The Clover Journal, August 2023

Welcome Back

As we start the 4-H year, make it your goal to “Make the Best Better” in everything you do. 4-H is a wonderful opportunity to make and build friendships, help others and our community, learn new things, learn about yourself, begin to be a healthy you and… grow. Expand your 4-H horizons… try new things and stretch outside your comfort zone as often as possible. Have an awesome year!

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

  • Challenge Camp - September 10th-12th
  • NE Regional Leadership Board - September 25th
  • National 4-H Week - October 1st-7th
  • Catch Phrase for Camp Contest - October 31st
  • 4-H Day of Service - December 2nd
  • Fashion & Beyond on Tour - January 17th

Service-learning Focus

Combating Hunger & Poverty in Louisiana is our state and parish service-learning focus for the 2023-2024 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 Summer Camp

4-H Summer Camp 2023

Camping is one of the most valuable experiences a child can have. It’s a learning experience that can help children appreciate the outdoors, live together as a group, get along with others, and appreciate people from different interests and backgrounds. 4-H Summer Camp was held from May 29th-June 1st. Special thanks to Westley Bowman, David Dixon, and KarVan Powell, Jr. for serving as adult volunteers.

4-H University

4-H U 2023

Congratulations to the 4-H U delegates: Kaden Lane, Jaheem Williams, Milton Ross, Dylan Baker, and Terry Douglas.

4-H Outdoor Skills Clinic

Outdoor Skills Clinic 2023

East Carroll 4-H’ers enjoyed kayaking on our beautiful lake. The youth learned boating safety and how to safely kayak. A special thanks to Lieutenants Wayne Parker and Wendell of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Sheriff Wydette Williams, East Carroll Parish Police Jury, 6th Judicial District Attorney James Paxton, and the Lake Providence Fire Department - Keith Larry and Curtis Freeman, and Officer Samantha Ball Grover for making this event a reality. Thank you for supporting 4-H and the youth in Lake Providence.

4-H Grilling Workshop

Grilling Workshop 2023

East Carroll 4-H’ers had the opportunity to attend a Grilling Workshop at the Northeast Research Station hosted by Tensas Parish 4-H. The youth learned the basics of grilling from Hannah Devall, Instructor, Agriculture Awareness/Literacy and Animal Science. The youth finished the day enjoying healthy snacks and physical activity led by Joy Sims, Healthy Communities Agent.

True Leaders in Equity Institute

TLEI 2023

East Carroll Parish youth had the opportunity to attend the True Leaders in Equity Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, which focused on equity and inclusion. This opportunity was sponsored by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation in relation to youth projects on health equity in East Carroll Parish.

Join the Junior Leader Club

The 4-H junior leader experience is designed to provide members with the opportunity to learn about the qualities and competencies needed to be a leader. Junior leaders provide assistance with 4-H events and assume more challenging leadership roles. Our Junior Leader program is a great place to experience new things, complete service-learning projects, meet new friends, travel, and learn the leadership skills necessary in the world. Contact the office for more information.

Challenge Camp: "United We Stand"

For: 6th-7th grade 4-H’ers

When: September 10th-12th

Where: Seeker Springs Retreat Center – Eros, LA

Exciting challenges, teamwork, and activities plus a day of service project, rope course, swimming pool, and STEM activities. Call (318) 559-1459 for more details and to register. Should you need ADA accommodations, please call by August 16th.

NE Regional Leadership Board

Your dreams are just ahead of you. Don’t let struggles or obstacles stop you. Enjoy the journey – enjoy the climb! Be a role model for someone else. Join the 2023-2024 NE Regional Leadership Board. Must be at least 14 years old.

  • Help organize the regional 4-H service project.
  • Promote 4-H at Ag Alley, Ag Expo, Ag Adventures, Challenge Camp, 4-H Day at the Capitol, and more!
  • Learn ways to use your leadership skills back in your parish and local clubs and community.
  • Earn up to a $75 scholarship toward conference fees for Junior Leadership Conference or 4-H U.

Talk to your 4-H Leader or contact Mrs. Powell to get an application. Deadline to apply is August 28th. First meeting is September 25th at 5:30 p.m.

National 4-H Week

Help celebrate our 4-H program during National 4-H Week: October 1st-7th. Be creative, be innovative, and do what you can to make a positive difference in your school and community. Show your pride by sponsoring school activities throughout the week and help get others to share enthusiasm.

Catch Phrase for Camp 2024

What’s a good theme for 4-H Summer Camp 2024?

Send us your most creative ideas for a slogan -- in seven words or less. Illustrations must accompany the phrase and will be part of the contest. Contest is open to all 4-H Club members. Winning slogan will be one that is brief and "catchy," capturing the spirit of 4-H Camp Grant Walker. Artwork and slogan will be used in its entirety or used as the concept for the final artwork. Logo and slogan will be on all publicity for camp and the camp T-shirt, and the winner will receive a monetary award.

The deadline for receipt of 4-H Summer Camp and LOST Camp entries is Tuesday, October 31st. Submissions must include full name and age of person submitting the slogan, parish/4-H club, complete mailing address, and telephone number.

Individuals may submit multiple entries and send together. Please make sure to indicate which entries are for 4-H Summer Camp and which are for LOST Camp.

Mail entries to Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center, 3000 Hwy. 8, Pollock, LA 71467. Email entries to Christine Bergeron.

4-H Day of Service

The 4-H Day of Service will be held December 2nd. This year’s service project will be collecting non-perishable food and toiletry items to help people in need. We encourage everyone to participate in 4-H Day of Service.

Fashion & Beyond on Tour

For: 5th-12th grade 4-H’ers

When: Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Time: 10 am – 3 pm

Where: River of Life Church, 127 Ellis Lane, Winnsboro, LA 71295

Cost: $15 per person

*Bring a sack lunch and an adult medium T-shirt for cutting up.

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