September Newsletter 2022

4-H Ambassadors

We are looking for dedicated Jr. Leader members in grades 8th-12th to promote 4-H in Acadia Parish. The Ambassadors will be expected to promote 4-H through attending civic organizational meetings, presenting radio spots, encouraging others to join 4-H and completing community service activities. To apply, you will need to fill out an application and complete an interview. Applications can be found at (https://tinyurl.com/AcadiaAmbassador). Applications are due on October 7th! NO EXCEPTIONS! All applicants will need to be a paid Jr. Leader member at the time of applying. Interviews will be held at the 4-H office on October 12th beginning at 3:30 PM. All those who submit applications must be present at interviews in order to be selected.

4-H Bayou Bash Tailgate

Join Louisiana 4-H, FFA and the College of Agriculture for a Bash on the Bayou tailgate event as the Tigers take on Mississippi State. Enjoy free food, games, & giveaways! The Bayou Bash tailgate will be September 17, 2022, vs. Mississippi State. The tickets are on sale until they sell out, those of you that wish to take part, the tickets are $5 to attend the tailgate. If you also want to attend the game, you can purchase tickets here LSU v. MS STATE tickets

Achievement Day Theme

Do you enjoy drawing and expressing yourself artistically? If you said yes, then the Achievement Day Theme contest is for you! All you need to do is come up with a catchy slogan and a colorful picture. Draw your creation on regular 8 1/2" X 11" typing paper and turn it into your school. Entries relating to the advertisement of cigarettes or alcohol will not be accepted. Entries are due on October 7th. Be sure to include your name, school, and grade on the back of the entry. Multiple entries per participant will be accepted. No computer-generated themes will be accepted! Winner will receive a cash prize!

Art Club

This club is open to all 4-H members 13 years of age and up. Youth will be introduced to the elements and principles of art as well as related hobbies and careers through monthly hands-on activities and projects based on various artists works and art movements. Accomplished artist as well as non-artist with an interest in developing skills are welcome.

Meetings will be held the second Thursday of each month starting on October 13th at 5:00 PM at the 4-H office. Cost to join is $30 (non-refundable). For information on how to join this club, see the Community Club section of this newsletter. The deadline to join the club is October 7th. For more information visit our website.

Back to School Dance

Get back into the groove of school by attending the Back-to-School Dance! The Junior Leadership Club will be sponsoring a dance at the 4-H Office in Crowley, Saturday, October 8th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There will be a $5.00 (non-refundable) entry fee if you purchase a ticket ahead of time. For tickets bought at the door, the cost will be $7. All 4th-8th graders are able to attend regardless of their 4-H membership status. Bring concession money. Tickets can be pre-purchased from any Junior Leader member.

Challenge Camp

Are you ready for Challenge Camp? Come join us as we develop leaders in times of challenges on November 15-16, 2022. 4-H Challenge camp this year will be an overnight camp at the Acadiana Baptist Center in Eunice. 4-H Challenge Camp is designed to support Louisiana State Standards, and this is for 7th and 8th graders ONLY. This camp will be full of activities that will increase self-confidence and self-reliance in young people. Youth participants will be excused from school. Parents will drop off and pick up at the Acadiana Baptist Center. More information can be found on our website. To sign up to attend this camp, please register at https://v2.4honline.com. Payment and registration are due to the 4-H Office no later than October 24, 2022. The cost of the camp is $94.00, and this includes snacks, lunch, and T-Shirt. Money is non-refundable. You may attend even if you already attended in the past. 4-H Challenge Camp is one of the most valuable encounters a young person can have. Registration is first come first serve and only 13 spots are available.

Duct Tape Contest

Participate in our annual 4-H Duct Tape Contest. Youth in grades 4th-8th will now compete at the parish level. This contest is now open to ALL youth in Acadia Parish!! Projects should be student created. You CANNOT duct tape on top of a pre-existing item. You may use cardboard, wire and clips ONLY. Categories: Clothing :(belts, vest, hats, shoes) Accessories: (Wallets, purses, hair bows, key chains, etc.) Room Decorations: (photo frame, flower arrangement, etc.). Each participant may enter ONE item per category. You may not re-enter an item that was already entered in the previous year's contest. All duct tape entries are due to the 4-H Extension Office by October 7th.

Horse Clinic

Come join the Horse Clinics this

year for FREE! This year Acadia parish will be offering 4 horse clinics. We will again team up with master horsemen throughout the region. The first clinic will be held at the Acadia Parish Rice Arena on October 3rd from 6 -7 p.m. In order to attended youth must be a

registered 4-H member AND bring your own horse. You MUST pre-register to attend this clinic through your 4H Online account. The first clinic will cover groundwork and horse-riding games. For more information or questions, please call Emma Zaunbrecher Tyler at 337-366-2109.

How to re-Enroll in 4H Online

If you were a 4-H member last year, re-enrolling in 4-H this year will be easy! All you need to do to re-enroll in 4-H this year is log into your 4H Online account (https://v2.4honline.com) and update your information for this year. For a step-by-step guide on how to re-enroll in 4-H, visit our website under the “Join 4-H” tab.

Hunter Safety Class

We are hosting a Hunter Education course for shooting sports participants on October 15-16, 2022, at the Acadia Parish 4-H office from 8 AM to 4 PM on Saturday and 8 AM-12 Pm on Sunday. This class is ONLY being offered for youth who are participating in shooting sports in Acadia Parish this year. Seating is limited. To register please visit https://tinyurl.com/22HunterSafety

Also, lunch WILL NOT be provided. Youth will have to pack their own lunch, drinks and snacks. Youth will need to bring their own highlighter, pencil and eye protection as well. *Youth that are 9 years old will receive an attendance certificate only and will have to retake the course after they turn 10 years old.

Join HYPE!

Come and join Acadia Healthy Young People Empowerment (HYPE). Only open to youth in grades 6th-12th. HYPE helps to guide youth in advocating for a healthier community. As a member of HYPE, you will have the chance to gain advocacy skills, form partnerships within the community, participate in your local government and play a part in helping address the needs of your community. To apply, visit https://tinyurl.com/AcadiaHYPE22 by October 3, 2022. For more information about HYPE, email Tamika Jones at tljones@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Join it!

Any boy or girl, who is 9 years old by January 1st of the current school year through the 12th grade and is willing to follow the 4-H ideals and standards, is eligible for membership. This year you can join 4-H Online! To join 4-H Online, visit https://v2.4honline.com.

Join the Jr. Leadership Club!

This club is open to all 7th-12th grade 4-H members. Junior Leaders have fun helping younger 4-H’ers with their project work and assisting in their communities. This club participates in numerous activities where members meet and make friends with other teenagers throughout the parish and state. They also attend an educational awards trip each summer as a reward for their participation throughout the year. Meetings are scheduled on the first Monday of each month at 5:30 PM at the Acadia Parish Extension Office. The first meeting will be held on September 12th. Cost to join is $15 (non-refundable). To join the Jr. Leadership Club, see the Community Club section of this newsletter on how to register. The deadline to join is November 7th.

Learn it!

4-H develops life skills! Life skills are tools we use for making important decisions that can enhance the quality of our lives. Youth practice leadership, communication, teamwork and decision-making that help them become productive members of society.

Livestock Validation & Possession Dates!

Animals must be in exhibitor’s possession and validated by the following dates below. All animals can be validated by the exhibitor or parent on their own premise. The responsibility of tagging and collecting DNA hair samples will be that of the exhibitor and/or parent. Exhibitors should request a validation kit from the extension office.The validation will consist of ear tagging, pulling a hair sample & placing it in the envelope provided. Validation envelopes must be returned to the 4-H Office with the $7 fee by the deadline stated below.

Animals validated must be in the exhibitor’s name or family name. Animals tagged for the 2022 LA State Fair may utilize the State Fair tag but must still pull hair to complete the LSU AgCenter State Show validations.

Validation and Possession Dates: Com.=Commercial

Com. Does, Market Goats, Com. Lambs, Market Lambs, Com. Heifers and Com. Dairy Heifers: November 4, 2022, by 4:30 P.M. Market Swine and Commercial Gilts: December 1, 2022, by 4:30 P.M.

National 4-H Week

National 4-H Week is October 2-8! We would like to see all clubs participate in activities such as making treats for teachers, hanging signs or banners around school or have green and white dress up day, etc. Take the time to celebrate your wonderful club organization. Remember we are having a school display picture club contest! Must be an outside school display! Due via email to Mrs. Mary Beth at mleonards@agcenter.lsu.edu on October 7th.

New to Shooting Sports!

This year we are happy to add pistol as a discipline in shooting sports. Pistol is only being offered to youth who are at least 14 years old by January 1st of the current year.

Record Book Workshop

Want to learn how to put together a record book and portfolio? Don’t miss out on this year’s record book training on September 22nd from 5:30-7:30 pm at the 4-H office! This workshop is open to all 4-H members, parents, volunteers, and leaders alike! We’ll cover all the basics of record books and portfolios to teach you how to put together a winning record book! It’s never too early to start putting your record book together. Don’t wait until the last minute.

Sewing Club

Learn how to sew and make your own quilt! This club is open to all 4-H members. The first meeting will be on September 21st and meetings after that will be on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 5:00 PM at the 4-H office. No experience needed! Cost to join is $25 (non-refundable). A supply list will be sent to you after you join the club. Deadline to join the club is September 21st. To join this club, see the Community Club section of this newsletter on how to register.

Shooting Sports

This year we will have an informational meeting on October 5, 2022, at 5:30 PM at the 4-H office. All parents/guardians and youth are encouraged to attend.The deadline to sign up for shooting sports without a late fee is October 17th and the absolute deadline to join with a $10 late fee is November 1st. For information on how to join shooting sports, see the Community Clubs section of this newsletter.

Shooting Sports Ambassadors

The Shooting Sports program is looking for dedicated 4-H members in grades 8th-12th to promote the Shooting Sports program in Acadia Parish. The Shooting Sports Ambassadors will be expected to promote Shooting Sports through attending civic organizational meetings, presenting radio spots and encouraging others to join the program. To apply, you will need to fill out an application and complete an interview. Applications can be found at

https://tinyurl.com/SSAmbassador. Applications are due on October 7th! NO EXCEPTIONS! Interviews will be held at the 4-H office on October 12th, beginning at 3:30 PM. All those who submit applications must be present at interviews in order to be selected.

What are some other 4-H programs?

Camping, shooting sports, sewing, art, parish contests, 4-H University, pet show, Achievement Day and many other programs are offered through 4-H. Going places and doing things in 4-H helps to teach boys and girls to enjoy working together. These programs add interest to the 4-H project by offering additional fun-type educational opportunities that promote the ideals of 4-H.

What does it cost to join?

You will only pay dues at the beginning of each school year. Each school club has their own fee, so ask your leader the cost.

What is 4-H?

4-H is the largest youth organization in the United States! Louisiana’s 4-H program has thousands of members who take part in 4-H meetings and activities year-round. It’s all about you really. You can even create a project focus of your own. 4-H covers a wide range of projects to do on your own or with your friends and family members! Follow your passion and see how far it will take you!

What is a Community Club?

Community Clubs are our “after school” clubs. In Acadia Parish 4-H you have the opportunity to join our Jr. Leadership Club 7th-12th grades), Art Club (ages 13 and up), Sewing Club, Shooting Sports Club, and Horse Clinics. Joining these clubs is as easy as it was to join online. To join Community Clubs, you must first be enrolled as a 4-H member through 4H Online. Once the 4-H Office has approved your online 4-H enrollment, you will get an email with step-by-step instructions on how to register to join a Community Club through your 4H Online account. These clubs can be easily located under the events tab by selecting register for a new event.

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