Volume 7, Issue 7
July 13, 20, 27- Way Cool Science 4-H Camp-Jonesport
July 17-19- Gears Pulleys and Wheels 4-H Camp- Pleasant Point
July 24-26- Gears Pulleys and Wheels 4-H Camp- Whitneyville (full)
July 21 & 22, 2012- Dairy Events at the Windsor Fairgrounds
July 27-Aug 5- Bangor State Fair
August 28- Blue Hill Exhibit Check In 3-7 pm
August 30-Sept 3- Blue Hill Fair
Sept 3- Labor Day Holiday- Office Closed
4-H Super Sitter Course Held in Machias
On June 30th, nine youth met with volunteer Kathy Stanwood from 9am to 3pm to learn the basics of babysitting. In this Super Sitter course, topics such as child development, healthy snacks, child and sitter safety, first aid, and diapering were covered. Participants left with a decorated bag in which to carry activities and necessities to their prospective jobs, and an increased sense of confidence for their future endeavors. Way to go, Super Sitters! Thank-you so very much Kathy and the EMTs who made this course possible!
Washington County Bulletin Board
Despite the gloomy weather predictions for Jamboree, a great time was had by all at this year’s event. It would not have been possible without the help of many wonderful 4-H and presenter volunteers – thank you to all!
With workshops ranging from blacksmithing to fly-tying to recycled birdhouses to groovy games, and fun extra activities and free time with animals besides, there was something for everyone. Our new livestock day on Sunday was a welcome addition, as were the club exhibits with four entries. Brett “the Worm Wiz” Thompson thoroughly entertained us with his vermiculture talk, the hot dog and hamburger lunch provided by the Leaders’ Association was thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated, the small animal obstacle course and circle dancing were great closing activities and a hit as usual, and the overnighters had extra special treats with a campfire and smores – yum! Planning is already underway for next year’s event.
Maine 4-H Days
Submitted by Nicole Willey, 4-H Program Aide
Under State news you will see an article on the recent Maine 4-H Days that was held June 21, 22, 23 & 24, 2012. There were six youth present from Washington County, as well as their families. Here is what Randi from Horse Power had to say…
“Maine 4-H days was so much fun! I learned a lot of new things and made some new friends. My favorite things were the Mainely Physics, Field Skills for the Forest, and spinning wool into yarn. Grammie and I had fun camping, even when it rained so hard our camper was surrounded by water.”
After witnessing first hand the amazing breadth of workshops (there is truly something for everyone!), and the animal tracts for learning more about your project animals, I would strongly encourage each 4-Her, their family and their club to consider going to this great event next year.
The theme this year for both the Blue Hill Fair and the Perry Harvest Fair club exhibits is: “WHY 4-H?” Now is a great time to start working together to create a display as to “why 4-H” is a part of your lives, how it works for you, who gets to benefit (members, community…) and just what 4-H means in your lives. Get creative! Have fun! (and earn some recognition for the hard work you’ve done!). For more information and for details on individual exhibits 4-Hers can submit, please check out this site: http://bluehillfair.com/premium_info.html .
Here are the club exhibit rules:
4-H Club-Group Exhibit
Any 4-H club in Hancock and surrounding counties is eligible to enter a club exhibit.
Exhibits must be Neat and Clear and Create Interest in the Topics Presented and must not exceed 4’ x 4’.
Theme - Does the exhibit clearly express one idea and a Connection to 4-H? Example: Logo, Clovers & Motto.
Originality - Was it creative and imaginative?
Exhibit Title - Is it creative and catchy? Is it prominently placed?
Lettering - Is it neat? Is it the appropriate size? Has the use of color and placement been considered?
General Appearance – Exhibit can not exceed 4’x4.’Can items /exhibit be recognized at a distance of 6 feet?
Exhibits will be Judged on the Danish System $30 Blue Ribbon, $20 Red Ribbon, $10 White Ribbon
Remember to get exhibit cards here at the Cooperative Extension office prior to the deadline for submission to either fair. Club and individual exhibits can be shown in more than one fair – so submit to the Blue Hill Fair and then aside from optional touch-ups or changes, you already have an exhibit for the Perry Harvest Fair!
Downeast Region 4-H School/Group Reports
Trenton Elementary School
It’s great to see how much 4-H means to our youth, and the 1st grade class at Trenton Elementary went all out with their three-dimensional “Why 4-H?” club exhibit prepared for Jamboree. When they received their evaluation after Jamboree and learned that their exhibit would go on to the Blue Hill Fair, they were so excited, with one 1st grader exclaiming, “We’re going to be famous!” What was the one thing that the first graders decided was most important about 4-H to them? Cooperation. I agree. Be sure to stop by the Blue Hill Fair Exhibit Hall to see their exhibit in person – there is even an interactive part of their display that allows you to share what 4-H means to you, too!
It’s that time again – time to get ready for the Blue Hill Fair! The Blue Hill Fair, August 31st through September 3rd, offers something for everyone and is an excellent event for our 4-Hers to share their projects that they work on so hard throughout the year.
Any 4-Her in Hancock or Washington County can find a way to shine – whether it be by entering their art, gardening, woodworking, craft, sewing, scrapbooking or baking projects in the exhibit hall, creating a club display with the theme “Why 4-H” to display and share their 4-H spirit, putting together a demonstration or an activity to share at the 4-H activity tent, or showing their livestock project – horse, sheep, dairy, goat – at the 4-H shows.
If you want to know more how you can get involved in any of the above or to get a Blue Hill Fair book and Exhibit Hall cards, contact Tara at the Extension Office at 255-3345 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Now is the time to start planning how you can show your stuff at the Blue Hill Fair and help to “Make the Best Better” in our county’s 4-H program. Can’t wait to see you at the fair!
Maine State News
1. 4-H Dairy Project Members – Hold the Dates in 2012 - Please hold the following dates for your participation in the State 4-H Dairy Programs: - Fitting Competition – July 21, 5:00 pm at the Windsor Fairgrounds - Maine State 4-H Dairy Show – July 22, 9:00 am at the Windsor Fairgrounds. The 2012 dairy packet is now on-line on the dairy page at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/dairy/.
2. Save the Dates! 2012 Northeast Region 4-H Volunteer E-Forum- Join with other 4-H Volunteers in your community to learn cutting edge information that will help you work with your 4-H members. Session topics include Dealing with Difficult People/Conflict Resolution, Behavior Management in Positive Youth Development Settings, and Working with Multi-Aged Youth in Club Settings. More information about the location and additional details will be announced soon! Stay current by liking the Facebook page – 2012 Northeast Region 4-H Volunteer Forum.
Join the 4-H Techno Revolution! Dates for the 3 Sessions – All sessions will take place 7 – 8:30 pm - Monday, October 29 – Monday, November 5 – Monday, November 12
3. ESE 4-H Beef Program Scholarship- The Eastern States 4-H Beef Program Scholarship is available. Two $1,000 scholarships are given each year. This opportunity is open to high school seniors and current college students who have participated in the Eastern States Exposition 4-H Beef Program. Check the website at: www.thebige.com/fair/agriculture/documents/12ag4hbscholarshipapp.pdf.
4. Military Teen Adventure Camps 2012-2013- Nearly 1600 military teens (14-18 years old) will have an opportunity to participate (at little to no cost) in adventure camps scheduled April 2012 through March 2013. These high energy, high adventure, and high experience camps are planned across the United States from Alaska to Maine and from Colorado to Georgia as well as states in between.
Each camp offers a unique outdoor experience that will allow a teen to build leadership, self- confidence, and teamwork skills while participating in activities like backpacking, river rafting, canoeing, wilderness survival, rocketry, rock climbing, GPS use, mountain biking, first aid, winter camping, dog sledding, ropes courses, camp cooking, archery, and other camp activities. Camps for youth with special needs (mental, physical, and emotional) are also planned in California, Ohio, and New Hampshire. For military youth already in the Pacific Rim, two camp dates are available in Hawaii. Information may be found at the following URL: https://www.extension.purdue.edu/Adventure_camps/.
5. 4-H National Horse Communications Team Tryouts- Interested in a horse related 4-H national public speaking competition in Louisville, Kentucky November 2-4, 2012? You can try out for this team. Participants must be at least 14 years of age but did not reach their 19th birthday by December 31, 2011. For more information on this event go to http://www.4hroundup.com/contestinfo.htm. Please contact Lee Sargent at email@example.com or call 207-479-6014 for tryout opportunities and competition details.
6. Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove Summer Camps still have openings!- Join us for a fun-filled time at Tanglewood in Lincolnville or at Blueberry Cove in Tenants Harbor! There are many camps to choose from, including day camp, one- and two-week residential camps, and trip programs. Hiking, sailing, canoeing, swimming, theater, farming, and much, much more await you. Check it out at our website extension.umaine.edu/tanglewood/ or call 207-789-5868 or 877-944-2267 (toll-free in Maine) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t wait to see you at camp!
7. Trip and Travel Camps with Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove 4-H Camps- This summer, Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove 4-H Camps are offering 11 different and exciting week-long Outdoor Discovery Trips. Maine’s woods, mountains and waters are perfect settings to learn wilderness skills, teamwork, and observe wildlife while living lightly on the land. Discovery Trips are for campers aged 9-17 who want a more physically and mentally challenging experience. Rain or shine, we are on the trail, on the water, and on the go! Trips run July 1-August 17 and offer something for everyone: sailing, canoeing, camping, rock climbing, deep-sea fishing, rafting, hiking the Appalachian Trail or coastal island hopping! All equipment is provided. If you are looking for an adventure this summer, look no further! For more information please visit http://umaine.edu/tanglewood/summer/outdoor-discovery-trips-statewide/ or contact Patti Chapman at 207-789-5668.
8. New England 4-H Dog and Beef Poster Contests- There are great opportunities for youth in the 4-H Dog Care Project, and the 4-H Beef Project to participate in The Big E, even without going to Springfield. There are two different contests available: - The New England 4-H Beef Poster, Ad or Logo Contest: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h- projects/animal-science-resources/beef/the-new-england-4-h-beef-poster-ad-or-logo-contest/
- The New England 4-H Dog Program Poster Contest: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal- science-resources/dog/eastern-states-exposition/the-new-england-4-h-dog-program-poster-contest/
4-Hers of all ages can give their entries to a team member or chaperone headed to The Big E for submission.
9. Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show- The Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show will be held on Friday, September 28, 2012, at 3:30 P.M. at the Livestock Arena, Cumberland Fairgrounds, 197 Blanchard Road, Cumberland. The 4-H Dog show will include showmanship, obedience, and a fun obstacle course; entry forms are due by September 21, 2012. This show is open to 4-H youth in any county. For more information and entry forms for the Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show please go to the website: http://umaine.edu/cumberland/blog/2012/06/22/cumberland-fair-4-h-dog-show, or contact Sara Conant at email@example.com or 892–5855.
10. Summer Camp – Scholarships available- Summer Camp programs at Bryant Pond still have openings. Enroll now. Scholarships are available for many pro- grams: $250 towards Conservation Camp, Natural Explorer, Fishing Camp; $200 towards 4-H Shooting Sports Camps. Call 665-2068 for current information, or visit us online at www.umaine.edu/bryantpond.
11. 2012 Maine 4-H Days – Our Best Year Yet!- This year’s Maine 4-H Days was attended by almost 500 people (more than ever before!), and was judged to be an “awesome” experience by youth and adults alike. Maine 4-H Days was made possible by financial support from the Maine 4-H Foundation, and by the tireless efforts of the volunteers who worked through the days and into the nights to keep things running smoothly. This event truly gave Maine 4-H’s volunteers a chance to shine.
Planning will be soon be underway for the 2013 Maine 4-H Days; if you have any feedback or suggestions, or would be interested in being a part of the planning committee, please contact Jessy Brainerd, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sarah Sparks, email@example.com, or call 207-581-3877.
Cooking with the Kids
Star Spangled Dessert
For a healthy finale to your Fourth of July gathering, serve this red, white, and blue treat.
Ingredients: Strawberries Sugar (optional)
Whipped cream cheese Blueberries
Clean and hull five strawberries, then add dollops of whipped cream cheese to the top of each one. Sprinkle sugar on the cream cheese (optional), then top each strawberry with a blueberry and arrange them as shown.