Click here for our latest edition of the Brunswick Buzz, our county 4-H program monthly newsletter. In it you will find up-to-date information about what we’ve been doing in 4-H, and what wonderful opportunities are in our near future. Check it out!
New Pool Dedicated at Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center May 28, 2010
Campers at the Besty-Jeff Penn 4-H Education Center this summer will enjoy a new swimming pool, complete with a bathhouse they’ve not had before. The new pool, which replaces an old pool built when the camp opened in 1964, was dedicated at the camp on May 20.
The new pool and bathhouse are on a hill overlooking the camp’s Lake Hazel. There is a connecting walkway, which is also ADA compliant, from the main camp area to the pool. The project provides campers with showers and bathrooms on site, Hancock said.
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Join in the 4-H Million Trees Project May 27, 2010
All 4-H groups are invited to join with thousands of 4-H youth to plant trees to slow global climate change. Kids love this SET service-learning project because they can get dirty while learning about the importance of trees in the climate crisis, energy management, erosion control, habitat creation, and more.
Since the project started planting trees in March, 2008, over 30,000 4-H youth in 44 states and provinces have planted over 250,000 trees!
4-H Million Trees Project
What is the 4-H Million Trees Project?
The 4-H Million Trees Project (4HMT) is an international youth-founded and led service-learning project to inspire 4-H youth to plant 1 million trees to slow global climate change.
Who can participate in 4HMT?
All 4-Hers are invited to join with thousands of their peers and become project participants. All 4-H Afterschool programs are invited to join. Please check the project website at www.4hmilliontrees.org to learn about the project, view the videos, and fill out the secure online registration form.
Tell me about the trees?
All 4-H units and clubs have the discretion to choose tree species, the number of trees in their planting project, and planting location. Youth are encouraged to conduct research about these issues so they can plan their tree planting events. We always encourage species that are native to the area, and locally adapted. Cooperative Extension experts in each county can help.
What about the cost?
Each club or unit is responsible for the cost of the tree planting. Creative ways to fund tree planting events are encouraged, such as fundraisers, grant proposals, and more. 4HMT has arranged a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation whereby 4-Hers can obtain 12 bareroot trees with a special $12 annual membership. To take advantage of this opportunity, click www.arborday.org/4h. 4HMT also has some funds and can offer matching grants to qualified clubs/units.
“Every day is a good day to plant a tree.”
Donate a Stone Today! May 25, 2010
Last Friday, the 4-H Museum & History Center launched the construction of the Juanita Ogburn Hudson & Mack Hudson 4-H Courtyard and Gardens. Ms. Juanita was an outstanding 4-H’er of the 1940s, who led her club to raise enough food to support more than 100 fighting men in the field for a year. For that, she was selected by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to christen the USS Tyrrell in 1944. She & her husband Mack are community leaders & constant supporters of 4-H. The new courtyard is to be the crossroads for 4-H in NC, honoring all the 4-H’ers, agents, volunteers, & many others who’ve led us through the last century.
Back when the McKimmon Center was dedicated, 4-H’ers from all 101 4-H programs came to Raleigh bearing water from the rivers & streams of their homes to fill the Center’s fountain. It was symbolic of their commitment to the mission of the Center & the great leader for whom it is named.
Today, we ask you to send us your stones! Every county in NC is invited to bring a stone that represents its unique heritage & geology. Each County Council will decide which stone to send to 4-H District Activity Day where it will be presented officially for the Hudson 4-H Courtyard & Gardens. We want you to bring a stone from your county that represents its unique heritage and geology & tells something about the 4-H’ers there, too! The stone should be the size that will fit in a box that is one cubic foot (that’s 1 ft. wide, 1 ft. long, and 1 ft. tall). Brunswick County will accept your stones up until their next council meeting on June 8th. They will then decide which stone will represent the county and be carried to District Activity Day.
At Crayola, green is more than just a color; it’s a commitment to ensure that today’s kids have a healthy environment for their creative tomorrows. To celebrate the eco-evolution of our crayons made with solar power, markers made from bottle caps and colored pencils made from reforested wood, we’re launching a contest to create the Crayola Green Team, a group of 10 kids ready to make the world a greener place using their creativity!
We will send the Green Team to Crayola headquarters in Easton, Pa, to help plug Crayola into our new solar farm. And if one of your students is selected as a member of the Green Team, we’ll send you $500 of Crayola products for your classroom!
How you can get involved:
1. Have your students in grades K through 8 create artwork inspired by eco-friendly class discovery and discussion. Feel free to submit artwork that has already been created by your students this year.
2. Download our ekit for tips and tools to help get you started.
3. Share information with parents and let them know they can upload their child’s artwork to the Green Contest tab at http://www.facebook.com/crayola or send via email at http://www.crayola.com/green/contest starting May 26. OR Get their permission, and upload or send students’ work yourself!
4. Spread the word on Facebook to help get votes for your students.
Contest submissions will be accepted from May 26 until June 28, so get started and inspire your students to dream in green!
Teen Buys House from 4-H Winnings May 24, 2010
Have you heard about the 4-H’er in Highland County, Ohio who just bought a house? Yep, that’s right a house. She saved her winnings from showing pigs at her county fair as a 4-H project and had enough to buy her own house at the age of 19.
To read the full story in the Columbus Dispatch just click here. Just another example of how 4-H pays off for our youth.
Explore the World of 4-H Summer Fun 2010 May 21, 2010
Come Explore 4-H with us this summer! Something for everybody! “Learn by Doing!” We will explore the worlds of science, animals (like snakes & dogs & chicks!), leadership, cooking, gardening, acting & MORE!
TAKE A LOOK!!
Click on this link to view the schedule and descriptions for our Summer Fun Camps.
Click on this link to fill in your summer fun choices on our registration form and send back to us! Camps and workshops fill up fast, so don’t delay. Youth are not officially registered until all forms and fees are submitted.
Remember to download and fill out Enrollment form and Medical Release form and mail or bring to office. All participants are required to complete these two forms. Medical Release forms must be notarized.
The following links are for those signing up for Surf Camp,” and/or the “Climbing Challenge.” The Climbing Challenge at UNCW required a Release Assumption and a Medical Info Form. They are extra release forms that must be filled out and signed to attend these camps.
Each year hundreds of 4-Hers develop public speaking skills and confidence by competing with presentations and demonstrations at 4-H District Activity Day. Participants will prepare a 5-12 minute presentation or demonstration with posters or a PowerPoint slideshow and props on a topic of their choice to give to a small audience in a classroom setting. Participants are competing only against youth in their age division and presentation category. This competition is open to any child age 5-18 on January 1. The age divisions are 9-10, 11-13, and 14-18. Youth 5-8 are able participate for experience but are not judged competitively. This year District Activity Day will be held on June 18th at West Johnston High School in Johnston County. Transportation will be provided from the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia.
Just for completing a presentation Brunswick County participants will receive $20 Clover Dollars to use towards other 4-H events, in addition to monetary prizes for medal winners. One presentation in each category will be designated the district winner and will be eligible to compete on the state level. Additional awards for Gold winners range from $50 to $200 and can be used as a stipend to attend the annual North Carolina 4-H Congress in Raleigh, NC. The deadline to sign up for a presentation or demonstration is June 1st. You must know your presentation topic and title by this date. For a list of categories or to sign up, call or email Leslie Kammer, 4-H Program Assistant, at 910-253-2610 or email@example.com.
Sometimes serious interior design is just kid’s play. NC 4-H invites you (or your design team) to design and create the freshest eco-friendly room ever! If you’ve ever wanted to design your own space, test your design skills, re-purpose old stuff, find the hidden potential in someone else’s junk, or simply create a cool space of your own, and you’re “built” for a challenge or have an eye for “design” this challenge is for you!
Who Can Participate: Any individual youth or a team of youth (teams shall consist of 2 to 5 youth members), ages 9-18, is eligible to participate. *Each individual &/or team is required to have an adult coach to support their efforts & assist with construction if the design is selected to be built during NC 4-H Congress.
What’s the Plan: Each individual youth &/or team is eligible to submit no more than 2 room designs.
Room Designs to select from include:
- Youth bedroom, Youth study/office, Multi-purpose space, Dorm room, Game/Play Room
- Design rooms are 8’x8’ square (see mock design layout specifics).
- Each design must include at least 25% recycled, refurbished, repurposed &/or environmentally friendly materials.
- Each design must incorporate the common design element – a desk chair.
- Designer’s who move onto the “Challenge” phase will have a desk chair given to them to use in their actual rooms (see Chair details).
- Design concepts must be “doable” within a $100 cash budget & a $500 donated (gifted or borrowed) budget. In other words: Could you “really” design/build that room on a $100 cash budget & a maximum of $500’s worth of donated or borrowed items?
When is the Plan Due: Room designs must be received in the state 4-H office no later than 4:30 p.m. on June 3, 2010 (this is not a postmark deadline).
Now 4 the real CHALLENGE: Once all the room designs are turned in, a panel of expert judges (*Including Edward Walker from TLC’s hit show Trading Spaces) will select the top 3 to 5 room designs. These individuals / teams will be invited to participate in the 1st 4-H Eco-Works Challenge during NC 4-H Congress. Challenge room winners will be notified by June 11, 2010, which will give designers & teams 5 weeks to plan their awesome rooms.
For more information, visit: http://brunswick.ces.ncsu.edu/files/library/10/eco%20works%20challenge%20.pdf
National Youth Science Day Announced May 19, 2010
The third annual 4-H National Youth Science Day will be held on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. Created to combat a shortage of American young people pursuing science college majors and careers,4-H National Youth Science Day seeks to spark an early youth interest and leadership in science. 4-H’s year-round, out-of-school programming is developed by our nation’s 109 Land-grant Universities and is implemented through the 3,100 local Cooperative Extension offices.
Experiment to Focus on Water Quality
The 2010 National Science Experiment, 4-H2O, will focus on water quality and climate change – two very important issues facing our global community. Designed by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the experiment will use a three-tiered model to engage youth of all ages to learn how carbon dioxide can affect aquatic organisms. Additional materials will be available in late May. Have a question? Email us at 4-HNYSD@4-H.org.