March 2014 Jefferson Parish 4-H Newsletter

Chantel J. Williams, Gauthier, Ann  |  3/14/2014 9:43:14 PM

4-H University

4-H University will be held in Baton Rouge on the LSU campus Tuesday, June 17 through Friday, June 20. This exciting and ever popular event is open to 4-H members age 13 and older (must have reached 13th birthday by 1/1/14). Teens will get to experience a taste of college life as they stay in college dormitories and explore the beautiful LSU campus. They will join approximately 1,500 teens from across the state for this 4-day event. Participants choose a competitive or non-competitive track for 4-H University.

Participants in the competitive track select a contest area, prepare for competition, and then compete with other 4-H members for trips and other awards. Some contests are team events, while others are for individuals. Contest areas are varied and numerous. They include Computer Simulation, Sports Broadcasting, Fishing Sports, Dog Care, Personal Development, Public Speaking, Next Healthy Food Star, Outdoor Skills Triathlon, and 4-H Has Talent. Interested members will get a complete list of contests and requirements for each.

Participants in the non-competitive track (Clover College) will attend approximately 7 hours of workshops in a selected area of interest. A complete list of available Clover College areas with descriptions will be provided to interested individuals. See attached 4-H University packet with all of the details and fees. Hurry! Deadline to apply is May 9th!

4-H Summer Camp 2014 Announced

How would you like to spend a fun-filled week playing soft-ball, basketball, and volleyball? Maybe you would enjoy swimming in an Olympic-sized pool, canoeing, making handicrafts, and learning to shoot a bow and arrow. Maybe you would like to meet and get to know other 4-H members like yourself in a beautiful outdoor setting. If this sounds like fun, plan on spending a week at 4-H Camp this summer! Camp will be held Monday through Friday, June 9-13, 2014. Camp is open to boys and girls in 4th—6th grades. Jefferson Parish campers will join boys and girls from other surrounding parishes at the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center in Pollock, LA for a fun-filled week of adventures and good friends. (Pollock is located near Alexandria, LA in the central part of the state.) Campers will travel by bus to the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center. Transportation is included in camp fees. The camp brochure has additional information, including fees and application. Space is limited! See attached form for more details.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are in need of 2 male adults to attend 4-H Camp with us Monday, June 10—Friday June 9-13, 2014. No experience needed; required training provided! Must pass required background check. If interested, please call the 4-H office as soon as possible at 504-736-6519.

Jefferson Parish 4-H Shirts are Still Available

Shirts are $10 for regular sizes ( Youth Large, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large, Adult Extra Large) Larger sizes available for $13 (2X, 3X) Contact Ann Gauthier at (504) 736–6519. Checks should be made payable to Jefferson Parish 4-H Clubs and mailed to: Jefferson Parish 4-H Office, 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Suite 300, Jefferson, LA 70123. Be sure to indicate size requested and include contact information.

4-H Day at the Capitol

The annual “4-H Day at the Capitol” has been announced by the State 4-H Office. All 4-H members and volunteers are invited to travel to Baton Rouge on Wednesday, May 28th to participate in this fun, educational event! Visit our historic state capitol building! See how our government works! Meet some of your Senators and Representatives who make up our Louisiana Legislature. The day will begin with a short program on the front steps of the Capitol at 10:00 a.m. Members from all over the state of Louisiana will participate. All participating 4-H members will receive a free t-shirt to wear. The event is free, but you must register by Friday, April 25 to get a shirt. Call the 4-H Office at (504) 736-6519 for more information.

4-H Beef Poster Contest

4-H members are encouraged to create a poster telling about beef and/or beef products. The finished poster should be appropriate for use on a billboard. Poster must be on 11” X 14” white poster board and should generate positive images of beef and beef products and not portray negative images of other food products (such as chicken, pork, etc.) Completed posters are due in the Jefferson Parish 4-H Office by Friday, May 2. See March 2014 newsletter for complete rules.

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