WSU Extension

4-H Tuesday News

March 17, 2009
WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

In this issue. . .

  • Camp Rally
  • Portable Challenge Training
  • Sheep/Goat Field Day
  • Shooting Sports Training in Republic
  • Chaperone Guidelines and Criteria
  • Pierce County 4-H Leaders' Council Fun'raiser
  • National 4-H Curriculum Pre-Press Sale
  • State 4-H Fair 2009 Patch Design Contest
  • Announcing 2009 Family Strengthening Award Application Release
  • American Camp Association Recruiting 4-H Camps for Environmental Leadership Program
  • MetLife Foundation 4-H Afterschool Training Grant Award Winners


Camp Rally
--Jana S. Ferris

I am so excited to announce the second Washington State 4-H Camp Rally.  It will be held March 27-29, 2009 at 4-H Camp Panhandle near Shelton, WA. Not only will you get first-class instruction on camping and directing camps, but there will also be time for networking and sharing of camp resources.  Toni Gwin will be coordinating the counselor training track; I'm certain our youth will come away with an interesting set of new skills and resources.

The weekend will begin Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.; please plan to eat dinner prior to arrival.  We will end Sunday, March 29 at 12:00 noon and send you away with a brown bag lunch.  The fee of $60.00 includes accommodations and Saturday meals and Sunday breakfast and lunch.  The entire registration packet

Code of Conduct
Emergency Medical Release
Health Forms
Panhandle Camp Information

Please complete the registration form, and other forms, and return to Washington State 4-H Camp Rally, 600 128th St. SE, Everett, WA  98208 postmarked by March 20, 2009. 

If any of you have a topic you'd like to share to the entire group, please contact Jana Ferris (contact information on information and registration documents).  I'll make certain to save a space on the agenda for you!  I'm also looking for a camp to coordinate the Saturday night campfire.

Don't miss this excellent opportunity to spend a weekend with your camp friends!

Portable Challenge Training
--Submitted by Phil Linden

A Portable Challenge Training will be held March 25-27 from 9:00am-5:00pm at Twin Lakes Youth Camp in Inchelium, WA. This three day interactive training will provide participants with the foundation for leading groups and assisting in developing youth into positive, healthy, community members. This tool is essential for community leaders, teachers, youth workers and people who want to learn how to be more effective when working with groups of all ages. This training also lays the ground work for people who want to become 4-H Challenge Leaders.

Participants are asked to provide volunteer payback hours or pay $100 to register. For more information and to register, contact Phil Linden at: or 509-634-2304.

Sheep/Goat Field Day
--Nicole Wright

On March 28 there will be a Youth Sheep/Goat Field Day from 9:30am - 2:30pm at the Asotin County Fairgrounds in Asotin, WA, cost is $6.00/per person w/scholarships available, if needed.

Pre-registration is required. To download the brochures and registration forms visit:

Shooting Sports Training in Republic
--Janet Schmidt

Thanks to Emily Burt and WSU Ferry County Extension for hosting 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Training April 17-19 in Republic, WA.  This training will feature archery, pistol, rifle, shotgun and hunting.   The fee for the training is $50 per person and requested by April 10 .  Archery with NAA Level 1 certification is an additional $20.  This is the first time this year that the hunting discipline has been offered so this is a great opportunity to become certified in this discipline!  Please share this information with volunteers in your 4-H club.  This is the last shooting sports training scheduled for the year.  Don't miss out on this training opportunity! 

The registration and information form is posted on the state 4-H Shooting Sports website: .  For more information on the training contact Emily Burt at: or Janet Schmidt at: .

Chaperone Guidelines and Criteria
--Jana Ferris

As discussed on the statewide conference call last week, national chaperone guidelines and criteria have been established in draft format at this time.Please review these and note that any concerns or suggested changes need to be submitted to Jana Ferris at: no later than April 1.

chaperone criteria
chaperone application

Pierce County 4-H Leaders' Council Fun'raiser
--Submitted by Nancy Baskett

Everyone is invited to join the fun at the annual Pierce County 4-H Leaders' Council Fun'raiser, April 25 in Graham Washington. The Fun'raiser will include the following youth shows: cat, rabbit, and cavies. There will be adult and youth divisions for dogs and photography. This year we will be adding sewing and baking for youth. Information and entry forms are located at the Pierce County website: or contact Nancy Baskett  at: 253-798-3258.   

National 4-H Curriculum Pre-Press Sale
--Submitted by Nancy Mordhorst

The following information details ordering procedures for project publications offered at pre-press prices from National 4-H for the '09-'10 4-H year. Please pass this information on to clubs and groups who want to take advantage of the savings.

Ordering Period:   April 1 – 25 is the time to take advantage of 35% pre-press savings on National 4-H Curriculum products.

Eligibility:   All orders received from clubs, home schools, state 4-H offices, counties, camps, other youth organizations, schools, afterschool programs and individuals qualify. Simply place your pre-press order at National 4-H Supply Service prior to April 25th.  

Ordering Procedures:   Orders will be accepted by phone, email or Fax . 
Phone: 301-961-2934
Fax: 301-961-2937

Payment:   Payment may be by credit card, check or purchase order.

2009 National 4-H Catalog :  The 2009 National 4-H Curriculum Product Catalog is available for download at: . In order to use resources wisely, there will be limited print catalogs available.  (Note: This single action will save approximately 56 trees!!)

Curriculum Shipment :  Orders will be shipped, as they are available, no later than July. If you have ordering questions contact National 4-H Supply Service (301-961-2934 8:30 – 5:00 Eastern Time).

State 4-H Fair 2009 Patch Design Contest
--Tom Gwin, State 4-H Fair Manager

The State 4-H Fair Board is currently asking for designs for it's 2009 Patch Design Contest.  Contest rules and judging criteria may be round on the State 4-H Fair website: . Entries are accepted only from current 4-H members and are due by May 1.  The winning design will be made into this year's commemorative fair patch and sold as a fair novelty.  The creator of the winning design receives a basket of 4-H and fair novelties.  For more information, call the State 4-H Fair Office at 253-445-4630.

Announcing 2009 Family Strengthening Award Application Release
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

On behalf of the collaboration between National 4-H Council, National 4-H Headquarters, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, we are pleased to announce the 2009 4-H Families Count: Family Strengthening Awards.

These $15,000 awards will be presented to five outstanding 4-H youth development, CYFAR, Operation Military Kids, or Extension family science programs that demonstrate excellence in family strengthening in a youth development setting. To be considered, programs must complete the Programs of Distinction process through National 4-H Headquarters before applying (the program may have been approved in a previous year).

Application information is available at: or at the Family Strengthening page. Submissions are due by May 15 .

For any questions about the award or application process, please contact Aggie Wright at: or 301-961-2949.

Please be aware that Mary Katherine Deen (Professional Development Apprenticeships for Youth Workers) and Ray Faini and Kevin Power (4-H Eco-Forest Stewardship Program) have both successfully passed the Programs of Distinction Process. I'm sure that they would be willing to advise you as well.

American Camp Association Recruiting 4-H Camps for Environmental Leadership Program
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

American Camp Association (ACA) is currently implementing a new Lilly Endowment Inc funded Camp 2 Grow project.  This flyer provides an overview of the project and specific details about the Environmental Leadership Program component of Camp 2 Grow.   

ACA is currently recruiting 40 day and resident camps into the Environmental Leadership Program for the summer of 2009, and 4-H camps are one of our targets.  You'll see in the flyer the selection criteria for participating camps.  Note that we're targeting camps serving youth from several large U.S. metropolitan areas.

MetLife Foundation 4-H Afterschool Training Grant Award Winners
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

On behalf of National 4-H Council and MetLife Foundation, I am pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009 MetLife Foundation 4-H Afterschool Training Grants.  Congratulations are extended to:

There were thirteen applications submitted for this program, seven of which were from states who had not previously been awarded one of these grants, with many excellent ideas and favorable reviews. We look forward to the impact these winning programs will have upon the 4-H system and after-school programs across the country!

Further information will be sent by Gregg Tabachow, Account Manager for the 2009 MetLife Foundation 4-H Afterschool Training Grant program. Please direct all inquiries to Gregg Tabachow at: or 301-961-2869.

Congratulations to our grantees and best wishes for success!

Just a Reminder!

When you have new Extension staff that will be working in some capacity with 4-H, please let Nancy in the State 4-H Office know. They will be added to mailing lists, added to the 4-H Talk list serve, sent a 4-H Welcome Packet, and be assigned a state 4-H staff person as a point of contact, as appropriate. 4-H News is sent via the 4-H Talk list serve each week. Archived copies of previous weeks “Tuesday 4-H News” are available on the 4-H web site: Please send submissions by Friday of each week to Tiffany Boswell, State 4-H Office, Detailed event information and registrations forms can be found on the 4-H web site.

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