September 2015

Jana Bennett, McCann, Jimmy D.  |  9/4/2015 12:36:49 AM

Fifty-eight Caldwell 4-H'ers attended 4-H Camp this year.

4-H'er Meredith Scroggs placed first in Barrel Racing at the State 4-H Horse Show.

4-H University and Clover College was held in June on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.


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 Caldwell 4-H clubs hold monthly meetings in their local schools. Once a student completes the enrollment card and pays the dues, they will be added to the club list. 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 an adult leader. If you would like more information about Caldwell 4-H, contact 4-H leader Jana Bennett at 318-649-2663. Caldwell 4-H is also on Facebook. For up-to-date Caldwell 4-H news, "Like" the page at Note to parents: the success of a 4-H club program depends heavily on volunteer leaders and parents. It is important for 4-H'ers to have adult help and supervision with their project work. If you think you could help sometime during the year with a club program or a 4-H event, please let us know. We need men and women interested in volunteering.

4-H Camp
LSU AgCenter agents Jana Bennett and Jim McCann along with 58 Caldwell Parish 4-H members and adult volunteer Clivette Scroggs attended the 2015 4-H Camp held at the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center in Pollock, Louisiana. Joining Caldwell for this week long adventure were youth and adult volunteers from Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Lincoln, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and Washington 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. A special thank you goes to Jerry Bailey Enterprises and C&A Development for sponsoring some of our Caldwell parish 4-H youth and providing them the opportunity to attend 4-H Camp.

4-H University
Nine Caldwell 4-H members along with agents Jana Bennett and Jim McCann and adult volunteer Chris Bennett traveled to the LSU campus in June to participate in 4-H University and Clover College. During this 3-day event, 4-H'ers Leslee Bennett, Jacob Black, Erin Finley, Tracer Houston, Tyler Roberts and Jackson McCann competed in Public Speaking, ATV Safety, Fishing Sports and Solutions Unlimited. Ja'Michael Hunter, Macy Lee and Stormy Prough attended Clover College. Each 4-H'er did a great job representing Caldwell Parish in their contests and educational programs. Participants had the opportunity to experience life on the LSU campus as well as interact with 4-H'ers from across the state. Congratulations to Jackson McCann for being a blue ribbon winner in the ATV contest.

Summer camping at Grant Walker ends with the Louisiana Outdoor Science and Technology Camp for 7th and 8th graders. Stormy Prough and Rowdy J Michaud along with 4-H'ers from across the state attended this week long camp and had the opportunity to participate in activity tracks in the fields of science, engineering and technology and outdoor education. Campers choose three tracks to participate in while at camp. New tracks are added every year. LOST Camp is held the first week of August at Camp Grant Walker, a 50-acre campsite located near Pollock, Louisiana.

District and State Horse Shows
Caldwell 4-H members Daisy Duke, Maci Scroggs, Meredith Scroggs, Hadley Smith, Taylor Snow and Mia Volentine participated with members from across the state in district and state horse shows held this summer. All six members ribboned at the district level with top ten finishes in the 13 and Under division speed events for Hadley, Daisy and Mia. Taylor was awarded Grand Champion Quarter Horse, Reserve Champion Quarter Horse Gelding and placed 4th in Western Showmanship. In the 14 & Over division speed events at the state show in Lake Charles, Meredith placed 1st in Barrel Racing, 4th in Pole Bending and 6th in Stake Race. In the 13 & Under division speed events, Daisy placed 7th in Barrel Racing. Hadley, Maci and Mia placed in the top 20 in their events.

4-H Shooting Sports
Are you interested in joining Caldwell 4-H Shooting Sports? 4-H Shooting Sports is open to all 4-H'ers and focuses on the different disciplines of Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzleloader, Hunting and Archery. This program strives to teach safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment and promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior. An informational meeting for this club year will be announced at a later date.

Join the Junior Leader Club
4-H members in grades 7-12 are invited to join the Caldwell 4-H Junior Leader Club. Junior Leader Club is an afterschool project club in which members are active with service learning projects, assist with 4-H and community activities, serve as camp counselors and have lots of fun! We hope you will come join us at our meeting from 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the Prekindergarten Center. Club dues which includes a 4-H t-shirt are $20 for an individual membership or $35 for a family of two 4-H'ers.

National 4-H Week: October 4-10
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!

4-H Night With The Tigers
4-H Night With The Tigers will be Saturday, Oct. 24 when LSU will take on Western Kentucky at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. Tickets for 4-H members are $15 for seats in the upper deck. To purchase tickets visit and click on Promo Code in the gray box. Enter promo code: STATE4H. Join Louisiana 4-H for a tailgate in Parker Coliseum before the game with free food, games and giveaways.

Leaf ID Contest
Entries for the 4-H Leaf ID Contest are due to the 4-H office on Friday, Oct. 30. Submit a binder of 15 pages of leaves, one leaf per page. Leaves must be collected during the current school year. When identifying leaves, be specific. If a leaf is from a Southern Red Oak Tree, write Southern Red Oak, not just oak leaf. If the leaf is from a Longleaf Pine tree, write Longleaf Pine, not just pine tree. Write your name, school and grade on the front cover of your binder. Contest divisions are Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. Awards will be given to first, second and third place winners. This contest is sponsored by the Caldwell 4-H Foundation.

Challenge Camp
4-H Challenge Camp will be held Thursday, Nov. 5 through Saturday, Nov. 7 at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock. Challenge Camp is for 6th - 8th grade members only 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 $75 and is due to the Caldwell 4-H office by Thursday, Oct. 15. This year's theme is "a-MAZE-ing race."

Club Meeting Schedule for October

Oct. 1 Caldwell Homeschool 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Oct. 1 Grayson Elementary 1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Oct. 2 Union Central Elementary    9:10 - 11:00 a.m.
Oct. 6 Columbia Elementary 1:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Oct. 7 CPHS 9:47 - 10:17 a.m.
Oct. 7 OBCA 12:20 - 3:00 p.m.
Oct. 14    CPJHS 10:15 - 11:08 a.m.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 16 Northeast Region Leader Forum
Oct. 7 Junior Leader Club meeting, Prekindergarten Center
Oct. 4-10 National 4-H Week
Oct. 10 Louisiana Art & Folk Festival
Oct. 22 - Nov. 8   Louisiana State Fair in Shreveport
Oct. 24 4-H Night with the Tigers, LSU, Baton Rouge
Oct. 30 Leaf ID contest entries due
Nov. 5-7 Challenge Camp, Camp Grant Walker in Pollock
Nov. 11 Preregistration deadline for Fall Foods Festival
Nov. 16 Fall Foods Festival, Union Central Elementary
Nov. 30 Garments and data forms due for Fashion Revue
Dec. 7 Fashion Revue Appearance Judging / Consumer Decision Making Contest
Dec. 11 4-H Hamburger Lunch fundraiser
Dec. 18 Photography Contest entries due

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