In this article:
|Calendar of Events|
|Make Your Best Better with 4-H!|
|Save the Dates – Summer 4-H Activities|
|Stay Updated with St. Charles Parish 4-H News|
|4-H Record Books due March 31, 2022|
|4-H Leadership Opportunities|
|4-H Citizenship/Community Service Projects|
|4-H Awards and Recognition|
|How do I join the St. Charles Parish 4-H Program?|
|What happens after I join 4-H?|
|Join a 4-H Community Club|
|4-H Photography Contest|
|4-H Beef Poster Contest|
|4-H Update Podcast|
|Monthly Mental Health Quote|
|Save the Dates for Parish 4-H Events|
|Save the Dates for Summer!|
|4-H Dairy Poster Contest|
|4-H Culinary Arts Contest (For 4th-12th Grade)|
|Trash Bash and Beautification Project|
|Things to do for 4-H in February|
|Louisiana 4-H Foundation Scholarships – Scholarship applications for graduating senior 4-H members|
|4-H Cooperative Enterprise Teen Leadership Conference – Overnight adventure for 8th-12th grade members|
|4-H Night with the Pelicans – Professional basketball game fundraiser for Louisiana 4-H|
|St. Charles Parish 4-H Spotlight|
|Healthy Living Lesson: Read it before you Eat it!|
5: 4-H Pancakes and Pajamas
15: 4-H Culinary Arts Contest Submission (Egg, Poultry, Sugar); 4-H Jr. Leader Meeting
1: LSU AgCenter Office Closed
4: 4-H Night with the Pelicans
5: 4-H Trash Bash
23: 4-H Culinary Arts Contest Submission (Seafood); 4-H Jr. Leader Club Meeting
15: LSU AgCenter Office Closed
20: 4-H Achievement Day
10: 4-H Regional Culinary Arts Contest
Take time this month to try something new to make your best even better! Check out our upcoming 4-H activities that encourage you to use your head for clearer thinking, heart to greater loyalty, hands to larger service, and health to better living. From participating in cookery contests to enjoying a parish-wide beautification project with your family and friends, there is something for everyone.
We are happy to announce that 4-H Camp is moving back to Camp Grant Walker this year as we celebrate 100 years of 4-H Camping at the facility. As you are planning your new 2022 year, consider saving these dates for summer 4-H activities:
*More information to come on both events.
This year St. Charles Parish 4-H is providing several venues for 4-H members and families to stay updated with 4-H News.
St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Website www.lsuagcenter.com/stcharles.
Visit this page and click on the 4-H tab for articles and updates including 4-H newsletters, contests, and upcoming opportunities.
St. Charles 4-H Facebook Page www.facebook.com/scp4h
St. Charles 4-H Instagram @scp4h
Follow us on Instagram for
highlights and announcements.
Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams
Many school clubs will use Google
Classroom to communicate with
their 4-H’ers. Our parish 4-H
Community Clubs and members-at-large club will use Microsoft Teams
to communicate with 4-H‘ers. See
your 4-H Club Leader for
information on how to gain access
to these communication tools.
4-H Record Books (which is your 4-H Portfolio plus your 4-H project book) are due March 31, 2022 to your 4-H Club Leader. No late entries will be accepted. This year 4-H members will be awarded prizes based on completion of your 4-H Record Book. For every level that you complete, you will receive a 4-H prize for that level for the chance to achieve 5 prizes for completing Level 5. If you have questions, I recommend that you watch a Podcast about Rockin’ Your 4-H Records, which will be uploaded to your 4-H Google Classroom or Microsoft Team.
*Quality 4-H Records will be considered for 4-H Achievement Day and State Contest Awards
Level 1-2 and
at least 5
entries in any
of Sections 2-
5 (List as
much as you
can in these
Level 1-4, Section 8 (4-H Project Focus), and your 4- H Project Book (or 4-H Project Record Sheet for 6th-12th graders) List your progress in Section 8, even if you didn’t complete your 4-H Portfolio
Level 1-5 prizes
Throughout this year 4th – 12th grade 4-H members are encouraged to complete a 4-H Portfolio, which focuses on record-keeping skills and is helpful when completing award, scholarship, and future job applications. Prizes or opportunities will be awarded to top members who complete the 4-H Portfolio. In addition to completing your 4-H Story and the other sections of the 4-H Portfolio, read the newsletter for opportunities to list in your 4-H Portfolio this year. Download a Digital Version of the 4-H Portfolio to begin working.
St. Charles Parish 4-H is offering the following leadership opportunities this month. List your participation in these activities in the 4-H Leadership (Section 2) of your 4-H Portfolio.
Use your hands to larger service by participating in 4-H Service Projects. List your activities in the 4-H Citizenship/Community Service Section (Section 3) of your Portfolio.
Read the newsletter for more details on each of these projects. If you need verification of service hours for another organization, contact the 4-H Agent.
There are several award opportunities this month for 4-H members. List your participation in the 4-H Awards and Recognition Section (Section 4) of your 4-H Portfolio.
All students K-12th grade have an opportunity to join a 4-H Club. You may join your school club and/or a community club. Yes, you can be a member of more than one 4-H club. These are a few tips on how to join a 4-H club.
Complete and submit a 4-H Enrollment Form
See 4-H Club Leader for Form.
Pay 4-H Club Dues
See 4-H Club Leader for club dues amount and payment methods.
Submit Any Other Forms
See 4-H Club Leader for any additional forms needed to join
Attend Monthly Meetings
Participate in meetings (face-to-face or virtually)
Read 4-H Newsletters
Bring the newsletters home or show your parents online for more opportunities, contests, and more!
Participate in 4-H Activities
Participate in 4-H activities within your club, community, country, and world
Communicate with 4-H Leader
Stay updated with meeting dates and 4-H activities and opportunities
As we continue to rebuild St. Charles Parish, we are in the process of planning for events for our 4-H Community Clubs. There are 5 St. Charles Parish 4-H Community Clubs that you can join. Each community club focuses on a specific project-related area. At this time, we are asking for interested students to contact the 4-H Office if you are interested in joining any of the 4-H community clubs listed. Yes, you may be in more than one community club in addition to your 4-H club at school.
For more information or to join any of the project clubs listed below, please contact the St.
Charles Parish LSU AgCenter (4-H) Office at 985-785-4473 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the upcoming months, 4-H members are encouraged to explore the world of photography by participating in monthly 4-H Photography Contests. To participate in the photography contest, complete the form by clicking on the link below. All forms must be completed by February 28, 2022. Photos may be submitted early. No late submissions will be accepted. Official rules are listed in the online form.
4-H Photography Contest Categories:
To submit your photo, complete the 4-H Photography Contest Form for each category.
Complete rules for the 4-H Beef Poster Contest are listed in the January Edition of the St. Charles Parish 4-H Youth Development Newsletter. Entries are due to 4-H School Leader or 4-H Office by February 28, 2022. If submitting to the 4-H Office, call 985-785-4473 to schedule drop off. No late entries will be accepted.
Join the 4-H Agent and other 4-H’ers and volunteers throughout St. Charles Parish by viewing our 4-H Update Podcasts. The 4-H Update Podcast will feature music requested by your 4-H peers, the 4-H Agent reviewing the upcoming 4-H events, an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section, and/or interviews with 4-H members, leaders, or volunteers. Podcast videos will be posted on your school 4-H club Google Classroom or your 4-H Community Club Microsoft Team. To request music or ask questions to be featured in the Podcast, complete the 4-H Update Podcast Form.
Each month we will highlight a quote recommended by the Louisiana 4-H Citizenship Board to address our mental health. Set aside some time to take deep breaths and think about this:
“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.”
– Teddy Roosevelt
St. Charles Parish 4-H hosts major parish events open to all 4-H members. Attendance will be taken at all events. Participation in multiple events will increase opportunities for awards presented at 4-H Achievement Day. Please save the dates and be on the lookout for more information regarding these events in the monthly newsletter.
4-H Pancakes and Pajamas
Healthy Living Program on
February 5, 2022
4-H Trash Bash
Civic Engagement Program on
March 5, 2022
4-H Achievement Day
Awards Recognition Program *by invitation only April 20, 2022
June 21-24, 2022
4-H University (for 8th-12th grade
July 25-28, 2022
4-H Camp (for 4th-6th grade members)
Rules for the 4-H Dairy Poster Contest are as follows: (Entries are due to 4-H School Leader or 4-H Office by March 31, 2022. If submitting to 4-H Office, call 985-785-4473 to schedule drop off. No late entries will be accepted.)
This year we would like to encourage all 4-H members to participate in at least one culinary arts contest. These contests are intended to help our 4-H members grow in their cooking experience and skill level while enjoying quality time with families who assist them with the safety rules and sharing of traditional family recipes. This year the 4-H Culinary Arts contest will be split into 3 submission dates. Members will bring 2 servings of their dish on the designated day and times to the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Office. Members will also need to complete the 4-H Culinary Arts Registration Form by the submission date to be considered for judging. All rules are posted on the online registration form.
Submission dates for our 2021-2022 Culinary Arts Contests are as follows:
4-H members will be allowed to bring 1-2 servings of their dish in a sealed, non-returnable container on the date specified between 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Office, which is located at 453 Spruce Street in Norco, La. (See online form for specific rules and details for the event.)
Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Office located at 453 Spruce Street in Norco, La.Schedule:
8:00 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. Arrival and sign-in
8:20 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Orientation of Activities
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Trash Bash and Beautification Project
*Participants will be invited to join the St. Charles Parish Trash Bash Celebration at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center for a post-event celebration, which includes free lunch and chances to win raffle prizes.
4-H Award Information:
The LSU AgCenter and LSU provides equal opportunities in employment and programs. Should you need an ADA accommodation, please contact the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Office at least two weeks prior to the event.
Each month 4-H’ers will be provided with a list of upcoming opportunities on a parish, regional, state, and/or national level. Contact the 4-H Agent or visit the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Website under “4-H Youth Development” for all rules, applications, and more information.
Graduating senior members may apply for scholarships through the Louisiana 4-H Foundation toward continuing education. Contact the 4-H Agent at email@example.com to receive an application for this scholarship and future 4-H scholarships. Application deadline for LA 4-H Foundation Scholarship: February 18, 2022
This teen leadership conference focuses on learning how to establish and manage a cooperative business. 4-H’ers will
enhance leadership, marketing, and money management skills at this conference. Application deadline: February 11, 2022
(Contact 4-H Agent at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in applying prior to the application deadline.)
On your own; Fees apply
4-H’ers and families can attend a New Orleans Pelicans game in support of Louisiana 4-H. Packages include 4-H Night Pre-Game Access, t-shirt, and opportunities to participate in on-court experiences. Game is on March 4, 2022. Order deadline:
February 11, 2022. (Note: There are vaccination requirements for attendance. Contact the 4-H Agent for more information.)
Parish 4-H Contest Results: 4-H Culinary Arts Contest (**denotes outstanding dish award):
This year we will be doing some activities from the Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness curriculum. This month we will focus on reading nutrition facts labels. At your club meeting or at home, try the activity below to learn more.
Healthy Living Activity
Find some snacks at home or in the grocery store that you like to eat. Make sure that each snack has a nutrition label. Arrange the snacks in order from least fat to most fat by looking at the nutrition facts label. Now look at the serving size. How much of that snack can you eat for that amount of fat?
You can do this activity again, but this time look at the sugar content. Did the snacks line up the same way? What does that tell you about these snacks?
Reflect on Reading the Nutrition Facts Label
Reading the Nutrition Facts Label on food packages helps you to learn not only the ingredients in the foods you eat but also the nutrients that the food provides to your bodies. When comparing food and snacks to one another, here are a few tips to consider: