Monday, February 20, 2017

Youth Opportunities - Camps, College Scholarships, Awards

Here's a great cumulative listing of some special opportunities for 4-H'ers in the coming days/months. Take a read!

Virginia Institute on Cooperative Education: March 31st

April 2nd, 2017

Free, all-expense paid conference. (travel arrangements are up to the participant)
For students ages 16-19 years old; see for more information.
VICE is a three-day youth leadership conference:

  • interactive, educational and entertaining
  • students enhance their business, teamwork, and leadership skills.
  • Hands-on with “the cooperative way of doing business
  • Features “Who’s Minding the Store”, a computerized, interactive, business-simulation game
  • involving making business decisions for a fictional farm-supply store.
  • Scholarship Opportunity. $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000 awarded to the three top performers


Holiday Lake Forestry Camp: June 19-24, 2017 –

For students ages 13-16 years old; See for Info.

Holiday Lake Forestry Camp is ideal for students:

  • to explore and experience activities in forestry and wildlife related careers
  • who participate in 4-H/FFA teams, Envirothon competitions, or ecology clubs
  • to experience hands on learning about natural resources conservation

Courses include: Sustainable Forest Management, Forest Ecology, Reforestation and Tree Improvement, Tree Measurement and ID, Environmental Protection, and Wildlife Management

Other learning experiences include a field trip to a local paper mill; urban forestry demonstrations; exploratory classes in topics such as forest fire equipment and tactics, wilderness survival, canoeing, archery, skeet marksmanship, and wood turning; and lead by Conservation Police Officers, arson investigators, and wildlife researchers.

Campers participate in a Lumberjack Field Day with group competition in crosscut sawing, log
rolling, and other traditional outdoor skills contests.


Youth Conservation Camp: July 9-15, 2017 –

For students in grades 9-12 – Contact local SWCD for application, sponsorship provided.

YCC is a week-long summer conservation camp for Virginia high school students held on the campus of Virginia Tech. The program brings together students for a week of learning about natural resources. Most of the instruction is hands-on and outdoors.

Link for more Info:

*Scholarship Opportunities* VA Soil and Water Conservation District Scholarships

*contact local SWCD for local scholarship opportunity

Scholarship program provides financial support to students in a college course curriculum
related to natural resources or environmental conservation or agriculture and life sciences.

-State Scholarship Deadline – March 24th

Application available -


Outstanding Young Agriculturist Award – by Farm Bureau

The Outstanding Young Agriculturalist Award recognizes a high school junior or senior for outstanding academic, community and agricultural achievement. The award also encourages
students to strive for leadership opportunities and involvement in the agriculture sector.

Applications due by March 31st:

*Scholarship awards for district, runner-up, and state winners*

Junior Beef Roundup (Virginia Beef Expo) Details Announced

Information about the 2017 Junior Beef Roundup to be held in conjunction with the Virginia Beef Expo is now posted. The Junior Beef Roundup will be held April 13 – 15, 2017 in Harrisonburg, VA. We understand this is Easter weekend and we have moved everything up in the schedule to be completed with the Supreme Drives on Saturday afternoon. Due to the condensed schedule, several contests and activities will not be held this year. We hope to bring them back in 2018. Please pay attention to the schedule for all of these changes and updates. NO cattle will be allowed in the barns prior to Friday morning.

Entry fees are $25 per head and all cattle must be owned by March 15th!

Stalling will be assigned again this year prior to arrival. ALL stalling requests must be submitted via stalling request form. All requests must be submitted byApril 3rdelectronically. Requests received after this date may not be honored. Stalling request forms can be found on the Junior Beef Roundup page, as well as in the entry system.

NEW to 2017 ~
With the rising costs of putting on the Junior Beef Roundup, we are asking for the youth to play a larger role in helping fund the show. Additional efforts are being taken to address this challenge via avenues such as program advertisements and solicitation of new corporate sponsors. This show could not happen without the support of our industry and the many people involved. The Junior Beef Roundup Champion Program is a way to garner support of the show. While this program is completely voluntary, we do encourage our youth to step forward and work to make a difference.

The youth participating in the Junior Beef Roundup may ask friends, family, and businesses to become a “Champion” in support of the Junior Beef Roundup. Tax deductible receipts will be provided for gifts over $25

Junior Beef Roundup Champion Levels:
·         $100 in cumulative donations-  $25 gift certificate to the youth securing the sponsorship (gift certificate valid for show supply vendor on the fairgrounds)
·         $200 in cumulative donations- $50 gift certificate to the youth securing the sponsorship (gift certificate valid for show supply vendor on the fairgrounds)
·         Additional $25 in gift certificates for each additional $100 in sponsorships (gift certificate valid for show supply vendor on the fairgrounds)

The State Stockmen’s Contest will also be a part of the Junior weekend. The State Stockmen’s Contest will be held on Friday, April 13th. Entry forms and rules will be posted early next week to the web site.

Entry deadlines vary by contest. Please be aware of the respective deadlines, as late fees will apply. For rules, schedule and online entry system, please visit:

Friday, February 10, 2017

Grace Church Farm Tour 4-H Livestock Show Invites Orange 4-H Members to Participate

Orange 4-H members are invited to participate in the Grace Church Farm Tour 4-H Livestock Show on Saturday, June 10, in Keswick. The show is for many departments: Cloverbuds, Beef, Sheep, Swine, Dairy, Dairy Goat, Meat Goat, Rabbits, Poultry.

A copy of the rules and entry form is available by clicking this link.

VICE CONFERENCE--Opportunity for ages 16-19

Ever wonder how a Cooperative business works??

Great Opportunity Close to Home!!

March 31 - April 2, 2017
Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, VA

This 3-day youth leadership conference is an interactive and educational event for ages 16-19.  You will learn "the cooperative way of doing business" while enhancing your teamwork and leadership skills.  

$2,000, $1,500 AND $1,000 college scholarships will be awarded to the three top performers at the VICE conference!

For more info & registration forms, go to 

Don't miss out....Sign up today!!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

It's 4-H Public Speaking Time!!!

It's 4-H public speaking season, one of the best times of the year! Seriously. Orange 4-H'ers do a great job, even those who think they "can't" because they're too nervous or too shy.

The county contests will be held Friday, March 17, at 6:00 p.m., and we're looking for contestants! Visit our document library to see what your contest options are.

If you like speaking, try a presentation or demonstration like "How to Build a LEGO House" or "Why Hoof Care is Important in Horses". Did you write a speech at school? Go the route of the public speaking contest: "Abe Lincoln: My Favorite President" or "What I like About Traveling".

Radio spots are fun! They're exactly 30-second promotional "ads" for 4-H. Change your voice up so you catch people's attention! Extemporaneous speaking is great for those who can "think on their feet" and want the challenge of preparing for a topic with only 15 or 30 minutes. Extemp contestants might get asked, "What's your most memorable moment from childhood?" or "How can your 4-H club be improved?"

If you sing, dance, act, tell jokes, or perform in other ways, Share-the-Fun might be your style. There are six categories to choose from!

Finally, Table Setting combines creativity, menu planning, local foods, and decorating into one fun event.

Click the link earlier in this post to get more details. We hope to see you compete March 17!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017



Instead of declaring love for your Valentine this February 14, declare love for yourself!  This Valentine's Day, 4-H invites you to share your own #LoveMySelfie on social media.  Grab your camera and strike a pose to highlight your self-worth, 
self-love, and self-esteem with all of your friends and invite them to participate.  

Use the hashtag #LoveMySelfie.
Deadline is February 28.

Don't forget to add a sentence or two about what you love about yourself and the unique character traits that make you YOU!

Share with your friends and invite them to participate!  We want to see lots of self-love this Valentine's Day!
#LoveMySelfie and our Extension family.