Monday, June 30, 2014

We enjoyed a very smooth first day of camp. Dinner was a picnic with music, a pick-up game of football, and a dance party in front of the stage. 

Making new friends was a big part of our opening day!

The music was jammin' and so were these boys!

The flags were taken down by members of the Rattlesnake pack.

Then we learned some of the rules of camp.  Like walking everywhere. (Unless you are on the rec fields!) We walk so as not to disturb the eggs of the very rare Walk-Walk Bird that lives here at the Center. Our Great Bear, Templeton, demonstrated the graceful, beautiful walk of the Walk-Walk Bird! :)

Then it was on to the "ool" (notice there's no p in our ool, thank you!) for swim tests, a pool party, and a carnival. This is our 4-H version of a dunk tank.

It was a great night for a swim. Don't you wish you were here?

Two special guests showed up with a crystal ball. We're not sure, but we think they look like Romeo and Funsize.

And our campfire ceremony closed out the day. The packs did a great job of contributing to the spirit of camp and sharing about their day. The challenge issued at campfire was for each camper to make two new friends today. Let's hope they succeed!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

CAmp 2014 is off to a great start!!

We made it to camp! Campers have gotten settled into their rooms, met their roommate and counselors. They had some fun getting to know each other in pack meetings and now we are off to our picnic dinner.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fair Entries- Due June 13

Reminder: Fair Entries are due by 5 pm TOMORROW, JUNE 13.  All late entries will be assessed a $10 per head late fee.  
There are still many individuals who have not entered their animals or projects yet.  This is very important for us so that we can get programs started, t-shirts ordered, awards ordered, etc.  

Remember, this applies to any projects planning to be shown at the fair: dairy animals, market and dairy goats, beef, sheep, swine, and Cloverbuds.

Links to Entry Forms

Cloverbud: (This is for Livestock Cloverbuds, True Blue Cloverbuds, and Goat Cloverbuds)

If you need help or have questions, please contact the Extension office as soon as possible.

Intermediate Congress- Registration Deadline Extended!

Come join in on the fun at the 2014 4-H Intermediate Congress!  The deadline to register for Intermediate Congress is now June 23.  This is a statewide event for 4-Hers age 11-13.  This 3 day camp is held on the campus of VSU in Petersburg.
4-H Intermediate Congress is designed for youth who are interested in becoming leaders in 4-H.  Through fun, innovative, engaging, and interactive sessions, youth will enhance their ability to serve in local, district, state, and national 4-H roles.
Registration is limited to 100 spots.  The fee for Intermediate Congress is $150 and includes meals, lodging, class supplies, and a Congress t-shirt.
To register online, please visit
For more information, please contact Maurice Smith, 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent at the Sussex County extension office or by e-mail, msmith09[at]

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Inspire a Future Scientist Video Contest

Are you a future scientist?  Submit a 15-second video to the National 4-H Council telling them why you love science!  If your video is selected as the winner, you could receive a $1,000 cash prize and a trip to the 4-H National Youth Science Day in Washington, D.C. this October.
The National 4-H Council and Hughes Net are partnering together on this adventure to grow future scientists.  All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2014.
For more information on entering and the contest, please visit this website.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

2014 Virginia Lamb and Goat Symposium

This event is open to 4-H and FFA youth throughout Virginia and will be held Saturday, June 28th, 2014 at the Alphin-Stuart Arena at VA Tech.  This one day event is a nomination site for lambs and goats for the 2014 State Fair of Virginia and includes a skill-a-thon competition in addition to lamb and goat showmanship, and classes for market lambs, commercial ewes, market goats, and commercial does.  

The on-line entry process can be found at: and entries must be entered and postmarked by June 23rd, 2014.  Late entries will be accepted up to the day of the event, but incur a double entry fee.

For more information and a list of rules, please visit the document library under the Blog Post Follow Up folder.