In this Issue:
  • PARENTS WANT TO KNOW: How to Choose a Safe and Fun-Filled Summer Camp for your Child
  • Handling Homesickness at Summer Camp
  • Benefits of Competition
  • 4-H in October
  • 4-H Record Books…Simplified!
  • NO! Not the Dreaded Record Book. . .
  • 4-H Tailgate Cookery Contest
  • Exciting Updates for the 4-H Horticultural ID Contest
  • Local Farmers Inspire the Next Generation about Agriculture
  • Announcing the New 4-H Insectathon Event
  • 4-H Events and Activities

    PARENTS WANT TO KNOW: How to Choose a Safe and Fun-Filled Summer Camp for your Child

    As the school year wraps up, you’re likely trying to fill up your child’s summer with fun and educational programs.  Fortunately, you’ll find a variety of day and residential summer camps out there.  Does the thought of  sending your child to camp cause anxiety for your or your child?  If so, let’ me give you …

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    Handling Homesickness at Summer Camp

    Oh, the distress and worry that begins the feverish panic of the homesickness bug!  It typically bites the week before camp for most parents and campers and hits its highest peak by day two of camp.  Unless quarantined, the homesick bug runs rampant and causes quite a disturbance during camp week.  There is good news:  …

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    Benefits of Competition

    From its beginning, the 4-H program has used a system of clubs and competitive activities to promote learning and the development of specific skills of 4-H members (Ladewig & Thomas, 1987). Sometimes competition is viewed negatively.  Florida 4-H does not believe that competition is beneficial for youth under the age of eight, but for older …

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    4-H in October

    October is an exciting month for 4-H – we have some great things happening. First, it includes National 4 H Week, October 1-7. This year during National 4-H Week, The Northwest district is proud to celebrate the #TrueLeaders that make our community great. Every child deserves to be recognized for the great things they are …

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    4-H Record Books…Simplified!

    In 4-H, young people have tracked their activities, events, profits and losses, skill development and learning experiences, and much more using the iconic 4-H Record Book. In addition to record keeping, the 4-H Record Book gives members an opportunity to reflect on their year, measure their achievements and growth, set goals, and develop plans to …

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    NO! Not the Dreaded Record Book. . .

    In the early years of 4-H, record books were a way to document profit or loss on a project, such as raising and preserving a crop or raising a herd of cattle. Over the years, record books have expanded to include topics like babysitting, robotics and sewing.  However the reasons why 4-H encourages youth to …

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    4-H Tailgate Cookery Contest

    Tailgating.  The smell of charcoal in the air.  Cooking over a hot grill.  Earning lots of scholarship money? The Florida 4-H Tailgate Contest completed its first year in 2016, giving out over $15,000 in scholarship money to 4-H members.  This was made possible by sponsorships from Winn-Dixie, National Beef, and Sonny’s.  In 2017, Sanderson Farms …

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    Exciting Updates for the 4-H Horticultural ID Contest

    Horticulture is one of our state’s leading industries, and for decades, the 4-H Horticulture ID contest has helped youth learn about this industry and demonstrate mastery of horticultural identification skills.  Even if a youth does not pursue a career in the horticultural industry, learning the material for this contest can benefit them in other ways. …

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    Local Farmers Inspire the Next Generation about Agriculture

    Fred and Bobbie Golden relocated to Jefferson County from Lakeland, Florida in 2000 to establish Golden Acres Ranch LLC.  The sixty-three-acre ranch is home to one of the largest mayhaw ponds in the region, grass fed goat & sheep, free-range chickens, guineas, pet boarding, and a country store. Bobbie and Fred have genuine love for …

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    Announcing the New 4-H Insectathon Event

    There are two kinds of people in the world- those that think bugs are really cool and those that run screaming from anything that slightly resembles an insect.  If you or a family member are the former, then prepare to be excited!  We are happy to announce that there will be a new competitive event …

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