Friday, July 3, 2020

Grace Cooper Leaves Legacy of Leadership & Caring as She Graduates out of Orange 4-H

This feature is part of a series of interviews with 2020 graduating seniors in Orange 4-H. Stay tuned throughout the summer to learn more about our oldest members. 

“Step out of your comfort zone and live in the moment.” This was the advice Grace Cooper, an 18 year old recent graduate of Orange County High School, wanted to share with the youth of 4-H. 

Grace first began Orange 4-H showing Angora and Nigerian Dwarf goats at the fair much like her four older siblings. Around age ten, she started attending 4-H junior camp every summer, and believes that shaped her into a more confident and outgoing person. As a camp counselor, it was her duty to make sure that the younger campers were being safe and having fun. She really enjoyed serving as Great Bear, the highest youth leadership role at camp, and one in which she led nightly campfire ceremonies.


“It was really different this year having an online camp, but we still had fun and were able to have some virtual campfires” Grace said, one of three teens who led virtual campfires via Zoom in 2020. As she reflected on her time in 4-H, she cited  one of her favorite memories being her final 2019 campfire where everyone surprised the seniors by singing and having fun together. 

“When camp was over, it was sad that everyone was leaving, but it was great to have the experience and make memories,” she said.

Outside of 4-H, Grace was a member of the Orange County High School yearbook staff, National Honor Society, and Varsity Club. She played field hockey for five years and plans to play on the field hockey club team at James Madison University. She also hopes to continue her passion for yearbook at James Madison, as she likes interviewing others about their experiences, and taking photos that they will cherish forever. 

4-H activities and school experiences have led Grace to major in Elementary Education, where she will complete a five-year master’s program. Grace has been a role model for the youth of Orange County, and she continues to encourage everyone to get out and have fun. She says the experiences and people that you encounter through 4-H can have a lifelong impact on anyone and lead to great opportunities for school, work, or friends. 

Thank you, Grace, for continuing to inspire others, and best of luck to your future endeavors! 

By Evan Lineweaver, Extension Intern

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Greene 4-H Hosts Virtual Hip Hop Class

Our friends in Greene County 4-H invite Orange youth to participate in a virtual hip hop dance workshop on July 17. Learn some new moves, enjoy some exercise, and see if this activity might be of interest to you longer term. The workshop is free! 

Register online at

Calling All Interested Pumpkin Growers

Have you ever wanted to grow your own big pumpkins? This year is the year! Orange 4-H is sponsoring a pumpkin growing contest that provides the seeds, the knowledge, and the scales to weigh your pumpkins at harvest. All for FREE! 

Pumpkin | Free Stock Photo | LibreShot

This project is open to youth and adults. Sign up at by July 15. Seeds will need to be picked up at the Orange Extension office the week of July 20 and planted by July 25 in order to harvest in late October just before Halloween. 

All you need to provide is the location to plant the seeds, and the management and care (which should not be intimidating). Pumpkins need a sunny place to grow, and you may need to water them depending on our weather. 

We look forward to having you participate! 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Youth Livestock Webinar Series

Join us for a webinar series created specifically for youth livestock participants. These webinars will cover various aspects of youth livestock involvement with sessions planned on:  showmanship, nutrition, forages, reproduction, health, EPD’s, selection, and so much more! The series will begin on June 23rd and run weekly at 6pm until August 18th. 

There is a one time registration required. Please check out this link to register. Registration:

Session Number 1 featuring youth livestock showmen from across Virginia is tonight, Tuesday, June 23rd at 6:00 pm.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Camp Across the Commonwealth

Looking for a Few Good Campers!!

This is the first-ever state-wide 4-H Camp!

This camp will take place virtually, June 22-27.  Each day will feature a different 4-H Center and each day will consist of a variety of activities for campers to participate in at home.

All activities will be on our Camp Across the Commonwealth website, and 
will be sent to participants via email.  It is free and all ages are welcome!

To see more info and register, go to:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us 
at the Orange Extension Office at 540-672-1361.