The Clover Journal, October 2022

Think 4-H Might be for You?

Here's how to Join the Club:

  • Attend the 4-H Club meeting in your school.
  • Review the 4-H materials given to you.
  • Return the enrollment card to your club leader.
  • Select a 4-H project book.
  • Pay your $5 dues at your school.

Upcoming Events

  • Entrepreneur Pitch Contest - October 14
  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest - October 19
  • Breast Cancer Poster Contest - October 27
  • 4-H Membership Drive - October 31
  • Ag Photography Contest - November 11
  • State Fair BB Gun Contest - November 12
  • Shooting Sports Camp - December 16-18
  • 4-H Fashion Camp - January 20-22
  • Citizenship Washington Focus - TBA

Service-learning Focus

Mental Health Awareness is our state and parish service-learning focus for the 2022-2023 year. Opportunities will be offered for you to participate in our statewide focus. Let’s get busy making a difference in our community and state.

4-H Entrepreneur Pitch Contest

Develop and pitch your business idea! Open to all 7th-12th grade 4-H’ers. Deadline to apply is Friday, October 14th.

Learn how to:

  • Create a business plan.
  • Create one PowerPoint slide overview page to support the pitch.
  • Create a 3-5 minute business pitch.

There will be a question-and-answer session with the judges. Additional visual aids may also be used (ex: props, product prototypes, posters, marketing pieces, etc.)

Categories: 1) Up & Running Business, 2) Ideation, and 3) Social Entrepreneurship

Challenge Prizes: 1st Place - $75; 2nd Place - $50; 3rd Place - $35

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

  • Select the perfect pumpkin for your design.
  • Paint or decorate the pumpkin at home.
  • Fill out the entry tag, cut it out, and attach it to your pumpkin with tape or string.
  • Bring your pumpkin to school by 12 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19th. None will be accepted after 12 p.m.

State Fair BB Gun Contest

The State Fair of Louisiana BB Gun Contest will be held Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 10 a.m. in the Poultry Barn at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds in Shreveport. Pre-registration is required (no registration on day of contest). Register by October 21 to receive 2 gate passes. The final deadline to register is November 7 - no gate passes. Cost is $5 per contestant (make checks payable to Louisiana 4-H Foundation).

Divisions (Open to all youth ages 9-19):

  • Divisions will be determined by number of participants in each age group.
  • Youth will compete against others in same age division.
  • Times to shoot will be sent to participants after final deadline once divisions are determined. Each age division will have a certain time to check in, starting with youngest, reducing wait time as much as possible.

Order of Fire: Five “bullseye” shots at each of four positions (prone, standing, sitting, kneeling) (5-minute sight in time before prone position)

Equipment: Everything will be provided (guns, ammo, targets, eye protection). Do Not bring your own BB gun to the state fairgrounds – you must use guns provided.


  • 60% of entry fees will be given back as award premiums for top five in each age division.
  • Top 10 shooters in each age division will be recognized with award ribbons.

Breast Cancer Awareness Poster Contest

Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

  • Draw using colored pencils or crayons or use pictures from magazines or printed images (no copyright material can be used).
  • Write your name, address, school, grade, and teacher on the back of the poster.
  • Posters are due at the 4-H office on Thursday, October 27th.
  • Any size poster is acceptable.

4-H Membership Drive

4-H is a positive youth development organization delivered through the LSU AgCenter. In 4-H, members complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture, and citizenship in a positive environment where they can receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Join 4-H today! The club with the highest percentage of enrollment will win an ice cream or cupcake party. The deadline to register is October 31st.

Shooting Sports Camp

The Shooting Sports Camp will be held December 16-18 in Pollock at Grant Walker Educational Facility. The camp is geared toward 4-H youth ages 12-18 who are participating in advanced disciplines. Participants will choose one of the following: Advanced Shotgun (Trap, Skeet, and Sporting Clays), National Archery (Field, 3D, and FITA), and National Rifle (CMP, NRA 3P, and Silhouettes). Parents and coaches are welcome to attend but it is not mandatory. The cost will be $100 per youth/per parent/per coach. Deadline to pay is November 1st.

Ag Photography Contest

Grab your camera and get to shootin'! Deadline is November 11th.

Rules and regulations:

  • All photos must relate to agriculture.
  • Photos must be taken by individual listed on the entry label (get a label from your leader).
  • Entry label must include name, parish, grade, and category.
  • Photos entered must have been taken during 2022 and in Louisiana.
  • All entries must be 8”x10” (color or black and white), no other sizes will be accepted.
  • Each photo must include a one-line title.
  • You are limited to entering only one photo in each of the categories listed.
  • Entries cannot be duplicated.
  • Ink jet prints acceptable.


  1. Farm Animals
  2. Horticulture (flowers & gardens), Plants, or Crops
  3. Any Other Agriculture (like farm machinery, barns, silos, hen houses, etc.)

4-H Fashion Camp

“Spice it Up with 4-H Fashion Camp” is the theme for the 2023 Fashion Camp to be held at Camp Grant Walker.

  • January 20-22, 2023
  • Saturday 9 a.m. - Sunday 11 a.m.
  • Campers eligible aged 10-13 years old
  • Alternate waiting list will be kept, first come-first served
  • Friday night accommodations available
  • Adult volunteer must have completed 4-H Overnight Chaperone Program
  • Contact Mrs. Powell for more details

2023 Citizenship Washington Focus Trip

We have not locked in our dates yet, but it is our intention for our delegation to attend during the week of June 25-July 1, 2023, or July 2-8, 2023. The entire week will be focused on citizenship and leadership skills.

Through Citizenship Washington Focus, teens experience Washington, D.C. like never before. Using the nation’s capital as their classroom, CWF connects young leaders from across the country to gain the skills and experiences to become effective change agents.

Participants must be ages 14-19, and a current 4-H member and maintain active membership in 4-H through the conference year. Once all spots have filled, the remaining who signed up will be put on an alternate list. The alternate list will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

The cost of the trip is $2,500 per participant. The $2,500 is the responsibility of the participating youth delegate to pay in full by April 30, 2023. There will be a down payment requirement of $300 due when signing up for a spot in the CWF2023 experience. Youth delegates are encouraged to work with their 4-H agents to find local sponsors and to fundraise. We will provide several examples of donor solicitation letters.

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