January 2022 - 4-H Youth Development Newsletter

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Calendar of Events


1-3: LSU AgCenter Office Closed

17: LSU AgCenter Office Closed

18: 4-H Culinary Arts Contest Submission (Beef & Bento); 4-H Jr. Leader Club Meeting


5: 4-H Pancakes and Pajamas

15: 4-H Culinary Arts Contest Submission (Egg, Poultry, Sugar); 4-H Jr. Leader Meeting


1: LSU AgCenter Office Closed

4: 4-H Night with the Pelicans

5: 4-H Trash Bash

23: 4-H Culinary Arts Contest Submission (Seafood); 4-H Jr. Leader Club Meeting


15: LSU AgCenter Office Closed

20: 4-H Achievement Day


10: 4-H Regional Culinary Arts Contest

Start Your New Year with 4-H!

Happy New Year, 4-H’ers! We hope that all of you are ready to start your new year by participating in the many opportunities that 4-H has to offer. Now is the time to try something new – a new contest, activity, or maybe even a new project club! Check out the newsletter for more details. Remember to mark those important dates and deadlines on your new calendars at home.

Save the Dates – Summer 4-H Activities

We are happy to announce that 4-H Camp is moving back to Camp Grant Walker this year as we celebrate 100 years of 4-H Camping at the facility. As you are planning your new 2022 year, consider saving these dates for summer 4-H activities:

4-H Summer Camp at Camp Grant Walker

for 4th-6th graders of the 2021-2022 school year

July 25 – 28, 2022

4-H University at LSU

for 8th-12th graders of the 2021-2022 school year

June 21-24, 2022

*More information to come on both events

Stay Updated with St. Charles Parish 4-H News

This year St. Charles Parish 4-H is providing several venues for 4-H members and families to stay updated with 4-H News.

St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Website www.lsuagcenter.com/stcharles

Visit this page and click on the 4-H tab for articles and updates including 4-H newsletters, contests, and upcoming opportunities

St. Charles 4-H Facebook Page www.facebook.com/scp4h

Like or Follow this page for daily posts, updates, and resources

St. Charles 4-H Instagram @scp4h

Follow us on Instagram for highlights and announcements

Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams

Many school clubs will use Google Classroom to communicate with their 4-H’ers. Our parish 4-H Community Clubs and members-at-large club will use Microsoft Teams to communicate with 4-H‘ers. See your 4-H Club Leader for information on how to gain access to these communication tools.

How do I join the St. Charles Parish 4-H Program?

All students K-12th grade have an opportunity to join a 4-H Club. You may join your school club and/or a community club. Yes, you can be a member of more than one 4-H club. These are a few tips on how to join a 4-H club.

Complete and submit a 4-H Enrollment Form. See 4-H Club Leader for Form.

Pay 4-H Club Dues. See 4-H Club Leader for club dues amount and payment methods.

Submit Any Other Forms. See 4-H Club Leader for any additional forms needed to join.

What happens after I join 4-H?

Attend Monthly Meetings

Participate in meetings (face-to-face or virtually)

Read 4-H Newsletters

Bring the newsletters home or show your parents online for more opportunities, contests, and more!

Participate in 4-H Activities

Participate in 4-H activities within your club, community, country, and world.

Communicate with 4-H Leader

Stay updated with meeting dates and 4-H activities and opportunities

Save the Dates for Parish 4-H Events

St. Charles Parish 4-H hosts major parish events open to all 4-H members. Attendance will be taken at all events. Participation in multiple events will increase opportunities for awards presented at 4-H Achievement Day. Please save the dates and be on the lookout for more information regarding these events in the monthly newsletter.

4-H Pancakes and Pajamas

Healthy Living Program on February 5, 2022

4-H Trash Bash

Civic Engagement Program on March 5, 2022

4-H Achievement Day

Awards Recognition Program *by invitation only on April 20, 2022

Save the Dates for Summer!

June 21-24, 2022 4-H University (for 8th-12th grade members)

July 25-28, 2022 4-H Camp (for 4th-6th grade members)

Livestock, Rabbit, and Horse Shows

If you have livestock animals, rabbits, or horses and are interested in participating in this year’s LSU AgCenter Livestock, Rabbit, and/or Horse Shows, please contact 4-H Agent Kali Zammit at kzammit@agcenter.lsu.edu to receive information, rules, and regulations for participation.

Upcoming Livestock Show Dates:

Southeast District Livestock Show

February 3-5, 2022

LSU AgCenter State 4-H Livestock Show

February 12-19, 2022

4-H Portfolios

Throughout this year 4th – 12th grade 4-H members are encouraged to complete a 4-H Portfolio, which focuses on record-keeping skills and is helpful when completing award, scholarship, and future job applications. Prizes or opportunities will be awarded to top members who complete the 4-H Portfolio. In addition to completing your 4-H Story and the other sections of the 4-H Portfolio, read the newsletter for opportunities to list in your 4-H Portfolio this year. Download a Digital Version of the 4-H Portfolio to begin working

4-H Leadership Opportunities

St. Charles Parish 4-H is offering the following leadership opportunities this month. List your participation in these activities in the 4-H Leadership (Section 2) of your 4-H Portfolio.

  • 4-H Jr. Leader Club
  • Live 4-H Update Podcast
  • 4-H Pancakes and Pajamas
  • 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference
  • 4-H Cooperative Enterprise Teen Leadership Conference

4-H Citizenship/Community Service Projects

Use your hands to larger service by participating in 4-H Service Projects. List your activities in the 4-H Citizenship/Community Service Section (Section 3) of your Portfolio.

  • 4-H Trash Bash
  • 4-H Night with the Pelicans

Read the newsletter for more details on each of these projects. If you need verification of service hours for another organization, contact the 4-H Agent.

4-H Awards and Recognition

There are several award opportunities this month for 4-H members. List your participation in the 4-H Awards and Recognition Section (Section 4) of your 4-H Portfolio.

  • 4-H Senior Honor Cord and Senior Jacket
  • 4-H Scholarships
  • 4-H Photography Contest
  • 4-H All-Around Style Contest
  • 4-H Virtual Talent Show Contest
  • 4-H Virtual Pet Show Contest
  • 4-H Culinary Arts Contest
  • 4-H Livestock Shows

4-H Update Podcast

Join the 4-H Agent and other 4-H’ers and volunteers throughout St. Charles Parish by viewing our 4-H Update Podcasts. The 4-H Update Podcast will feature music requested by your 4-H peers, the 4-H Agent reviewing the upcoming 4-H events, an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section, and/or interviews with 4-H members, leaders, or volunteers. Podcast videos will be posted on your school 4-H club Google Classroom or your 4-H Community Club Microsoft Team. To request music or ask questions to be featured in the Podcast, complete the 4-H Update Podcast Form.

Join a 4-H Community Club

As we continue to rebuild St. Charles Parish, we are in the process of planning for events for our 4-H Community Clubs. There are 5 St. Charles Parish 4-H Community Clubs that you can join. Each community club focuses on a specific project-related area. At this time, we are asking for interested students to contact the 4-H Office if you are interested in joining any of the 4-H community clubs listed. Yes, you may be in more than one community club in addition to your 4-H club at school.

• 4-H Cloverbud Community Club - for all K-3rd grade students

• 4-H CHEF (Cooking, Healthy Eating, & Fitness) Club - for all 4th-6th grade students

• 4-H Shooting Sports Club – for students 10 years old through 12th grade

• 4-H Jr. Leader Club – for all 7th – 12th grade students

• 4-H Fashion Club - for all 4th-12th grade students

For more information or to join any of the project clubs listed below, please contact the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter (4-H) Office at 985-785-4473 or stcharles@agcenter.lsu.edu.

4-H Photography Contest

During the upcoming months, 4-H members are encouraged to explore the world of photography by participating in monthly 4-H Photography Contests. To participate in the photography contest, complete the form by clicking on the link below. All forms must be completed by February 28, 2022. Photos may be submitted early. No late submissions will be accepted. Official rules are listed in the online form.

4-H Photography Contest Categories:

Landscape - Horizontal photo that captures nature or man-made feature

People - Photo of person or group of people that captures their essence

Animals - Photo of animal or group of animals that captures natural habitat

Still Life - Photo of inanimate object or group of objects

To submit your photo, complete the 4-H Photography Contest Form for each category.

4-H All-Around Style Contest

Learning how to use your resources is a great skill to learn through 4-H. For this contest, we do not want you to buy anything! We want for you to use 1 piece of clothing in your closet to be the feature article of clothing that you style for three different occasions: (1) casual, (2) dressy, and (3) job interview. Official rules are listed in the online form. No late submissions will be accepted. Complete 4-H All-Around Style Contest Form by January 31, 2022. Contest submissions may be submitted early. No late submissions will be accepted.

4-H Virtual Talent Show Contest

Do you have a talent that you would like to share with our 4-H family? Here is your opportunity to participate in a Virtual Talent Show by submitting a video (60-90 seconds) of you performing your talent. Complete the 4-H Talent Show Contest Form by January 31, 2022. Contest submissions may be submitted early. No late submissions will be accepted.

4-H Virtual Pet Show Contest

Do you have a pet that you take care of at home? We would like to hear all about it! Consider participating in our 4-H Pet Show Contest by submitting a video of you and your pet while answering questions. Complete the 4-H Pet Show Contest Form by January 31, 2022. Contest submissions may be submitted early. No late submissions will be accepted.

Monthly Mental Health Quote

Each month we will highlight a quote recommended by the Louisiana 4-H Citizenship Board to address our mental health. Set aside some time to take deep breaths and think about this: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

4-H Beef Poster Contest Rules

• The 2021 Louisiana Beef Industry Council Beef Poster Contest Theme: All About Beef.

• Open to 4-H members K-12th grade. Only 4th-12th grade are eligible to move on to the state level. Entries will be collected by the 4-H Agent at February club meetings. All entries are due by March 1 to the 4-H Office.

• Poster must be 22” x 28” poster board only. Posters should generate positive images and promotion of beef (not live cattle production) using the indicated theme. Posters should promote beef without projecting any negative messages towards other agricultural commodities (chicken, pork, etc.). Place your name, address, age, grade in school, and parish on the back, upper right corner of the poster.

• High School digital entries must be designed using either Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or Canva. Designs should be formatted for “22x28” poster size and saved in high-resolution 300 DPI in all of the following: original design file, .png file format, and .pdf file format. Digital designs should be saved to a blank jump drive, placed in an envelope with name, address, age, grade in school, and parish on front of envelope.

• Do not use copyrighted materials. You may develop ideas from magazines, parents, friends, nutrition bulletins, etc., but the end concept should be original and not copied material. Pictures, clipart, and materials (i.e., cartoon characters, advertisements, logos, etc.) that are copyrighted may not be used on the poster. Computer generated clipart may be used if it is not copyrighted. No templates used in digital division. All design work must be original and from scratch, just as a poster would be designed.

• Eligible 1st place posters will be submitted to the state competition for judging and become the property of the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Beef Industry Council. Divisions include the following: Cloverbuds (Grades K-3), Elementary (Grades 4 – 6), Middle (Grades 7 – 9), and High School Poster or High School Digital (Grades 10 – 12)

4-H Culinary Arts Contest (For 4th-12th graders)

This year we would like to encourage all 4-H members to participate in at least one culinary arts contest. These contests are intended to help our 4-H members grow in their cooking experience and skill level while enjoying quality time with families who assist them with the safety rules and sharing of traditional family recipes. This year the 4-H Culinary Arts contest will be split into 3 submission dates. Members will bring 1-2 servings of their dish on the designated day and times to the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Office. Members will also need to complete the 4-H Culinary Arts Registration Form by the submission date to be considered for judging. All rules are posted on the online registration form.

Submission dates for our 2021-2022 Culinary Arts Contests are as follows:

January 18, 2022

Beef and Bento Box Contests

February 15, 2022

Egg, Poultry, and Sugar Contests

March 23, 2022

Seafood Contest

4-H members will be allowed to bring 1-2 servings of their dish in a sealed, non-returnable container on the date specified between 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Office, which is located at 453 Spruce Street in Norco, La. (See online form for specific rules and details for the event.)

Pancakes and Pajamas

A Healthy Living 4-H Youth Development Program of the LSU AgCenter

Saturday, February 5, 2022

at the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Office

located at 453 Spruce Street in Norco, La.


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Arrival and Sign in

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Healthy Living Activities

Activities Included:

  • Creating and cooking pancakes
  • Teambuilding games and activities
  • Healthy Living snacks, games, prizes, and more

Registration information:

  • This event will be open to all St. Charles Parish 4-H members. Families are encouraged to join.
  • All participants must pre-register for the event by completing the 4-H Pancakes and Pajamas Online Registration Form. (Only one entry is needed per 4-H member.)
  • Participants are encouraged to wear tennis shoes and appropriate pajamas at the event.
  • Register online by January 31, 2022 to attend.
  • Registered members should check their email prior to attending for any event reminders and/or changes.

4-H Award Information:

  • This is considered a St. Charles Parish 4-H Event. All 4-H members who participate in this event, along with any other parish 4-H events or contests, will receive points for participating.
  • At the beginning of April, we will tally points of all 4-H members. For those members who gain enough points, they will be invited to the 4-H Achievement Day Awards Recognition program scheduled for the evening of April 20, 2022.
  • To gain points, 4-H members are encouraged to participate in parish 4-H events listed in the monthly St. Charles Parish 4-H Youth Development Newsletter.

Visit us at: www.lsuagcenter.com/stcharleswww.facebook.com/scp4h • Instagram @scp4h The LSU AgCenter and LSU provides equal opportunities in employment and programs. Should you need an ADA accommodation, please contact the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Office at least two weeks prior to the event.

Things to do for 4-H in January

Each month 4-H’ers will be provided with a list of upcoming opportunities on a parish, regional, state, and/or national level. Contact the 4-H Agent or visit the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Website under “4-H Youth Development” for all rules, applications, and more information.

4-H Senior Honor Cord and Senior Jacket Awards – Awards for current 12th grade members

Current graduating senior 4-H members may apply to receive a 4-H honor cord to wear for graduation and a 4-H senior jacket to wear to show off their 4-H accomplishments. Complete the St. Charles Parish 4-H Senior Jacket Application online to apply for the senior jacket award. To apply for the honor cord, visit the Louisiana 4-H Honor Cord Application Website. Application deadline: Friday, January 28, 2022. (No late applications will be accepted.)

4-H Junior Leadership Conference (JLC) – Adventure for current 8th-12th grade members - $50.00 fee

This is a conference hosted by youth leaders of the Louisiana 4-H Executive Board. There is a limited number of youth who may attend. To receive more information on this opportunity, complete the St. Charles Parish 4-H JLC Application. Application deadline: January 31, 2022. (No late applications will be accepted. Submit applications as soon as possible.)

Louisiana 4-H Foundation Scholarships – Scholarship applications for graduating senior 4-H members

Graduating senior members may apply for scholarships through the Louisiana 4-H Foundation toward continuing education. Contact the 4-H Agent at kzammit@agcenter.lsu.edu to receive an application for this scholarship and future 4-H scholarships. Application deadline for LA 4-H Foundation Scholarship: February 18, 2022

4-H Cooperative Enterprise Teen Leadership Conference – Overnight adventure for 8th-12th grade members - $50.00 fee

This teen leadership conference focuses on learning how to establish and manage a cooperative business. 4-H’ers will enhance leadership, marketing, and money management skills at this conference. Application deadline: February 11, 2022 (Contact 4-H Agent at kzammit@agcenter.lsu.edu if you are interested in applying prior to the application deadline.)

4-H Night with the Pelicans – Professional basketball game fundraiser for Louisiana 4-H - On your own; Fees apply

4-H’ers and families can attend a New Orleans Pelicans game in support of Louisiana 4-H. Packages include 4-H Night PreGame Access, t-shirt, and opportunities to participate in on-court experiences. Game is on March 4, 2022. Order deadline: February 11, 2022. (Note: There are vaccination requirements for attendance. Contact the 4-H Agent for more information.)

St. Charles Parish 4-H Spotlight

Benjamin Brock (MAL) wins Best Record Keeping Award for the State 4-H Pumpkin contest.

Ethan Bellanger (JBM) participates in the Southeast Region 4-H Challenge Camp Ropes Course in New Orleans, La.

Door Prize Winners for 4-H Week of Service:

Olivia Arrant (SCB), Ethan Bellanger (JBM), MacKenzie Bellanger (LWE), Beau Kimble (ESE), and Rhyan Rodriguez (ESE)

Healthy Living Lesson: Eat More Veggies & Fruit

This year we will be doing some activities from the Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness curriculum. This month we will focus on eating more vegetables and fruits. At your club meeting or at home, try the activity below to learn more.

Healthy Living Activity:

Color Your Plate! Try to eat more dark green vegetables, red and orange vegetables, and dried beans, which helps to provide an assortment of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Fruits and vegetables can add color to your meal and to your life. Think of the colors of the rainbow. Can you name fruits and vegetables in each color?

Reflect on “Veggies and Fruits” completing your MyPlate:

Remember that vegetables and fruits should consist of half of your MyPlate each meal. You should strive to have 2 ½ cups of vegetables and 1 ½ cups of fruits each day. What can you eat to get 5 (1/2) cups of veggies and 3 (1/2) cups of fruits to your day?

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