New 4-H Year – enrollment opens September 16!

If you are wishing to become a NEW member of Crow Wing County 4-H, you can enroll online at https://mn.4honline.com. If you are re-entolling, just update your existing account.

Things to remember:

New members – make sure to select a club and at least one project area to complete your enrollment. Members may not be Independent until after two years of participation in a 4-H club. Enrollment is free of charge and is open to youth grades K-13.

Here is a list of clubs in Crow Wing County: 4-H_Clubs-in-the-Area.

Online Enrollment - Enrollment for the new 4-H year opens September 16. The process is quick and easy; even families with multiple youth can be done in 10 minutes or less. Re-enrolling early ensures that critical communications will be received, especially as it relates to deadlines and project-specific information.

Part of enrolling for youth, parents, and adult volunteers will be agreeing to the Minnesota 4-H code of conduct, which is available for review in its entirety, along with other policy and authorization statements at http://www.extension.umn.edu/youth/mn4-h/policies/

For more information on the 4-H youth development program and to visit the project selection guide please visit the state 4-H page: http://www.extension.umn.edu/youth/mn4-H/

New this fall: all re-enrolling adult volunteers will be required to complete “Safety of Minors” training in order to comply with policy adopted by the University of Minnesota in June 2013. This training will be available online via 4HOnline when you re- enroll. In some cases, it may be offered in a face-to- face setting.

If you are not yet an adult volunteer but are willing to share your time and talents to make a difference, 4-H needs you! The first step to becoming an adult 4-H volunteer is to complete the volunteer application process, plus the “Safety of Minors” training. Learn more at http://www.extension.umn.edu/youth/mn4-h/volunteer/

Volunteer applicants are not approved until all aspects of the application process, including the “Safety of Minors” training, are completed. See next article for more details on the training.

For more local information, read our Clover Update. http://www3.extension.umn.edu/sites/default/files/download/CRO_SepOct_2014.pdf

 

4-H and MN State Fair in the NY Times Home section today

Your Grandma’s Maker Faire

By MICHAEL TORTORELLO

“But then Minnesota is also a place where rural teenagers sew matching costumes for themselves and their llamas — the herder might be the Statue of Liberty, the llama, a Fourth of July fireworks display — and then promenade on the catwalk. Correction: the llama-walk.” Read on at the link below:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/04/garden/your-grandmas-maker-faire.html?_r=0

Minnesota 4-H Clover Update, Sept-Oct 2014

Learn more about the 4-H program in our bi-monthly newsletter. Please contact the Crow Wing County 4-H office with questions: 218-824-1065. To enroll in 4-H, visit: https://mn.4honline.com

http://www3.extension.umn.edu/sites/default/files/download/CRO_SepOct_2014.pdf

 Highlights: 

Celebrate Ag & Food Day
4-H families & alumni are invited to join a celebration of Minnesota agriculture and food at a special UMN Gopher football game on September 20. Discounted tickets can be purchased at z.umn.edu/umafd2014. Join us before the game from 9:00–11:00 a.m. for activities outside the stadium including a tailgate party featuring Minnesota brats and cheese. To RSVP or ask questions, contact Erin Kelly-Collins at erinkc@umn.edu.

National Youth Science Day  Rockets to the rescue!
On October 8, 4-H’ers across the country will become scientists for a day for the 7th annual 4-H National Youth Science Day!In light of the recent natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, this year’s event will have one mission: design and build an aerodynamic food transportation device that can deliver a payload of nutritious food to disaster victims.

Youth Science Day is an exciting, interactive learning experience that engages thousands of youth in conducting the National Science Experiment. The goal is to spark an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This year’s Rockets to the Rescue experiment will help youth learn engineering concepts, develop math skills, learn about nutrition and help solve a relevant, global issue.

STEM is the wave of the future. Experts credit technological innovation with almost half of U.S. economic growth over the past 50 years, and nearly all of the 30 fastest-growing occupations in the next decade will require at least some background in STEM. But America is falling behind. Today, the United States ranks 27th among developed nations with college students receiving science or engineering degrees. Only 1% of 4th graders, 2% of 8th graders and 1% of 12th graders are deemed “advanced” in science. Only 45% of high school graduates in 2011 were ready for college work in math and 30% were ready in science.
Learn more information and order kits today at http://www.4-h.org/4-h-national-youth-science-day/. If you are interested in participating or have questions, contact your county 4-H Program Coordinator.

Military Extension Internship
A partnership between the Cooperative Extension System and the Department of Defense has provided the funding for a national, military childcare/youth development internship program. Through this initiative, students and recent graduates have the opportunity to develop professional skills in childcare and youth development through practical work experience with military children, youth and families.

Interns are placed on military installations across the United States with limited opportunities for international placement. They will receive an hourly wage or stipend and assistance with travel expenses.

The program is accepting applications for the Spring 2015 class until September 30. More information and application materials can be found at http://www.ydae.purdue.edu/military/. Questions may be referred to: Jessica Wandless atjwandles@purdue.edu.

4-H at the Minnesota State Fair

http://www.extension.umn.edu/youth/mn4-h/state-fair/

4-H at the Minnesota State Fair, August 21 to September 1, 2014

What happens at the fair?  4-H at the Minnesota State Fair is not just a fun annual event. Every summer, thousands of 4-H youth participate in the state fair to showcase the knowledge and skills they’ve gained throughout the year, and to continue their learning experiences.

4-H youth spend months working on projects designed to equip them with essential life skills such as problem solving, decision making, project management, communications and public speaking. 4-H’ers then share their accomplishments and educate the public about their subject at their local county fair. Those who demonstrate the highest achievements are then selected to participate in 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair!

At both county and state fairs, 4-H’ers meet one-on-one with experts to have their projects evaluated, discuss what they’ve learned, and identify future learning opportunities. 4-H’ers also lead visitors on tours of the 4-H Building and barns, and conduct workshops and hands-on demonstrations for the public.

4-H at the Minnesota State Fair not only makes great memories, it helps 4-H youth grow into successful adults.

Enrollment for the 4-H year 2014-15 opens in mid-September. Join our 4-H youth development program in Crow Wing County by enrolling at https://mn.4honline.com. Call 218-824-1065 for information.

Remember, it’s free to join 4-H. 4-H is more than animals – see the project selection guide: http://www.extension.umn.edu/youth/mn4-h/

Great Green Gardeners being honored on Ag Day!

Every year the Crow Wing County Fair recognizes individuals, families, organizations, and businesses that have positively promoted agriculture in Crow Wing County. The 4-H Great Green Gardeners club has been selected to be honored by the Crow Wing County Fair Association.

Please join us on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Birney Wilkins Gardens for our annual Ag Day Recognition Celebration. Please invite family and friends to celebrate! Refreshments will be served.

Crow Wing County Fair, Coming Soon!

Our county 4-H youth are busy putting together their fair exhibits. If you have children grades K-13, and aren’t familiar with the 4-H youth development program, make sure to visit the 4-H building and animal barns to see what youth can do in 4-H!
4-H is more than animals.

4-H Activities Schedule – 2014 Crow Wing County Fair

Tuesday –July 29, 2014
10:00 AM – 4-H Horse Achievement Judging followed by 4-H Horse Show Performance – Horse Arena
10:30 AM – 4-H Novice Rabbit Showmanship – Rabbit Barn
11:00 AM – 4-H Rabbit Show – Poultry/Rabbit tent
12:30 PM – 4-H Novice Showmanship Dairy, Goat, Beef, Sheep, and Swine – Livestock Arena
2:30 PM – 4-H Novice Poultry Showmanship – Poultry Barn
3:00 PM – 4-H Poultry Judging – Poultry/Rabbit tent
5:30 PM – 4-H Goat show – Livestock Arena
7:00 PM – 4-H Arts In Performances – 4-H Building Stage
7:30 PM – 4-H Horse Drill Team Performances

Wednesday –July 30, 2014
10:00 AM – 4-H Beef Show – Livestock Arena
10:00 AM – 4-H Horse Training Evaluation followed by 4-H Horse Show (Games) – Horse
Arena
3:00 PM – 4-H Sheep & Swine Show (Lamb Lead will follow Swine Show) Livestock Arena
5:00 PM – 4-H Dairy Cattle Show – Livestock Arena
7:00 PM – 4-H Arts In Performances – 4-H Building Stage
7:30 PM – 4-H Horse Drill Team Performances

Thursday – July 31, 2014
10:00 AM – 4-H Lama Show, Horse Arena
11:00 AM – 4-H Cloverbud Pet Show, Pet & Cat Show – Poultry/Rabbit tent area
NOON – 4-H Food Review – 4-H Building
2:00 PM – 4-H Fashion Revue judging

Friday –August 1, 2014
11:00 AM – Horse Demonstration and Horse Speaking– 4-H Building Stage
1:00 PM – 4-H Demonstrations, Youth in Action – 4-H Building
3:00 PM - Livestock Demonstrations at Poultry/Rabbit Tent
5:00 PM – 4-H Livestock Awards Program – Livestock Arena
7:00 PM – 4-H Arts In Performance – 4-H Building Stage

Saturday –August 2, 2014
11:00 AM – 4-H Premier Showmanship Competition – Livestock Arena
1:00 PM – Livestock Interviews- 4-H Building
2:30 PM – Cloverbud Exploring Farm Animals – meet at Livestock Arena
3:00 PM – Dog Exhibition – Mills Fleet Farm Stage

YELLO!, Summer Camp & County Fair Preparations

YELLO! Conference
Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Out Loud! is an annual statewide, four-day leadership conference with group discussions, workshops, service opportunities, challenging speakers and hands-on activities designed for youth

4-H YELLO! “Channel your World”
During the week participants engaged in a service-learning activity to put into practice some of the skills they learned, while learning about hunger in their local, regional, and global communities.

4-H Summer Camp is underway. Our campers may be cold and wet but they always have a fantastic experience. 4-H Summer Camp is open to enrolled and non-enrolled members. Contact the Extension office for more information on 4-H events and how to join. 218-824-1065.

The 4-H Premium Books have gone out int the mail. Our youth are busy with animal training and care, creative projects, youth leadership and science learning. See what they can do at the 4-H exhibit building at the fair, July 29-August 2.

You can enroll online at https://mn.4honline.com. There is no fee to join 4-H!