Friday, March 28, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
It will be two days packed with adventure and the opportunity to have a meaningful experience with each other. They will participate in great adventure in a relaxed, supportive, friendly atmosphere. Participants will do activities in environmental education, leadership, outdoor adventure, and have fun learning!
The cost for the program is $75 per person (for the first mother/daughter pair, $55 for each additional person in the family) and includes lodging for one night, two days of programs, 4 meals, and an evening campfire program. All participants must be at least 9 years old.
Please visit http://www.nova4h.com/mother-daughter-weekend/ for more information or to register.
Schedule (subject to change)
Hiking at White Oak Canyon, June 20
Beginner Horseback Riding, June 27
Kayaking on the Shenandoah, July 11
Tubing on the Shenandoah, July 18
Challenge Course Adventure, July 25
Hiking Old Rag Mountain, August 1
Please visit http://www.nova4h.com/adventure-day-camps/ for more information, prices, specific times, and registration information.
If you are interested, please contact Beth Seale at (540)672-3955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, March 24, 2014
For more information or application forms, please contact Dottie Nelson at (304)431-5317 or (276)617-1065 or dottieifye[at]yahoo.com.
Here are some of the delegates that will be coming and will need host families:
-Julia is 26 years old and grew up on a farm in Upper Austria. She has two brothers, ages 19 and 22. Her parents still run the family farm, raising crops and pigs. She enjoys traveling, meeting friends, and seeing movies. Last year she went on an exchange to Wales and England, and she says that it is much better to experience life in another country by living with families than just being a tourist. She has worked for a bank but is now studying law.
-Lisa is 23 years old and grew up on a farm raising crops and potatoes. Her parents still run the farm, and she has a brother, age 21, and a sister, age 14. Her grandmother also lives on the farm. She has been living in an apartment with two roommates while working in the Design Center Linz (event location) in the Sales and Marketing Department. She enjoys reading, hiking, running, yoga, traveling, and meeting friends.
-Elisa is 18 and from Finland. Her family lives in the countryside. Her father works as a development manager and her mother is a journalist with the local newspaper. She has sisters age 20, 16, and 14, and a brother age 8. She likes animals, especially dogs, and wants to be a veterinarian. She enjoys hiking, skiing, reading, movies, crafts, and shopping. She plays accordian.
-Paiia is 24 from Finland. She is a student in a Finnish Theater College. Her mother is a nurse and her dad works with computers. She has a little brother, two dogs, and a cat. She has worked on theater sets, as a guide in a car museum, a waitress, and a kitchen helper. She would like to visit a farm with horses and know more about horse shows. She likes riding, acting, dancing from ballet to hip hop, singing, dog training, and reading. Lactose free diet.
-Anna is 16 and from Greece. Her father is an engineer and her mother is a housewife. She has brothers ages 19 and 9. She cannot eat okra. She likes dancing, singing, and theater, as well as sports, camping, biking, movies, shopping, and computer games.
There is also a need for families for teens from Argentina and Finland. The inbound delegates will be matched with host families once we receive the host family application forms. They will arrive to the host families on Tuesday, July 8, and depart on Wednesday, August 6.
The 2014 AgDiscovery Program, which is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture, is a 2-4 week summer camp for middle school and high school students. It is a great opportunity for youth with an interest in Agriculture/Veterinary medicine and other agriculture-related fields. There are 17 venues, all Land-Grant Colleges or Universities across the U.S. that will host camps this summer. Each venue has a unique focus. Virginia’s own Virginia State University is hosting an AgDiscovery camp this year for the third time!
Please click the following link for the full brochure:http://www.aphis.usda.gov/
publications/aphis_general/ 2014/bro_ag_discovery_2014.pdf . The VSU program is explained on page 14. Also, you will notice a picture from the 2013 VSU program on the front cover.
All AgDiscovery camps are FREE, as parents/guardians will only need to provide transportation for participants. Here is a quick overview of VSU’s program:
· The VSU program will convene from . It is designed for teens (14-17) who are interested in animal science, veterinary science, and/or food science. Participants will take part in hands-on educational activities related to these topics, both on campus with VSU faculty and during field trips with various practitioners off campus. They will live in dorms on campus and dine in Jones Dining Hall for most meals. There is no cost to participants for the program, and competition to get in is high (VSU received 41 applications for the 16 slots in 2013).
***STUDENTS’ APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED OR POSTMARKED BY MARCH 31st FOR ALL CAMPS***
Please refer to the 2014 AgDiscovery Program website for application instructions and other information.
If you have any questions about VSU’s program, please contact: Mr. Antonio McLaren on (804) 524-5252, email@example.com; or Ms. Roz Stein on (804)-524-1533, firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the Stockman's contest, contestants identified types of feeds, breeds of animals, equipment that is commonly used, cuts of meat, judged swine, sheep, and beef cattle, hay, and meats. They also had to take a quiz asking questions on basic livestock knowledge, and senior members had to compete a team problem.
For the Judging Contest, the members judged classes of sheep, swine, cattle, and goats. The senior team also gave reasons on three of those classes.
Stockman's Contest Results:
Gini Bryington- 2nd overall in Junior Judging and Questions
Junior Team A- 2nd overall in Junior Judging and Questions
John Michael Knight- 10th in Senior Judging and Questions
Senior Team- 2nd in Senior Judging and Questions
Livestock Judging Contest Results:
Stella Bradford- 7th in Junior Swine Judging
Junior Team A- 4th in Junior Swine Judging
Hunter Watkins- 6th in Senior Advanced Sheep Judging
Robert Nixon- 7th in Senior Advanced Sheep Judging
John Michael Knight- 9th in Senior Advanced Sheep Judging
Senior Team- 3rd in Senior Advanced Sheep Judging
Hunter Watkins- 1st in Senior Advanced Swine Judging
Senior Team- 5th in Senior Advanced Swine Judging
Robert Nixon- 5th in Senior Advanced Cattle Judging
John Michael Knight- 6th in Senior Advanced Cattle Judging
Senior Team- 4th in Senior Advanced Cattle Judging
Hunter Watkins- 2nd in Senior Advanced Reasons
John Michael Knight- 9th in Senior Advanced Reasons
Senior Team- 2nd in Senior Advanced Reasons
Senior Team- 4th Overall in Senior Livestock Judging
Thursday, March 20, 2014
4-H Intermediate Congress registration is now available! This is an event for 4-Hers ages 11-13. Intermediate Congress will be held July 7-10 at Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA. The cost to attend is $150. Registration information can be found here ( http://vsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?
For more information, please contact Bert Reid (AReid@vsu.edu)
National Ambassadors will participate in 4-H Healthy Living face to face meetings at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland (not too far away from Orange!), participate in conference calls, work with coordinators to help plan and support healthy living programs, inform others of 4-H Healthy Living opportunities and resources, share ideas and resources, help develop state and local partnerships, and represent 4-H in a positive light and serve as a youth voice for 4-H Healthy Living.
To qualify to apply to be an ambassador, you must be 16-21 years old; have leadership experience in the 4-H program at a county, state, or national level; a passion for and active engagement in one of the key areas of 4-H Healthy living: nutrition, physical activity, alcohol-tobacco-drug intervention, safety or social emotional health (such as bullying or teen mental health); an interest in sharing knowledge; excellent social media skills; ability to work with county/local/community and state level professionals to share resources and opportunities; ability to communicate effectively; willingness to promote the 4-H Healthy Living Strategic Framework.
This would be an awesome opportunity to be involved with 4-H on a National Level. The National 4-H Center is in Maryland, which makes us very lucky as we are able to be more involved being so close to the center.
For more information or an application, please contact Sarah or Kaci.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Orange 4-H members are encouraged to apply for the Virginia Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Agriculturalist Award by March 31st. Our own Garret Chambers was the state winner last year! Current Juniors or Seniors in high school being able to apply. The state winner receives a $1,500 cash scholarship and finalists each receive $200. All finalists also receive an expense paid trip to the Young Farmers Summer Expo in Southside at the end of July.
Forms can be found online at https://vafarmbureau.org/MemberPrograms/ContestandAwards.aspx. Questions should be directed to Ron Saacke at email@example.com or 804-514-4202.
Governor McAuliffe and the Virginia Council on Women, in collaboration with the Science Museum of Virginia, announced the 3rd annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for high school junior and senior girls. The Council will award one $5,000 scholarship to a female junior or senior who will be pursuing a STEM career at an institution of higher education. Other scholarships may be awarded at the discretion of the Council.
To be eligible, one must be a female who resides in Virginia, be enrolled as a junior or senior in high school and hold at least a 2.5 GPA. Applications and guidelines are available online at: http://www.commonwealth.virginia.gov/information/council-on-women/. Entries must be submitted by March 30, 2014. The winning essays will be selected by a panel of judges who hold a degree in or work in STEM fields.
Winners will be notified by April 25, 2014. The scholarship award(s) will be presented at the 2014 Up & Atom Women’s Leadership Breakfast on May 7, 2014 at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street in Richmond.
We will try to post announcements of all scholarships of which we're aware here on this blog, so please check back frequently.