September 2013

Jimmy Mccann  |  9/5/2013 7:28:17 PM

I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service and my Health to better living for my club, my community, my country and my world.

4-H Is For Everyone!
4-H represents groups of young people in all parts of Caldwell Parish having fun together and "Learning by Doing". 4-H clubs offer a world of opportunities for boys and girls to learn new things, go new places and meet new people. A 4-H club is an organized group of youth; the members elect their own officers and operate as a democracy in action. Most 4-H clubs hold monthly meetings in their local school. Once a student completes the enrollment card and pays dues, they will be added to the club list. Members will then have the opportunity to attend and participate in monthly club meetings. Club meetings are held at school during the school day. Members are excused from class to participate in the co-curricular activity. Monthly newsletters are handed out at each meeting to give information about upcoming events. Each club elects officers, giving leadership opportunities to members. Those officers conduct a business meeting each month with the help of the adult leader. Members also have the opportunity to choose a project and learn about health, food and nutrition, outdoor skills, pets, raising livestock, science, engineering and technology, gardening, communications and theatre arts, participate in contests and win prizes, attend camps and volunteer to help with community events.

4-H Day at the Capitol
Five Caldwell 4-H'ers along with agents Casey Beavers and Jim McCann traveled to Baton Rouge on May 29th to attend the 12th annual 4-H Day at the Capitol where they toured the state capitol with other 4-H club members from across the state.

4-H Camp
LSU AgCenter agents Casey Beavers and Jim McCann along with 39 Caldwell Parish 4-H members and Junior Leader Bobbie Butler attended the 2013 4-H Camp held at the Grant Walker Educational Center in Pollock, Louisiana. Joining Caldwell for this week long adventure were youth and adult volunteers from Caddo, Desoto, St. Charles, Richland, Catahoula, Tangipahoa, East Carroll and Madison parishes. Youth were given the opportunity to engage in numerous hands-on activities in a variety of areas such as archery, dramatic arts, canoeing, swimming, cooking, ATV safety, arts and crafts, technology and outdoor skills. 4-H Camp is a learning experience that helps members appreciate the outdoors, live together as a group, get along with others and appreciate people with different backgrounds and interests. Thank you to Bobbie Butler for attending camp as a Junior Counselor this summer. A special thank you goes to Jerry Bailey Enterprises and Ronald Carr - C&A Development for sponsoring some of our Caldwell parish 4-H youth and providing them the opportunity to attend 4-H Camp.

L.O.S.T. Camp
Summer camping at Camp Grant Walker ends with the Louisiana Outdoor Science and Technology Camp for 7th and 8th  graders. The week long camp is attended by 4-H'ers from across the state who choose from topics such as wetlands, energy, videography, kitchen chemistry, outdoor skills, ATV, robotics, GPS, physics, forensic science and biology to participate in. Tyler Roberts and Erin Finley attended this camp along with Junior Counselor Bobbie Butler. These students did a great job representing Caldwell Parish.

4-H University
LSU AgCenter agents Casey Beavers and Jim McCann along with adult volunteer Denise Kelly and 10 youth from Caldwell Parish traveled to the LSU Campus in June to participate and compete in 4-H University. During the 3-day event, 4-H'ers Krista Weems, Hailey Ewing, Tracer Houston, Keva Powell, Mallory Dannehl, Erin Finley, Bobbie Butler, Braden Grubb, Erin Scott and Nealy McCoy competed in 4-H Has Talent, Consumer Foods Judging, Photography, Outdoor Skills, Law School Confidential, Child Development and Journey of Self Discovery. Each 4-H'er did a great job representing Caldwell Parish in their contests. While at 4-H University, participants had the opportunity to experience life on the LSU campus as well as interact with 1,300 4-H'ers from across the state. We would also like to recognize Erin Scott, Mallory Dannehl and Hailey Ewing for winning 4th place in the Consumer Decision Making Contest and Nealy McCoy for placing 6th in the Child Development contest. Congratulations!

Northeast District and State Horse Shows
Four Caldwell 4-H'ers competed in the Northeast District Horse Show held in June. Meredith Scroggs, Larrah Springer, Taylor Snow and Mia Claire Volentine competed with approximately 100 4-H'ers from across northeast Louisiana during this event held at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe. Meredith and Larrah also participated in the State Horse Show held in July. These 4-H'ers won numerous awards during both shows. Congratulations! Caldwell Parish is proud of each of you!

Join the 4-H Junior Leader Club
If you are in grades 7-12, you may join the Caldwell Parish 4-H Junior Leader Club. Junior Leaders are active with service learning projects, assist with 4-H activities, serve as camp counselors and have lots of fun! We have a lot of new ideas this year for the Junior Leader Club. We are excited about this club year and hope you will come join us at our meeting from 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17 at the Prekindergarten Center.

Challenge Camp
4-H Challenge Camp will be held October 3-5 at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock. Challenge Camp is for members in grades 6-8 and is a unique camping experience that leads you through awesome team-building activities and exhilarating games. In the process, you will improve your communication and leadership skills, practice teamwork and make memories to last a lifetime. No kid stuff here! You are guaranteed to have fun, make friends and find your hidden strengths. Camp fee is $65.00 and is due by Friday, September 13.

National 4-H Week: October 7-13
4-H youth are a living breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live. Celebrate the uncommon commitment of 4-H'ers during National 4-H Week and recognize the confidence, passion and practical skills that prepare them to step up to the challenges of our complex, changing world. Learn how you can "Join the Revolution of Responsibility"!

Upcoming Events
Sept. 17   Junior Leader Club meeting, Prekindergarten Center
Sept. 21   Ark-La-Miss Fair Livestock Show, Monroe Civic Center
Sept. 25   4-H Volunteer Leader Forum, Rayville Civic Center

Oct. 3-5   Challenge Camp (grades 6-8), Camp Grant Walker
Oct. 12     Louisiana Art and Folk Festival, Columbia
Oct. 7-13  National 4-H Week
Oct. 8       Junior Leader Club meeting, Prekindergarten Center
Oct. 24-Nov. 10   Louisiana State Fair Livestock Show, Shreveport
Oct. 25     Leaf ID contest entries due
Oct. 26     4-H Night with the Tigers, LSU, Baton Rouge
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