The ABCs of 4-H in Summer

The ABCs of a 4-H Summer

From one former 4-H Professional, to the many of you out there working so hard to have this organization succeed, I wanted to spend a little time reflecting about some of the things you might encounter this summer and reminding you of how AIL Special Risk Division Policies can make sure that you really are covered for everything from A to Z and back again!

  • American Income Life!  We have been working with 4-H since 1952 and are the most widely used and trusted provider for insurance coverage for 4-H and Extension across the U.S. A. Make sure that you take a few moments to put in an application for Special Activities Coverage for your Summer Programs and Events if you haven’t already! Policies are available for as little as 20¢ per person per day and can provide so much peace of mind in this very hectic time of year where you may encounter lots of the rest of this list. See the bottom of this e-mail for a link to submit an application.
  • Blue skies and no thunderstorms – what you’re all hoping for every day there is an outdoor activity on the calendar.
  • Communication! Making sure that everyone knows where to be and when to be there and what shoes to wear.
  • Dawn to dusk (and beyond) – Your regular schedule during this time of year.
  • Enthuuuuuuuuuuuuuusiasm! Sometimes this is fake it til’ you make it, but a 4-H professional in the summer has to have a big bag of tricks up their sleeve and be just as excited for the programs in August as they are in June. (Side note: coffee always helped me a lot.)
  • Friends, old and new, coming together for programs and events.
  • Grins and giggles and the general feeling of giddiness that you can see on your 4-Hers faces when they’re having an amazing time.
  • Head, Heart, Hands, and Health – we pledge them all year round and use them in so many different ways to get through our busiest season.
  • Illness. An unfortunate side effect of too much fun in the summer. From dehydration to tummy aches to allergies, lots of little things can make our youth feel less than 100% in the course of a program. Good thing you can get coverage for illness under the 25¢ and 30¢ options of Special Activities Policies.
  • Join! Maybe summer is your chance to open up your programs to lots of brand new youth and encourage them to be year round 4-H members. Making sure that parents and guardians know that your 4-H program has the protection of AIL policies can provide them with comfort that their children will be covered if there are any unexpected problems.
  • Kayaks and canoes and watersports galore!
  • Laughter is the best medicine – except when you really need calamine lotion.
  • Making the Best Better!
  • Naps – something you really wish you could find time for.
  • Oh Dear! Oh Wow! Oh My! Oh Great! OK. Oh NO! I wonder how many times you might say any of these phrases over the course of a summer. Whether it’s a craft that doesn’t work out exactly as planned or a flat tire on your van – lots of little OH moments might come up and I’m hoping that yours are more positive than negative this year!
  • Pride. The super sense of accomplishment you feel when you see kids grasping a concept you’ve been teaching, or succeeding at a show, or helping their fellow youth because you know you are helping them develop into
  • Questions – Are we there yet? Can I climb that tree? Can you call my mom? Why can’t I bring my tablet to camp? Can I have another snack? Are you sure?
  • Remember – when you’re having a particularly tough day, think of all the positive things that are on this list and how much of a difference you are making in the lives of your 4-H members!
  • Scrapes, sprains, snakes, and scuffles – just a few things that might pop up this summer and make you very glad that you have coverage with AIL! 
  • Traveling. An often stressful but also usually fun part of the 4-H world in the summer, you may just be going to the park down the street or you may be taking youth to Washington D.C. but it’s always an adventure. AIL Special Activities Policies cover travel directly to and from covered 4-H programs and events. 
  • Umbrellas and ponchos that you probably keep in the back of your van…just in case.
  • Volunteers who give so much of their time and energy to make your programs possible!
  • Wonderful opportunities for learning and engagement!
  • X-Rays – that we all really hope you and your families can avoid!
  • Youth who are experiencing new and exciting things every day thanks to your programs!
  • Zzzzzzzz – As in the much needed and well deserved good night’s sleep I hope you can get every night when programs are done! Or more likely around Labor Day.

Whether it’s  or  or lack of – the summer can bring up lots of challenges for 4-H professionals. AIL Special Risk Division is always here to try to help protect you and your 4-Hers and navigate the process when something does come up. If you have any questions about our policies or obtaining coverage for your 4-H Summer programs, contact Erin Bain, 4-H and Extension Client Relationship Coordinator at 800-849-4820.

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