 4-H or currently doing. The topic should be something you enjoy, are interested in and can be presented easily in 5 to 15 minutes. 4-Hers who do a presentation develop self-confidence, the ability to speak in front of an audience and the ability to think ahead. In the following outline you will discover pointers and tips on doing a 4-H presentation.
The following is a Presentation Fact Sheet. This lists the topics for presentations, rules, & regulations and objectives for each.
More information about presentations.