September 2014

Jana Bennett, McCann, Jimmy D.  |  8/21/2014 9:50:38 PM

4-H Is For Everyone!
4-H represents groups of young people in all parts of Caldwell Parish having fun together and "Learning by Doing". 4-H clubs offer a world of opportunities for boys and girls to learn new things, go new places and meet new people. A 4-H club is an organized group of youth; the members elect their own officers and operate as a democracy in action. Most 4-H clubs hold monthly meetings in their local school. Once a student completes the enrollment card and pays the dues, they will be added to the club list. Members are excused from class to participate in the co-curricular activity. Monthly newsletters are handed out at each meeting to give information about upcoming events. Each club elects officers, giving leadership opportunities to members. Those officers conduct a business meeting each month with the help of an adult leader. Caldwell 4-H is also on Facebook. For up-to-date Caldwell 4-H news, "Like" the page at www.facebook.com/caldwell4h.

Note to Parents: The success of a 4-H Club program depends heavily on volunteer leaders and parents. It is important for 4-H'ers to have adult help and supervision with their project work. If you think you could help sometime during the year with a club program or a 4-H event, please let us know. We need men and women interested in volunteering.

4-H Camp
LSU AgCenter agents Jana Bennett and Jim McCann along with 39 Caldwell Parish 4-H members and adult volunteer Clivette Scroggs attended the 2014 4-H Camp held at the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center in Pollock, Louisiana. Joining Caldwell for this week long adventure were youth and adult volunteers from Vermillion, Allen, Richland, Red River, Catahoula, Ascension and Madison parishes. Youth were given the opportunity to engage in numerous hands-on activities in a variety of areas such as archery, dramatic arts, canoeing, swimming, cooking, ATV safety, arts and crafts, technology and outdoor skills. 4-H Camp is a learning experience that helps members appreciate the outdoors, live together as a group, get along with others and appreciate people with different backgrounds and interests. We appreciate the support of and thank Jerry Bailey Enterprises and C&A Development for sponsoring some of our Caldwell parish 4-H youth and providing them the opportunity to attend 4-H Camp.

4-H University
Four Caldwell 4-H members along with agents Jana Bennett and Jim McCann and adult volunteer Chris Bennett traveled to the LSU campus in June to participate and compete in 4-H University. During the 3-day event, 4-H'ers Tracer Houston, Erin Finley, Tyler Roberts and Jackson McCann competed in the ATV, Fishing Sports and Outdoor Skills contests. Each member did a great job representing Caldwell Parish in their contests. While at 4-H U, participants had the opportunity to experience life on the LSU campus as well  as interact with 1,300 4-H'ers from across the state. We would also like to recognize Jackson McCann for winning a Blue Ribbon in ATV. Congratulations!

L.O.S.T. Camp
Summer camping at Camp Grant Walker ends with the Louisiana Outdoor Science and Technology Camp for 7th and 8th graders. Erin Finley along with 4-H'ers from across the state attended this week long camp and had the opportunity to participate in activities such as wetlands, energy, videography, kitchen chemistry, outdoor skills, ATV, robotics/GPS, physics, forensic science and biology.

District and State Horse Shows
Four Caldwell 4-H members competed in district and state horse shows held this summer. Maci Scroggs, Meredith Scroggs, Hadley Smith and Taylor Snow competed with other members from across the state during these events. Maci, Hadley, Meredith and Taylor qualified for State in their district show events with Taylor Snow winning Reserve Champion Quarter Horse Gelding and Grand Champion Quarter Horse Gelding and Grand Champion Quarter Horse Mare. Congratulations to Meredith Scroggs who won first place in the Stake Race, 13 and Under Division and fourth place in Ranch Roping during the State Horse Show held in Lake Charles. Meredith also placed in the top ten in Barrel Racing and Stock Horse Pleasure.

Join the Junior Leader Club
4-H members in grades 7-12 are invited to join the Caldwell Parish 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 are excited about this club year and hope you will come join us at our meeting from 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Prekindergarten Center. Club dues which includes a 2014-2015 4-H t-shirt are $20 for an individual membership or $35 for a family membership of two 4-H'ers.

Outdoor Skills Club
Are you a 4-H member interested in joining the 4-H Outdoor Skills Club? The Outdoor Skills Club focuses on the different disciplines in the 4-H Shooting Sports program including Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzleloader, Hunting and Archery. The Shooting Sports Program strives to teach safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment including sound decision making, self-discipline and concentration, promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior, strengthen families through participation in lifelong recreational activities and complement and enhance the impact of existing safety, shooting and hunter education programs. If you are a 4-H member in grades 4-12 and are interested in the Outdoor Skills Club, please call the 4-H office at (318) 649-2663 and leave your name, mailing address, telephone number, school and grade. We are planning to have an informational meeting at a later date and need to compile a list of members who would be interested in participating in Outdoor Skills/Shooting Sports. If you are a parent or adult who is interested in volunteering some of your time to help with this club or are interested in training to become a Certified Instructor for one of the Shooting Sports disciplines, please contact Jana Bennett or Jim McCann at 649-2663.

Challenge Camp
4-H Challenge Camp will be held Thursday, Oct. 2 through Saturday, Oct. 4 at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock. Challenge Camp is for 6th-8th grade members only and is a unique camping experience that leads members through awesome team-building activities and exhilarating games. In the process, they will improve their communication and leadership skills, practice teamwork and make memories to last a lifetime. No kid stuff here! Members are guaranteed to have fun, make friends and find their hidden strengths. Camp fee is $75 and due by Wednesday, Sept. 17.

National 4-H Week: Oct. 6-10
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. Learn how you can join the Revolution of Responsibility!

Leaf ID Contest
Entries for the 4-H Leaf ID Contest are due to the 4-H office on Friday, Oct. 31. Submit a binder of 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 tree, write Southern Red Oak, not just oak. 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 book. Contest divisions are Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. Awards will be given to first, second and third place winners.

Character Corner
Character means having positive qualities such as caring, fairness, honesty, respect and responsibility. These qualities are called character traits. There are many character traits you can develop. These include caring, citizenship, cooperation, fairness, forgiveness, honesty, relationships with family and friends, respect, responsibility and safety. Developing strong character traits takes a lifetime of courage and hard work. NOW is a good time to start that work!

Club Meeting Schedule for October
Oct. 1     CPHS     9:29 - 10:14 a.m.
Oct. 7     Columbia Elem    1:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Oct. 8     CPJHS    10:15 - 11:08 a.m.
Oct. 8     OBCA   12:20 - 3:00 p.m.
Oct. 9     Grayson Elem      1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Oct. 10   Union Central Elem   10:10 - 12:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 17   Junior Leader meeting, Prekindergarten Center
Sept. 24   Volunteer Leader Forum, Rayville Civic Center

Oct. 2-4   Challenge Camp, Camp Grant Walker
Oct. 6-10  National 4-H Week
Oct. 8       4-H National Youth Science Day
Oct. 11     Louisiana Art and Folk Festival
Oct. 31     Leaf ID contest entries due
Oct. 29-Nov. 3   Louisiana State Fair in Shreveport

Nov. 5     Pre-registration deadline for Fall Foods Festival
Nov. 10   Fall Foods Festival, Union Central Elementary

Dec. 3     Garments, shirts, data forms due for Fashion Revue
Dec. 12   Hamburger Lunch fundraiser, First United Methodist Church
Dec. 19   Photography Contest entries due
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