October 2022 Newsletter

Challenge Camp

Are you ready for Challenge Camp? Come join us as we develop leaders in times of challenges on November 15-16, 2022. 4-H Challenge Camp is one of the most valuable encounters a young person can have. 4-H Challenge camp this year will be an overnight camp at the Acadiana Baptist Center in Eunice. 4-H Challenge Camp is designed to support Louisiana State Standards, and is for 7th and 8th graders ONLY. This camp will be full of activities that will increase self-confidence and self-reliance in young people. Youth participants will be excused from school. Parents will drop off and pick up at the Acadiana Baptist Center. More information can be found on our website. Registration opens on October 3 through 4HOnline. Registration is first come first serve and only 13 spots are available. Payment and registration are due no later than October 24, 2022. The cost of the camp is $50.00 (price reduced), and this includes housing, snacks, lunch, and T-Shirt. Money is non-refundable. You may attend even if you already attended in the past.

Commodity Cookery & Contests Extravaganza

This is the biggest contest day that we will be offering this year! This event will be held on Monday, November 21, 2022 at 8:30am, at the 4-H office. The contests available are the Commodity Cookery, Demonstrations, Journey into Jobs, Meat ID and Poultry ID.

Commodity Cookery Rules & Regulations (All Grades): Registration for the cookery begins at 8:30 AM. Judging will begin at 9:00 AM. Once judging begins, no late dishes will be accepted. ALL participants DO NOT have to submit their recipe in advance; however, participants must remember to put their category, division, name, grade and school club on the back of the recipe. Only one copy of the recipe (neatly handwritten or typed) is required. Each participant may ONLY ENTER ONE DISH IN EACH COMMODITY. Remember, dishes must be prepared at home. Each dish must be chilled on ice, plated in a disposable container and brought to the contest in an ice chest accompanied with ICE. Only Completely CHILLED DISHES (even cakes and cookies) will be allowed. No place mats, serving utensils or flower arrangements, etc will be accepted. NOTE: only 3-4 servings of the dish must be plated at the contest. For example, if the recipe states that it serves six, only three servings must be displayed but your recipe must state the entire serving.

Ground Beef Cookery A min. of one pound of ground beef must be used. Divisions: Low-Calorie Main Dish (Provides less than 300 calories per serving. Calculation of calories must be stated on recipe.), Quick & Easy Main Dish (A dish that is ready to serve in less than one hour. The time for each step and for cooking and baking must be stated on recipe.), & One-Dish Meal (Provides a complete serving from at least three of the five food groups. The servings of the dish should be on the recipe.)

Rice Cookery Each dish must contain at least 1 cup of cooked rice. Wild rice, rice cereal, rice flour, etc. must also contain cooked rice. Example: Traditional Rice Krispie treats do not meet the contest requirements. The contest will be divided into three categories: Rice Main Dish: contains significant amounts of rice and protein. Rice Side Dish: rice dressing would be considered a side dish. Rice Dessert: breads, cakes, pies, cookies, candies, icebox pies, ice cream, pudding, etc.

Sugar Cookery Recipe must include at least one cup of sugar which includes raw, brown, powdered & granulated sugars only. Divisions: Baked items (bread, cakes, pies, cookies, etc.) and Other Dessert (candies, icebox pies, ice cream, etc. Homemade jams, jellies and preserves or raw eggs are NOT accepted entries).

Seafood Cookery Recipe must use at least 1 cup of seafood. Canned seafood will not be accepted. Divisions: Shrimp, Crawfish, Oyster, Fish/Non-Traditional, and Crab.

Healthy Boxed Lunch or “Bento” A bento lunch is a compact, balanced, and visually appealing meal packed in a box. Each competitor will create a lunch to be eaten at school by a 9- to 12-year-old student. The beverage will be water and should not be included. Your entry should be representative of “MyPlate” recommendations: www.myplate.gov. Each competitor will transport their Healthy Box or “Bento” lunch to the contest packed in a portable, lock-top, and leak proof container, chilled and on ice.


Open to all 4-H members. Individual and team (2 members only) will be accepted. Members of a team demonstration can be from different clubs and different grades but will compete in the oldest team member's grade division. All demonstrations must be practiced and prepared prior to the contest. There is a limit of no more than one entry per category. Categories are Civic Engagement/Leadership, Healthy Living, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). A demonstration which was presented for a regional and/or state competition may not be presented by the same person or team on demonstration day. All demonstrations must pre-register through this link https://tinyurl.com/ComCookContest. Any demonstration not pre-registered will be unable to participate. Deadline to register is November 8th.

Meat ID & Poultry ID: open to all members. No need to pre-register. Youth will identify cuts of meat along with meat and poultry judging practices. All the rules, regulations and study guides can be found on our website, https://tinyurl.com/Acadia4HEvents

Holiday Commodity Sale

The Acadia Parish 4-H Foundation will be sponsoring a holiday sale, offering rice, sweet potatoes, shelled pecans and gourmet pecans. This fundraiser provides funds for parish scholarships, contests, workshops and club meeting activities. All of the commodities are Louisiana grown. Rice and sweet potatoes are from Garber Farms in Iota and pecans are from Point Coupee Pecans. We are asking the each 4-H family sell 5 orders. Deadline to place orders is October 28, 2022. You can place an order online via this linkhttps://acadia-4-h-foundation.square.site/or you can pick up an order form from the 4-H Office.

Horse Clinic

Come join the Horse Clinics this

year for FREE! This year Acadia parish will be offering horse clinics. We will again team up with master horsemen throughout the region. The dates for the clinics are October 3rd, November 14th and December 12th held at the Acadia Parish Rice Arena from 6 -8 p.m. In order to attended youth must be a registered 4-H member AND bring your own horse. You MUST pre-register to attend the clinics through your 4H Online account under events. For more information or questions, please call Emma Zaunbrecher Tyler at 337-366-2109

Hunter Safety Class

All shooting sports participants are required to show proof of hunter safety by December 31st. Both classes that we offered through our office are full. There are multiple hunter safety classes being offered through Wildlife and Fisheries. You can check on their website and view all upcoming classes that are being offered through them. https://louisianaoutdoors.com/events. We will not be offering any other classes through the 4-H office this year.


Come and join Acadia Healthy Young People Empowerment (HYPE). Only open to youth in grades 6th-12th. HYPE helps to guide youth in advocating for a healthier community. As a member of HYPE, you will have the chance to gain advocacy skills, form partnerships within the community, participate in your local government and play a part in helping address the needs of your community. To apply, visit https://tinyurl.com/AcadiaHYPE22 by October 28, 2022.For more information about HYPE, email Tamika Jones at tljones@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Join it!

Any boy or girl, who is 9 years old by January 1st of the current school year through the 12th grade and is willing to follow the 4-H ideals and standards, is eligible for membership. This year you can join 4-H Online! To join 4-H Online, visit https://v2.4honline.com

Join the Jr. Leadership Club!

This club is open to all 7th-12th grade 4-H members. Junior Leaders have fun helping younger 4-H’ers with their project work and assisting in their communities. Meetings are scheduled on the first Monday of each month at 5:30 PM at the Acadia Parish Extension Office. The next meeting will be held on October 3rd. Cost to join is $15 (non-refundable). To join the Jr. Leadership Club, see the Community Club section in the September newsletter. Registration is due by November 7th.

Journey into Jobs

This contest will help you prepare for future job interviews and applications. Contestants must pre-register through this link https://tinyurl.com/ComCookContest. Registrations are due November 8th. Applications are division-specific (Division I: grades 4-6, Division II: grades 7-8, Division III: grades 9-12). Contestants will be interviewed, and asked questions related to a present or future career or job. All contestants are expected to dress nice and neat to best present themselves to the judges. The applications and interviews will be conducted as if applicant has all required schooling/experience for the job posting chosen. Example: If you are applying to be a 4-H Agent, you would fill out the Education section as if you graduated from college or you would answer questions as if you went to college and received a certain degree. Contestants should be prepared to interview at 8:30am on November 21, 2022.

NEW PROCESS Livestock Validation & Possession Dates!

4-H & FFA exhibitors are required to enter animals that they intend to show under their 4-HOnline profile. This is NOT entry into the actual Parish, District, or State Shows. When entries are due only those animals successfully entered in 4HOnline by the deadline will be eligible to be entered in the spring shows. For step by step directions on how to enter animals in 4-HOnline visit www.lsuagcenter.com/acadia4h and visit the livestock page.

All animals (breeding and market) must be entered in 4HOnline by the possession /validation deadline for that species. The only exception is Market Steers; they will have until Nov. 1st to be entered. Animals requiring validations will only be approved after agents have received the validation envelope and payment for the respective animal.

4-H Online is not a tailor-made program and as such certain form fields had to be adapted. There are descriptions specifying what is needed in each field, but sometimes these descriptions are in smaller print and may not always be easily read. The list of these changes are as follows:

  • -Home Raised is for Louisiana Bred. Select “Yes” if the animal is LA Bred.
  • -License Number is for the Louisiana Bred Tag Number.
  • -Tag would be the leg band number
  • -Colors and Markings is the Variety/Color (i.e. – white, blue, barred, buff, etc.)
  • -Type of Poultry is whether the bird is Standard or Bantam.

When entering Exhibition Poultry, the fields are as follows:

Broilers are not in the system yet but will be added in due time.

All animals can be validated by the exhibitor or parent on their own premise. The responsibility of tagging and collecting DNA hair samples will be that of the exhibitor and/or parent. Exhibitors should request a validation kit from the extension office. The validation will consist of ear tagging, pulling a hair sample & placing it in the envelope provided. Validation envelopes must be returned to the 4-H Office with the $7 fee by the deadline stated below.

Animals validated must be in the exhibitor’s name or family name. Animals tagged for the 2022 LA State Fair may utilize the State Fair tag but must still pull hair to complete the LSU AgCenter State Show validations.

Validation Dates: (Animals must be in continuous possession of exhibitor, tag assigned, and DNA/hair samples must be submitted to parish LSU AgCenter Office by listed deadline) Com.=Commercial

November 4, 2022, by 4:30 P.M.: Com. Does, Market Goats, Com. Lambs, Market Lambs, Com. Heifers and Com. Dairy Heifers

December 1, 2022, by 4:30 P.M.: Market Swine and Com Gilts

Possession Dates: (Animals must be in continuous possession of exhibitor by this deadline. Registration papers must be submitted within 30 days of possession deadline.)

November 7, 2022: Beef, Sheep, Goat, Dairy Breeding, and Exhibition Poultry.

November 14, 2022: Miniature Cattle

December 2, 2022: Swine Breeding

Project Book Leaflets

It’s never too early to start working on your 4-H record book! Interested in a certain project area? Check out all the project book leaflets that we offer! You can download or request leaflets for this year via this link https://tinyurl.com/4HLeaflets.

Public Speaking & Demonstrations Monthly Lesson

Not a fan of public speaking, no matter the audience? Chances are you have already faced a public speaking situation – a speech at school, a 4-H club demonstration, a job or project interview, or even just sharing your opinion in front of a group of your friends. Did the experience send you running scared, or did you face the experience head-on? The truth is you WILL continue experiencing public speaking situations throughout your life. Therefore, it is important to remember these things:

•Communication is an essential skill for success in any field;

•Communication includes speaking and listening;

•Practice makes perfect!

Members will get a “toolbox list” at club meetings that will help them become more comfortable when speaking in a group. They will also get to practice their speaking skills in small groups.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Get into the Fall spirit and showcase your creative side! Gather your paintbrushes and participate in our pumpkin decorating contest! This contest is open to all 4-H members. 4-H members can only enter one pumpkin per category. The categories are School Pride, Animal, Character and 4-H Spirit. Pumpkins are due to the 4-H office by October 27th. Winners will be announced on Facebook on October 31st.Rules 1) The main part of each entry must be a pumpkin or a member of the pumpkin family. NO CRAFT PUMPKINS WILL BE PERMITTED. 2) Each entry must clearly labeled and include the following information: contest category, student’s name, grade level, and 4-H club.

3) Skill level should reflect the youth’s grade and age. 4) Pumpkins may not be carved or hollowed out.

5) 4-H members may enter one (1) pumpkin in each category. 6)Objects, paper, and materials of any kind may be pinned or glued to pumpkins except for glitter. Participants may also draw or paint on their entries, cut designs into their surfaces, or dress them up. Again, do not carve or hollow out your pumpkin. 7) No electrical device may be used as part of any entry. 8) Pumpkins must be picked up on October 31st but no later than November 2nd.Pumpkins not picked up will be thrown away. Entries are judged on the following criteria: originality, use of materials, quality of work and creativity. For helpful tips, see our website under the events tab.

Shooting Sports

This year we will have an informational meeting on October 5, 2022, at 5:30 PM at the 4-H office. All parents/guardians and youth are encouraged to attend. The deadline to sign up for shooting sports without a late fee is October 17th and the absolute deadline to join with a $10 late fee is November 1st. Registration is through the events tab on your 4-H Online profile.

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