October 2022 - 4-H Youth Development Newsletter

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Calendar of Events


  • 2-8: National 4-H Week
  • 6: United Way Battle for the Paddle
  • 6-9: 4-H Volunteer Conference of Southern States (Multi-state)
  • 19: 4-H Jr. Leader Meeting


  • 8-9: 4-H Challenge Camp (Regional Event for 7th-8th graders)
  • 12: St. Charles Parish 4-H Color Me Healthy Event
  • 24-25: LSU AgCenter Office closed


  • 23-Jan. 2: LSU AgCenter Office closed

*Read newsletter for other important dates and 4-H opportunities.

4-H Grows Here in St. Charles Parish

I hope that you are ready to get growing with 4-H! That’s right! Get ready to learn new things and participate in new projects through your involvement in the 4-H Youth Development Program. Be on the lookout for news on project clubs, fun activities, and more. Remember to mark all those special dates on your calendar at home before they pass you by. If you have any questions or would like additional information on any of the programs listed in the newsletter, please feel free to contact me at 985-785-4473 or kzammit@agcenter.lsu.edu. I look forward to working with you this year and seeing you grow into the best version of you through 4-H!

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

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 5 submission dates. Members will bring 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 Culinary Arts Contests are as follows:

  • Thursday, November 17, 2022: Louisiana Commodities
  • Thursday, December 1, 2022: Egg & Sugar
  • Thursday, January 12, 2023: Poultry & Wild Game
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023: Beef
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2023: Seafood

4-H members will be allowed to bring 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.)

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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.

Upcoming 4-H Events for St. Charles Parish

Celebrate National 4-H Week – Oct. 2-8, 2022!

This year we are encouraging all 4-H clubs to spread the word about the amazing opportunities that 4-H has to offer by participating in at least one of the activities below. To submit an entry, complete the National 4-H Week Online Form for each entry. For each complete entry submitted, members’ names will go into a drawing for a door prize.

  • Monday – Head – What do you think it means to be a good 4-H’er?
  • Tuesday – Heart – What do you think is the heart of the 4-H program?
  • Wednesday – Hands – Submit a video of you saying the 4-H pledge (with motions).
  • Thursday – Health – How do you make your best better with 4-H?
  • Friday – 4-H Promo Day – Submit a picture of your artwork or a digital graphic to promote 4-H.

Schools should also submit a picture of their school 4-H bulletin board for an entry in the contest. Bulletin Boards will be judged on the following: (1) Creativity; (2) 4-H Information provided; (3) Accuracy.

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. Read the newsletter for opportunities to list in your 4-H Portfolio. 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 Meeting
  • 4-H Officers
  • Leading the 4-H Pledge at club meetings
  • 4-H Regional Challenge Camp

4-H Citizenship/Community Service Projects

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

  • National 4-H Week entries
  • 4-H Pumpkin Contest (donation)

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 3) of your 4-H Portfolio.

  • 4-H Pumpkin Decorating Contest
  • 4-H Culinary Arts Contest
  • 4-H Senior Honor Cord and Senior Jacket
  • State 4-H Fashion Camp

4-H Pumpkin Decorating Contest

This year 4-H members (K-12th grade) have the opportunity to compete in 2 pumpkin decorating contests (4-H Contest & Farmers’ Market Contest)! The rules are as follows:

• One entry per person. No artificial pumpkins. Pumpkin must not exceed 25 lbs. Do not write or display your name on your entry. Participants can carve, draw, or paint on the pumpkin. You may also use objects, materials, and/or paper to decorate your pumpkin. Materials may be glued or pinned to the pumpkin. Pumpkins must be appropriate and child friendly.

• Pumpkins must be dropped off at the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Office on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 between 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. All pumpkins will be entered into the 4-H Contest and the German Coast Farmers’ Market Contest. If you would like to keep your pumpkin, you will need to pick it up at the Farmers’ Market (held outside the East Bank Regional Library) on Saturday, October 22, 2022 between 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the Master Gardener Booth. Any pumpkins not picked up by the designated time at the Farmers’ Market will be donated to the community.


This section is dedicated to 4-H frequently asked questions and answers from your 4-H Agent.

What do we do in 4-H? In addition to attending monthly school club meetings, students can participate in project clubs, contests, and many opportunities outside of school. Read the monthly newsletters to learn more about what 4-H has to offer.

If I am interested in a project club, how do I sign up? Send an email to kzammit@agcenter.lsu.edu saying the project club(s) you are interested in.

4-H Family Highlight

Mrs. Niki Tastet-Beckemeyer & Mr. Chris Beckemeyer - 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors/Coordinator

What do you love most about 4-H? We love the relationships that we have built along the way, many long lasting with the children and their parents.

What are you looking forward to doing in 4-H this year? To begin this upcoming season! We are anxious to see all of the old and new faces and look forward to getting to know our new instructors.

What do you want other people to know about 4-H? 4-H has a Shooting Sports Program and great programs for children within and outside of their schools. After experiencing what 4-H has to offer with their children, they would recommend involving children in a project club that they would be interested in learning more about. It truly does assist in the growth of our children.

What is a favorite 4-H memory? We make memories at every practice, so there are too many to name! We love seeing the growth, pride, and gratitude on their faces as they achieve their goals and improve their skills.

Join a St. Charles Parish 4-H Community Club

For more information or to join any of the project clubs listed below, please contact the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Office at 985-785-4473 or kzammit@agcenter.lsu.edu. Additional fees may apply.

  • 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

4-H Cloverbuds Community Club

All St. Charles Parish students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to join the 4-H Cloverbud Community Club. This club is different from those of you who are in a Cloverbud club at your school. This club plans to meet once a month (outside of school) to participate in hands-on activities in an assortment of 4-H-related areas. You can be a part of your school Cloverbud club and this 4-H Cloverbud Community Club. Please contact your 4-H Agent, Mrs. Kali Zammit, at kzammit@agcenter.lsu.edu to receive more information.

4-H CHEF Club

The 4-H CHEF (Cooking, Healthy Eating, and Fitness) Club is for any St. Charles Parish student in 4th – 6th grade. This club plans to meet once a month to participate in hands-on cooking demonstrations, fitness activities, and much more. To register for the 4-H CHEF Club, contact your 4-H Agent, Mrs. Kali Zammit, at kzammit@agcenter.lsu.edu.

4-H Shooting Sports Club

The St. Charles Parish 4-H Shooting Sports Club is open to all students at least 10 years old by January 1, 2023. This year we are planning to offer the following disciplines: archery, rifle, and shotgun. This club participates in regular practices to prepare for optional invitational, regional, and state 4-H Shooting Sports competitions. For questions or interest in the 4-H Shooting Sports Club, contact your 4-H Agent, Mrs. Kali Zammit, at kzammit@agcenter.lsu.edu.

4-H Jr. Leader Club

The 4-H Jr. Leader Club is for any student in St. Charles Parish who is in 7th – 12th grade. This club focuses on leadership development through teambuilding and leadership activities, service projects, and much more! This club offers great opportunities to build leadership skills while meeting new friends in St. Charles Parish and beyond. This club plans to meet at least once a month with options for several leadership and service activities, where you can gain service hours needed for other organizations. All returning and new members are invited to attend our first meeting on October 19, 2022 at the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Office from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. To join or receive more information, please contact your 4-H Agent, Mrs. Kali Zammit, at kzammit@agcenter.lsu.edu.

4-H Fashion Club

The St. Charles Parish 4-H Fashion Club is for any student in St. Charles Parish who is in 4th – 12th grade. This club plans to meet on a monthly, sometimes bi-monthly basis, to participate in hands-on sewing and fashion projects. You do not need prior sewing experience to join this club. This club is for beginners to advanced sewers and students interested in fashion. To join or receive more information, please contact your 4-H Agent, Mrs. Kali Zammit, at kzammit@agcenter.lsu.edu.

St. Charles Parish 4-H COLOR ME Healthy EVENT

A healthy living 4-H Youth Development Program of the LSU AgCenter

Saturday, November 12, 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 a colorful assortment of holiday appetizers and desserts using the 5 food groups
  • Participating in teambuilding activities, including Color Kickball
  • Enjoying healthy living snacks, 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 Color Me Healthy Event Online Registration Form (Only one entry is needed per 4-H member.)
  • Participants are encouraged to wear tennis shoes and white clothes that can get dirty at the event. (Much like a Color Run event, 4-H members will be celebrated with powdered color as they engage in Color Kickball with their team.)
  • Register online by November 1, 2022, to attend.
  • Registered members should check their email prior to attending for any event reminders and/or changes.
  • All 4-H members must be registered in 4-H Online in order to attend this event.

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.
  • 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 program.
  • To gain points, 4-H members are encouraged to participate in parish 4-H events listed in the monthly 4-H newsletter.

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 this month

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 Regional Challenge Camp – Overnight adventure for current 7th-8th grade 4-H members - $25.00 fee

This 2-day, 1-night overnight adventure is held November 8-9, 2022, at the Lion King Retreat Center in Amite, La. Campers will enjoy challenge activities while making friends with other 4-H members from throughout the parish and Southeast Region. Space is limited. Complete the 4-H Regional Challenge Camp Online Application Form for consideration to attend. Application deadline: October 11, 2022.

St. Charles Parish 4-H Citizenship Ambassador – Overnight adventure for current 4-H’ers (Ages: 14-19) - See application for fees

4-H members at least 14 years of age by January 1, 2023, are eligible to apply to be a St. Charles Parish 4-H Citizenship Ambassador. In this role, the 4-H youth are expected to attend Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), a national 4-H conference aimed at enhancing citizenship skills, networking with other 4-H’ers from throughout the nation, and touring Washington, D. C. Space is limited. Complete the 4-H Citizenship Ambassador Online Application Form for consideration to attend. Application deadline: October 25, 2022.

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. Jackets will be awarded in the winter. 4-H Honor Cords will be awarded in spring. There are two separate applications for these awards. Contact your 4-H Agent at kzammit@agcenter.lsu.edu for an application.

State 4-H Fashion Camp – Overnight adventure for 10-13 year old members - $80.00 fee

This trip is held on January 20-22, 2023, at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock, La. Selected campers will learn basic sewing skills and enjoy sewing various projects. Space is limited. Complete the 4-H Fashion Camp Online Application for consideration to attend. Application deadline: November 11, 2022.

LEGOs and Leadership Lessons

This year our monthly 4-H lessons will focus on two of our 4-H mission mandates: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and Civic Engagement (Leadership). At your club meeting or at home, try the activities below to learn more.

Lego Challenge Activity: Simple Machines – Pulley System

For the STEM activity each month, you will have a LEGO activity challenge that will accompany an optional story. You may use LEGOs or comparable blocks or items for each challenge. These lessons are adapted from the 4-H LEGO Engineering Club: Enchanted Builds (Vol. 3) from Mississippi State Extension.

October LEGO Lesson: Simple Machines

Optional Videos: Need a Lift? Try a Pulley What is a Pulley?

LEGO Challenge: Using approximately 100 LEGOs or less, a baseplate, a LEGO wheel and axel, build a pulley system and basket to pick up your extra LEGOs.

Reflection: What task would you use your pulley for to help you in your life? How can you apply the skills you learned today to help your community?

4-H Teamwork Activity: Teamwork Tarp Challenge

Learning about group dynamics is important to team success. Problem solving, critical thinking, and conflict resolution are only a few of the life skills learned in group dynamics. Working together in a group to solve a problem also develops decision making and consensus building.

October Leadership Activity: Use a tarp placed flat on the floor. The group should pretend that a meteor will hit the earth and hot lava will erupt! Everyone will need to remain on the tarp for 3 seconds to cool the lava, then they can step off the tarp. Try the activity multiple times, folding the tarp in half each time the activity is conducted.

Reflection: What did you learn about yourself and your team when completing this activity? What can you take from this experience and apply to other experiences? How can these team skills work with other teams you belong to?

St. Charles Parish 4-H Youth Member Enrollment Guide

We are very excited to get started with our 4-H clubs this school year! Enrollment is a little different than in the past. We have a brand new online system that will help make enrolling each year much easier. Below you will find instructions on how to get started. If you have any questions, please contact your school club leader or the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Office at 985-785-4473.

Getting to the website

To sign up, you can go to v2.4honline.com and select "Don't have an account?"

**Note: Each family will only need to make one login for the whole family!

Creating your Family Profile

  1. Select your State: Louisiana
  2. Select your institution: Louisiana 4-H Youth Development
  3. Select your County/Parish: St. Charles
  4. Enter information in all required fields. Email and phone should be for a parent. Click "Create Account."
  5. Enter your mailing address and click "Verify."

Adding a Member

  1. Which program would you like to join? Click "Louisiana 4-H" then "Next."
  2. Enter personal and demographic information in all required fields. Information should be for the youth being enrolled. Click "Next" after each screen.
  3. How would you like to participate? Click "I want to join 4-H as a New or Returning Louisiana 4-H youth" then "Finish."

Choosing your club and project book

  1. Select Units (Clubs): First select either your School Club (if you are a member of your school club) or select Member-at-Large as your Primary Club. If you are a member or you are interested in joining a 4-H Project Club, your project club(s) should be added and listed as secondary club(s). After selecting club(s), click "Next."
  2. Select Projects: Select your top 3 project area interests. Based on your grade level, one of your areas must include the following: 4-H Cloverbuds (for K-3rd grade); Discovering 4-H (for 4th grade); Exploring 4-H (for 5th grade); or any other topic (for 6th-12th grade). *Note: Selecting a project area does not register you for a project club. Contact the 4-H Office for more information on project clubs. Members who plan to participate in 4-H Horse Shows should select the Horse Project.
  3. Years in project: Enter the number of years you have worked in the project area/book selected above.

Consents and Finishing up

  1. Show Questions: Enter information in all required fields. For the School heading check the 2nd circle "Unable to locate school in list above." Type in your school name and select School Type. Click "Next."
  2. Show Health Form: Answer health questions and read medical release. Click "Agree" and enter required information.
  3. Show Consents: Includes Hold Harmless, Media Release, and Code of Conduct. Read through each then click "Agree" and enter required information.
  4. Verify your information and click "Submit."

Important notes

If you have another member to enroll, click "New Member" and repeat the steps above for adding a member.

If you are a member of your school club, dues are to be paid to your school club leader. If you are a member-at-large and/or a 4-H Project Club member, dues are to be paid to the 4-H office.

If you have questions or would like additional information about 4-H or our Project Clubs, contact the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter office.

St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter

Physical Address: 453 Spruce Street, Norco, La.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 557, Norco, LA 70079

Phone: 985-785-4473

4-H Agent: Mrs. Kali Zammit

Email: kzammit@agcenter.lsu.edu

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