Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bobby Chambers Accepted to Virginia Tech

Congratulations to 4-H Livestock Club President and 4-H All Star Bobby Chambers, who was recently notified of his acceptance to Virginia Tech in 2009! Bobby is an OCHS Senior who plans to study Engineering. He is the son of Bob and Missy Chambers of Locust Grove.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Livestock Club Donates 271 Pounds of Food

Members of the Orange 4-H Livestock Club donated 271 pounds of food to Love Outreach Food Pantry Wednesday evening. Club members collected non-perishable items in addition to visiting residents of President Madison Inn Home for Adults. The 4-H'ers sang holiday songs and distributed pieces of fresh fruit. Good job on these two service projects!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Remember: Pick up Poinsettias Saturday, Dec. 6th

A friendly reminder to all 4-H'ers who sold poinsettias: Pick-up will be this Saturday, December 6th, from 9-10 a.m. at the Sedwick Building. This is the same building that houses the Extension Office. Please come around to the brown door on the far right end of the building. If you are unable to pick up your plants, please try to arrange for a friend or one of your customers to do so. We can also possibly arrange for some of you to pick up on Friday evening, if you call ahead. Thanks!

VCFC Youth Leadership Conference for Ages 16-19

The Virginia Council of Farmer Cooperatives ' (VCFC) Youth Leadership Conference will be held April 3-5, 2009. This annual event allows high school students (ages 16-19 as of July 2009) to learn more about the cooperative way of doing business. Orange 4-H has sent a number of youth in years past and all have reported it to be an informative and fun weekend.

If you meet the criteria and would like to attend, please e-mail soon. A number of local cooperatives offer full scholarships; Rappahannock Electric has the first deadline (1/30/09). Other local sponsors include Orange-Madison Co-op, CFC Farm & Home, MD-VA Milk Producers, and Farm Credit of the Virginias.

State 4-H Teen Weekend Planned

The annual Statewide 4-H Teen Weekend will be held February 6-7, 2009, at Holiday Lake 4-H Center in Appomattox. The State 4-H Cabinet has planned the event and included workshops such as: Talking to the Wall (Public Speaking), Let’s Play Spoons (Etiquette), Energize Exercise, Hemp Happy (Braided Necklaces), and Kickin’ it Country (Line Dancing). Participants will also take part in True Colors, a service project, and 4-H Jeopardy. 4-H members ages 13-18 as of 9/30/09 are eligible to attend.

The cost for the weekend is $60.00 (checks made payable to the Virginia 4-H Foundation). Space is limited to the first 90 who register. Please contact the Extension Office for more information.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Achievement Night Winners

Congratulations to the many 4-H'ers and volunteers recognized at 4-H Achievement Night. Ron Burleson was awarded the Friend of 4-H Award, and the Parter of 4-H Award was presented to Mr. Jerry van Hoven of Battlefield Farms. Bobby Chambers won the Harry T. Peters, Jr. Award and Amanda Ramey won a $500 college scholarship. 4-H club organizational leaders for last year were presented with navy polo shirts embroidered with the 4-H logo.

If you missed the event, please contact your 4-H club leader for your year pin and record book. Thanks to everyone who came out, and many thanks to those who helped with setup and cleanup. You did a wonderful job and made things go very quickly. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Gallahan Takes First Place for Poinsettia Sales!

Poinsettia forms have been turned in and tallied! Congratulations to Melanie Gallahan, member of the Solids, Spots, and Dots 4-H Horse Club, for being high seller! She had several pages of sales, totaling $435! Way to go, Melanie! Thanks to all the 4-H'ers who participated in this fundraiser. You did a great job. Remember to pick up the plants Saturday, December 6, from 9-10 a.m. in the public meeting room of the Sedwick Building.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Officer & Volunteer Training Deemed Successful

4-H youth and volunteers from six local counties met in Orange Saturday for an officer and volunteer training. Orange, Madison, Culpeper, Louisa, Fluvanna, and Albemarle youth learned how to be stronger leaders and practiced performing the duties of their elected position. Adults in attendance shared ideas for 4-H programs and learned new ways of handling situations that arise in some clubs. Altogether, there were more than 70 youth and 20 adults who participated. Good luck to all club officers this year!

LEGO Girls Win District Competition

Congratulations to Orange's all-girls LEGO Robotics team! Chelsea Wilson, Moriah Whitten, Bailey Good, and Spirit Karcher took first place in Championship and first in Robot Performance at this past weekend's district competition in Harrisonburg, VA. They will advance to States at James Madison University, December 6-7. We are proud of their performance and appreciative of the efforts of coaches Becky Wilson and Sue Burleson. Way to go!

Free Tree Seedlings Offered to 4-H'ers

Plant a tree! Save the Earth - breathe cleaner air. 4-H members can sign up for free tree seedlings, hardwood or pine, until January 15th. They will be delivered in late March and April. Seedlings can be planted by individuals or groups, so improve your home landcape or partner with club members and adopt a public area that could benefit from trees. Contact Kaci at the Extension Office if you would like to participate in this tree planting program.

Dairy Club Members Compete in National Contest

Congratulations to Dairy Club members Molly Elgin and Coty Goodwin, who competed in the National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl competition in Louisville, Kentucky, this past weekend. Molly and Coty were two members of Orange County's winning state team, and then qualified for the national event. They won their first round, and ultimately were eliminated by much older teams from Ohio and North Carolina. We're proud of Molly and Coty's months of hard work in preparation for the event, and congratulate them on an honorable job well done in competition. Program Coordinator Ashley Elgin accompanied the team to Louisville and served as Assistant Coach, along with Dave Winston, 4-H Dairy Youth Specialist at Virginia Tech.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Officer & 4-H Volunteer Training November 8th

Please make plans to attend the multi-county 4-H Officer and Volunteer Training, Saturday, November 8th, in the Orange County High School cafeteria. All 4-H club officers, as well as those youth interested in serving as an officer one day, are encouraged to attend. This event will help prepare you for your job as an officer in a fun, hands-on way. 4-H'ers from Orange, Madison, Culpeper, Louisa, Fluvanna, and Albemarle are invited.

There will be a separate training tract for all 4-H adult volunteers--not just club leaders. Come learn more about 4-H opportunities, All Stars, involvement, etc. We've created topics based on input from 4-H adult participants, so please plan to attend.

Times: 9 a.m. to 12:00 Noon; light refreshments provided
Please RSVP to the Extension Office if you plan to attend. Thanks!

Welcome Mrs. Gilley, New Unit Support Staff!

Please join our office in welcoming Mrs. Tina Gilley to the Extension Office team! Today is her first day on the job, and she is excited about meeting the local 4-H members and volunteers. Tina resides in Madison with her husband, Calvin, and they have two grown children. Her last name likely sounds familiar because her son Jacob served as our Extension Intern this summer. Tina is familiar with 4-H and Extension programming and has served as a volunteer for a number of years. She has a background in administrative support work and will be an asset to our office. Welcome, Tina!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

True Blue Cloverbud Meeting 10/21/08

The True Blue 4-H Cloverbud meeting will be held Tuesday, October 21st at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be a Halloween party, and all members are asked to contribute a snack. The LEGO Robotics group will be giving a demonstration of their activities. Come for the fun!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Free Tree Seedlings Available to 4-H Groups and Individuals

Free hardwood and pine tree seedlings are available to 4-H groups and individuals next spring, but now is the time to order. Trees help our environment and learning to plant and manage a living thing is a valuable life skill for youth to learn. What a great community service project for a 4-H club to plant seedlings in a public area or an area experiencing some environmental inadequacies! If you are interested in participating in this project, please call the Extension Office. Seedlings will be delivered in March & April 2009, so there's plenty of time to prepare.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Horse Members Place Well (& Often) at State Show

Orange County has a lot to be proud of when it comes to the State 4-H Horse Show. Held in Lexington, VA, last month, the show featured more than 600 horse/rider combinations, and Orange County claimed at least twenty of those. For a complete listing of show placings, please visit and look on pages 95-98 of the pdf document. First place ribbons were awarded to Molly Lumsden, Ashleigh Ramey, Emily Goodwin, and Shauna Prasse. The State Show features serious competition and we are proud of ALL of our 4-H'ers. Please congratulate them when you see them!

Stockman's Team Fairs Well in Contest at State Fair of Virginia

Congratulations to members of the Orange 4-H Stockman's Contest, who competed in Richmond Friday at the State Fair of Virginia. Junior Team A, consisting of Robert Nixon, John Michael Knight, Hope Johnson, and Garret Chambers placed seventh overall out of more than 50 teams. In the Senior division, Devon McGinnis placed 18th overall and Bobby Chambers was 12th overall, out of 197 inviduals. Senior Team A, including Devon, Bobby, and Kyle McGinnis and Elizabeth Nixon, placed sixth overall out of more than 60 teams. Watch this week's Orange Review for a photo and full story!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

4-H Members Invite You to Fall Fiber Festival this Weekend

Several Orange 4-H members will be participating in the Fall Fiber Festival at Montpelier this weekend, October 4-5. They invite you to the grounds of Montpelier to learn about cashmere, mohair, alpacas, etc. There are even sheepdog trials! Visit the event website at for more information. The festival is open Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday from 10-4. See you there!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Horse Art Contest - Design MARE Center Holiday Card

Extension's MARE Center in Middleburg is having an art contest for 4-H youth to design their 2008 holiday cards. If you can draw a horse, horse scene, or other horse-related picture, this is a great way for you to get exposure to hundreds of horse industry supporters. There is no money involved, but your image will be mass-produced and distributed. Contact or call 672-1361 for contest rules and entry info.

Buy a Clover at Orange-Madison Co-op; Support 4-H!

Local Southern States dealer, Orange-Madison Co-op, is selling paper clovers for just $1 each. Proceeds benefit the National 4-H Council and local 4-H programs. These clovers are similar to other charities' fund drives at retail stores. Customers buy a clover for $1, write their name on the clover, and then Co-op employees will post the clovers on the walls and windows as advertisement of your support.

National 4-H Week is next week; so visit the Co-op today and help support this generous fundraiser!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Orange 4-H has a Wiki Webpage

While it's still in the early stages, OC 4-H has a new webpage. Visit to see more. We have club information, volunteer information, and you can download the enrollment form packets. In the future, we plan to add fair rules, entry forms, camp documents, etc. etc. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

OC Fair has new home!!!

It's official! The Orange County Fair Association closed on the Ridgid property this week. A deal that has long been in the works, the Emerson Charitable Trust announced today that Emerson company has donated 100 acres of land on Old Gordonsville Road to the Orange County Fair. This permanent home for the fair will allow for better infrastructure, permanent buildings, and a host of other community events throughout the year. What good news!!!

Record Books Due September 30th

Please don't forget to turn in your 4-H Record Books by September 30, 2008. Anyone who showed an animal, regardless of species, needs to submit a book by this date in order to be eligible to show next year. If you have lost your book(s), new ones may be downloaded from Please contact the Extension Office if you have questions or need help completing your book(s).

Friday, September 12, 2008

VAF Scholarship Contest for Ages 14-19

The Virginia Association of Fairs annual Youth Leadership/Public Speaking Contest will be held in January in Portsmouth, VA. Scholarships totaling $7,000 will be given as prizes for first through sixth place finishes. The contest is open to youth ages 14-19 as of 1/1/09. Entries are due in early December. We have had several youth compete in the past; this is a great opportunity to improve your skills and win some money for college. E-mail for an entry packet.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Final Camp Reminders and Good-byes!

Well, that's a wrap! Another year under our belts for Orange-Madison 4-H Camp. Thank you, campers, for a wonderful week. We hope you had a great time and will plan to join us next year, same place, and roughly same time.

If you are missing any items, please call your county Extension office (Orange, 672-1361 or Madison, 948-6881). We have an inventory of what was collected from Lost & Found, and will do our best to find your items. Also, if you forgot to pick up any medications, please contact the office soon. We will discard or give to charity any items remaining after July 1st.

Enjoy your recycle bins that were made in Woodworking, share your Scrapbooking class projects with friends and family, and remember to put into place conservation practices learned in the Go Green! Nature Studies class, taught by local Master Naturalists. We wish you a happy and safe summer! Do continue to keep in touch with 4-H activities through the local newsletters.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wednesday Camp -- More Fun, More Memories

Today was another great day at camp. Beautiful weather, well-behaved campers, and you wouldn't believe the wildlife. This morning, there were deer everywhere around the camp (obviously used to lots of people). A wild turkey practically walked in the Conference Center lobby, and squirrels and chipmunks certainly didn't let camp get in the way of their busy schedules.

The camp food was better; it's certainly no Outback Steakhouse or even Golden Corral, but the pancakes for breakfast were a welcome sight and the make-your-own taco salads at lunch seemed to be a big hit. For some reason, desserts have been scarce this year, but the Breyers fruit bars in strawberry, coconut, or lime flavors disappeared quickly when offered this afternoon. For those of you who don't know, camp meals are served family style. Campers can choose where they sit at meals, and teens are at the head of each table. Menu items are placed on the table in large serving dishes and campers pass the food around to their friends. This is our second year for this set-up at camp, but it has worked well. We encourage teens and campers to share in conversation and perhaps take these methods home to their actual families.

Pool and rec times were exciting once again. During Free Recreation, camp volunteer Mrs. Heidi has been offering Felting activities. Campers have made various items by turning sheep's wool or goat fibers into felt. Today's project was felted soap--a bar of soap covered in felt so that it acts as a body loofah. Pretty cool! And all natural, so it's definitely recyclable/biodegradable. Go green with 4-H!

The Wednesday evening program was the dance. Perhaps the most anticipated part of camp for some youth, there was talk all day of who was wearing what, who was dancing with whom, and how much cologne the boys were going to wear. It's always amazing to the adults how quickly the messy boys' dorm transforms from a pig-sty locker-room to a thick aroma/haze of Axe and other products. ha-ha Those of you who remain at home have NO IDEA what you are missing. :) Many thanks to Gillz, a summer staff member, who serves as DJ and selects a wide variety of fast and fun songs, all appropriate for 4-H camp, of course!

Well, tomorrow's our last day. Campers will finish classes, participate in closing ceremonies, and hopefully get all of their stuff packed up quickly and completely. Madison County campers will return to MCHS at 6:00 p.m. Orange County campers will return to OES (Orange Elementary) at 6:30 p.m. Parents: don't forget your Camper Express Pick-up Cards, and remember to get your child's medications, camp craft projects (if any), bank money, etc.


Beautiful Weather - Great Kids - Another Great Day of Camp

Tuesday was a great camp day as well! The weather was absolutely BEAUTIFUL, even a little cool. Our evening program was Kids Marketplace, a Cooperative Extension program that teaches youth about money management. Campers visited a series of stations in which they were given a job, a salary, and then bills to pay--such as rent, car insurance, groceries, etc. Youth had to make choices whether to buy name brand clothes or groceries, or store brands. They had to stretch their dollars depending on the amount of income they received. It appeared to be a great learning experience, and one that the campers enjoyed! Parents, take note: you're encouraged to continue to build on this activity at home. :)

The Virginia Wildlife Center was contracted for an afternoon program entitled "Critters Don't Need Litter", again keeping with our Go Green theme. Cornelius the Snake was a big hit--we have NEVER heard the campers so quiet! Hopefully campers learned to put litter in its place, and not in the open where wildlife can be harmed.

There were still a few cases of stomach upset and homesickness, but they're progressing well and our staff are doing of great job of providing comfort. Continue to send those emails--campers love them!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Junior Camp Gets Off to Fun, Albeit Wet, Start

Even Monday's typical summer thunderstorms couldn't keep Orange-Madison 4-H'ers from having a blast at 4-H Camp. In morning classes, Leathercraft students embossed and dyed 4-H clover necklaces and learned to tie square knots. Woodworking students began nailing together their projects, and proudly reported only one blood-blister casualty from hammering. (Don't worry, parents--ice helped it considerably.) Cheerleaders learned the art of working together, and the archery class was the inaugural group to use the newly renovated archery range.

The afternoon storms packed plenty of thunder and lightning, but were nowhere near as bad as the storms locally that day. During lunch, we ate with the lights out, thereby saving energy and going along with our "Go Green" theme. The afternoon program featured group games and songs, led by Summer Staff (college students who work at the 4-H Center all summer). Cave meetings were held as usual, but afternoon rec had to be moved indoors. Unfortunately, swimming was cancelled, too, but campers still had fun!

Dinner featured tater tots--always a kid-friendly food--and campers received emailed notes from home. The evening program was "Rowdy for Recycling" and featured team-building activities and environmentally-friendly games and competitions. All eight packs participated (Eagles, Rattlesnakes, Bobcats, Crows, Owls, Deer, Foxes, Hawks) while the adults (Skunks) facilitated. The campfire was held in the Center's new amphitheatre-style campfire circle. A slight stomach bug affected several campers, but don't worry parents--the camp nurse handled those problems. No news is good news! So if you haven't heard from us, your camper is healthy and having fun!

Thanks for your interest in 4-H programs, and do check back often to see how things are going! Happy Camping!

Monday, March 31, 2008

Girls' Registrations Still Being Accepted for 4-H Junior Camp

Girls ages 9-13 wanting to attend 4-H Camp need to contact our office THIS WEEK if at all possible. We have a waiting list for boys, but about 15 spaces left for girls. 4-H Camp dates are June 15-19th, and the cost is $195 all-inclusive (lodging, meals, supplies, transportation, T-shirt). 4-H Camp activities include nightly campfires, daily swimming and free recreation, dormitory-style lodging, and exciting classes such as archery, arts and crafts, rocketry, nature, performing arts, swimming, woodworking, T-shirt art, dance, and much more! Sign up today--a registration form can be obtained at the Extension Office, and it takes only a $50 deposit to reserve your spot!