Merced 4-H Youth Development
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Merced 4-H Youth Development

What's Happening with Merced County 4-H

January 23, 2015 Updates

4-H Equine Field Day

There will be a 4-H Equine Field Day February 28th, 2015 at Fresno State Agriculture Pavilion from 9:00-4:00. The cost is $10. There will be adult and youth tracks.

Online -Registration: $10/$15 

Walk-ins are Welcome-$15/$20 

 

Register Online4-H Horse Field Day Registration

 

Time schedule:

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.                 Arrive at Fresno State, pick up schedules & maps

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.                 Welcome and introductions

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.            1st session 

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.            2nd session

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.            Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.               3rd session 

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.               4th session

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.               5th session

4:00 p.m.                         Wrap up  

Confirmed trainers/tour/demos: 

  • Trail Clinic
  • Showmanship Clinic 
  • Hippology Clinic
  • How to Run/put on a Horse Show 

Waiting on confirmation:

  • Equine Nutritionist
  • How to Fit a Saddle
  • Equine Dentist
  • Equine Chiropractor 
  • Clinic Over Fences
  • Horsemanship 

We will have a youth and adult track.

The event is open to all youth. Youth don't have to be 4-H members.
Youth and Adults both need
to register

4-H Shooting Sports Workshop - Rifle Discipline

Safety First Association - River Oaks Range

Winton, CA (Merced County)

 

Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 8, 2015 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

A 4-H shooting sports workshop for the rifle discipline will be held at Safety First Shooting Association – River Oaks Range, 11584 N. Shaffer Road in Winton (Merced County). Participants must attend both days of training to receive certification. Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will be certified as a rifle trainer and can lead a rifle project at the club level or serve as county trainer to certify other leaders. There is no cost for the course. To register for the course or receive more information, contact John Borba at: jaborba@ucanr.edu

 

For directions to the facility visit:

http://www.safetyfirstshooting.org/html/directions.html.

 

Participants will be required to fill out a facility waiver to participate. To view the language of the waiver or to download it and sign it prior to the meeting you can go to:

http://www.safetyfirstshooting.org/SFSA_Risk_Agreement_rev1a.pdf

31st Annual 4-H State Shooting Match

Sharpen up your shooting skills and participate in the 2015 State 4-H Shooting Sports Match, sponsored by Siskiyou County 4-H Leaders Council. 

Entries for the State 4-H Shooting Sports Match, must be postmarked by March 9, 2015.

2015 Shooting Match Registration
2015 Shooting Match Rules
2015 Cover Letter

3rd Annual State Archery Match

Calling all Archery Leaders, the 3rd annual State 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Match is now open. The deadline for entering is March 16, 2015 Each leader MUST have the entry form signed by a 4-H staff person, who double checks that each youth is currently enrolled and submit a council check for their entries. The deadline for returning the entries is June 16, 2015.

Rules: http://cemendocino.ucanr.edu/files/204379.pdf 
Forms: http://cemendocino.ucanr.edu/files/204380.pdf

*A reminder only a currently enrolled approved archery leader can sign and send in the entries and score the cards as the member shoots. 
Any questions contact Linda Edgington at lgedgington@ucanr.edu or 707-463-4495

Communications Day

Communications Day will be held March 14, 2015 at Ballico School. Registration is now open. You may register online at http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=3370 or by paper application. I have attached a copy of the application. Registration is due by Monday March 2nd. Presentation categories are as follows:

1.  Demonstrations  – A demonstration shows how to do something. Member must use a minimum of four posters (visual aids). Overhead transparencies, computer generated slides, or visual aids produced and other mediums are equally acceptable. Topic must be 4-H project or activity related. Team demonstrations are limited to two team members. Age divisions are determined by highest grade of the two members. Models or actual products are encouraged with brand names covered. Organization and visibility of the work area is important. Note cards are allowed at county and sectional levels as long as they do not detract from the presentation. Note cards are not allowed at the state level. Presentation should not exceed 15 minutes.

 2. Illustrated Talks – An illustrated talk tells about something. Topic are encouraged to be 4-H project or activity related. It also uses visual aids and should include a minimum of three posters, slides, or other visuals. The illustrated talk would have at least a title, process, and summary. Visual aids need to be readable from all parts of the room. A team of two members may present an illustrated talk. A talk should not exceed 15 minutes. Note cards are allowed at county and sectional levels, but not state level.

*A Scientific Presentation uses the steps used by scientists to answer questions and solve problems. The scientific process includes the following steps: 

1.    Ask a question. 

2.    Form a hypothesis of what you expect the answer to your question to be.

3.    Test the hypothesis by conducting an experiment.

4.    Analyze the results of the tests and information you have gathered.

5.    Draw conclusions regarding the hypothesis from the tests.

6.    Communicate the results.

The speaker will use posters or equivalent visual aids to enhance the teaching process. The visual aids will include a title, question, hypothesis, test, and an analysis card. This presentation style will have a minimum of 5 poster cards or equivalent multimedia presentation. Can be either Demonstration or Illustrated Talk style)

3. Prepared Speech – This presentation is written and delivered by the member. A speech is either informative or persuasive. There are no visual aids, costumes, or props. Note cards may be used at county and sectional levels, but not at state level. Limited to individuals, not teams. Length of speech should be 2 – 10 minutes.

 4. Interpretive Reading – Members may read any published, written work. It should be age appropriate. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, children's stories, poetry, essays, and excerpts from novels. The member will introduce themselves and their chosen piece. Include the title, author, characters, purpose and setting, and any other information that would enhance the audience's understanding of the piece. The characters and setting are created through voice and gestures. The member is presenting the reading as at a story hour, not acting it out. The member may sit or stand. The source material must be present and used during the reading. No props, costumes, or other materials may be used. The member completes the presentation with a short conclusion, which leaves the audience with a vivid memory. At the state level, the introduction and conclusion together are limited to no more than 5 minutes and the reading is limited to 5 minutes. This is limited to individual participants.

 5.Impromptu– This category is open to intermediate and senior division members.  In the Impromptu category at the county, sectional and state level general topics are announced ahead. Basic research is done prior to the event by the youth. For each topic, the youth is allowed to bring 1 5x7 card of their research on the topic. The member randomly draws one with three minutes to prepare.

2015 Impromptu Topics

Senior Topics 

Science, Engineering and Technology

  • Aerospace Engineering: the research, design, development, construction, testing of aircraft and spacecraft. The ways in which the field has contributed to (or not) the health and safety of humanity and the environment.

Healthy Living

  • Importance of sleep: effects on ability to learn, signs of sleepiness, sleepiness and decision making, consequences of lost sleep, how to get a good night sleep, sleep and managing stress.

Citizenship

Civic Engagement defined by the National 4-H Citizenship framework- Individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern.

  • Voice
  • Decision Making
  • Advocacy
  • Activism

 Positive Youth Development

  • Describe and discuss a Growth Mindset versus a Fixed Mindset.

 Intermediate Topics 

Science, Engineering and Technology

  • Sustainable Energy – The production of energy from renewable forms (such as wind, sun, water, biofuel) and energy efficiency (using less energy).

Healthy Living

  • Importance of sleep: signs of sleepiness, sleep and screen time, how to get a good night sleep, exercise and sleep.

Citizenship

  • Civic Engagement – The importance of advocacy and activism; using youth voice for the betterment of others.

Positive Youth Development

  • Sparks – Discuss what a spark is, why sparks are important to a healthy lifestyle and strategies for identifying and nurturing your spark.
  • Science, Engineering and Technology (SET): Aerospace Engineering: Flying Into the Future! 
  • Citizenship: Civic Engagement 
  • Healthy Living: Sleep and Stress 
  • Thrive: The Path to Thriving 

2015 Special Recognition: Awarded to 4-H members who relate their presentations (all categories are eligible) to one of the following four focus areas:

Please visit Recognition Opportunities for more information, including complete descriptions, resources, and eligibility requirements.

 6. Share the Fun – This is a skit category that focuses on health, safety, community pride, recreation, or citizenship. This is a group presentation. It should have an introduction which states its purpose. Costumes, props, decorations, and visual aids are encouraged. Audience participation is allowed. Judges may ask questions to clarify judging, but the members are not tested on their answers. At the state level judging is on the American System and the presentation is limited to 15 minutes.

 7. Cultural Arts – This is an individual or group performance presentation such as a dramatic reading, music, dance, or other performing arts. The introduction includes its purpose. Costumes, props, and visual aids are encouraged.

 8. Educational Display – This is a visual presentation either set up with a tri-fold board approximately 30x30” on a table top or a larger, up to 48x48” board, set on an easel. Either format will contain the title, member's name, 4-H club, and a visual depiction of the concept or program featured. It should be readable from at least four feet away. The member will give an oral introduction to the audience and answer judges' questions. Notes may be used at county but not at sectional or state level.

 9. Audio visual – This is an individual presentation consisting of slides, video or digital productions. The presentation takes advantage of the format. It is not just using PowerPoint slides in an illustrated talk. The length is appropriate to the subject and format. A slide presentation is supplemented with a verbal commentary, tape recording, or audio track. No costumes or props are used. The member will give an oral introduction to the audience and answer judges' questions. Notes may be used at county but not at sectional or state level. The member is responsible for the complete production process and for furnishing all equipment needed. Some equipment is available at the county level.

 
10. Problem Solving – This category is offered at the state level for senior division members. The member does not need to qualify at the county or sectional levels to enter. Notes are not allowed at sectional or state level. Member is judged on the overall effectiveness of the presentation and not the solution presented. Member can support presentation with posters, overhead slides, or computer generated slides. Presentation should be 5 – 10 minutes. A list of state topic “problems” is available at the 4-H office or on the state website.

CAL Focus

          A unique citizenship educational experience for youth 14-19.

June 19-23, 2015

Located at the Holiday Inn

Capital Plaza- Sacramento

 

Witness California's government in action by participating in the legislative, political, and judicial processes. 

As a conference delegate you will:

  • Register to vote, conduct a primary election, and develop a political campaign through a two party system.
  • Elect constitutional offices.
  • Analyze the needs and issues of your district and enact legislation with the goal of securing the governor's signature to make your bill a law.
  • Create a service plan of action for your community
  • Meet California law makers
  • Tour the State Capitol, Governor's office and 3rd Court of Appeal
  • Participate in fun recreational activities, tours and cultural events
  • Make new friends

California Focus can be the beginning of a life of public participation that leaves you with a strong determination to become involved in your community.  
California Focus registration is now open!

A marketing flyer is available to you under documents.

Some quick points of reference for you are:

  • Registration is online at http://4h.ucanr.edu/4-H_Events/CF/
  • Fees are $665 per person
  • Registration deadline is March 31, 2015
  • Non refundable deposit of $300- due at time of registration
  • Final payment - due May 19, 2015
  • Treatment authorization forms should be uploaded to the registration survey

Apply to be a 2015-2016 State Ambassador!

The California 4-H State Ambassador Program is a working honor that provides 4-H members expanded opportunities to serve the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program. Due February 16, 2015. State Ambassador App Reference Guidelines State Ambassador Application Instructions and Information 2015

Leadership Development.

Project Overview:

The Merced County 4-H Leadership Development Project consists of learning the concepts of iThrive 2 and leadership development for club officers and jr/ teen leaders.

Expectations and Goals:

Members will be expected to do the following to complete their project:

  1. Attend a minimum of 80% of all project meetings.
  2. Complete a 4-H Annual Project Report at the end of the project year.
  3. Have necessary means of transportation to and from meetings.
  4. Lead one session with a team.
  5. Plan and complete a Community Service Project as a group.

 

Meetings: Dates may change due to scheduling and availability.

Meetings will be held in various locations throughout Merced County on the fourth Monday of each month.

Hosting Clubs: Provide location for meetings. Some activities will require movement and internet access. If internet is not available, please let me know and I will work around it. Water and snacks are not required but very welcomed.

Date

Scheduled Activity

Location/ Hosting Club

January 26, 2015

Understanding youth/ adult partnerships

Lander

February 23, 2015

Crowd control

Weaver

March 23, 2015

4-H Record Book Keeping/ Officer Books

Lander

April 27, 2015

Parliamentary competition

Lander

May 26, 2015 (Tuesday)

Evaluation/ Final report on Community Service Project

4-H Classroom, Merced

 

and prepare thoroughly for their Citizenship Washington Focus program.  During their participation in the program, all county delegations develop and carry out a service-learning plan of action to address a current issue in their community.  A final report on their service project is due September 15 of the year they travel.

Contact Jenna Colburn, Program Coordinator at jcolburn@ucanr.edu

 

State Fashion Review Categories, Challenges, Service Projects

Entry Categories: Traditional, Consumer Science Purchased $40, Upcycled, Jacket Challenge, Costume Challenge

Service projects:

  • Pillowcases for Ronald Mc Donald type housing, Children's Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Special Needs Camps, and other venues throughout California
  • Hats for youth and adult cancer patients, newborns, homeless drop-in shelters or to till a need in your community. They can be made of fleece, soft fabric or knitted/crocheted of soft yarn.  

Cover Art Contest  The State Fashion Revue committee is seeking entries to design the program cover for the SFR Fashion Show. Your design should reflect the theme, "Through the Looking Glass".  Contest rules are:

  • One design per member.
  • Any 4-H youth member may participate, regardless of projects.
  • The design can be digital or hand drawn.
  • You may use any medium (colored pencil, marker, paint, digital).  
  • The space allowed for the finished cover, including text, is 4.5” wide x 7.5” tall. This fits on a folded letter size page. 
  • All art work must be original. No clipart allowed.
  • Include the words "2015 State Fashion Revue" and the date "May 30, 2015".
  • Use the 4-H clover appropriately in your design.  
  • Please keep your original art work and go to this link to submit your entry http://ucanr.edu/sfrcovercontest
  • Entries are due by 5:00 PM on December 15, 2014
  • For more information email mvemails@yahoo.com

We look forward to receiving your cover designs! Have fun and good luck!

Categories:

1. Traditional – features garments the participant has constructed for him/herself, showcasing sewing skills and the ability to coordinate an outfit. The entry must be sewn by the member as part of his/her 4-H Clothing and Textiles project. The outfit must contain at least one constructed garment; participants are encouraged to construct additional garments to complete the outfit.

2. Consumer Science Purchased - $40.00 limit for the entire outfit, includes shoes but not sales tax. Receipts from the current 4-H year are required for any item that is visible. Gifts, prior purchases, and items without receipts are not eligible for this category. Receipts from yard sales, etc. may be hand written. There is no 4-H project requirement.

3. Upcycled – take one or more existing garments and turn them into a new, different, and wearable garment. Add a handmade accessory. The upcycled garment must be sewn by the member as part of his/her 4-H Clothing & Textiles project. Additional upcycled and/or sewn garments are encouraged to complete the outfit. A “before” photograph showing the original garment(s) is required. This is not an alteration such as a large dress altered to fit a smaller person. It is a complete change such as pants and a shirt made into a dress. Other fabrics and material may be added during the construction process.

4. Jacket Challenge – tiered requirements - Junior: construct a jacket using any pattern, any fabric.  Intermediate: construct a jacket and one other garment. Senior: construct a jacket and other pieces to complete an outfit. The entry must be sewn by the member as part of his/her 4-H Clothing & Textiles project. What is a jacket? For this category it covers the upper body, has sleeves of any length and opens in the front. Other construction details such as fasteners, collar, lapels, pockets, lining, etc. are optional, determined by sewing experience. 

5. Costume Challenge - use any technique, any materials, and any pattern to create a costume. It does not need to be sewn from fabric but it does need to be made by the participant, not purchased. There is no 4-H project requirement. The theme and costume must be 4-H appropriate.

State Field Day Plant Science Contest Location: Hart Hall (Lobby, room 1128, and room 1130) Time: 10:00am - 1:30pm The plant science contest engages youth in the scientific study of plant life and provides an opportunity for youth to increase their knowledge of horticultural plants, and horticultural/plant science techniques and knowledge, greatly expand their ability to identify various plants and allows for interaction with other youth interested in plant science. The plant science contest is organized into three parts: Judging, Plant Identification, and Written. All 4-H'ers are welcome to participate in the contest. No Pre-registration is necessary.

The four highest scoring senior-age youth (15-18) are eligible to be part of the California State 4-H Horticulture team. This team represents California in the National Junior Horticultural Association convention. Senior-age youth (in addition to team members) are also eligible to attend the convention and participate in demonstration, speech, and a number of other contests at the convention. See http://www.njha.org/projects_hortid.html for more information on the contest format and rules.

 

2015 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest 2015 Essay Topic: “Planting for Bees from Backyards and Up” Participate in the 2015 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest and submit a 750 to 1000 word essay with the listed criteria in this document. This contest is open to active 4-H club members and must adhere to the requirements and designated subject. Awards: 1st Prize - $750, 2nd Prize - $500, 3rd Prize - $250 Essays must be submitted electronically as a Word or .pdf attachment, to the State 4-H Office by February 6, 2015. Email to: ca4h@ucanr.edu. In the subject line write: 2015 National Honey Bee Contest. The National winners' essays will appear in an issue of the American Beekeeping Federation's newsletter.

Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 12:36 PM

October 17, 2014 Updates

Annual 4-H Dinner Auction

The Annual 4-H dinner Auction is going to be held October 25th at Joe Stefani School in Merced.  The silent auction and social start at 5:00. Tickets are $20.  Please invite your families and friends to attend and help support 4-H.  Your club leaders have tickets available.

Countywide projects

At this time the only county wide project we have is Leadership Development.

Project Overview:

The Merced County 4-H Leadership Development Project consists of learning the concepts of iThrive 2 and leadership development for club officers and jr/ teen leaders.

Expectations and Goals:

Members will be expected to do the following to complete their project:

  1. Attend a minimum of 80% of all project meetings.
  2. Complete a 4-H Annual Project Report at the end of the project year.
  3. Have necessary means of transportation to and from meetings.
  4. Lead one session with a team.
  5. Plan and complete a Community Service Project as a group.

 

Meetings: Dates may change due to scheduling and availability.

Meetings will be held in various locations throughout Merced County on the fourth Monday of each month.

Hosting Clubs: Provide location for meetings. Some activities will require movement and internet access. If internet is not available, please let me know and I will work around it. Water and snacks are not required but very welcomed.

Date

Scheduled Activity

Location/ Hosting Club

August 18, 2014

Meet & Greet/ Goal setting for self and club

4-H Classroom, Merced

August 23, 2014 (Saturday)

Officer's Training

McSwain

September 22, 2014

Understanding parliamentary procedures and how to run a meeting.

4-H Classroom, Merced

October 27, 2014

What are my club's By Laws and Constitution? Understanding the roles and responsibilities of my fellow club officers and adult advisors.

Lander

November 24, 2014

Makings of a good listener

 

December 22, 2014

The Emerald and All Star Ranks

Forebay

January 26, 2015

Understanding youth/ adult partnerships

OLF

February 23, 2015

Crowd control

Weaver

March 23, 2015

4-H Record Book Keeping/ Officer Books

 

April 27, 2015

Parliamentary competition

Lancers

May 25, 2015

Evaluation/ Final report on Community Service Project

4-H Classroom, Merced

 

Washington Focus

Citizenship Washington Focus, an educational conference offered at the National 4-H Center near Washington, D.C, gives youth the opportunity to explore, develop, and refine the civic engagement skills they need in order to become outstanding leaders.

Through tours in the living classroom of Washington, D.C. and hands-on educational workshops, youth will learn about the history of our nation, the leaders who have shaped it, and how they can apply their enhanced leadership and citizenship skills to issues in their own community.

Delegates have the option of traveling to Washington, D.C., and participating in Heritage Trail which is a 7 day program hosted by the National 4-H Conference Center. Delegates may extend their travel 3 additional days through the Global Journey program which includes visits to Gettysburg, Philadelphia and Baltimore. Delegates must be at least 15 years of age by time of travel to participate in Citizenship Washington Focus. 

REGISTER NOW! DEADLINE DECEMBER 15, 2014

$1200 is due at time of registration.

Heritage Trail CWF only : June 28 to July 4, 2015 price $2799
The 7 day program to Washington, D.C.

Road to Democracy:  June 28 to July 7, 2015 price $3449
The 10 day program to Washington, D.C., Gettysburg, Philadelphia and Baltimore!

Citizenship Washington Focus is a year-long program, beginning with registration in December and online orientation in March.  County delegations are expected to complete a study guide and prepare thoroughly for their Citizenship Washington Focus program.  During their participation in the program, all county delegations develop and carry out a service-learning plan of action to address a current issue in their community.  A final report on their service project is due September 15 of the year they travel.

Contact Jenna Colburn, Program Coordinator at jcolburn@ucanr.edu

See Citizenship Washington Focus at the National 4-H Center in action at:  Citizenship Washington Focus Program

Calling all Volunteer Leaders with an interest in Citizenship Washington Focus!Check out the CWF Intern Opportunity 

Cal Focus

          A unique citizenship educational experience for youth 14-19.

June 19-23, 2015

Located at the Holiday Inn

Capital Plaza- Sacramento

Cost TBA

 

Witness California's government in action by participating in the legislative, political, and judicial processes. 

As a conference delegate you will:

  • Register to vote, conduct a primary election, and develop a political campaign through a two party system.
  • Elect constitutional offices.
  • Analyze the needs and issues of your district and enact legislation with the goal of securing the governor's signature to make your bill a law.
  • Create a service plan of action for your community
  • Meet California law makers
  • Tour the State Capitol, Governor's office and 3rd Court of Appeal
  • Participate in fun recreational activities, tours and cultural events
  • Make new friends

California Focus can be the beginning of a life of public participation that leaves you with a strong determination to become involved in your community.  

Leader Certification Training Opportunity - Shotgun 

Saturday, December 6, 2014 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Alturas Rifle and Pistol Club
Centerville Road (CountyRoad54), near Alturas

There will be a 4-H Shotgun Leader Certification Training on December 6th & 7th, 2014 in Alturas, California. The Class will be held at the Alturas Rifle and Pistol Club, Centerville Road (County Road 54), near Alturas from 8 am– 4:30 pm on Saturday December 6th and from 8 am– Noon on Sunday December 7th. The class is being hosted by Modoc County 4-H.

To teach shotgun at the project,club and camp level,you must be an appointed 4-H club adult volunteer (leader) and attend both days to receive certification. The course will include a Power Point presentation, review of equipment, practice shooting and teaching,and a written test. The cost is $40 per person and includes a resource binder and lunch on Saturday. 

Registration is limited to a maximum of ten individuals. To register, please mail the following to the Modoc County 4-H Program, 202 West 4th Street, Alturas, California 96101:

Registration will be on a first come-first serve basis (you will not be considered registered until all of the above documents have been received). 

Please plan to register on or before Thursday November 6, 2014.  For more information call Heather or Cheryl at (530) 233-6400 (Monday-Thursday,7 am-5 pm)or hhadwick@ucanr.edu.

 

State Fashion Review Categories, Challenges, Service Projects

Entry Categories: Traditional, Consumer Science Purchased $40, Upcycled, Jacket Challenge, Costume Challenge

Service projects:

  • Pillowcases for Ronald Mc Donald type housing, Children's Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Special Needs Camps, and other venues throughout California
  • Hats for youth and adult cancer patients, newborns, homeless drop-in shelters or to till a need in your community. They can be made of fleece, soft fabric or knitted/crocheted of soft yarn.  

Cover Art Contest  The State Fashion Revue committee is seeking entries to design the program cover for the SFR Fashion Show. Your design should reflect the theme, "Through the Looking Glass".  Contest rules are:

  • One design per member.
  • Any 4-H youth member may participate, regardless of projects.
  • The design can be digital or hand drawn.
  • You may use any medium (colored pencil, marker, paint, digital).  
  • The space allowed for the finished cover, including text, is 4.5” wide x 7.5” tall. This fits on a folded letter size page. 
  • All art work must be original. No clipart allowed.
  • Include the words "2015 State Fashion Revue" and the date "May 30, 2015".
  • Use the 4-H clover appropriately in your design.  
  • Please keep your original art work and go to this link to submit your entry http://ucanr.edu/sfrcovercontest
  • Entries are due by 5:00 PM on December 15, 2014
  • For more information email mvemails@yahoo.com

We look forward to receiving your cover designs! Have fun and good luck!

Categories:

1. Traditional – features garments the participant has constructed for him/herself, showcasing sewing skills and the ability to coordinate an outfit. The entry must be sewn by the member as part of his/her 4-H Clothing and Textiles project. The outfit must contain at least one constructed garment; participants are encouraged to construct additional garments to complete the outfit.

2. Consumer Science Purchased - $40.00 limit for the entire outfit, includes shoes but not sales tax. Receipts from the current 4-H year are required for any item that is visible. Gifts, prior purchases, and items without receipts are not eligible for this category. Receipts from yard sales, etc. may be hand written. There is no 4-H project requirement.

3. Upcycled – take one or more existing garments and turn them into a new, different, and wearable garment. Add a handmade accessory. The upcycled garment must be sewn by the member as part of his/her 4-H Clothing & Textiles project. Additional upcycled and/or sewn garments are encouraged to complete the outfit. A “before” photograph showing the original garment(s) is required. This is not an alteration such as a large dress altered to fit a smaller person. It is a complete change such as pants and a shirt made into a dress. Other fabrics and material may be added during the construction process.

4. Jacket Challenge – tiered requirements - Junior: construct a jacket using any pattern, any fabric.  Intermediate: construct a jacket and one other garment. Senior: construct a jacket and other pieces to complete an outfit. The entry must be sewn by the member as part of his/her 4-H Clothing & Textiles project. What is a jacket? For this category it covers the upper body, has sleeves of any length and opens in the front. Other construction details such as fasteners, collar, lapels, pockets, lining, etc. are optional, determined by sewing experience. 

5. Costume Challenge - use any technique, any materials, and any pattern to create a costume. It does not need to be sewn from fabric but it does need to be made by the participant, not purchased. There is no 4-H project requirement. The theme and costume must be 4-H appropriate.

 

Posted on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 1:48 PM

4-H Dinner Auction

 

4-H Dinner Auction 

October 25, 2014

Joe Stefani School

2768 Ranchero Lane 

Merced

 

An annual 4-H fund raiser to benefit Merced County Youth

 

  • Tickets are $20

  • Social and Silent Auction Begin at 5:00

  • Dinner is at 6:0o followed by Dessert and Live Auctions

  • To Buy tickets contact a local 4-H member or leader or visit the UCCE 4-H office at 2145 Wardrobe Ave.

 

Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 3:22 PM

May 29 Updates

4-H Summer Science Academy

Registration is now open, go to http://ucanr.edu/scienceacademy

New in 2014 will be 3 week long science academies offered in Merced.  Each week there will be two different Science, Engineering, and Technology topics to choose from.   The academies will be held from 8:30 am to 12:00 Monday– Friday at the UC Cooperative Extension Classroom 2145 Wardrobe Avenue, Merced. The academies will be offered to youth ages 7 and up.

Week one—July 7-11                     Session A - 4-H SERIES Ages 9-12

                                                            Session B - TechXcite ages 11 and up

Week two—July 14 - 18                 Session C - 4-H YES Ages 7-9

                                                            Session D - 4-H Junk Drawer Robotics ages 10 and up

Week three—July 21– 25             Session E – Biophotonics Ages 7-10

                                                            Session F - TechXcite ages 11 and up

Each session of the SSA will cost $50.00 for the five morning program.  Individuals may register for one session per week .  Each week will include unique offerings so you may want to sign up for each week.  New 4-H members will also have 4-H insurance and enrollment fees.

Hats, Scarves and Ties

Our new shipment of hats, scarves and ties has arrived. We have them available for sale at the 4-H office.

Friends Helping Friends

Friends Helping Friends will be held June 13 from 8-1 at the fairgrounds. For over 25 years 4-H has conducted an event bringing together youth and adults with varying special needs. This activity was started due to interest developed by 4-H members raising Guide Dog Puppies. The current event, "Friends Helping Friends," is conducted in cooperation with the Merced County Fair. The activities include guided tours, visits to fair exhibit buildings, petting zoo, other hands-on activities, and lunch provided by the Merced Elks. Please sign up to help by being a tour guide during this event. Your club leaders have sign-up sheets available, or call the office at 385-7418. Youth and parents are welcome to be tour guides.

 Camp

Camp is right around the corner. This year camp will be June 28th to July 2nd. Cost for camp this year is $160. Remember each club needs 1 chaperone per 10 campers. Make sure your chaperone is the same gender as most of your campers. We will not expect camp applications without club chaperones

Merced Fair Books

The 2014 Merced Fair Exhibitors Books are available online at the Fair website at: http://www.mercedcountyfair.com/

Please note the following information from page 25:

Washing of Livestock:

Should drought conditions dictate, washing of livestock will be prohibited. Should washing be allowed, a nozzle with automatic shut off must be used. Absolutely NO free flow of water will be allowed.

 

Countywide Trap Shoot Contest

All Star candidates Courtney Creighton and Daniel Vann will be hosting a countywide Trap Shoot contest on July 12. The event will be held at Rooster Ranch in Newman.  Anyone registered in a shotgun project will be eligible to enter.  Registration will be done at the event. More information will be announced at the end of May.

State Leadership Conference August 14-17, 2014 U.C. Santa Cruz “Raiders of the Lost Leadership”

The 4-H State Leadership Conference brings together high school youth from across California in a four-day leadership training, networking, and learning experience. Check our website, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for updates and exciting announcements!

Revolution of Responsibility

2013/2014 Revolution of Responsibility Application Deadlines:

July 15, 2014

September 15, 2014

November 15, 2014

http://4h.ucanr.edu/Support/RofR

Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 4:20 PM

February 28, 2014 Updates

Snelling 4-H Dinner & Auction

March 29th, 2014

Snelling School Gym

5:30 pm – 8pm

Tickets - $8 contact Jennifer Puckett at 581-2442

 

Pathways to your future project will be meeting Tuesdsay February 25, in the 4-H Library.

Communications Day

Please see the attached photography guide lines for entering photos.

Communications Day will be held March 8, 2014 at Plainsburg School. Registration is now open. You may register online at http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=3370 or by paper application which is on our website. Registration is due by Monday March 3rd. Please check out our photography judging. We will be following the State judging guidelines this year. Please see the attached sheets for judging guidelines and criteria. Presentation categories are as follows:

  1.  Demonstrations  – A demonstration shows how to do something. Member must use a minimum of four posters (visual aids). Overhead transparencies, computer generated slides, or visual aids produced and other mediums are equally acceptable. Topic must be 4-H project or activity related. Team demonstrations are limited to two team members. Age divisions are determined by highest grade of the two members. Models or actual products are encouraged with brand names covered. Organization and visibility of the work area is important. Note cards are allowed at county and sectional levels as long as they do not detract from the presentation. Note cards are not allowed at the state level. Presentation should not exceed 15 minutes.

 2. Illustrated Talks – An illustrated talk tells about something. Topic are encouraged to be 4-H project or activity related. It also uses visual aids and should include a minimum of three posters, slides, or other visuals. The illustrated talk would have at least a title, process, and summary. Visual aids need to be readable from all parts of the room. A team of two members may present an illustrated talk. A talk should not exceed 15 minutes. Note cards are allowed at county and sectional levels, but not state level.

*A Scientific Presentation uses the steps used by scientists to answer questions and solve problems. The scientific process includes the following steps: 

1.    Ask a question. 

2.    Form a hypothesis of what you expect the answer to your question to be.

3.    Test the hypothesis by conducting an experiment.

4.    Analyze the results of the tests and information you have gathered.

5.    Draw conclusions regarding the hypothesis from the tests.

6.    Communicate the results.

The speaker will use posters or equivalent visual aids to enhance the teaching process. The visual aids will include a title, question, hypothesis, test, and an analysis card. This presentation style will have a minimum of 5 poster cards or equivalent multimedia presentation. Can be either Demonstration or Illustrated Talk style)

3. Prepared Speech – This presentation is written and delivered by the member. A speech is either informative or persuasive. There are no visual aids, costumes, or props. Note cards may be used at county and sectional levels, but not at state level. Limited to individuals, not teams. Length of speech should be 2 – 10 minutes.

 4. Interpretive Reading – Members may read any published, written work. It should be age appropriate. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, children's stories, poetry, essays, and excerpts from novels. The member will introduce themselves and their chosen piece. Include the title, author, characters, purpose and setting, and any other information that would enhance the audience's understanding of the piece. The characters and setting are created through voice and gestures. The member is presenting the reading as at a story hour, not acting it out. The member may sit or stand. The source material must be present and used during the reading. No props, costumes, or other materials may be used. The member completes the presentation with a short conclusion, which leaves the audience with a vivid memory. At the state level, the introduction and conclusion together are limited to no more than 5 minutes and the reading is limited to 5 minutes. This is limited to individual participants.

 5.Impromptu– This category is open to intermediate and senior division members.  In the Impromptu category at the county, sectional and state level general topics are announced ahead. Basic research is done prior to the event by the youth. For each topic, the youth is allowed to bring 1 5x7 card of their research on the topic. The member randomly draws one with three minutes to prepare.

2014 Impromptu Topics

Senior Topics

Science, Engineering and Technology

Geospatial Science: the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and the global positioning system (GPS) to help people make decisions that improve lives, respect our natural resources, and make a positive impact in our world.

Healthy Living

The dangers of tobacco use (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookah, smokeless, chew), media's role, and cessation programs.

Citizenship

Public visibility of 4-H thru Service learning including Revolution of Responsibility.

Global Competency- The Process of preparing individuals to live, work and lead in a globally interdependent world.

Positive Youth Development

Describe and discuss a Growth Mindset versus a Fixed Mindset.

 

Intermediate Topics

Science, Engineering and Technology?

Agriculture - The origin and production of food in the U.S. as well as environmental considerations of agriculture.

Healthy Living

Hydration: the importance, benefits, and access to water in schools, public spaces, and youth events.

Citizenship

Key components of Service Learning and Community Service.

Personal Roles and Responsibilities – Taking responsibility for your actions, accepting consequences that come from those actions and understanding that what you do impacts those around you.

Positive Youth Development

Sparks – Discuss what a spark is, why sparks are important to youth development and

2014 Special Recognition: Awarded to 4-H members who relate their presentations (all categories are eligible) to one of the following four focus areas:

  • Science, Engineering and Technology (SET): Geospatial Science 
  • Citizenship: Civic Education 
  • Healthy Living: Hydration 
  • Thrive: The Path to Thriving 

Positive Youth Development: Sparks-Discuss what a spark is, why sparks are important to youth development and strategies for identifying your spark.

 6. Share the Fun – This is a skit category that focuses on health, safety, community pride, recreation, or citizenship. This is a group presentation. It should have an introduction which states its purpose. Costumes, props, decorations, and visual aids are encouraged. Audience participation is allowed. Judges may ask questions to clarify judging, but the members are not tested on their answers. At the state level judging is on the American System and the presentation is limited to 15 minutes.

 7. Cultural Arts – This is an individual or group performance presentation such as a dramatic reading, music, dance, or other performing arts. The introduction includes its purpose. Costumes, props, and visual aids are encouraged.  8. Educational Display – This is a visual presentation either set up with a tri-fold board approximately 30x30” on a table top or a larger, up to 48x48” board, set on an easel. Either format will contain the title, member's name, 4-H club, and a visual depiction of the concept or program featured. It should be readable from at least four feet away. The member will give an oral introduction to the audience and answer judges' questions. Notes may be used at county but not at sectional or state level.  9. Audio visual – This is an individual presentation consisting of slides, video or digital productions. The presentation takes advantage of the format. It is not just using PowerPoint slides in an illustrated talk. The length is appropriate to the subject and format. A slide presentation is supplemented with a verbal commentary, tape recording, or audio track. No costumes or props are used. The member will give an oral introduction to the audience and answer judges' questions. Notes may be used at county but not at sectional or state level. The member is responsible for the complete production process and for furnishing all equipment needed. Some equipment is available at the county level.

  10. Problem Solving – This category is offered at the state level for senior division members. The member does not need to qualify at the county or sectional levels to enter. Notes are not allowed at sectional or state level. Member is judged on the overall effectiveness of the presentation and not the solution presented. Member can support presentation with posters, overhead slides, or computer generated slides. Presentation should be 5 – 10 minutes. A list of state topic “problems” is available at the 4-H office.

11. Photography- Each member may enter up to 3 pictures. They must by 8X10 and mounted on a photograph mount/mat board or foam board. The following information is required on the back of the photo:

Title of the Photograph

Date and Location the photo taken

4-H members name, age and club

Contact information

 

Merced County Food Fashion and Fun Festival 2014

Let the Games Begin

March 29, 2014

9 AM Registration

Lorena Falasco Elementary School

3310 Overland Avenue

Los Banos

Site to be Announced

Register here: http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=6263or print forms have been attached or are available on the 4-H website.   Location:TBA

 All Star Candidate Shaelyn Pugliese invites you to come join us as we celebrate creativity in the home arts at our annual Food Fashion and Fun Festival.

 For more information contact the 4-H office at 209-385-7418. 

Fashion Revue- Enter your Traditional, Purchased, Upcycled, Denim Challenge, or the Apron  Challenge to be judged by our panel of experts.  Then model your garment in our fashion show. 

 Workshops

Arts and crafts-come join us for Band Bracelets, make simple no-loom bracelets using a variety of bands.

What's on My Plate-UDSA My Plate materials will be used for this judging event on making healthy food choices.

Service Learning Projects:Drawstring Bags for Foster Children-Sew fabric bags using state guidelines, add decorative iron on appliques.

Judging Contest

Cake Boss: Decorate 9" cake, cake and frosting will be provided, bring your own decorations and tools.

Top Chef: Bring (2 dozen) of your favorite cookies with the recipe to be judged.

Next Design Star:Using a theme, design a table setting for a cafeteria sized table. Include menu, centerpiece, utensils, tablecloth, napkins, and cups, serving for 6-8.

Project Runway: Create a fashion project.  Bring your choice of wrapping paper and duct tape.

America's Got Talent: Members will showcase their talent during Lunch.

Tentative Schedule:

All DAY:  Enrichment activities:  Crafts, Judging Contests, Demonstrations, and Talent Show 9:00 Registration

9:30 Opening Ceremony

10:00 Judging of Fashion Revue, Workshops and Judging Events

12:00 Lunch-

12:30 Award Ceremony

1:00 Fashion Show

Entry Deadline: March 24, 2014

 

Stanislaus County Youth Poultry Show--New location--MJC Ag Pavilion on the West Campus (Briggsmore/Carpenter Exit)

Sunday, March 16, 2014--Doors open at 7 am, Announcements and Activities Begin (see attached flyer and registration form).

Entry forms must be postmarked by March 3, 2014

Mail to Anthony Rose, 6219 Griffin Rd. Turlock, CA 95382 (Questions: 209-988-7762)

Open to you 5 to 18 years old.

Hosted by Stanislaus County 4-H Poultry Sponsored by JS West Feed Youth Activities Hosted by MJC Poultry Department

Activities:

Poultry Judging

Poster Contest

Poultry Obstacle Course

Photo Contest

Knowledge Quiz

Showmanship

See attached catalog for Activity Rules

Snack Bar will be available all day

Stanislaus County 4-H Small Animal Field Day

Stanislaus County Small Animal Field Day coming up on Sunday, March 23rd.  All counties are invited.  All youth that may be interested in learning more about rabbits, cavies, poultry, and canine (dog) projects may attend.  Pre-registration would be appreciated so we can have enough materials available.

See more here:  http://ucanr.edu/sites/Stanislaus4-H/?calitem=148860&g=39487

Entry form is there too.

Chowchilla Fair Exhibitor Books

Chowchilla Fair Exhibitor Books are now available on line. If you would like a printed copy I have some available in the 4-H office. Entry forms are due by April 11th and the Horse show forms are due by March 14th.

County Wide Gardening Project

We will be coordinating again this year with the Master Gardeners for the county wide gardening project. The meetings will be:

March 15, April 12 and May 10. The February meeting will be at Darlene McIntyre's house at 5728 Lora Court, Atwater.

Countywide Lego Project

The Lego project will be held March 25, April 1, May 27 and June 3. The meetings will be held in the 4-H classroom at 5:00. If you have legos that you would like to donate to the project please bring them to the 4-H office.

California State Fashion Revue is May 31, 2014 at Olson Hall on the UC Davis campus. This year our SFR community service projects are Drawstring Bags for Foster Kids and Walker Bags for Seniors. We are working on these projects all year and look forward to having a lot of support from all of our counties.

 

Drawstring Bag Pattern: Free Online Pattern at

http://oces.okstate.edu/creek/family-and-consumer-sciences/patterns/Pattern%204-H%20Laundry%20Bag.pdf

 

Walker Bag Patterns: Free Online Pattern at http://www.bucketsgonewild.com/free-walker-tote.htm. There are also commercially produced patterns available for purchase at fabric stores including Simplicity 2822 and 2382.

Check out the State 4-H website for information about the State Fashion Revue categories and get an early start on your projects for your county fashion revue submissions: http://4h.ucanr.edu/Programs/Events/SFD/SFR/

 State Leadership Conference August 14-17, 2014 U.C. Santa Cruz “Raiders of the Lost Leadership”

 

The 4-H State Leadership Conference brings together high school youth from across California in a four-day leadership training, networking, and learning experience. Check our website, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for updates and exciting announcements!

Revolution of Responsibility

2013/2014 Revolution of Responsibility Application Deadlines:

March 15, 2014

May 15, 2014

July 15, 2014

September 15, 2014

November 15, 2014

http://4h.ucanr.edu/Support/RofR

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