Brunswick County 4-H

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Winter Workshop Was Wonderful December 24, 2009

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John and Dillon decorate sugar cookies in "A Christmas Story" shapes.

The whole group showing off their cookies and a couple of the blankets made during the workshop.

Brunswick County 4-Hers participated in a Winter Workshop at the Extension Office on a chilly Monday afternoon.  Nine kids rolled out sugar cookie dough and cut out “Christmas Story” shapes with 4-H Secretary, Gina Britton.  While the cookies baked, the kids become skilled at making No-Sew Fleece Blankets with Leslie Kammer, 4-H Program Assistant, and Blair Green, 4-H Agent. As they measured, cut and tied their blankets together, “A Christmas Story” played softly in the background.  Lastly, the 4-Hers eagerly decorated their own sugar cookies to take home and enjoy with their family.

Savannah cuts her fleece blanket.

A "leg lamp" creation.


State Council Conference: We Are 4-H: Past, Present, & Future November 23, 2009

Representing Brunswick County at the State Council Conference



Six Brunswick County 4-Hers attended the annual 4-H State Council Conference for youth ages 13-19 in Raleigh, NC.  This year’s theme was “We Are 4-H: Past, Present, and Future” and the conference focused on how 4-H has changed from its beginnings, where it is today and where it will head in the future.  The workshops focused on careers and entrepreneurship as well as leadership, citizenship and team building workshops.  Our county delegates completed several requirements of the 4-H Ambassador program.  The mission of the North Carolina 4-H Ambassador program is to empower teen 4-H leaders with the knowledge, skills, and aspirations necessary to be effective advocates for NC 4-H Youth Development.  Participants were Perry Grosch, 17 of Oak Island; Janzen Jones, 13 of Southport; Samantha Lawrence, 14 of Southport, Kendrick Morgan, 17 of Supply; Bryan Simmons, 16 of Supply; and Justin Simmons, 17 of Supply.


Youth in Brunswick County Learn and Lead on Alternative Energy October 8, 2009

4h-NSE-logoOn October 7, youth in Brunswick County joined hundreds of thousands of young people around the nation to simultaneously create biofuel. As part of 4-H National Youth Science DayTM, youth participated in Biofuel Blast, the 2009 National Science Experiment. This year’s experiment taught youth how cellulose and sugars in plants – such as corn, switchgrass, sorghum and algae – can be converted into fuel and how alternative energies can be used in their own communities.

To combat a national shortage of young people pursuing science college majors and careers, 4-H National Youth Science Day sparks an early youth interest in science and science education. Currently, more than five million youth across the nation take part in 4-H science, engineering and technology year-long programming. Through the One Million New Scientists, One Million New IdeasTM campaign, 4-H has undertaken a bold goal to engage one million new young people in science, engineering and technology programs by the year 2013.

In fact, according to a longitudinal study by Tufts University, youth who participate in 4-H are more likely to get better grades in school, to seek out science classes, to see themselves going to college, and to contribute positively in their communities. In addition, 4-H youth have been shown to better resist peer pressure and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors.

“Engaging youth early in scientific exploration has been shown to spark a lasting interest in the sciences,” said Blair Green, 4-H Extension Agent. “Science can often seem intimidating to young people, but 4-H National Youth Science Day makes science fun, real, and accessible. Kids will learn about cutting edge technologies and then take the next step to lead by applying what they’ve learned in their very own community.”

As part of the Cooperative Extension System of the United States Department of Agriculture implemented by the nation’s 106 land-grant colleges and universities, 4-H has been educating youth in the sciences for over 100 years. In fact, the land-grant colleges and universities have been deeply involved in biofuel research for some time and will showcase their work to inspire youth on 4-H National Youth Science Day.

4-H’s robust and university research-based science curriculum, combined with new initiatives like 4-H National Youth Science Day, will arm youth with the necessary technical skills to help America maintain its competitive edge in the global marketplace.

NYSD 2009

About 4-H National Youth Science Day

4-H National Youth Science Day takes place every year during National 4-H Week (October 4th through the 10th). In 2008, 4-H National Youth Science Day kicked off its inaugural year by partnering with Steve Spangler to showcase Helpful Hydrogels – an experiment that uses scientific principles to teach youth across the nation about water conservation. Youth from every state in the nation tested the effectiveness of water absorbing polymers in an easy-to-administer soil and water experiment followed by sharing their results online and engaging youth around the country in a dialogue about important environmental issues.

This year’s national science experiment – Biofuel Blast – was developed in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension and Wisconsin 4-H with generous sponsor support provided by John Deere and DuPont. For more information on 4-H National Youth Science Day, please visit


Brunswick County Celebrates 100 Years of 4-H

Brunswick County 4-H celebrated 100 years of 4-H in North Carolina on October 5th, 2009.  The night was packed full of activities, including a Favorite Foods Fair, a 4-H themed Cake Decorating Contest, entertainment, and a time capsule dedication.  Many honors were given including a thanks to volunteer leaders for all of their time and dedication to the program, to Farm Bureau for their continual support of 4-H, to Mr. & Mrs. Earp for donating the use of their farm for the past 20 years for our Life on the Farm 3rd grade school enrichment program, and to the past Brunswick County 4-H professionals in attendance.  Thanks was also given to Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Hills, Walmart, and Lowe’s for their donations.  Entertainment was provided by Amber & Rosie Yurgel with a 4-H Cheer and by Samantha Lawrence sining “We Are 4-H.”

Centennial Celebration


State 4-H Council Conference Set for November 21-22 September 29, 2009

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Centennial Full_Color_with_dateIt is time for the 2009 State 4-H Council Conference! Youth from Brunswick County will have the opportunity to attend the State 4-H Council Conference November 21-22 at the Hilton North Raleigh. This conference is for youth ages 13-18 on January 1, 2009. Exciting workshops and speakers have been planned for the event. The North Carolina State 4-H Theme this year is “We Are 4-H: Then, Now, & Forever”. Some workshops will focus on this theme; however, the majority of the workshops will be leadership workshops. The cost for the conference is $137.00 which covers lodging, meals, and registration. Transportation to and from the conference will be provided from the Cooperative Extension Office in Bolivia, NC. Four-H scholarship monies accumulated during this year may be used toward the registration fee. A “day only” registration fee of $85.00 is being offered as well as “banquet only” tickets at the cost of $40 per ticket for Saturday. If you would like to sign up for this conference or would like more information, please contact Blair Green, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development at 910-253-2610 or at Deadline to register is Wednesday October 28th, 2009.


NC State Fair September 3, 2009

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NCSF2009banner300x600The North Carolina State Fair is fast approaching us and I wanted to outline some important events and activities that will be going on during this week as well as remind you of the entry deadlines.  The dates are October 15-25, 2009.  The State Fair theme is: “A Whole Lotta Happy”. You can find the NC State Fair Website here:

 All entry forms are due September 25, 2009 so please go online or look in your State Fair Catalog for the forms.  Late entries will not be accepted – pre-registration is required by this date.  Also –please note if you are bringing in items that you have registered: On page 225 you will find the dates all of the 4-H Items that can be brought. October 7-12 are the dates they will be open for delivery. It closes at 5:00 pm on the 12th.

We are pleased to announce a new category for this year to celebrate NC 4-H’s Centennial. We are offering a 4-H Cake Decorating Contest for our 4-H Youth. See page 230 of the handbook for this competition. 

The State Fair is partnering with us this year to help Celebrate our 100th Birthday. Please review the activities below:

  • -October 16 – Opening Ceremony. The State 4-H Officers will participate in the Opening Ceremonies for the State Fair on Friday morning.
  • -October 19 – Youth Celebration Day at the Fair. Please plan on wearing your 4-H Shirts and come to help us Celebrate 4-H. More information will be sent to outline specific events during this day. We are looking to take a picture of all 4-H’ers -past and present who are in attendance to gather late afternoon early evening for a picture near the Dorton Arena.  Details will be announced soon.

-We have asked if we can get one of our 4-H Youth to introduce the Performer for the evening show. Jamey Johnson will be performing that evening.

-We have also worked with Farm Bureau and they have placed the 4-H Clover along with their Farm Bureau Logo on all of the trash can liners that wrap each trash can at the fair. So you will see the clover all over! We will also have the 4-H Banner that is on the NCDA&CS Food Distribution Trucks that was done 2 years ago on display with the 4-H Clover.

-We will also be featuring a 4-H PSA during the entire week of the fair. It will be broadcast over the Fair Sound System all during the week.

-Campfire Delight – the 4-H Ice Cream will also be sold all during the week.

-4-H Exhibits, crafts and cakes will be on display all week in the Educational Building.

Shannon B. McCollum
Extension 4-H Associate
Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
CALS, NC State University Box 7606 NCSU Raleigh, NC 27695-7606


Get Ready For County Activity Day May 12, 2009

Want a test run before competing in District Activity Day?  County Activity Day will be held on June 1st from 5pm-6pm at the Cooperative Extension Office.   It”s an opportunity for you to give your presentation in front of a small audience & get some tips before the big day at District competition. You must sign up by May 28th. Presentations should be between 5-12 minutes long.  For ideas on topics, click on the Categories link below, but remember that if your topic does not fit into any category you can compete in the Open Class.  Don’t forget you will receive a $20 4-H Scholarship for competing at District Activity Day!

For more information check out: 

County Activity Day Flyer

Presentations Fact Sheet

Presentation Categories