Ascension 4-H Clover Column - September 2023

Calendar of Events:

1- 4-H Enrollment System Opens

15- Culinary Workshop (6th-12th)

18-Jr. Leader Ice Cream Social; 7th+

21- Home & Style Meeting

26- Wiggles & Wags Info Meeting

28- New Member Shooting Sports Info Mtg

Sweet Potato & Pecan Fundraiser

1-7– National 4-H Week

2- Jr. Leader Ag Olympics; 6pm @ Lamar Dixon Barns 7/8

4-5- Tractor Supply Paper Clover

10- ATV Safety Workshop (11y +)

10- Wiggles & Wags Meeting

15- Livestock Family Day

16- Enrollment and Project Orders Due

17- Decorated Pumpkin Contest & Pet Show

19- Home & Style Meeting

23- Egg Cookery Contest

20- Challenge Camp Registration Due

21- LSU 4-H & FFA Bayou Bash

23- Sweet Potato & Pecan Order Due

Opportunity 4 All!

4-H is the largest youth development organization in the nation. Engaging, enabling, and empowering over 6 million youth every day. Here, in Ascension 4-H, we average 1,500 members annually. We hope to offer many opportunities to ALL 4-H members in areas like leadership, teamwork, community involvement, service, responsibility, and more! Members will work on their personal development by using their Heads, Hands, and Hearts to “Make the Best, Better!”
4-H is getting kicked off this month! School club leaders are going to be disseminating 4-H information to interested members at school. We will continue to use the NEW 4-H Online Enrollment System, but new this year- State and Parish fees will be collected in the 4-H Online System! If your school has not already given out 4-H information, contact the 4-H office to find out who is the club leader at your school and if your school has a 4-H program! Read on to find out how to sign up. If your school doesn’t have a school club, you can join 4-H as a Member at Large. Fill out your online enrollment TODAY to begin your 4-H adventure! More information on Ascension 4-H can be found at

Ascension 4-H Website Updates

Visit to check out our website to stay up-to-date! We will continue to post updates, contest rules and information, event registrations, and more on the website as the year progresses!

Stay connected with Ascension 4-H by joining the Ascension 4-H Remind by Texting “@ascp4h” to 81010 or join online at

Ascension 4-H Online Enrollment- JOIN TODAY!

Scan the code or visit to join 4-H TODAY! Through this online system, you can create

a family and/or member profile, register for events, and much more! Your member profile will help track your 4-H experiences from year to year!

A few notes when registering…

**Complete Enrollment by October 16 for a chance to win a $25 gift card or 4-H Swag!**

  • School Club, Community Club, & Members at Large- Please select your club name or member-at-large if you are joining through the parish. *NEW* State and Parish 4-H Dues will be paid through the 4-H Online Enrollment site. School Club fees (if apply) will be paid through your child’s school.

  • Project Books- Project resources will not be selected through the 4-H Online Enrollment site.
    • All 4th and 5th Graders will receive the Discovering the World of 4-H or Exploring the World of 4-H Project Books. No Ordering is necessary. These will be delivered to club meetings around November.
    • 2nd year 5th grade members and 6th-12th graders should place an order for a project resource if they are interested. All orders must be received by October 16th in order to be delivered to November Club meetings. Members are eligible to receive 1 project resource at no charge. To order, click here.

  • Project Clubs- To join a project club, you can sign up online through the QR codes listed in their specific write ups and you should make every effort to attend the informational meeting for the club.

4-H BINGO Contest!

Enrolled Ascension 4-H members are eligible to participate in the 4-H BINGO contest! The first 10 students to receive BINGO by December 15 will receive a prize. Cards will be handed out at club meetings, can be picked up at our office, or will be available for download in the “contest” section of our website. Full rules can also be found on our website. Good Luck!

Tractor Supply Paper Clover Campaign

Fall Paper Clover in all Tractor Supply Co stores & online with a purchase from 10/4/2023 - 10/15/2023. You may see some of our 4-H members in the stores assisting. Please don’t forget to donate at checkout! Money raised from paper clover sales goes directly to our program to assist with camp scholarships and programming.

National 4-H Week

National 4-H Week will take place October 1-7. Join in the fun by helping to spread 4-H awareness and encouraging your friends to join! The Theme for Louisiana 4-H is Opportunity 4 All. 4-H provides opportunities for community development, friendships, citizenship, and developing leaders! We challenge each 4-H member to take advantage of the opportunities in their community by participating in 1-2 hours of service during 4-H week. Please share service stories with us- email a brief description and pictures to Check social media for daily trivia, videos, stories, and challenges throughout the week!

Clubs can participate in the 4-H Week Display Contest! Decorate a shadow box, hallway, bulletin board, school entrance, office, or whatever school administration will allow you to! Registration is open until September 29th. All displays will be judged toward the end of 4-H Week during October 1-7. Registered participants will receive communication from the 4-H office as to exactly when judging will take place!


Help your club to WIN by participating in different events! We will have two NEW AWARDS this year! These clubs will be recognized at Achievement Day and will receive a party at the end of this school year!

1. Club Sweepstakes Award- The club with the highest percentage of members participating in parish activities.

2. Highest Increase in Enrollment-The club with the largest membership increase for the year.

Become more involved with a Project Club!

Shooting Sports New Member Registration

Our Ascension Shooting Sports program is excited to get kicked off for the upcoming 2023-2024 Season! Our New Member Informational meeting will be held at 6 pm on September 28 at the Lamar Dixon Vendor Rooms. This is a mandatory meeting to join this project club due to the club’s fast pace starting deadlines and scheduled trainings, if your family is interested, please make every effort to attend.

Home & Style Project Club

The Home & Style Club will include cooking and sewing this year! Each month a cooking project will be completed in coordination with the cookery contests. The club is open to all Ascension 4-H’ers, meets on the 3rd Thursday monthly and its membership fee is $10.00 to join. This helps to pay for supplies used for project materials. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, September 21, 6 pm at the 4-H Office.

To register for the Home & Style project club, click here.

Wiggles & Wags Project Club

Wiggles & Wags is a project club that focuses on everything DOG! It helps members learn more about caring for, training, and working with their beloved canines all while doing service and growing in leadership. The Wiggles & Wags project club is open to all Ascension 4-H members and meets on the 2nd Tuesday monthly. The membership fee is $10.00 to join for the year. The first meeting will be at 6 pm, Tuesday, September 26 at the 4-H Office. To register for Wiggles & Wags, click here.

Jr. Leader Project Club- 7th - 12th Grades

The Ascension 4-H Jr. Leader Project Club is open to all 7th-12th grade Ascension 4-H members. Jr. Leaders focus on leadership, citizenship, and teamwork. The service-learning theme chosen by the members will be Healthy Living- Nutrition and Poverty. The cost to join the Jr. Leader Club is $10.00. Come Get the “Scoop” on Junior Leaders at the Ice Cream Social on September 18th, at 6 pm at the office! Bring a Friend to be entered in a prize drawing! To Sign up for Jr. Leaders click here.

Livestock News

If you are planning to participate in the LSU AgCenter Livestock Shows and have not contacted the Ascension Parish Office to let them know your intentions of showing, please do so ASAP as important forms and information will be sent out to livestock exhibitors very soon.

Important Livestock Dates:

  • October 15th- Deadline to contact the office to express intent to show
  • October 15th- Livestock Family Day & Clinics- Mandatory for livestock exhibitors
  • November 6th- Possession deadline and market/commercial validations due for beef, dairy, sheep, exhibition poultry & goat
  • November 13th- Mini Beef possession deadline
  • November 30th- Possession Deadline and market/commercial validations due for swine
  • November 30th- Entry Forms and Fees due for rabbits, poultry, sheep, swine, goats, beef, & dairy

Monthly Cookery Contests

We are super excited to get our cookery contest kicked off again this year in October and we have some awesome new updates to these contests!! For each of your monthly contest entries, you will have the option of earning extra points for pictures submitted highlighting the before (ingredients), during (action shots), and after (finished product) you have completed your dish. You can also earn extra points for writing a short summary of your experience of cooking the dish. You will need to submit your recipe and 1-2 servings of your completed dish to the 4-H office on the contest date from 8 am to 5:30 pm. Pictures and summaries can be emailed to Mrs. Stephanie in the format described in the contest guidelines. From there, your entries will be judged by our volunteers. The first monthly contest will be the egg cookery. More detailed guidelines and explanations will be available soon on our website at in the contest section!

Decorated Pumpkin Contest and Pet Show

Come have a spookatacular time at the Ascension 4-H Pet Show & Pumpkin Contest on Tuesday, October 17, 6 pm, Lamar Dixon Trademart Building. To participate in the pet show, pets must be up to date on vaccinations, in a cage, or restrained! The cost is $2.00 to participate in the pet show. Only one pet per 4-Her. There will be a costume contest (for people and pets), tricks for treats, and many other categories for your pets to be judged! You can bring and enter your decorated pumpkins in the following categories for judging: Carved, 4- H Spirit, Character, Prettiest, or Any Other! Concessions will be sold. Bring a (new/sealed) personal care item to donate to those in need!

LSU 4-H & FFA Bayou Bash

Hey, Fighting Tiger Fans! Join us for the LA 4-H, FFA, & LSU COA Bayou Bash Tiger Tailgate and watch the Tigers take on Army. The event will take place on Saturday, October 21st.Limited seating and pre-tailgate registration is required. Visit our website under “Events” for the registration link, shirt sales, ticket orders, and details. Please go to the following link to order tickets:

Challenge Camp

Are you up for the Challenge of making new friends, working as a team, growing as a leader, and accomplishing a goal? If so, you may enjoy the Southeast Regional Challenge Camp for 7th & 8th Grade members. Challenge Camp will take place at Lion King Retreat Center from November 1-2.Registration is through 4-H Online and the deadline is October 20th.There is a $25 fee that includes a shirt, transportation, meals, and all activities.

Limited spots are available on a first-some-first-serve basis. Priority is given to 7th graders.

Become a 4-H Volunteer

Looking for a way to make a difference? Become a 4-H Volunteer! Volunteers are the heart of the Ascension Parish 4-H program. There are many roles and positions that provide important functions to help make 4-H programming successful on the school and parish levels. Individuals can volunteer to serve project leaders, provide transportation to 4-H events, assist with the parish or school 4-H programs, help with event setup/take down, clerical work, contest judges, and more. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please call the 4-H office. As a volunteer, you are supported by the insurance carried by LSU AgCenter for AgCenter events. You can enroll as a volunteer through the 4-H Online system mentioned previously in the newsletter.

ATV Safety Workshop

Need something to do during fall break? Registration is now open for an ASI ATV training that will take place on October 10th at Lamar Dixon. This training is open to Ascension 4-H members 11 years and up. Participants will learn the ins and outs of safely operating an ATV, gain hands-on practice while operating an ATV, complete the online E Course module, and get to take home their own helmet for future ATV operation! The E-Course must be completed prior to the day of the training to become a certified safe rider. Limited Space is available. Sign up is on a first come, first serve basis. There is a $10.00 registration fee to hold your spot! For more information, please contact our office at 621-5799 and scan the QR code to register.

Culinary Workshop / Discussion - To Be Continued…Taking your Culinary Skills to the next level. 6th-12th Grades

Come learn about the opportunities that are available to take your culinary skills to the next level with 4-H! We will learn about how to master the cookery contests in our parish, prepare for our Southeast Regional Culinary Arts contest, and learn about the LA Food Challenge and the culinary contests at 4-H University. We have so many ways you can take that next step into your culinary future. Plus, for our cooking component we will learn about the mother sauces and how to create these 5 staples that you should have in your culinary arsenal! Please call the office if you have any questions. 225-621-5799 please register using the link

Check out the attached “Summer Recap” to find out what our Agents and Members have been up to over the summer!

National Shooting Sports Competitions

Ascension 4-H had 4 contestants and 2 awesome coaches who qualified to attend the National Shooting Sports Competition in Grand Island, Nebraska. 2 members are bringing home the Overall National Air Rifle Champion Team Award! Our LA Air Rifle Team placed 3rd in Standing, 3rd in 3P, and 1st in Silhouettes!

Our two Archery contestants were on the 6th place Recurve team and the 4th place Compound Team!

The Ascension BB team, consisting of 7 members and a coach, placed third in the state and qualified for the Daisy National BB Competition in Arkansas. The team finished 27th out of 56 teams.

Planning & Prepping

Lots of preparation has begun for the year during this summer. Ascension's 2 State Shooting Sports Ambassadors attending the WeLEAD state planning conference. Ascension's 3 State Livestock Ambassadors attended their state training as well. The Ascension Jr. Leader officers attended a teambuilding retreat and planning day to outline activities for the year.

They also voted on next year's Ascension 4-H service-learning theme which will be Healthy Living. More to come on this years' service activities!

4-H Summer Camp

75 4th-6th grade campers attended summer camp at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock, LA in July, along with 7 Jr. Camp Counselors and 10 Adult Chaperones. Campers participated in tracks like Outdoor Adventures, Wetlands, Hunter Education, Water Safety, and more! Camp offers the opportunity for members to grow and learn in a cell phone/social media-free environment. It fosters independence and social skills in attendees. Ascension girls and boys both received the cleanest cabin awards. There was 1 camper who received their hunter education certification, 6 who completed swimming lessons, and 4 campers recognized for their good character.

Sidewalk Paint Project

The Ascension Catholic 4-H Club wanted to do a campus beautification project. One weekend in July, we checked out the LSU AgCenter activity stencils and transformed the sidewalks of the school into interactive games and activities that can be utilized during recess and rainy days. Some of the activities painted were inspirational yoga, walking activity path, hopscotch, alphabet tree, and more! We know the students will be thrilled to see these activities as they head back to school.

4-H University

23 8th-12th graders participated in 4-H University in June on the LSU Campus. Ascension had 5 students appointed to state leadership boards and 12 participants placed in their respective contests! Our 1st place winner will be attending an awards trip to the Ignite Conference in the spring! We are so PROUD!

Pollinator Workshop

In a partnership with Ascension Parish Libraries, over 230 kids from ages 5-12 came to learn the importance of Pollinators! The workshop was put on by LSU AgCenter Staff and Master Gardeners in honor of World Pollinator Day. Each child left with their own planted Mammoth sunflower seed. A lot of fun was had by all!


July 31- August 3 is the Louisiana Outdoor Science and Technology (LOST) camp for 7th & 8th graders at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock, LA. Ascension 4-H has two participants and 1 Jr. Camp Counselor in attendance.

Ascension 4 YOUth Fest

Ascension 4-H had a blast at the first Ascension 4 YOUth Fest. 4-H's booth focused on Healthy Living by offering cool, refreshing watermelon, pretzels, a My Plate activity, and encouraged youth to become active by riding the "charging station" bike. As youth pedaled the bike, it generated electricity to charge fan, phones and other electronics.


"Get Hooked on Fishing" Day

This year, Ascension 4-H was fortunate enough to be the recipient of the Cabela's Rod and Reel Recycling Program. Cabela's donated nearly 100 rods and reels to Ascension 4-H and hosted our members for a morning of fishing in July. The youth participating each took home a fishing rod and many of the youth were able to catch and release fish that day. We are looking forward to more partnerships with Cabela's!

Jr. Leader Trip

As a reward for their hard work, the Ascension 4-H Top Jr. Leaders were invited to attend Universal Studios. Members participated in fundraising, service-learning, and worked very hard over the past two years to earn this fun, educational trip. There were 9 youth and 4 adults who attended from Ascension, and they traveled with St. James and Assumption Jr. Leader clubs.

Leaders in Equity institute

Ascension had 1 of 4 students who was chosen to represent Louisiana at the 2023 True Leaders in Equity Institiute in Washington, D.C. During this trip, youth were prepared to serve as change agents to foster more welcoming and inclusive environments to grow their 4-H communities. Congratulations to Logan M. from EA High for being chosen for this and we can't wait to see what he is going to share with us over the next year!

Horse Shows

Ascension had two youth participants in the 4-H summer horse shows. One of the participants did very well at the District Show and qualified for state. At State, she came out 3rd in the premier exhibitor contest which is comprised of an interview, general knowledge test, and skill-a-thon. Congratulations, Blair L. on this huge accomplishment!

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