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					            This manual contains:
Lil’ Green and Your Event

Rental Agreement Form

Transporting the Mascot:
Preparation for Lil’ Green’s Arrival and Departure

Mascot Contents Checklist

Managing Mascot Volunteers

Mascot Care/Maintenance

Packing Mascot Into Suitcase

Troubleshooting

Lil’ Green Appearance Evaluation

Mascot Volunteer Handouts
      • Inside the Mascot
          - Preparation
          - Behavior
          - Entering
          - Entertaining
      • Outside the Mascot
          - Behavior
      • Volunteer Personal Injury Liability Release Form
      • Nebraska 4-H Participant,
        Permission and Health Form
                Lil’ Green and Your Event
                     Thank you for your interest in using Lil’ Green
                            at your district/county event!
Lil’ Green was developed to increase awareness of the Nebraska 4-H Program amongst potential 4-H youth
and parents. While the primary target audience of Lil’ Green’s development has been youth who are eligible
to become members of the Clover Kids 4-H Programs or young members of traditional 4-H Clubs, people of all
ages are naturally attracted to Lil’ Green in a variety of settings.

This instruction manual outlines the information you will need to make Lil’ Green’s appearance at your event a
success. As a district/county who is interested in using Lil’ Green, please complete the following steps:

   1) Read and review Rental Agreement Form (located in instruction manual)

   2) Submit dates of event you would like to have Lil’ Green present to Tracy Pracheil at tpracheil2@unl.edu
        •    Requests will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis
        •    Districts/counties who have not used Lil’ Green before may be given priority

   3) Upon tentative approval of event dates, locate a Mascot Manager
       •    Mascot Manager may be a UNL Extension staff member or a 4-H Volunteer.
            The Mascot Manager’s duties include:
            - Arrange for the transportation of the mascot
            - Care/maintain the mascot
            - Manage mascot volunteers
            - Assist mascot volunteers with using the mascot
            - Troubleshoot any potential mascot problems
            - Complete and return the Lil’ Green Mascot Evaluation

   4) Complete Rental Agreement Form with appropriate information and signatures;
      return to the Nebraska State 4-H Office, ATTN: Tracy Pracheil at:
              Fax: (402) 472-9024
              Mail: 114 Ag Hall, PO Box 830700, Lincoln, NE 68583-0700

   5) Have Mascot Manager review all information in the Lil’ Green Instruction manual and begin preparing
      for Lil’ Green’s appearance(s)

   6) Upon receipt of the invoice for your rental fee after the event, submit payment (if applicable)
                                                   RENTAL AGREEMENT FORM
                          University of Nebraska—Lincoln Extension 4-H Youth Development
                                                 Lil’ Green Mascot
                                  (to be completed by UNL Extension Staff Member)


County Name: ____________________________________________________________________
UNL Extension Staff: _______________________________________________________________
Date Mascot Requested: ____________________________________________________________
Event Name: _____________________________________________________________________
Event Description (location, audience, etc.): ____________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________

MASCOT MANAGEMENT
Mascot Manager
I understand that our district/county will provide one designated adult UNL Extension staff member OR adult
volunteer who must be responsible for the use of the mascot throughout the duration of our district/county’s
rental time frame. This person will review all of the information in the Lil’ Green Instruction Manual, which
includes transporting the mascot, putting on the mascot, mascot care/maintenance, managing mascot volun-
teers, and troubleshooting. The name/contact information for our district/county’s Mascot Manager is:

       Manager Name:                   _______________________________________________
       Phone Number:                   _______________________________________________
       E-Mail Address:                 _______________________________________________

Mascot Volunteers
The Mascot Manager will provide all Mascot Volunteers with the following training handouts to read and to
complete in advance before their performance:
   • Inside the Mascot, Preparation
   • Inside the Mascot, Behavior
   • Inside the Mascot, Entering
   • Inside the Mascot, Entertaining
   • Outside the Mascot, Behavior
   • Signed Forms
      1) Personal Injury Liability Release Form*
      2) Nebraska 4-H Participant Permission and Health Form
       * If a Mascot Volunteer will only be an escort and will not be inside the mascot, they do not need to sign the Personal Injury Liability Release Form; they
       should, however, sign the Nebraska 4-H Participant Permission and Health Form. These forms must be kept by the Mascot Manager for the duration of the

       event where the mascot is being used.
                                     RENTAL AGREEMENT FORM (CONTINUED)

MASCOT TRANSPORTATION
I understand that our district/county is responsible for making travel arrangements with the district/county
that previously used the mascot. When not in use for an extended period of time, the mascot will reside at the
Nebraska State 4-H Office.

I understand that our district/county will ensure that Lil’ Green and all mascot batteries will be kept at room
temperature at all times and will not be stored in a hot vehicle during the summer or cold vehicle during the
winter.

Once Lil’ Green arrives at our district/county, and before he is transported to the next location, we will com-
plete the Mascot Contents Checklist and will make sure all batteries are fully charged.

RENTAL FEE
I understand that my district/county may use the Lil’ Green mascot for a cost of $100/per day used.** If the
mascot is not returned to the agreed upon location, I understand that my county/entity will be billed a late fee
of $25 per day.

MASCOT LIABILITY
I understand that our district/county is liable for the care and proper use of Lil’ Green by the Mascot Manager
and all Mascot Volunteers while the mascot is in our custody. We will uphold the dignity and respect that the
University of Nebraska—Lincoln Extension 4-H Youth Development program expects of all their employees/rep-
resentatives.

We will report any mascot malfunctions immediately to the Nebraska State 4-H Office at (402) 472-2805.
During non-office hour emergencies, possible assistance will be sought by contacting Tracy Pracheil at (402)
643-1778.

In addition, the Mascot Manager will complete a Mascot Contents Checklist and will make arrangements to
ensure that the mascot is delivered to its next location in excellent condition. I understand that if the mascot
is forwarded on to the next location with any major injuries or tears beyond normal use or with any missing
pieces, our county will be charged for the cost of the damages.

VOLUNTEER LIABILITY
UNL Extension 4-H shall not be liable for any injury or damage to persons or property arising out of, or in
connection, with this rental. UNL Extension 4-H shall not be liable for injuries or damage caused or suffered
by any person as a result of improper use of the Lil’ Green Mascot. The Mascot Manager will ensure that all
Mascot Volunteers will be given the appropriate training handouts and will sign the appropriate forms previ-
ously indicated before entering the mascot.

UNL EXTENSION STAFF SIGNATURE
I have read the above mascot rental agreement form and agree to rental procedures and information outlined.

                                         _____________________________________
                                            Signature of UNL Extension Staff Member

                                                        ---------------------------- OPTIONAL ----------------------------
** The rental fee may be reduced or waived if the Lil’ Green mascot will be used at an event that receives statewide (reaching stakeholders in many
of the 93 counties across the state) visibility. If you believe that the event in which you are requesting Lil’ Green’s presence is a statewide event,
please attach a brief explanation memo.
                 Transporting the Mascot
                Preparation for Lil’ Green’s Arrival and Departure
Transportation Arrangements
Counties are responsible for making travel arrangements with the county that previously used the mascot.
When not in use for an extended period of time, the mascot will reside at the Nebraska State 4-H Office.

The Lil’ Green mascot is stored in a large black suitcase with wheels; additionally, a blue/clear container holds
the mascot blower that is used to refresh Lil’ Green after each appearance (refer to the Mascot Contents
Checklist to view photos of these items). Because of the weight of the mascot items and the large size of these
two containers, it is highly recommended that Lil’ Green be personally transported by those associated with
the 4-H Program, rather than being sent through the mail.

You are encouraged to explore various travel options when making arrangements to transport the mascot
between counties. Fellow UNL Extension staff members in neighboring counties or your district office, as well
as adult 4-H volunteers, may be able to assist with picking up or delivering Lil’ Green.

Storage of Mascot
Lil’ Green and all mascot batteries must be kept at room temperature at all times. DO NOT store Lil’ Green
in a hot vehicle during the summer, or a cold vehicle during the winter. Drastic changes in temperature can
cause damage to the mascot materials and may shorten the lifespan of Lil’ Green.

Lil’ Green’s Arrival and Departure
Once Lil’ Green arrives at your district/county, and before he is transported to the next location, you MUST
complete the following two important steps:
     • Complete the Mascot Contents Checklist
        All contents must be returned to the appropriate carrying case before transporting them to the next
        mascot appearance site. Failure to do so may cause the next mascot appearance to be cancelled (ex.
        missing battery charger, battery, power belt, etc.), and your group may be charged accordingly.
     • Make sure all batteries are fully charged
        Mascot Contents Checklist
                  ALL contents must be returned to the appropriate carrying case
                   before transporting them to the next mascot appearance site.
              Failure to do so may cause the next mascot appearance to be cancelled
(ex. missing battery charger, battery, power belt, etc.), and your group may be charged accordingly.


     Black Suitcase with Wheels
                   Inflatable Lil’ Green Shape, Clear Plastic Bag (2 items)


                   PowerBelt and White Click-On Strap (2 items)


                   CoolTube (1 item)


                   Battery Holder and Sheepskin Pad (2 items)


                   Battery Charger and Cardboard Box (2 items)


                   Batteries, three (3 items)


                   Floor Drop Cloths for Changing Into Mascot (2 items)


                   Stick-Its, Pen, and Ziploc Bag for Clear Battery Cap Storage (3 items)


                   Cleaning Supplies (Lysol and Febreeze) (2 items)


                   Water Bottle/Item Holder for Person Inside Mascot (2 items)


                   Battery Tester (1 item)




     Blue/Clear Container
                   Mascot Blower and Clear Velcro Cap (2 items)
         Managing Mascot Volunteers
Coordinate Schedule
The Mascot Manager will need to design a volunteer schedule for Lil’ Green’s usage. When designing a sched-
ule, consider the amount of time during your event where you want Lil’ Green to be present, as well as the
amount of “battery time” you will have available.

A person can typically be inside the mascot for 45-60 minutes before resting or switching with another mascot
volunteer, and it takes approximately 15 minutes for mascot volunteers to switch places. The small batteries
last 1 1/2 hours, and there are three batteries included in the suitcase. A larger battery, which lasts 2 1/2
hours, is available upon request. Batteries may take up to 6 hours to charge. DO NOT use the battery for
more than the time marked on the sticker; it is important to make arrangements to arrive back to the staging
area well before the battery expires. Running a battery longer than 1 1/2 hours will ruin it. Once a schedule
has been designed, locate volunteers to assist with his scheduled appearances.

Example Schedule
   • Appearance 1 -- 10-11am
      - Break (switch volunteers and batteries) - 11-11:15am
   • Appearance 2 -- 11:15-12:15pm
      - Break (switch volunteers and batteries) - 12:15-12:30pm
   • Appearance 3 -- 12:30-1:30pm

Locate Mascot Volunteers
The Mascot Manager will need to locate a minimum of two volunteers to man Lil’ Green at all times; one
volunteer will be inside the Lil’ Green mascot and the other will be outside, escorting Lil’ Green. It is best to
locate two volunteers who can both take turns being inside and outside the mascot, if possible.

Inside of Mascot
Who would be an ideal volunteer to be inside Lil’ Green? A person who is responsible and loves to have fun!
Lil’ Green is a highly visible representative of 4-H. The wearer should be polite and responsible. Choose an
outgoing “people-person” to perform in the mascot. While almost any size person can wear the mascot,
energetic performances in the costume usually require the wearer to have some level of physical fitness. The
following guidelines have been referred to when locating volunteers to be inside Lil’ Green:
     • Age -- 14+
     • Height -- between 5’3” and 6’3”
     • Waistline -- 38” or less
        (the PowerBelt, which weighs about 17 lbs., holds a battery and blower/motor that pulls in fresh air
        and accommodates people with a 38” or less waistline)
     • Ability to physically endure being inside a mascot (up to one hour)
     • Energetic and willing to interact with people of all ages in a positive manner

Outside of Mascot, Escort
Who should be a Lil’ Green Mascot Escort? Someone who is responsible, fun-loving, and AUTHORITATIVE. Lil’
Green will certainly draw a crowd. For this reason, you should always have an escort to accompany Lil’ Green.
The escort can provide valuable assistance in group supervision and crowd control and can help prevent prob-
         Managing Mascot Volunteers
                                                                 (Continued)
lems created by the occasional unruly person or child. Most importantly, the escort should be authoritative
and maintain a safe environment for both the crowd and the mascot.

Locate Staging Area
The Mascot Manager will need to locate a staging area that can be used by the Mascot Volunteers for getting
in and out of the mascot. The area should be clean, secluded (hidden from the general public), and preferably
carpeted. If a carpeted area is unavailable, place the drop cloths (white sheets) that are located in the black
suitcase on the ground. Also, locate a chair to include in the staging area; this will be helpful for the person
who will be putting on the mascot.

Locate Possible Lil’ Green Escort Apparel (optional, but encouraged)
In order for the Mascot Volunteer who is escorting Lil’ Green at your event to be seen as a part of the Lil’
Green mascot team, it may be helpful to provide them with a 4-H T-Shirt; or, if this volunteer has a 4-H T-
Shirt, ask them to wear it to the event when they are escorting Lil’ Green. This eliminates potential confusion
amongst event attendees who may wonder who this individual is and why they are encouraging him/her or
their child to interact with Lil’ Green.

Locate Promotional Materials (optional, but encouraged)
Depending upon the nature of your event, we encourage you to have the Mascot Volunteer who is escorting
Lil’ Green to distribute 4-H Promotional Materials to those in attendance. A Lil’ Green Coloring Sheet is avail-
able on the Nebraska State 4-H Office Web site and may be duplicated by your district/county. Distributing
promotional materials may also assist you with determining how many individuals had a personal contact with
Lil’ Green at your event.

Distribute Mascot Training Handouts
The Mascot Manager will need to provide Mascot Volunteers with the following training handouts to review
and to complete in advance before their performance:
   • Inside the Mascot, Preparation
   • Inside the Mascot, Behavior
   • Inside the Mascot, Entering
   • Inside the Mascot, Entertaining
   • Outside the Mascot, Behavior
   • Signed Forms
       1) Personal Injury Liability Release Form*
       2) Nebraska 4-H Participant Permission and Health Form
       * If a Mascot Volunteer will only be an escort and must not be inside the mascot, they do not need to sign the Personal Injury Liability Release Form; they
       should, however, sign the Nebraska 4-H Participant Permission and Health Form. These forms will be kept by the Mascot Manager for the duration of the
       event where the mascot is being used.


Communicate Additional Logistical Details
In addition to distributing the mascot training handouts to the Mascot Volunteers, provide them with the logis-
tical details for your event (where to go, what time to be there, etc.).
             Mascot Care/Maintenance




      Use Mascot Blower                    Use Cleaning Products            Charge and Test ALL Batteries

It is recommended that the mas-        Use Febreeze on the cloth mascot     After every use, be sure to charge
cot blower be used before and          parts (battery holder and sheep-     ALL batteries after mascot ap-
after all mascot appearances to        skin pad) and Lysol on the inside    pearances have been completed.
air out the inside of the mascot.      of the mascot.                       Two batteries will fit on the bat-
It is also highly recommended                                               tery charger at one time; connect
that the mascot is placed on the       If the mascot gets dirty, soap and   the cords to the battery terminals
blower before packaging it back        water work best to remove dirt.      according to color (Black to Black
inside the suitcase.                   A small vacuum can also remove       -- Red to Red).
                                       any gravel that may have entered
To use the blower, simply place        the mascot feet area.                A yellow light will appear when
the clear velcro cap in the location                                        batteries are being charged.
where the air intake tube is placed    Make sure the mascot has been        When batteries are completely
when the mascot is being used.         cleaned thoroughly before placing    charged, a green light will appear.
Next, place the hose from the          him inside the suitcase.
blower inside the mascot. Zip the                                           To ensure that all batteries have
mascot, leaving just enough room                                            been fully charged, use the bat-
for the blower hose to exit. Plug                                           tery tester. The battery tester set-
in the blower, and the mascot will                                          ting should be turned to DCV 15,
inflate fully. Air out for approxi-                                          and when touching the test leads
mately 30 minutes.                                                          to the battery terminals (Black
                                                                            to Black -- Red to Red), a fully-
                                                                            charged battery will read between
                                                                            12.8-13.2.
         Packing Mascot Into Suitcase




           STEP 1                               STEP 2                           STEP 3
    Fold Mascot Vertically                Place Feet Together            Roll Mascot Horizontally

Lay the inflatable Lil’ Green        Make sure the bottoms of Lil’     Start rolling from Lil’ Green’s
mascot down face-first in a large,   Green’s shoes are placed flat      shoes up toward his head. Be
clean space. Fold in his sides so   together before rolling him up.   sure that the screen portion by
his ears and hands meet.                                              the 4-H Emblem remains flat and
                                                                      is not folded.
         Packing Mascot Into Suitcase
                                            (Continued)




            STEP 4                             STEP 5                                STEP 6
       Place Inside Bag               Arrange Mascot Materials              Arrange Mascot Materials
                                             in Suitcase                           in Suitcase
Place rolled-up Lil’ Green mascot
inside the clear plastic bag.       Carefully pack all heavy-weight       Carefully pack all light-weight
                                    items (batteries, battery charger,    items (mascot shape, sheets,
                                    power belt, etc.) on the lower por-   water bottle holders) on the upper
                                    tion of the suitcase (the side with   portion of the suitcase (the side
                                    the grey X straps).                   where the grey divider panel zips).
                                Troubleshooting
   The Motor Won’t Turn On                  The Shape Does Not Fill                      If a Red Light Appears
                                          Quickly or Has Low Pressure                        on the Charger
Make sure that the wires from the
PowerBelt are securely hooked to         Check to see that the outside area         When the charger is powered and
the battery terminals. Also, check       around the air-intake hole is not          not connected to any batteries,
to see if the plastic connectors on      covered by any unfilled costume             it should always display a green
the ends of the PowerBelt wires          material.                                  indication light.
are still solidly attached to the red
and black wires.                         Check to see that the Velcro air-in-       If the indicator light is red when
                                         take flaps on the suit are properly         the charger is not hooked to any
The next thing that should be            fitted to the air-intake tube from          batteries, there is a problem with
checked is the fuse on the Power-        the PowerBelt.                             the charger itself.
Belt. The fuse is located on the
brass mounting which connects            Make sure that the zipper is               If one battery is hooked to the
the blower to the white hip pad.         zipped completely shut.                    charger, make sure it is connected
The fuse for the unit is located                                                    firmly and according to color. Try
in the back casing opposite the          If you have a high voltage meter,          unhooking the battery and wait-
unit’s ON/OFF switch. The fuse           check to see that the battery is           ing a few moments before recon-
casing is usually secured with           fully charged (between 12 and 13           necting it.
a piece of black electrical tape;        volts) -- if not, try changing the
remove the tape then press down          battery and see if the pressure            A red light indicates a problem
firmly on the cap and twist to the        improves.                                  with the battery and it should not
left. The glass fuse is connected                                                   be used.
to the inside of the cap. A good
fuse will have a solid wire run-                                                    If you are using the pigtails to
ning the length of the glass fuse,                                                  charge multiple batteries and
connected at both ends. If some                                                     getting a red indicator light make
section of the fuse filament is                                                      sure that the pigtails are connect-
noticeably burned, broken or miss-                                                  ed properly. HOOKING PIGTAILS
ing the fuse will need replacing.                                                   IMPROPERLY CAN RUIN THE
Pull the burned fuse out of the cap                                                 BATTERIES.
and replace it. The fuse used is a
10amp, 250V slow-blow Buss fuse                                                     Then remove the pigtails and con-
(AGC-10) and can be purchased                                                       nect the batteries to the charger
at most auto, hardware and gro-                                                     one at a time to determine which
cery stores. Return the fuse and                                                    one is causing the fault.
cap and then reapply a strip of
electrical tape.

    REPORT ALL MASCOT MALFUNCTIONS IMMEDIATELY TO THE NEBRASKA STATE 4-H OFFICE
                                  (402) 472-2805
         During non-office hour emergencies, please call Tracy Pracheil at (402) 643-1778 for possible assistance.
                                Troubleshooting
The Batteries Will Not Charge

If the battery tester shows that
the batteries are reading less than
12.8-13.2, the fuses in the battery
charger may need to be replaced.

The fuses in the battery charger
may be found by pulling apart
the yellow plastic casing. A good
fuse will have a solid wire run-
ning the length of the glass fuse,
connected at both ends. If some
section of the fuse filament is
noticeably burned, broken or miss-
ing the fuse will need replacing.
Pull the burned fuse out of the cap
and replace it. The fuse used is a
30amp, 32V fuse and can be pur-
chased at most hardware stores.
Return the fuse and cap once the
fuse has been replaced.




    REPORT ALL MASCOT MALFUNCTIONS IMMEDIATELY TO THE NEBRASKA STATE 4-H OFFICE
                                  (402) 472-2805
         During non-office hour emergencies, please call Tracy Pracheil at (402) 643-1778 for possible assistance.
                                       LIL’ GREEN APPEARANCE EVALUATION
                           University of Nebraska—Lincoln Extension 4-H Youth Development
                                                   Lil’ Green Mascot
                                         (to be completed by Mascot Manager)

County Name: ____________________________________________________________________
Event Name: _____________________________________________________________________
Event Description (location, audience, etc.): ____________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
Audience Size (estimated number of people attending event during Lil’ Green’s presence): _____________________________

I feel that the use of Lil’ Green at my district/county’s event assisted with increasing the awareness of the
Nebraska 4-H Program amongst potential 4-H youth and parents.
     1 -- Strongly Agree
     2 -- Agree
     3 -- Neither Agree or Disagree
     4 -- Disagree
     5 -- Strongly Disagree
     6 -- Not Applicable
     Comments: _____________________________________________________________________
     ______________________________________________________________________________


The Nebraska 4-H Mascot Lil’ Green Instruction Manual was a sufficient form of training for using the mascot.
     1 -- Strongly Agree
     2 -- Agree
     3 -- Neither Agree or Disagree
     4 -- Disagree
     5 -- Strongly Disagree
     6 -- Not Applicable
     Comments: _____________________________________________________________________
     ______________________________________________________________________________


Positive and memorable comments/interactions with Lil’ Green that occurred in our district/county included:
      ______________________________________________________________________________
      ______________________________________________________________________________

Additional Comments/Suggestions:
     ______________________________________________________________________________
     ______________________________________________________________________________

                                                           Thank you for your input!
                                  Please return this Lil’ Green Appearance Evaluation to Tracy Pracheil at:
                                           114 Ag Hall, PO Box 830700, Lincoln, NE 68583-0700
       Mascot Volunteer Training Handout




Mascot Volunteer Training
       Handouts
                                        Mascot Volunteer Training Handout




                            Inside the Mascot
                                               Preparation
Eating and Drinking Tips
   • Eat a small meal before your mascot appearance.
   • Stay away from carbonated and caffeinated drinks before or during the performance; caffeine
     dehydrates you and carbonation will drain your energy.
   • Mascot costumes are HOT by nature. The Lil’ Green mascot is cooler than the normal costume, but it
     still gets warm inside. If your stomach becomes a little unsettled, you MUST drink water. Water is the
     best fluid to drink before, during and after.
   • It is very important to get enough potassium. When we sweat, potassium is lost from our bodies.
     Potassium is what carries the electrical charge in our nervous system. You will find that you have more
     energy and can last longer if you have taken on extra potassium. Bananas are a good source.

Clothing/Apparel
   • Wear sturdy shoes or tennis shoes with socks that go above your ankle; no sandals, please.
   • Wear presentable, lightweight clothing; if you have a 4-H T-Shirt or other shirt, please wear it while you
     are taking a turn escorting the mascot.

Suggestions for What to Bring . . .
   • Bottle of water
   • Change of clothes
   • Bandana to wipe your face with while inside of mascot




Mascot Volunteer Training Handout                                                                                 1
                                         Mascot Volunteer Training Handout




                            Inside the Mascot
                                                  Behavior
Be Safe
   • Determine a non-verbal signal with your mascot escort that notifies them that you are doing all right
     in the mascot (ex. occasionally have the mascot escort ask the person inside if he/she is all right; if they
     are, have them give a thumbs up sign).
   • Be aware of your limits -- if you are getting too hot, signal to your mascot partner to let them know you
     need a break.
   • Do not go into treacherous areas where the ground is unstable or the ceilings are very low.
   • Dress for the weather.
   • Have water available -- and drink it!
   • A small towel is handy.
   • Remember that Lil’ Green is tall! Watch out for obstacles such as doorways, tree branches, and light
     fixtures, and makes ure not to snag the costume on any protrusions. To move through a low-clearance
     space, remain zipped up, turn the motor off, and allow the shape to deflate. Hold the view panel up for
     visibility and walk through the opening before switching the blower back on.

Be Appropriate
   • Do not do anything inside the mascot that would be considered inappropriate, sexist, racist, or would
     hurt the reputation of the University of Nebraska--Lincoln Extension 4-H Program.
   • If you aren’t sure if an action is appropriate, don’t do it.
   • Don’t scare little children (or adults). Approach with caution, back off at the first sign they aren’t
     enjoying the mascot.
   • Try not to embarrass anyone.
   • Use common sense.
   • Always be polite and responsible inside Lil’ Green. He is very visible, so remember that you are
     representing 4-H every minute that you are inside the mascot.
   • Never fight or rough-house with anyone.

Be Active and Entertaining
   • Use constant motion (do not just stand in your mascot and watch people).

No Talking
   • Always maintain silence.
   • Mascot should never talk.

Do Not Let Your Identity Be Known
   • Plan ahead and coordinate with the Mascot Manager so that you have a secure place to
     change and to rest.
   • Never let the public see you changing out of the mascot.

Make Yourself Available
  • For pictures.
  • For hugs and handshakes.
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                                        Mascot Volunteer Training Handout




                            Inside the Mascot
                                       Behavior (Continued)
Dealing with Children
  • Some children will rush to you while others will be afraid.
  • For shy children, move slowly and quietly.
  • Hold out your hand and be very still.
  • Have mascot partner demonstrate interaction with the mascot (give a High-5, hug, or handshake).
  • If a child is still scared, move onto another event attendee.

Animals
   • Steer clear of animals at all times.
   • For some reason, a lot of dogs do not like inflatable mascots.

Parades
   • Start hydrating the day before.
   • Know form-up time and start time.
   • Try to ride in the parade, not walk.
   • Know where the parade starts and finishes, make sure there is a ride back to the start if required. In
     most instances, organizers will arrange a vehicle.
   • Know the length of the parade.
   • Have a water bottle with you.
   • Respect other people’s parade entries.
   • CAUTION: In parades or high vehicle traffic areas, exhaust fumes are heavier than air and can easily
     be sucked in through the fresh air intake hole located on the lower left of the mascot. This can be very
     dangerous. Do not stand near exhaust sources!

Bleachers, Stairs
   • Avoid escalators, bleachers and stairs. It’s difficult to judge distances from inside a costume. A light
     push on the stairs with the big feet of the costume can cause you to lose your balance and take a very
     bad fall.

Swimming Pools or Water Areas
   • Avoid being near swimming pools or deep water.

Changing Mascot Wearers
  • The mascot should only be worn by one person for up to an hour. When changing mascot wearers, the
    yellow cord from the PowerBelt should be unhooked and the battery should be placed on the floor
    during the change. Leave the air-intake hose attached and lay the PowerBelt carefully on the chair or
    floor. Use each battery for only one hour. Swap the batteries after each mascot has worn the costume
    for an hour. Running a battery longer than 1 1/2 hours will ruin it.




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                                          Mascot Volunteer Training Handout




                             Inside the Mascot
                                                     Entering
    A video showing how to put on the mascot may be viewed at: mms://real.unl.edu:8080/programs/4H/mascottraining.wmv




             STEP 1                                   STEP 2                                    STEP 3
      Find a Staging Area                      Place Feet in Mascot                      Put on the PowerBelt

Locate a staging area that can be        Unroll the mascot in front of the          Wrap the yellow PowerBelt very
used by the Mascot Volunteers for        chair (on the drop cloth, if avail-        tightly around your waist. The
getting in and out of the mas-           able). The suit should be face             motor should be on your right hip
cot. The area should be clean,           down with the soles of the feet on         (with the motor’s air-intake tube
secluded (hidden from the general        the floor. Fully unzip the shape to         extending up from the top) and
public), and preferably carpeted.        expose the interior of the costume.        the black battery holder should
If a carpeted area is unavailable,       Sit down on the chair before               rest over your left hip with the
place the drop cloths that are           placing your feet into the Velcro          open end facing upwards.
located in the black suitcase on         closures.
the ground.                                                                         There is a white click-on strap
                                         Slide your feet firmly back into the        that slides onto the yellow belt;
                                         vinyl backstop. Your heels should          this strap can be shifted to the
                                         be snug to the back of the pad.            back of the belt, once it has been
                                         Securing your feet tightly will aid        fastened, and then attached to
                                         your maneuverability and safety            the similar click-on strap found
                                         when using the mascot. It is safer         inside the inflatable Lil’ Green
                                         and better for the costume if the          shape.
                                         wearer picks up the feet rather
                                         than shuffling them along the               Attach the air-intake tube to the
                                         ground when walking.                       velcro flaps around the air-intake
                                                                                    in the right leg of the costume.
                                                                                    Press velcro firmly and be sure
                                                                                    that the Velcro flaps on the tube
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                                       Mascot Volunteer Training Handout




                            Inside the Mascot
                                      Entering (Continued)




            STEP 4                                 STEP 5                                   STEP 6
     Place Battery Holder                     Connect Cord to                        Attach Air-Intake Tube
         on PowerBelt                         Battery Terminals
                                                                                 Attach the air-intake tube to the
Next, place a battery into the        Unwrap the yellow cord leading             Velcro flaps around the air-intake
black battery holder on the Power-    from the PowerBelt motor and               in the right leg of the costume.
Belt with the red and black termi-    bring the cord across your body            Press Velcro firmly and be sure
nals facing out away from your        and underneath the shoulder                that the Velcro flaps on the tube
body. Bring the shoulder strap        strap. Connect the cord to the             are well-sealed.
and sheepskin pad from behind         battery terminals according to
your back over your right shoul-      color (Black to Black -- Red to Red)
der, buckling the shoulder strap in   and secure the black Velcro strap
front of your chest.                  on the battery holder over the
                                      battery.

                                      (Note: while maneuvering around inside
                                      the mascot, these cords occasionally be-
                                      come removed from the battery terminal,
                                      causing the mascot to deflate. Please
                                      share this information with your mascot
                                      volunteer, so that they can simply reat-
                                      tach the cords inside the mascot if this
                                      happens.)




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                                       Mascot Volunteer Training Handout




                            Inside the Mascot
                                      Entering (Continued)




           STEP 7                                 STEP 8                                 STEP 9
   Using Optional KoolTube             Activating the Power Switch                Inflating the Mascot

The KoolTube works like a fan         Push the power switch button          Pull the costume up and over your
by direction air from the blower.     firmly to activate the blower mo-      head and zip it up. The mascot
When dealing with warmer out-         tor.                                  has a double zipper and can be
side temperatures or extended                                               zipped from inside by the wearer
performance times, you may            DO NOT use the battery for more       or outside by the helper. Once
be more comfortable using a           than the time marked on the           zipped, the mascot will fill with air
KoolTube. Attach the KoolTube to      sticker; the small batteries last 1   within 15 to 30 seconds.
the motor outlet after you have       1/2 hours, and the large battery
put on the PowerBelt but before       lasts 2 1/2 hours. Make arrange-      Wait until the shape is inflated
buckling the shoulder strap. Al-      ments to arrive back to your stag-    and have the escort help you to
ways attach the KoolTube snugly       ing area well before the battery      the mascot appearance location.
to the motor’s air outlet hole        expires.
but be careful not to damage                                                Make sure that the tubes inside
the screen covering. Tighten the                                            of the mascot are not rubbing
thumbscrew on the KoolTube for a                                            against the shape; this will cause
snug fit to the motor air outlet.                                            unnecessary wear against the
                                                                            seams of the shape.
Extend the KoolTube under your
right arm around the front of your                                          When wearing the costume for
chest. Attach the KoolTube to the                                           the first time, start out slowly
shoulder strap with the white elas-                                         and learn to balance and move
tic band and bend the air output                                            in the shape before performing in
to any desired position.                                                    public.
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                            Inside the Mascot
                                              Entertaining
Movements
Popular and Simple Movements
The most popular movements of Lil’ Green, which work well in a variety of settings, include:
   • hand shaking
   • high five’s
   • hugs
   • waves
   • foot tapping

Walking
Remember to pick up your toes and walk almost on your heels to give the proper effect and remember to keep
the arms moving.

Shuffling
Quickly move the feet back and forth together making sure that both feet never leave the ground. It is essen-
tial to keep your toes up as to not catch the toes on the ground. Depending on the desired effect, you should
use either lots of arm movement or none at all.

Dipping
The wearer inside the costume grabs the armpit/arm and proceeds to push the body of the costume as far
down as possible. This can be done several times in a row for a creative effect. Dipping is a well-received
motion because it alters the size and appearance of the costume and draws a puzzled and very entertained
reaction from audiences.

Manic Shake Shaking and Bobbing
The wearer grabs hold of the armpit/arm openings at the seam of the costume. Proceed to shake the costume
back and forth, side to side, and in a circular motion as hard as they can and as quickly as they can. This is an
all out movement where anything goes.

Tricks
Animated Features
By simply sticking your hands in various parts of the costumes, you can create some animation. Also, some
mascots have interior strings, which can be pulled to animate certain body parts. For example, you can wiggle
the eyes, the ears, the mouth, and the nose in the mascot by putting your hands in and moving them around,
or by pulling the strings.

Disappearing Head Trick
Simply pull the head of the mascot in by using one of the head straps that was sewn into the head of the mas-
cot. Because Lil’ Green has a large head, it may take both hands to get the head pulled in all the way into the
neck. Be sure to practice this trick in front of your mascot partner, so that they can let you know how it looks.



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                          Outside the Mascot
                                                  Behavior
Be Safe
   • Determine a non-verbal signal with the person inside the mascot that notifies you that they are doing all
     right in the mascot (ex. occasionally ask the person inside if he/she is all right; if they are, have them give
     a thumbs up sign).
   • Escort the mascot at all times and be alert. Be stern when needed.
   • Help the mascot performer with needs such as getting water, etc.
   • Guide the person inside the mascot -- watch for harmful objects (stairs, curbs, etc.).
   • Remember that Lil’ Green is tall! Watch out for obstacles such as doorways, tree branches, and light
     fixtures, and makes ure not to snag the costume on any protrusions. To move through a low-clearance
     space, remain zipped up, turn the motor off, and allow the shape to deflate. Hold the view panel up for
     visibility and walk through the opening before switching the blower back on.

Encourage Interaction
   • Encourage people of all ages to meet Lil’ Green by giving him a high five or by shaking his hand.
   • Hand out 4-H Promotional Materials to those who are interested in learning about the UNL Extension
     4-H Program.
   • If the mascot is being used in a location where photos are being taken, invite people to pose with Lil’
     Green; sometimes all event participants need is an invitation and they will join in on the mascot fun!

Be Appropriate
   • Do not do anything outside the mascot that would be considered inappropriate, sexist, racist, or would
     hurt the reputation of the University of Nebraska--Lincoln Extension 4-H Program.
   • If you aren’t sure if an action is appropriate, don’t do it.
   • Try not to embarrass anyone.
   • Always be polite and responsible outside Lil’ Green. He is very visible, and as an escort, you are
     representing 4-H.




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                 VOLUNTEER PERSONAL INJURY LIABILITY RELEASE FORM
                     University of Nebraska—Lincoln Extension 4-H Youth Development
                                            Lil’ Green Mascot
                   (to be completed by Mascot Volunteers who will be inside Lil’ Green)


       Volunteer Name:       _______________________________________________
       Mailing Address:      _______________________________________________
                             _______________________________________________
       Phone Number:         _______________________________________________

I have fully read and understand the following Mascot training handouts provided to me by my district/
county’s designated Mascot Manager:

                                     • Inside the Mascot, Preparation
                                     • Inside the Mascot, Behavior
                                     • Inside the Mascot, Entering
                                     • Inside the Mascot, Entertaining
                                     • Outside the Mascot, Behavior

I understand that the University of Nebraska—Lincoln Extension 4-H Youth Development Program is not liable
for any injury or damage to persons or property arising out of, or in connection, with the Lil’ Green mascot.
UNL Extension 4-H shall not be liable for injuries or damage caused or suffered by any person as a result of
improper use of the Lil’ Green Mascot.

To the best of my knowledge, I am physically and mentally able to endure being inside the mascot while wear-
ing the necessary mascot equipment for approximately one hour.

Before entering the Lil’ Green Mascot, I agree to complete and sign this Volunteer Personal Injury Liability
Release Form, as well as the Nebraska 4-H Participant Permission and Health Form.


                               _____________________________________
                                      Signature of Mascot Volunteer


                               _____________________________________
                               Signature of Mascot Volunteer’s Parent/Guardian
                                                (if under 19)




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                           Revised March 2007                                                                                                               Page 1 of 4




    Nebraska 4-H Participant
    Permission and Health Form
                                                                                                                        _____
    Name of Event _______________________________________________________________ Date of Event__________________________

                                                                                  __                                     _____
    Roommates (if applicable) _____________________________________________________ Date Form Completed___________________

      Please print or type.

                                                                                                                  _____
      _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
      Participant’s First Name                             Middle Initial                        Last Name

                                                                                                                    ___
      _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
      Street Address                        City                          State          Zip            Phone

      __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
      Age          Date of Birth            Grade in School               Name of School                4-H County Name
	
      Gender        q Male q Female                        Parent/Guardian e-mail for electronic confirmation______________________________________
      Are you a member of a 4-H Club?                  q Yes    q No
      q   I give permission to use my child’s name/photograph in publications, advertisements, videos, 4-H Web page or news articles pertaining to 4-H activities.
      q   I do NOT give permission to use my child’s name/photograph in publications, advertisements, videos, 4-H Web page or news articles pertaining to 4-H activities.


     Emergency Contacts                         (We must have two different contacts with both day and night phone numbers.)
     _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
     Parent/Guardian                                                     Day Phone                     Night Phone
     _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
     Address                       City                   State                  Zip
      If parent/
                   2nd CONTACT




      guardian                   ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
      cannot be                     Name                                      Day Phone                      Night Phone
      reached,                   ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
      call:                         Address                                           City                   State          Zip


     Insurance Information
      Is the 4-H participant covered by family medical/hospitalization insurance?    q Yes q No
      As Parent/Guardian of the 4-H participant, I understand that health insurance coverage is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility.
      Medical Insurance Company ___________________________________ Policy No. _____________________________________________
      Name of Insured ___________________________________ Relationship to Participant __________________________________________
      ____________________________________________________________________                                    ________________________________________
     Medical Care Provider-Name of Family Physician or Health Care Facility                                                    Telephone


                                                                                                                 For Office Use Only
      Participant may be released to:
      q Anyone listed on the health/registration form
                                                                                            Date Received_____/______/_______
      q __________________________________________
                                                                                            q Health information verified at registration
          __________________________________________
                                                                                            Signature of person picking up participant
                                                 Name(s)

      OR: q Extension Personnel                                                             _________________________________________
                                                                                                                                          Page 2 of 4

Health History Information
Does the participant currently have (or had) any of the following? Check “yes” or “no” to each question. Please explain any “yes” answers
(noting the number of the question) in the space below or on an additional sheet of paper, if necessary.
                                                             Yes No                                                                   Yes No
1. Had recent injury, illness or infectious disease?        ____ ____      11. Have diabetes or hypoglycemia?                         ____ ____

2. Have a chronic or recurring illness or condition?        ____ ____      12. Have asthma?                                           ____ ____

3. Been hospitalized/had surgery within the past 2 years?____ ____         13. Had mononucleosis in the past 12 months?               ____ ____

4. Have frequent headaches?                                 ____ ____      14. Had seizures?                                          ____ ____

5. Had a head injury and/or been knocked unconscious? ____ ____            15. Had frequent ear infections?                           ____ ____

6. Has passed out, been dizzy, and\or had chest pain                       16. Wear glasses, contacts or protective eyewear?          ____ ____
   during or after exercise?                                ____ ____
                                                                           17. Have an orthodontic appliance?                         ____ ____
7. Had heart-related problem (high/low blood pressure,
   shortness of breath, murmurs, etc.)?                ____ ____           18. Have problems with sleepwalking?                       ____ ____

8. Had muscular/skeletal problems (arthritis, hernia,                      19. If female, have an abnormal menstrual history?         ____ ____
   recent fractures, back/joint problems)?                  ____ ____      20. Have a history of bed wetting?                         ____ ____
9. Had stomach/intestinal problems (ulcers, jaundice,                      21. Had an eating disorder?                                ____ ____
   indigestion, diarrhea/constipation)?                     ____ ____
                                                                           22. Had emotional difficulties for which professional
10. Have any skin problems (itching, rash, acne)?           ____ ____
                                                                               help was sought?                                       ____ ____
    If yes, please give details (i.e., reactions, special instructions, special equipment, procedures): (attach additional pages if necessary)
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Date of last physical exam___________________________________________________________________________________________




Conditions, Restrictions or Allergies (Please list all)
                                     Describe the condition, restriction or allergy and how to manage (attach additional pages if necessary)

      Medication Allergies

            Allergies
        (food, latex, etc.)

           Conditions
     (diabetic, asthma, etc.)

            Restrictions
    (ear plugs while swimming)




Immunizations (A copy of the applicant’s immunizations record can replace this section)
Which of the following has the participant had?        q Measles     ■q Chicken Pox       q German Measles q Mumps              q Hepatitis
Please give date for last immunization for:


	         ______ / ______ / ______ DTP                  ______ / ______ / ______ Hepatitis B             ______ / ______ / _____ Varicella Zoster


          ______ / ______ / ______ Rubella              ______ / ______ / ______ TD ( Tetanus/diphtheria)     ______ / ______ / ______ Polio


         ______ / ______ / ______ Measles (hard or red measles or rubeola)        ______ / ______ / ______ Haemophitus influenza (HiB)


          ______ / ______ / ______ Last TB mantoux test         _______________ Result
                                                                                                                                                       Page 3 of 4

   Other Information
   To help ensure a successful 4-H experience, it is vital that we know about our participants’ unique needs or special concerns. Please explain anything
   that will help us better understand your child. For example, care by a physician or counselor in the past year. List any activity restrictions, adaptations,
   special learning considerations, family circumstances or other relevant experiences on an attached separate sheet (example: walks in his/her sleep).




   Medications                                                                                 Permission to Treat, Participate and
   Medications must be given to the 4-H leader/staff in charge of                                      Release of Claims
   the event at registration. Please list all prescription and non-pre-
   scription medications. All medications must be brought in the                      The waiver and release of liability was executed this ______ day of
   original container that identifies the medication’s name, the                      __________, 20_____ by _________________ (Parent/Guardian)
   dosage and frequency of administration and the prescribing                         of (Address)_____________________________________, City of
   physician (if applicable). Provide enough medication for the
   entire 4-H event.                                                                  _______________________, County of ____________________,

   This person does not take medication on a regular basis. q                         State of _______________, individually and as Parent/Guardian of
                                                                                      _____________________________________________________
   Medication ______________________________________                                  in favor of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (UNL)
                                                                                      (referred to in this document as Participant).
   Dosage _________________________________________                                   Officers, Employees, Instructors, Staff, agents, operators, suc-
                                                                                      cessors, and assigns.
   ________________________________________________
                                                                                      Parent/Guardian hereafter known as Releasor, wishes the Par-
   Specific times taken each day ________________________                             ticipant to participate in the 4-H event named on this document
                                                                                      and participate in all activities except as noted on this form.
   ________________________________________________                                   1. In consideration for the participation in 4-H camp and UNL
                                                                                      Campus Recreation Activities, Releasor hereby RELEASES
   Route (eye, ear, oral) _______________________________                             and covenants not-to-sue UNL or 4-H for any and all present
                                                                                      and future claims resulting from ordinary negligence on the part
   ________________________________________________                                   of UNL or 4-H for property damage, personal injury, or wrong-
                                                                                      ful death arising as a result of engaging in, using University
   Reason for taking _________________________________                                facilities and equipment, or receiving instruction for 4-H camp
                                                                                      and UNL Campus Recreation Activities or activities thereto,
   ________________________________________________                                   wherever, whenever, or however the same may occur.
                                                                                      2. Releasor hereby voluntarily waives any and all claims or
   The following medication is taken during the school year but is                    actions resulting from ordinary negligence, both present and
   not taken now.                                                                     future, that may be made by Releasor’s family, estate, personal
   __________________________________________________                                 representative, heirs, or assigns. Further, Releasor realizes
                                                                                      that participation in 4-H camp and UNL Campus Recreation
                                                                                      Activities involves certain risks and danger and is a vigorous
   q If deemed necessary, I (parent/guardian) give permission to                      activity involving severe respiratory and cardiovascular stress.
       administer non-prescription medications in accordance with                     3. Releasor has hereby been made aware that participation in
       directions on the label for headaches, upset stomach, diar-                    4-H camp and UNL Campus Recreation Activities has the fol-
       rhea, menstrual cramps and poison ivy.                                         lowing non-exclusive list of certain risks which I accept: death;
                                                                                      head, eye, neck, and spinal injury resulting in complete or
                                                                                      partial paralysis; brain damage; heart attack; blisters; cuts; lac-
  Participant may be released to:                                                     erations; abrasions; concussions; contusions; strains; sprains;
  q Anyone listed on the health/registration form                                     dislocations; fractures; cold and heat injuries; water immersion;
                                                                                      drowning; lightning strikes; injury to bones, joints, muscles,
  q __________________________________                                                internal organs; and environmental conditions.
       __________________________________                                             4. In addition, I understand and accept the incidental risks of
                                    Name (s)                                          travel to and from the site of activity; participation at sites that
                                                                                      may be remote from available medical assistance; and the pos-
  q OR:           Extension Personnel                                                 sible reckless conduct of other participants.
                                                                                      5. In the event of a medical emergency, the 4-H camp or
                                                                                      University of Nebraska or its representatives have my permis-
                   4-H Participant Agreement                                          sion to take whatever measures they deem reasonable to
   With my Parent/Guardian, I have completed this form and                            render assistance and that I and/or my family will be financially
                                                                                      responsible for any expense involved.
   will assume responsibility for taking my medication and for
                                                                                      6. I have read and understand that this WAIVER is intended
   restricting any activities agreed upon and listed on this form.                    to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the
   I will exercise good judgment in regard to my own health,                          State of Nebraska and agree that if any part is held invalid, the
   safety and well-being while at 4-H events and activities. I have                   remaining parts of this WAIVER AND RELEASE will continue in
   read the 4-H Code of Conduct and agree to follow these                             full force and effect as intended. I further agree that the venue
   expectations.                                                                      for any legal proceeding shall be in the State of Nebraska.
Sign                                                                            Sign ______________________________ ________________
   ____________________________________ ____________
          4-H Participant Signature           Date                                               Parent/Guardian Signature                      Date
                                                                                                                                                                                             Page 4 of 4




                                     Nebraska 4-H Participant Code of Conduct
   Character Development is the cornerstone of the 4-H program. Your participation in 4-H carries the responsibility
   of exhibiting behaviors that reflect the positive traits of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and
   citizenship. Your contribution to a 4-H program is as important as what you receive from it. The following guidelines
   may not be exhaustive or exclusive. In the spirit of these guidelines, you are expected to promote Nebraska as “the
   good life,” and exhibit good character at all times.

   As a 4-H participant, I will:

   1.       Treat all people and property with respect, courtesy, consideration and compassion. Avoid put-downs, insults,
            name calling, swearing and other language or nonverbal conduct likely to offend, hurt or set a bad example.

   2.       Act in a responsible manner at all times.
            A. Participate in all sessions related to the 4-H program, event and contest. I will not leave the assigned
               program area without permission of the paid or volunteer staff.
            B. Respect roommates by creating a quiet atmosphere during sleeping hours and by remaining within
               my assigned sleeping quarters after curfew to ensure the safety/well-being of myself and others.
            C. Avoid sexual displays of personal affection. Females are not permitted in males’ rooms, nor males in
               females’ rooms at any time. Minors are not allowed in staff quarters. Rooms will be monitored in
               accordance with 4-H Policy.

   3.       Keep noise to a minimum out of respect to others outside of the 4-H group who could be using the same facility.

   4.       Use good manners, dress appropriately for the occasion and not wear clothing that may be offensive and
            disrespectful to others.

   5.       Practice fair-mindedness by being open to ideas, suggestions and opinions of others.

   6.       Obey laws and rules as an obligation of being a good citizen. I accept responsibility for the proper treatment and
            care for other youth and adults, animals, the environment, the program facilities and/or equipment.

   7.       Not possess or use: tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, controlled or uncontrolled mood-altering substanc-
            es, pocket/hunting knives, lighters/matches, fireworks or firearms during 4-H events. All prescription and non-
            prescription medications will be listed on my health form. I will follow the specific 4-H event/program guidelines
            and will possess only the acceptable items as dictated by the specific event. Staff have reserved the right to
            check luggage, storage areas and/or living quarters prior to and during an event.


   I understand that if I do not follow the above code of conduct I may expect:

   1.       To explain my actions to 4-H staff in charge.

   2.       A letter describing the infraction and/or inappropriate behavior will be sent to my parent/guardian and/or county
            4-H Council or sponsoring group.

   3.       To be dismissed from the event and sent home early at parent/guardian expense.

   4.       If applicable, further disciplinary action as determined by the county 4-H Council, which may include becoming
            ineligible to participate in further 4-H activities.

   5.       To reimburse the proper entity for any property damage or for liability resulting from inappropriate actions. In
            the case of vandalism, I may be required to reimburse 4-H or the facility for trip expenses and/or any additional
            clean-up fees.


Sign _________________________________________                                                   Sign ___________________________________________
                        Parent/Guardian Signature                                                                                       4-H Participant Signature
                                                                     Make a copy of this form for your records.


    Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture.
                 The 4-H Youth Development programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.

				
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