Monday, April 28, 2014

NOVA 4-H Center Cloverbud Camp

Parent/Child Cloverbud Camp is a two-night residential camp designed to give younger children an opportunity to spend a night away from home and experience what 4-H camp has to offer while sharing the experience with a parent, grandparent or other trusted adult.  It is a wonderful chance for youth to make new friends, have new experiences and, most importantly, have fun! 
When is Cloverbud Camp?There will be two sessions of Cloverbud Camp:
  • Session 1: July  13-15, 2014
  • Session 2: July 15-17, 2014
When you register, you will be asked to specify which session you wish to attend. 
What will campers do?
  • Swimming!
  • Evening campfire!
  • Songs & games!
  • Hands-on crafts & activities!
  • Much more!
What does it cost?
The camp fee is $190 for a parent and child. The fee includes meals, lodging and all program materials for one child and adult registering together. Additional adults or children are $80 each.

Facilities & StaffThe Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center is located in Front Royal, Virginia.  Your camp experience will be led by a trained, experienced camp staff who are dedicated to positive youth development.   The 4-H Center is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA).  More information about ACA can be found
Parents and children will lodge together, sharing a room with two to four other participants.  While camp activities will be facilitated and supervised by camp staff, individual supervision of campers is parents’ responsibility. 
More Camp Info
  • Youth 5-8 years of age (as of September 30, 2014) may attend, accompanied by a parent/guardian or trusted adult over the age of 21.
  • A qualified medical person will be on duty at all times during camp.  Handling and administering medication will be the responsibility of parents.
  • A health form (physical not required), list of items to bring, directions, and other information will be sent after registration has been received.
  • Registration deadline is June 27, 2014.
  • No refunds can be given after July 1, 2014.
For registration, please visit

Japanese Exchange Program

Konnichiwa and Happy Spring!

Help!  The 7 Japanese boys below and attached still need host families!  If you have a son between 11 and 16 years old, your family could learn about a new culture, share your culture and develop a life long friendship with a Japanese boy this summer.  If you would like more information go to or contact me.

If you'd like to host; please email ( ) which student would best fit in with your family.  Then go to the above site, log in as already a member (2012 and 2013 participants) and update your application.  For those of you who hosted before 2012 or haven't hosted, become a member and complete an online application.  

States’ 4-H International Exchange Programs is searching for Host Families for seven male Japanese exchange students! The students will stay with their American host families from July 21 to August 17, 2014. Host families are some of the most important and generous volunteers, fostering cultural exchange between multiple countries and a desire to promote cross-cultural understanding. Our students are 13 and 14 years old, speak some English, are fully insured medically, and bring their own money for personal expenses.  As a Host Family, your exchange student becomes a member of your family. Our Host Families reflect the diversity of American culture! Host Families provide a bed (students do not need their own room), three meals a day and loving support, as well, a desire to share American culture and learn about a new one.  Host Families may select a student that best fits in with their own family.  The program is open to families with male children between the ages of 11 and 16.  You don’t have to be involved with 4-H to host; you just need a willingness to share your home and your world.  It is a wonderful opportunity for the entire family.  For more information contact Deb Johnson at jdjohn123@aol.com571-216-5459or or  Or check out our Facebook page at

ID Number
Wants to..
Swimming Level
Movies esp. Harry Potter, play outside, bicycle, collects model trains.
See American trains, do karate and calligraphy with host family.  Be a member of family.

Reading, making plastic models, listening to classical music, crafts, play catch ball, shogi, watching baseball games.  Snow ski.
Interested in Am. Technology. Wants to learn about plane history in Am.  Would like to go to museums and see the horizon.

Play soft tennis, watch sport games.
Make fiends.

Playing soccer and watching soccer games, listen to music, draw pictures.
Make a lot of friends, practice soccer with host and host siblings.

Tennis, painting pictures.
Experience live overseas, actively communicate.

Watching and playing baseball, TV dramas and Japanese anime.  Volleyball and playing games (P.S.P and DS).  Anime.
Make friends, introduce Japanese anime to host family in English.  Talk to many people.

Practicing kendo, reading comic books, watching game shows, comedies, drama and movies.
Talk, play and do chores with host and be a member of host family.  Wants to swim or play basketball or soccer with host family.

Airfield 4-H Conference Center is hosting an Ultimate Outdoorsman Competition on May 23-25.  Individual registration is $250 and includes a concert and welcome on Friday night, lodging, meals, Saturday shooting events, and Sunday Fishing events.  Separate daily registration is also available for $150 on Saturday and $75 on Sunday.  Please visit for more information.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

D.A. Wolfrey, Jr. Foundation Scholarship

New scholarship available from the D. A. Woolfrey, Jr Foundation in memory of Betty Jean Olinger.  Depending on the student's involvement in activities, the student could receive between $500-$1000.  The scholarship application and more information is on the document library in the blog post follow up folder.
The scholarship must be submitted by May 9.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Family Camp at Holiday Lake

Holiday Lake 4-H Center is offering a Family Camp May 26-30.  This is an annual event at the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center in Appomattox.  Family camp offers the chance for family members to bond with each other while at the same time experiencing their own level of independence in a safe environment.  All participants take three classes a day, one of which is specifically designated as a family activity.  Classes offered include swimming, theatre arts, nature, canoeing, forestry, archery, and more.  Afternoons and evenings are filled with special activities such as hikes, canoe trips, and campfires.
Family camp offers a variety of activities for all ages.  Lodging is separated by family, with one family in each rustic cabin or bunkhouse room.  Space is limited to 25 families.  Registration is now underway and will continue until all spots are full.  To receive registration information, call Heather Benninghove at Holiday Lake 4-H Center at (434)248-5444 or visit

4-H Horse Camp

The Northern Virginia 4-H Center is hosting a 4-H Horse Camp on August 8-10 at the NOVA 4-H Center in Front Royal.  You can bring your own horse to the center and enjoy a weekend of camping.  The camp is for any level of riding experience for youth ages 9-14.  You do not have to be a registered 4-H member to participate in the camp.
The camp consists of: hands on activities with your horse, fun group lessons in Western and English riding instruction, educational presentations, games and horsemanship education, and TONS of riding!
The camp price is $170 if you register by June 1, or $190 for registration after that date.  Registration includes: stabling in a 44-stall historic cavalry barn, swimming, canoeing, and campfires, and all meals and lodging are included.
For more information, contact Cindy Puryear at  Registration materials will be available online at the 4-H Center Website at: :

Friday, April 18, 2014

Extension is Celebrating a Birthday! A BIG Birthday! Our 100th Birthday!!!

Mark your calendar and plan to join us Wednesday, May 7, at the Northern Piedmont Center of Virginia Tech on Route 15 next to Orange-Madison Coop. At 6:30 p.m., we'll have birthday cake and short presentations about the history of Extension in Orange County. A great group of 4-H'ers has been documenting the designated Century Farms in Orange County, and they will unveil their displays at the party.

Cooperative Extension has a long and varied history - thank YOU for being a part of it today. We look forward to celebrating with you May 7th!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Community Invited to a Free Fun Day at the FUNie Farm

The FUNie Farm at 14438 Smith Road, Culpeper, VA, is having a FREE family fun day on Saturday, April 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Baby goats on the farm will be available for petting and play, plus there's a pond and supplies for paper boat making and sailing. The farm advertises that there is plenty of lawn for families who want to bring a picnic lunch and lawn chairs or blankets. For more info, contact 540-226-9316.