April 2022 - 4-H Youth Development Newsletter

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Calendar of Events


1: Horse Possession Date

12: Jr. Leader Club Meeting

15: LSU AgCenter Office Closed

20: 4-H Achievement Day


5: Jr. Leader Club Meeting

10: 4-H Regional Culinary Arts Contest


21-24: 4-H University

28-29: 4-H Southeast District Horse Show


4-8: 4-H State Horse Show

25-28: 4-H Camp

Achieve with 4-H All Year!

Congratulations, 4-H’ers! Thank you for such a job well done this year as you have shown great effort by participating in all that 4-H has to offer. Now is the time to be rewarded for all your hard work in 4-H throughout the year. 4-H Camp, 4-H University, and 4-H Achievement Day are just around the corner, so be sure to read and show this newsletter to your family as the opportunities in 4-H do not end with the school year – the opportunities in 4-H last all year long!

Apply to Join a Louisiana 4-H State Board

The Louisiana 4-H Leadership Board application process is now open. Applicants must be enrolled in 9th to 12th grade during the 2022-2023 school year. Applications are due by 11:30 pm on May 6, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted. For more information or to apply, visit the Louisiana 4-H Leadership Board Website. Louisiana 4-H currently offers the following leadership board opportunities on a state level:

Leadership Boards:

  • Citizenship Board
  • Executive Board
  • Fashion Board
  • Food and Fitness Board
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Board
  • Shooting Sports Board

New Leadership Opportunities:

  • Livestock Ambassador
  • Wetland Ambassador

See 4-H Agent for information. These applications are due May 6, 2022, by 4:30 p.m.

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


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


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

St. Charles 4-H Instagram


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.

4-H Achievement Day

This year our 4-H Achievement Day will be held by invitation only on April 20, 2022 as an evening program. Members who are invited to attend 4-H Achievement Day will receive an email with details regarding the event. 4-H Club Leaders will also receive a list of all members invited to the event. Invitation to the 4-H Achievement Day event will be based on participation in parish 4-H contests and events during the 2021-2022 school year.

4-H Camp

This year we will be celebrating 100 years of camping at 4-H Camp Grant Walker! We are currently in the process of reviewing and approving 4-H Camp applications for current 4th-6th grade 4-H members. For those members who are selected to attend 4-H Camp for St. Charles Parish, they will receive an email with additional information in the near future. If you are interested in attending 4-H Camp (July 25-28, 2022) and have not already applied to attend, please contact the LSU AgCenter Office at 985-785-4473 for an application. As spots fill, we will process applications on a waiting list in the event of new opening spaces on a first-come, first-serve basis.

4-H University

4-H University is returning back to the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, La. this year! 4-H University is open to current 8th – 12th grade 4-H members. This year 4-H University will offer some opportunities for youth to participate in either virtual or in-person contests and in-person educational classes on the LSU campus. If you are interested in learning more about 4-H University, we are inviting you to join us for our 4-H University Interest Meeting on Thursday, May 5, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Office located at 453 Spruce Street in Norco, La. Also, please complete the Online 4-H University Interest Form to receive additional information.

Things to do for 4-H in March

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 Camp – Overnight adventure for current 4th-6th grade 4-H members - $175.00 fee; additional purchases available

This 4-day, 3-night overnight adventure is held July 25-28, 2022 at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock, La. Campers will select a fun, hands-on, educational track for the week. They will enjoy recreational activities including swimming, line dancing, canoeing, archery, and more. Please feel free to contact the 4-H Agent with any questions. Applications are due to the LSU AgCenter 4-H Office along with a deposit. Application deadline: March 25, 2022 (Still accepting applications for waiting list.)

4-H University – Overnight adventure for current 8th-12th grade 4-H members - Fees to be determined

4-H University features state-wide contests and more for 8th-12th grade 4-H members. 4-H University has a multitude of contests and opportunities for youth. If interested in participating and/or receiving more information, complete the Online 4-H University Interest Form by April 30, 2022. You are also invited to attend the 4-H University Interest Meeting on May 5, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Office located at 453 Spruce Street in Norco, La.

4-H State Board Applications – LA 4-H State Board membership for current 8th – 11th graders - See application for fees

4-H members (current 8th – 11th graders) interested in applying to become a member of a Louisiana 4-H State Board should contact the 4-H Agent (Kali Zammit) at kzammit@agcenter.lsu.edu for an application and more information by April 15, 2022. (Note: State applications are due online by May 6, 2022. No late applications will be accepted.)

St. Charles Parish 4-H Spotlight

Parish 4-H Awards

4-H Culinary Arts Contest: (**denotes outstanding dish award)


Crawfish: 1st Ethan Bellanger (JBM), 2nd Michael Love (DHS/JL), 3rd Nollie Arcement (LWE), Blue: Lee Arcement (HHS/JL)

Shrimp: 1st Lee Arcement (HHS/JL), 2nd Michael Love (DHS/JL), 3rd Nollie Arcement (LWE)

Crab: 1st MacKenzie Bellanger (LWE)**, 2nd Nollie Arcement (LWE), 3rd Lee Arcement (HHS/JL)

4-H Photography Contest (People’s Choice Award): Isabella Leblanc (RKS)

Survey Door Prize Winners: Keviana White (ESE), McKala Hurst (HMS)

Dairy Poster Contest: Winners will be announced on our St. Charles Parish 4-H Facebook page.

All awards will be distributed at your 4-H club meeting.

Healthy Living Lesson: Healthier Foods – Fast!

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

Healthy Living Activity

This month’s lesson is about fast foods. Fast foods are foods that are made fast either at home or at a fast-food restaurant. Many fast-food choices have high fat, high sugar, and high calories. They are also usually served in bigger portions and offer sweetened drinks.

Check out your favorite meal at your favorite fast-food restaurant. Look at the total fat in grams. Now take playdough and measure out 1 teaspoon for every 5 grams of fat for that meal. Are you surprised with the amount of fat in that meal?

Think about some ways that you can cut down on the amount of fat per meal at fast-food restaurants.

Reflect on Selecting Fast-Food Options

Many of us eat fast-food options, whether at home or at restaurants. Here are some tips for selecting healthier fast-food options:

  • Choose smaller amounts by ordering a small size or buying a large and sharing it with others.
  • Choose salad or fruit when available.
  • Ask for water or milk instead of soda.

Now, considering these tips, what are some of the items that you often find “large-sized” or as a combo with a soda drink? Think about how you can make a healthier choice and share your thoughts with a neighbor, friend, or family member. The next time you are eating or service fast-food, consider these tips to make a healthier you!

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