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Register Now for State Marine Camp!

Register Now for State Marine Camp!

by Laura Tiu | Jan 10, 2020 | Laura is a UF/IFAS Sea Grant Agent in Okaloosa and Walton Counties in the Panhandle of Florida

Discovery in the bay is one of the highlights of Marine Camp.

Are you interested in learning about marine life, going fishing, or exploring the underwater world with a mask and snorkel? If so, Marine Camp is the camp for you! This opportunity for budding marine scientists will be happening this summer at Camp Timpoochee in Niceville, FL.   Marine camp enables participants to explore the marine and aquatic ecosystems of Northwest Florida; especially that of the Choctawhatchee Bay. Campers get to experience Florida’s marine environment through fishing, boating snorkeling, games, STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) activities and other outdoor adventures. University of Florida Sea Grant Marine Agents and State 4-H Staff partner to provide hands-on activities exploring and understanding the coastal environment.

If Marine Camp sounds interesting to you or someone you know, visit the Camp Timpoochee website at http://florida4h.org/camps_/specialty-camps/marine/ for the 2020 dates and registration instructions. The camps fill up quickly, so early registration is encouraged. Marine Camp is open to 4-H members and non 4-H members between the ages of 8-12 (Junior Camp) and ages 13-17 (Senior Camp). In the summer of 2020, there will be the following Marine Camps:

2020 Marine Camps:

  • Senior Camp – June 22-26
  • Junior Camp – July 13-17
  • Junior Camp – July 20-24

The cost for Senior Camp is $350 for the week and $300 for Junior Camp. A daily snack from the canteen and a summer camp T-shirt are included in the camp fees, along with three nutritious meals per day prepared on site by our certified food safety staff. All cabins are air-conditioned. So many surprises await at Marine Camp, come join the fun!


Valentine’s Day
Marine-Themed Craft 

Just in time for Valentine’s day, this site has some free, printable, marine-themed Valentines! https://livingporpoisefully.com/2016/01/26/ocean-valentines-day-greetings-freebie/

For more information on the 2020 State Marine Camps, your county’s residential summer camp, or other 4-H programs, please contact your local UF IFAS County Extension Office, or visit http://florida4h.org.

This article was adapted from Laura’s original post to the Panhandle Outdoors website.  To read the original article click here: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/nat/2020/01/10/camp-timpoochee-summer-marine-camps/

Teen Retreat Registration is Now Open

The theme for Teen Retreat 2020 is “4-H Through the Decades”.

Online registration for 4-H teen retreat is now open at http://florida.4honline.com. If you’re an existing 4-H member, login as usual and register for this event.  New 4-H’ers will need to create a family profile. You may contact your local extension office for help with this process.

Teen retreat is a weekend of fun and life skill building for youth ages 13-18 as of Sept 1, 2019. The retreat will be held February 21-23 at 4-H Camp Timpoochee and registration will be $90 per person through January 31st and $150 from February 1 to February 8.  Registration includes lodging, meals, and an official teen retreat t-shirt.  Please review the packing list for ideas of what to pack.  We hope to fill camp with teens excited about teen retreat and making new friends as they learn and grow together!

For more information on teen retreat or other 4-H programs please contact your local County Extension Office.

Teen Retreat 2020 T-shirt Design Contest Winner Announced

The winning design by Evelyn, Madelyn, and Jayda.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a design for the Teen Retreat 2020 T-shirt Design Contest! With six designs to choose from, teens across the district met Tuesday, November 19th to vote on their favorite.  This design by the Bay County delegation of Evelyn, Madelyn, and Jada rose to the top and the team will be awarded a $50 scholarship to teen retreat.  We are very proud of all of our designers who submitted and can’t wait to see everyone at Teen Retreat 2020!

The Second “H” is for HEART

The Second “H” is for HEART

These young 4-H’ers are learning all that 4-H has to offer right in their schools through 4-H school clubs and school enrichment programs.

Heart is the second of the four H’s in the 4-H Pledge: head, HEART, hands and health.  You can measure things of head, hands, and health, fairly simply.  But to take the measure of a person’s heart is a little more tricky, and it is in my estimation, their truest measure.  Your heart determines how you think, act, and respond to others.  It’s the influence of your character.

In 4-H, we strive to give young people the opportunity to build character through a number of activities. Through service learning, we teach 4-Hers to consider others before themselves.  Through democratic decision making, we teach them to be fair, even when it doesn’t mean equal.  Through club membership, they learn loyalty.  Through projects and fair entries, they learn patience with themselves and others.  Through competition, how to be humble winners and gracious losers.  And through awards and recognition, they learn the satisfaction of reaching a goal through hard work.  We write thank you letters to learn gratitude.  And above all, through teamwork, we teach that respect means being kind to others even when we don’t agree, and that all people deserve respect.

At a time when current events may leave us feeling discouraged, I encourage you to consider this instead.  Just as a farmer’s fields of green inspire hope for a fruitful harvest, whenever I look out on my own fields of green – young people in 4-H shirts of course – ready to go to work for themselves or others, I too feel hope for a bright and promising future.  These young people aren’t just learning to show hogs, shoot targets, sew, bake, or build a robot.  They are learning to care about something larger than themselves.  And that is, in fact, the promise of youth – which is exactly the stuff 4-H is made of.

For more information on how your family can learn more about 4-H, its enriching opportunities and the positive impacts made on young people, find your local UF IFAS Extension Office and contact your 4-H Agent to explore what 4-H programs are offered in your area.

Join the 2020 NW 4-H District Teen Retreat Planning Committee!

Join the 2020 NW 4-H District Teen Retreat Planning Committee!

The start of the new 4-H year means it’s time to start gearing up for the 2020 NW District Teen Retreat!  All teens ages 13-18 as of September 1, 2019 are invited to be on the Planning Committee. Teen Retreat is a high-energy weekend of learning, skill building, and networking with teens from across the 16 counties that make up the Northwest 4-H District of Florida. Planning Committee members set the agenda, choose the theme, activities, and workshop topics, and serve in leadership and teaching roles of their choice during the retreat.

Committee meetings are held via video conference and can be joined online or by phone at home, on the road, or from your local Extension/4-H Office. To sign up for this committee, please contact your County 4-H Agent for the call-in information. Our goal is to make Teen Retreat 2020 the best one yet, and we can’t do it without you!

 

DATES TO KNOW:
  • Teen Retreat 2020: February 21-23, 2020 at 4-H Camp Timpoochee, Niceville, FL
  • Planning Committee Meetings: (for agents and teens)
    • Tuesday, September 24, 2020 via Zoom @ 5:30 CT/6:30 ET
    • Tuesday, October 22, 2020 via Zoom @ 5:30 PM CT/6:30 ET
    • Tuesday, November 19, 2020 via Zoom @ 5:30 PM CT/6:30 ET
    • Tuesday, January 14, 2020 via Zoom @ 5:30 PM CT/6:30 ET
    • Tuesday, February 11, 2020 via Zoom @ 5:30 PM CT/6:30 ET

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Questions?  Contact your 4-H Agent & get involved with 4-H!