National 4-H Week
Oct. 4-10 is National 4-H Week! 4-H youth are a living, breathing culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live. Celebrate the uncommon commitment of 4-H'ers during National 4-H Week and recognize the confidence, passion and practical skills that prepare them to step up to the challenges of our complex, changing world.4-H Creed
I believe in 4-H Club work for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen.
I believe in the training of my HEAD for the power it will give me to think, plan and to reason.
I believe in the training of my HEART for the nobleness it will give me to be kind, sympathetic and true.
I believe in the training of my HANDS for the ability it will give me to be helpful, skillful and useful.
I believe in the training of my HEALTH for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, to resist disease and to work efficiently.
I believe in my country, my state and my community and in my responsibility for their development. In all these things
I believe and am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment.State Blue Ribbon Winners
Two Caldwell 4-H members were Blue Ribbon winners in state contests held during the summer. Union Central 4-H'er Riley Hatten won a blue ribbon in the State Beef Poster Contest. Her beef poster entry won first place in the 4th-6th grade division of the parish contest and was submitted as an entry for the state contest. OBCA 4-H'er Jake Rollins won a blue ribbon in the State Records Contest. Jake's 4-H portfolio was judged along with 86 portfolios submitted by 4-H members from across the state in the Livestock division. Over 200 portfolios were entered by Louisiana 4-H members in the State Records Contest.4-H Leader Forum
The Northeast Region Area Leader Forum was held on Sept. 16 at the Rayville Civic Center. Leaders Donna Rollins, Katie Hillestad and Anna Foy along with 4-H agent Jana Bennett represented Caldwell Parish. The theme for this years' meeting was Volunteers are Popping in 4-H. Participants attended professional development sessions focusing on National Science Day, wetlands, 4-H club meetings, food and fitness and National 4-H week.Challenge Camp
4-H Challenge Camp will be held Thursday, Nov. 5 through Saturday, Nov. 7 at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock. Challenge Camp is for 6th - 8th grade members only and is a unique camping experience that leads you through awesome team-building activities and exhilarating games. In the process, you will improve your communication and leadership skills, practice teamwork and make memories to last a lifetime. You are guaranteed to have fun, make friends and find your hidden strengths. Camp fee is $75 and is due to the 4-H office by Thursday, Oct. 15
. This year's theme is "a-MAZE-ing race".Louisiana Art and Folk Festival
The 60th annual Louisiana Art and Folk Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 10 in downtown Columbia. Make plans to visit the 4-H mini-farm and Children's Tent located on the Riverwalk. Members of the Junior Leader Club will be assisting with activities in the children's area.Shooting Sports Meeting
Caldwell 4-H Shooting Sports will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at the Caldwell Parish Library in Columbia from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. This will be an informational meeting for 4-H members and their parents/guardians. If you are interested in participating in Caldwell 4-H Shooting Sports, you must attend this meeting with a parent or guardian. 4-H Shooting Sports is an active program that strives to teach 4-H'ers the safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment and promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior. If you have questions, please contact 4-H agent Jana Bennett
at (318) 649-2663.4-H Night With The Tigers
4-H Night With The Tigers will be Saturday, Oct. 24 when LSU will take on Western Kentucky at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. Tickets for 4-H'ers and their family members are $15 for seats in the upper deck. To purchase tickets for this game which is LSU's Homecoming Game visit LSUTIX.NET and click on Promo Code in the gray box. Enter promo code: STATE4H. Join Louisiana 4-H for a tailgate in Parker Coliseum before the game with free food, games and giveaways.Join the Junior Leader Club
4-H members in grades 7-12 are invited to join the Caldwell 4-H Junior Leader Club. Junior Leader Club is an afterschool project club in which members are active with service learning projects, assist with 4-H and community activities, serve as camp counselors and have lots of fun! We hope you will come join us at our meeting from 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the Prekindergarten Center. Club dues which includes a t-shirt are $20 for an individual or $35 for a family membership of two 4-H'ers. Leaf ID Contest
Entries for the 4-H Leaf ID Contest are due to the 4-H office on Friday, Oct. 30. Submit a binder with 15 pages of leaves, one leaf per page. Leaves must be collected during the current school year. When identifying leaves, be specific. If a leaf is from a Southern Red Oak, write Southern Red Oak
, not just oak leaf
. If the leaf is from a Longleaf Pine tree, write Longleaf Pine
, not just pine tree
. Write your name, school and grade on the front cover of your binder. Contest divisions are Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. Awards will be given to first, second and third place winners. Entries submitted after Oct. 30 will not be eligible to place first, second or third or win cash prizes. This contest is sponsored by the Caldwell 4-H Foundation.Fall Foods Festival and Consumer Foods Judging Contest
The Caldwell 4-H Fall Foods Festival will be held on Monday, Nov. 16 at Union Central Elementary School. Registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. with judging beginning at 10:00 a.m. Dish setup must be completed by 9:45 a.m. You must preregister for this contest by calling the 4-H office at (318) 649-2663 stating your name, dish category, school and grade and/or Consumer Foods Judging by Wednesday, Nov. 11. Dish categories are Quick-N-Easy Ground Beef, Heart Healthy Ground Beef, Chicken, Egg, Rice Main Dish, Rice Any Other, Pecan and Sweet Potato. Each 4-H'er may enter one dish per category. Recipes should be submitted on the recipe form available at the 4-H office or from the Fall Foods Festival page on this site. Dishes that won first place in last year's contest (Nov. 2014) cannot be entered in this year's contest. Dishes must be already prepared and ready to serve. All dishes must be chilled (cold to the touch) and transported in an insulated hard case ice chest with ice. No insulated totes or bags will be allowed . Dishes not properly chilled or transported will be disqualified. Serving dish size can be no larger than 11x16 or 12-inch round. Recipes should not serve more than 12 servings. Bring two copies of your recipe to the contest.
Members who do not want to enter a dish can still participate in this event by entering the Consumer Foods Judging Contest
. Participants will rank classes of food items from restaurants, grocery stores and/or vending machines based on factors such as health cost, lifestyle or other requirements in a given situation and give written reasons for rankings. For complete contest rules, dish category requirements and contest forms contact the 4-H office, your 4-H leader or visit the Fall Foods Festival page
of this site.4-H Fashion Revue and Consumer Decision Making Contest
Handmade garments, shirts and data forms for the 2015-16 4-H Fashion Revue are due to the 4-H office on Monday, Nov. 30. Appearance Judging is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 7 at Grayson Elementary. The 4-H Fashion Revue consists of the Clothing Construction, Decorated Shirt, Ready-to-Wear and Consumer Decision Making contests. Remember to submit a data form if you are planning to enter the Ready-to-Wear Contest. The Best of Show Cotton Award will be given to the best garment made of 100% cotton regardless of category entered. Entries submitted after Nov. 30 will not be eligible to place first, second or third or win cash prizes.
Members not interested in creating a garment can still participate in this contest by entering the Consumer Decision Making Contest
. Contestants will judge classes of consumer products or services, rank each class by choice and give written reasons for rankings. Rankings will be based on product labels, warranties, cost, durability, environmental impact, workmanship, maintenance, etc. For complete contest rules and contest forms, contact the 4-H office, your 4-H leader or visit the 4-H Fashion Revue page
of this site.Photography Contest
Entries for the 4-H Photography Contest are due in the 4-H office on Friday, Dec. 18. Contest categories are A Story or Series
; People, Structures or Buildings
; Plants or Animals
. Each category entry will consist of 5 to 6 photographs, equally spaced on a 22"x 28" sheet of poster paper. Write a short caption under each photograph. Photographs must be taken by the 4-H club member during the 2015 calendar year. 4-H'ers may enter 1 to 3 categories. Include your name, school, grade and category on the back of the entry in the upper left hand corner. Entries will be judged on appropriateness of photos, clarity of photos (able to see picture clearly) and neatness of work. Entries submitted after Dec. 18 will not be eligible to place first, second or third or win cash prizes. Club Meeting Schedule for Nov. 2015
Nov. 3 Columbia Elementary
Nov. 4 CPHS
Nov. 4 OBCA
Nov. 5 Caldwell Homeschool Club
Nov. 5 Grayson Elementary
Nov. 11 CPJH
Nov. 13 Union Central Elementary Upcoming Events
Oct. 7 Junior Leader meeting, Prekindergarten Center
Oct. 10 Louisiana Art and Folk Festival
Oct. 13 Shooting Sports meeting, Caldwell Parish Library
Oct. 22 - Nov. 8 Louisiana State Fair, Shreveport
Oct. 24 4-H Night With The Tigers, LSU, Baton Rouge
Oct. 30 Leaf ID entries due
Nov. 4 Junior Leader Club meeting, Prekindergarten Center
Nov. 5-7 Challenge Camp, Camp Grant Walker
Nov. 11 Preregistration deadline for Fall Foods Festival
Nov. 16 Fall Foods Festival, Union Central Elementary
Nov. 30 Garments and Data Forms due for Fashion Revue
Dec. 7 Fashion Revue Appearance Judging / Consumer Decision Making Contest
Dec. 11 4-H Hamburger lunch fundraiser
Dec. 18 Photography Contest entries due