Get back into the groove of school by attending the Back-to-School Dance! The Junior Leadership Club will be sponsoring a dance at the Rayne Ballroom, 401 Gossen Memorial Park Dr., Sunday, October 1st from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There will be a $5.00 (non-refundable) entry fee if you purchase a ticket ahead of time. For tickets bought at the door, the cost will be $7. All 4th-6th graders are able to attend regardless of their 4-H membership status. Bring concession money. Tickets can be pre-purchased from any Junior Leader member. Drop Off: Enter the parking lot from behind the Ballroom building; follow signs to drop off at glass doors.

National 4-H Week is October 1-7! We would like to see all clubs participate in activities such as making treats for teachers, hanging signs or banners around school or have green and white dress up day, etc. Take the time to celebrate your wonderful club organization. Remember we are having a school display picture club contest! Must be an outside school display! Due via email to Mrs. Kaylyn LeBlanc at on October 6th.

Do you enjoy drawing and expressing yourself artistically? If you said yes, then the Achievement Day Theme contest is for you! All you need to do is come up with a catchy slogan and a colorful picture. Draw your creation on regular 8 1/2" X 11" typing paper and turn it into your school. Entries relating to the advertisement of cigarettes or alcohol will not be accepted. Entries are due on October 6th. Be sure to include your name, school, and grade on the back of the entry. Multiple entries per participant will be accepted. No computer-generated themes will be accepted!

This year we will have an informational meeting on October 5, 2023, 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 7th and the absolute deadline to join with a $10 late fee is October 20th. For information on how to join shooting sports, see the Community Clubs section of the September newsletter.

All shooting sports participants are required to show proof of hunter safety by December 31st. There are 3 Hunter Safety courses being offered. Use the links below to register for your desired date.

Saturday, November 11 8:00am-4:00pm

Sunday, November 12 8:00am-12:00pm

Friday, December 15 6:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday, December 16 8:00am-5:00pm

Friday, January 12 6:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday, January 13 8:00am-5:00pm

**9-year-olds will receive temporary certification. They must re-take the course when they turn 10 years old to receive permanent certification.

Participate in our annual 4-H Duct Tape Contest. Youth in grades 4th-8th will now compete at the parish level. Projects should be student created. You CANNOT duct tape on top of a pre-existing item. You may use cardboard, wire and clips ONLY. Categories: Clothing :(belts, vest, hats, shoes) Accessories: (Wallets, purses, hair bows, key chains, etc.) Room Decorations: (photo frame, flower arrangement, etc.). Each participant may enter ONE item per category. You may not re-enter an item that was already entered in the previous year's contest. All duct tape entries are due to the 4-H Extension Office by October 6th.

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. This club participates in numerous activities where members meet and make friends with other teenagers throughout the parish and state. They also attend an educational awards trip each summer as a reward for their participation throughout the year. Meetings are scheduled on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 PM at the Acadia Parish Extension Office. The next meeting will be held on October 10th.Cost to join is $15 (non-refundable). To join the Jr. Leadership Club, see the Community Club section of the September newsletter on how to register. The deadline to join is November 14th.

Learn how to sew and make your own quilt! This club is open to all 4-H members. The first meeting will be on October 4th and meetings after that will be on the first Wednesday of every month at 5:00 PM at the 4-H office. No experience needed! Cost to join is $25 (non-refundable). A supply list will be sent to you after you join the club. Registration to join this club will open on September 25, 2023 and close on October 2, 2023. To join this club, see the Community Club section of the September newsletter on how to register.

Are you ready for Challenge Camp? Come join us as we develop leaders in times of challenges on November 16-17, 2023. 4-H Challenge camp this year will be held at Camp Grant Walker in Pollick, LA. 4-H Challenge Camp is designed to support Louisiana State Standards, and this 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 and parents are responsible for drop off and pick up. More information can be found on our website. To sign up to attend this camp, please register at Registration is open from October 5-26th. The cost of the camp is $86.00, and this includes snacks, lunch, and T-Shirt. You must complete the registration and payment process in order to secure your spot. Money is non-refundable. You may attend even if you already attended in the past. 4-H Challenge Camp is one of the most valuable encounters a young person can have. Registration is first come first serve and only 13 spots are available.

Catch Phrase 2024- Camp Grant Walker Style! What’s a good theme for 2024 4-H Summer Camp? Send us your most creative ideas for a slogan -- in (7) words or less. Illustrations must accompany the phrase and will be part of the contest. The contest is open to all 4-H Club members. The winning slogan will be one that is brief and “catchy,” capturing the spirit of 4-H Camp Grant Walker. The artwork and slogan be used in its entirety or used as the concept for the final artwork. Logo and slogan will be on all publicity for camp and the camp T-shirt, and the winner will receive a monetary award. Think fast – the deadline is: October 31, 2023. Submissions must also include the following: Full name & age of person submitting the slogan, parish/4-H club, complete mailing address, and telephone number.

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture