CONGRATULATIONS to Elizabeth Nixon of Rapidan who won the Virginia FFA Public Speaking contest in Blacksburg this week. Elizabeth’s speech, delivered in Burruss Hall at Virginia Tech, earned her a trip to the national contest in Indianapolis, IN, this fall. We are so proud of you! It was also nice that the livestock judging team was in town for their contest and they were able to watch the competition, too. Way to go, Elizabeth! (Elizabeth serves as President of the Livestock Club and was tapped as a 4-H All Star this month.)
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Tonight's evening program more than made up for the loss this afternoon. Minute to Win It games were a HIT and got many, many campers involved in tasks such as stacking seven cupcakes on their forehead, resting dice on a popsicle stick held in their mouth, and knocking empty cans off a table by shooting rubber bands. Our adult volunteers served as game hosts and did a fantastic job of motivating the crowds. It's been hard to concentrate on this post because there is so much enthusiasm and cheering going on!!!
The Great Bears put together a memorable campfire experience last night and the teens had a funny house-building skit. The pack cheers have been a real hoot - especially that of the owls (pun intended) - and we're looking forward to another great event tonight.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Tonight's special program was a carnival, and it would have given a commercial outfit a run for its money! Lil K (Madison Extension Agent Kelly Mallory) planned a series of more than 20 carnival booths with many games and prizes. Putting a 4-H camp spin on popular games, we saw push-light bean bag tosses to mimic darts, a reverse dunk tank in which counselors received good soakings, ping pong toss to win Swedish fish instead of live goldfish, and a snack walk instead of a traditional cake walk. Other booths gave tickets as prizes, and those tickets could be turned in for a chance on bigger prizes. Brandon won $25 cold, hard cash, Hunter chose movie tickets, Josh earned a McDonalds gift card, and Zach chose to put a pie in the face of a staff member of his choosing tomorrow night. Laurel will be treated to a delivered dinner from town!
The teen counselors did an outstanding job of leading campfire, with fun, energetic songs, a wild and crazy them-thar story, and a visit from Captain Health in his stunning red cape as he reminded campers to wear sunscreen everyday and be safe around the pool. The campers pass along the message that they love you and miss you, but we are all having a great time and enjoying a great camp!
In T-shirt art, they prepared for next week by making Independence Day celebration shirts. Throwing skills and the rules of the game were on the agenda for Ultimate Frisbee and basketball players worked hard, but fought somewhat of a losing battle due to basketballs that wouldn't hold air very long - we're working on that! Young fishermen and women had good luck (or should we say, skill) with catches, and the knitting group got started with their stitches.
The weather's cool, the skies are overcast, but the 4-H spirit is raging! We're having fun...hope you are, too! E-mails are pouring in - literally - but please remember to keep them positive and upbeat so our campers feel encouraged to be here!
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Teams will consist of three or four members. When four members are entered, the three members with the highest individual scores will be used for the team score. All contestants will judge two classes of Brown Swiss at Heiz Acres and four classes at Janney Holsteins. Divisions are available for juniors and seniors. Participants should bring their own lunch. Drinks and ice cream will be provided. To register please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Thursday, June 30. There will be no registration fee.
Friday, June 10, 2011
The Dairy Club sponsors the annual Pretty Animal Contest at the Orange County Fair, and they recently announced this year’s theme.
Consider this when planning your costume for the event. Good luck!
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Four international 4-H delegates to Virginia still need host families this summer – can you help??? We still have four delegates left who need placement -- two males and two females.
· Raphael (male, age 18) from Austria needs two host famlies: June 26 to July 17; and then July 7 to Aug. 7.
· Pirmin (male, age 24) from Switzerland needs two host families: June 26 to July 17; and July 17 to Aug. 7.
· Kristina (female, age 19) from Austria needs one family: July 31 to Aug. 19.
· Neele (female, age 19) from Germany needs one family: Oct. 23 to Nov. 13.
As you can see, time is of the essence, especially since the two boys are ARRIVING IN ONLY 2 WEEKS! If you can host a delegate, or you know of someone who might be interested, please contact Virginia IFYE Coordinator Dottie Nelson at 276-617-1065 or e-mail dottieifyeyahoo.com. All of these delegates speak wonderful English and are looking forward to learning about the American way of life and truly being a family member.
Due to the extensive activities surrounding this time of year when school lets out, the Hoof Mates meeting scheduled for June 8th has been cancelled. Enjoy an extra night with your family!
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Dash for Trash is back again this year. Have fun and help clean up the Town of Orange, and win cash prizes of up to $200 for your 4-H club! The event will take place Saturday, June 18, and is sponsored by the Orange Downtown Alliance (click for more info). Everything will be provided: gloves, vests, bags, water, and even breakfast for all participants! Please call 672-2540 or 672-0790 to register a team. Last year participants collected nearly five pick-up loads of trash.
Don’t forget that 4-H project animal record books must be up-to-date in order to show at the Orange County Fair, or at the time of state show entry for members with horse projects. Record book workshops have been scheduled for Friday, June 17, from 9-10 a.m. and Tuesday, June 21, from 4-5 p.m. at the Extension office. Please call the office to pre-register; these workshops are open to any 4-H’ers and/or parents and will provide time to work on record books, ask questions, etc. Please take advantage of these opportunities to get help with your record book.
Orange 4-H’s Kindergarten Dairy Day for Orange Elementary is featured on the Orange County Public Schools’ website today. Visit www.ocss-va.org to learn about the trip and see Orange 4-H’er and Virginia Dairy Duchess Molly Elgin with Kindergarten students.