Should you need an ADA accommodation to participate in Caldwell 4-H, please contact 4-H agent Jana Bennett at 318-649-2663.
I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, my Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
Seven Caldwell 4-H members participated in the Area 4-H Commodity Cookery Contest held in Winnsboro on February 7. These members became eligible to attend the Area Cookery Contest by placing first in their division at the Fall Foods Festival held in November. Congratulations to Paislee Dunn who won Area Cookery Best of Show with her Shrimp Rice Casserole!
Nineteen entries were submitted for the 4-H Lego Engineering Contest. In the fourth and fifth grade group, first place was awarded to Erin Volentine, second place to Joshua Delancy, third place to Marley Crain, and fourth place to Victoria Lasiter. Blue ribbons were presented to Landon Beach, Charleigh Cruse, Paislee Dunn, Andrew Foy, Vivian Lasiter, and Aria Moreno. In the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade group, Sawyer Watts placed first, Allison Gonzales second, Steven Love third, and Macie Hall fourth. Blue ribbons were presented to Lauren Barnhill, Bridger McCann, and Lander McCann. In the ninth through twelfth grade group, Brent Jolly placed first and Avery Ates placed second.
The 4-H Pet Show is scheduled to be held March 13 at Caldwell Parish High School. Registration will be at 1:30 p.m. with the pet show starting at 2:00 p.m. Categories will be Dogs, Small Animals (turtles, lizards, birds, cats, rabbits, etc.), and Large Animals (goats, sheep, horses, cows, etc.) Contestants will give a short speech about themselves and their pet which should include contestant's name, age, grade and school, pet's name and how name was chosen, where you got your pet and how long you have had your pet, care required for the pet, what your pet can do and a funny or interesting story about your pet. All animals must be in cages or on a leash. Members can enter one category, two categories, or all three categories, but they cannot enter two animals in the same category.
The Northeast District Horse Show is scheduled to be held June 28 and June 29 in Bastrop. The State Horse Show is scheduled for July 11 through July 14 in Gonzales. If you are interested in participating in these events, please contact our office at 318-649-2663.
It's time! 4-H Camp signup for Caldwell 4-H members begins on Monday, March 6. Caldwell 4-H'ers will camp this year from Monday to Thursday, May 22 to May 25. To be eligible to attend, a 4-H'er must be in the fourth, fifth, or sixth grade and be 12 years of age or younger on January 1, 2023. The 4-H Camp fee is $250 and includes transportation, lodging, meals, a t-shirt, and photograph of campers. A nonrefundable $100 deposit for summer camp must be paid by Monday, March 27 to reserve your spot for camp. Payment is by check or money order only, made payable to Caldwell 4-H. All remaining fees must be paid and camp forms completed and turned in to the 4-H office by Monday, April 24. To register, come by the LSU AgCenter office located at 106 Jackson Street in Columbia. Do not send money or forms to school. There will be a $25 charge for returned checks.
4-H Camp is held at Camp Grant Walker, an 80-acre campsite located near Pollock, Louisiana about 15 miles northeast of Alexandria. Caldwell will camp this year with Caddo, Catahoula, Concordia, Desoto, Grant, Madison, St. Helena, and Tensas parishes. Each parish is assigned its own cabins at camp with girls and boys bunking in separate cabins. While at camp, 4-H'ers have the opportunity to participate in water safety, food and fitness, outdoor adventures, science, engineering and technology, hunter safety, arts and crafts, or Louisiana wetlands activity tracks. Campers will also have free recreational time to swim, take part in archery, create handcrafted items, go canoeing or kayaking, play sand volleyball, kickball, board games, go tubing and more. Evening programs are fun and filled with skits, talent shows, vespers, dances and special guest speakers.
Camp week lasts four days, starting on Monday afternoon when the boys and girls arrive and ends on Thursday afternoon when campers return home. 4-H Camp is a learning experience that helps boys and girls appreciate the outdoors, live together as a group, get along with others and appreciate people with different interests and backgrounds. If you are interested in going to camp, please come by our office as soon as possible to sign-up. Our camp numbers are limited and registration is on a first-come, first-pay basis.
Cooperation is important because it allows people and groups to work together to achieve a common goal or derive mutual benefits. Cooperation exists at many levels and takes place between individuals and organizations as well as between states and countries. Cooperation allows participants to exchange valuable information that helps both sides improve their knowledge bases and work in a time and resource-efficient manner. Members will practice cooperation with their team this month as they navigate an activity that will only be successful through full cooperation.
Studies have shown that looking at screens before bedtime can affect how quickly you fall asleep and the quality of that sleep. Blue light from your smartphone affects the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep/wake cycle and can confuse your internal clock. Put away electronic devices an hour before bedtime. Reading, texting, posting, etc. keep your mind active when it should be winding sown instead. A good night's sleep helps lower stress, improve concentration, and boost emotional stamina.
Louisiana 4-H is an educational program of the LSU AgCenter. Membership and participation in activities and events are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, veteran status or disability. If you have a disability that requires special accommodation for your participation, please contact us at 318-649-2663. The LSU AgCenter and LSU provide equal opportunities in programs and employment.